Project Title

Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship

Grant Amount


Priority Area


Date Awarded

May 21, 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 We Run Brownsville a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthy communities.

Under this grant, We Run Brownsville sent its co-founder and board treasurer to the Greater & Greener 2019: Exploring National Connections conference. This conference offered workshops, discussions, and lectures on how urban parks can be designed, developed, programmed, funded, and sustained. Attending the conference allowed We Run Brownsville to learn from other leaders and shareholders, expand its network of public health professionals working to build healthier communities, and refine professional development skillsets. It supported We Run Brownsville’s ability to amplify its voice and leveraged its knowledge as powerful advocacy tools in shaping the future of Brownsville as it underwent changes from increased gentrification. This conference helped We Run Brownsville gain a deeper understanding on how to systematically shape healthier communities.

View a complete list of conference participation grantees.