Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
March 17, 2017
A key goal of NYHealth’s Building Healthy Communities priority area is to create healthy communities that lead to more New Yorkers of all ages eating healthy foods, being physically active, and having access to a range of programs that encourage healthy life choices.
Many organizations across the State are doing smart, innovative work that is relevant to NYHealth’s work to improve health in New York neighborhoods. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at conferences and other convenings in New York and nationally. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYHealth awarded grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYHealth sponsored community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to building healthy communities. In 2017, NYHealth awarded S2AY Rural Health Network (S2AY) a grant to participate in this initiative.
With NYHealth funding, S2AY sent two staff members to attend New York State Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Conference, “Improving Public Health: Advocating and Activating for Change.” The conference covered a wide range of topics that pertains to S2AY’s neighborhood health improvement projects. By attending this conference, S2AY was able to forge partnerships for replication and sustainability of its work. S2AY’s staff members shared information learned from the conference with committees and workgroups in its eight-county network, as well as with various stakeholders in upstate New York.