June 29, 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.

We just launched a SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) Resource Clearinghouse which includes resources for current and potential SNAP E&T third-party providers, state agency program staff, and state policymakers seeking information to develop and broaden organizational capacity in SNAP E&T programs. Check it out here!

In recognition of Pride Month, Child Welfare Information Gateway has compiled a special collection of LGBTQ+ publications, tips, tools & partner resources to help you improve your work with this community.

Check out this Route Fifty article on the federal standard for TANF work requirements, which quotes APHSA on how the work participation rate is the wrong measure to get us focused on supporting families in meeting their goals.

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 deadline is July 1 for award nominations for the EMWB Conference - Nominate your agency or team! 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!


The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is now accepting applications for its SNAP E&T Data and Technical Assistance (DATA) Grants. Grants will support the development of State SNAP E&T data collection and reporting systems. This year’s RFA specifically seeks proposals that advance State use of data to improve equitable outcomes for SNAP E&T participants. Applications are due by August 24. View the Request for Applications here.


How Houston Moved 25,000 People From the Streets Into Homes of Their Own - New York Times, 06/14/22


Diverging Employment Pathways Among Young Adults, June 2022 - This six-part study from Brookings and Child Trends uses trajectory analysis to assess the employment and economic stability of young adults by age 30 from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. The first series discusses four employment trajectories and reveals variations in earnings and benefits. In the remaining series, this study also examines the impact of other factors such as race and gender on youth adults' wages and benefits. The last series uncovers innovative policies and ideas to expand economic opportunities for young adults.

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), Center for Policy and Practice - The Center, a part of ACCT’s public policy division, is dedicated to finding effective ways to inform policymakers and implement programs related to the advocacy goals of the association and its membership. Current initiatives of the Center include the Non-Credit and Credit Alignment Lab, SNAP Employment & Training National Partnership, and Strengthening Rural Community Colleges.


Webinar - Child Care and the Labor Market Recovery: Defining the Challenge and Exploring Solutions - Urban Institute, WorkRise.

Tuesday, July 12, 2:30 PM EDT


Co-regulation and Strengths-based Approaches to Human Service Delivery, June 2022 - The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released resources on toxic stress and self-regulation to encourage the use of a self-regulation framework grounded in theory and evidence for use in ACF programs. OPRE has worked with ACF program offices to develop co-regulation strategies that can enhance existing interventions.


The U.S. Needs A Major Federal Investment in Child Care - The Hill, 06/13/22


Opening Up Possibilities: Father Engagement Lessons During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, May 2022 – This brief from Fathers and Continuous Learning in Child Welfare explained how a Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) continuous learning method to engage fathers and paternal relatives was used throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to implement innovative responses to lasting challenges in the child welfare system. The BSC methodology allows for small tests of change, innovation, and collaboration to break down difficult problems facing paternal support into manageable steps, leading to the potential for lasting improvements on the child welfare system.

Survey on Employment and Experiences of Americans During the Pandemic, June 23, 2022 - A new longitudinal survey from the American Enterprise Institute details the employment and experiences of Americans during the pandemic, and the results suggest that the scarce supply of child care was not the main factor behind declines in employment.

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