Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship
January 14, 2019
In a state as large as New York, a steady stream of smart, innovative work is coming from NYHealth grantees and non-grantees alike that is relevant to NYHealth’s priority areas of Building Healthy Communities and Empowering Health Care Consumers and its focus area on Veterans’ Health. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at regional, statewide, and national conferences, meetings, and other convenings. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYHealth is awarding grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities, Consumer Empowerment, and Veterans’ Health Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYHealth is sponsoring low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2019, NYHealth awarded the New York State Association of County Health Officials a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.
Under this grant, the New York State Association of County Health Officials sent members to the Population Health Summit VI: “Becoming the Healthiest State for People of All Ages – Incorporating Health Across all Policies and Age Friendly Principles into the Prevention Agenda 2019-2024.” Attendance at the conference gave local health departments an opportunity to meet with other key community improvement partners, including nonprofit leaders; hospital administrators; care providers; community-based organizations; and State leaders who worked to plan and implement evidence-based interventions that supported the Prevention Agenda. The summit presented the most cutting-edge ideas for community health improvement, as well as set the stage for the Association for brainstorming about its future work on advancing maternal and child health, health equity, and healthy aging.