July 13, 2022

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Dear Donna,

Welcome to the latest issue of The Connection, APHSA’s newsletter offering updates and resources pertaining to employment and economic well-being, child and family well-being, and H/HS integration.

Join our new Community of Practice (CoP) for Human Services Process Innovation! The CoP will convene an interdisciplinary group of state and local human services practitioners to share promising person-centered business process improvements that enhance service delivery and improve the customer experience.  For more information click here and register to join by completing our brief registration form.

Share your success stories and nominate your agency today! The Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) Awards of Excellence are open; the deadline is August 15The awards celebrate state and local health and human services agencies that are in the forefront of information technology development and implementation. ISM Emerging Leaders nominations are also open along with Fellowship opportunities; apply by July 21. Click here for details on all.

Also open are the National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Scholarships and Awards. NSDTA awards recognize outstanding individuals and initiatives within your organization which are helping advance the delivery of health and human services practices or programs to staff. The Joan Carrera Memorial Scholarship allows first time attendees entrance at partial to no cost. Click here for details on all.

APHSA Event Updates

Registration is now open for all APHSA Conferences,

to be held in-person! See details below or on our Events page.


The Economic Mobility and Well-Being (EMWB) Conference will be held August 14-17 at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront in Savannah, GA. Join us for informative sessions, engaging content, and a restorative experience! The EMWB conference brings together members from the American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD), the National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM), and the National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA). Register now!


The American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Conference will be held October 9-12 at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square in Columbus, OH. AAHHSA is a comprehensive learning and networking experience for attorneys who represent the state and local government agencies that administer health and human services programs. Register now!


The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Annual Education Conference will be held October 16-19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center in Spokane, WA. This conference brings together human services organizational development, staff development, and training professionals at the local, state, and federal levels. We are focusing on forward-thinking ideas about instructional design, workforce development, evaluation and research, and much more. Register now!


The Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) Annual Conference & Expo will be held October 23-26 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. This event brings together agency leaders in technology, along with the private sector firms focused on providing solutions for health and human services agencies. The content presented will promote IT solutions and best practices that enhance the delivery of health and human services. Register now!


Supporting Young Parenting Students with Navigation Services, June 2022 – In this brief from Child Trends, navigation services as a strategy to support young parenting students are discussed. Because young parenting students must navigate a significant number of barriers to their pursuit of higher education, navigation services – services that help people access the information, resources, and supports available to them – provide some aid in this process. Child Trends reveals that peer navigators are especially beneficial in aiding young parenting students because they share lived experience. Child Trends also expands on three opportunities for practitioners to maximize the benefits of navigation services for young student parents.


Analysis of the Family Security Act 2.0, June 15, 2022 - Policymakers are looking for ways to break the stalemate over extending temporary enhancements to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that have now expired. Republican Senators Mitt Romney, Richard Burr, and Steve Daines released a proposal that shows a possible way forward: the Family Security Act 2.0. It’s the latest iteration of a previous Romney proposal aimed at supporting families and simplifying an array of family-related tax benefits.


How Do We Create and Sustain Programs and Services for Kids?, June 2022 – In this blog post from Children’s Funding Project, author Reginald Harris outlines the process of strategic public financing that assigns a cost to the goals and policy priorities a community has for its children and youth and identifies ways to cover that cost. The process considers three fundamental questions regarding funding.

The National Training and Development Curriculum for Foster and Adoptive Parents is Now Available!, June 2022 – The Child Welfare Information Gateway has released a new interactive training curriculum for Foster and Adoptive Parents entitled the National Training and Development Curriculum (NTDC) which is available for free to states, counties, territories, Tribal Nations, and private agencies. The NTDC is an interactive classroom and online training program that prepares prospective foster and adoptive parents and kinship families to effectively parent children exposed to trauma.

Costs of Evidence-Based Early Childhood Home Visiting: Results from the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation, June 2022 – This cost report from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) and from the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) describes the allocation of resources at Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV)-funded local programs to assess the local programs’ costs to serve a family during their first year.

A Snapshot of Quality in Child Care Centers that Partner with Early Head Start Programs: Insights from Baby Faces 2018, June 2022 - This report from the Office of Planning and Research Evaluation (OPRE) evaluates the partnership between Early Head Start (EHS) programs and child care. Using data from the Baby Faces 2018, a nationally representative survey that explores classroom processes and teacher-students’ relationships, this study uncovers the characteristics of child care partner centers and classroom teachers, EHS, including the structural quality of child care partners' classrooms.

Minnesota’s Child Welfare Policies Vary Widely Across the State, June 2022 - This report from the Star Tribune summarizes the findings of the Office of Legislative Auditor (OLA), an independent, non-partisan legislative body, of the child protective system within the state. OLA's report explores the variations of child welfare policies and provides recommendations to increase the efficiency and equity in child removals and support children reunification.

Academic Success for Students in Foster Care Begins with Strong Partnerships Between Child Welfare and Education Systems, July 2022 – In this report, the Children’s Bureau highlights the significant work that educators and child welfare professionals have done to aid students in foster care. Students in foster care face unique barriers to their educational achievements and the supports from educators, child welfare professionals, social workers, and counselors are pivotal in providing a successful and meaningful educational experience to these students.


Webinar: Black Women in Leadership Presents: It’s All Good…But It’s Not!

Social Current.

Wednesday, July 20, 2:00-3:00 PM ET


Systems for Action is releasing a Call for Proposals (CFP) for a new cohort of research studies to produce new, actionable evidence about how to help medical, social, and public health systems work together to address structural barriers to health and health equity, including racism and the social conditions that impact health. 


Biden Strengthens Cyber Coordination Between Feds and State, Local Government - Route Fifty, 06/24/22

How Cities and States are Gathering Data as They Spend Federal Aid - Route Fifty, 06/29/22 


How Cities and Counties Are Thinking Big With Their ARPA Plans - Route Fifty, 07/05/22


Planning for the Public Health Emergency unwinding is a key priority across health, human services, and economic support agencies nationwide. With implications spanning all public programs, an aligned response that supports communities and families through transition is critical. New resources are available to assist state and local agencies with their PHE unwinding plans, including: a centralized information hub; a communications toolkit in English and Spanish; a resource page; and a monthly webinar series.

Guide to Data Chats: Convening Community Conversations about Data, June 2022 - This guide from Urban Institute provides practical advice and sample materials to support groups interested in bringing information to back to the people represented in the data. Through Data Chats, researchers and residents come away with a more accurate understanding of a topic that can seed new solutions, as well as build deeper relationships for longer-term partnerships.


National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference & Exposition, NACo.

July 21-24, 2022

Webinar Series - Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding: What to Know and How to Prepare - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

July 27, 12:00 PM ET

August 24, 12:00 PM ET

September 28, 12:00 PM ET

October 26, 12:00 PM ET

December 7, 12:00 PM ET

SIREN 2022 National Research Meeting: Racial Health Equity in Social Care - Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network (SIREN).

Thursday, September 15, 12:00-3:00 PM ET

Tuesday, September 27, 12:00-3:00 PM ET

Wednesday, October 12, 12:00-3:00 PM ET

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