August 10, 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.

Our latest Catalyst blog post is by APHSA Policy Associate Meg Dygert, sharing how a robust child care market is key for economic growth and well-being, in addition to being vital for the early development of children.

We look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Economic Mobility and Well-Being (EMWB) Conference on August 14-17, at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront in Savannah, GA.  It's not too late to join your peers from across the nationregister here for informative sessions, engaging content, and a restorative experience!

CEEWB - Center for Employment & Economic Well-Being


Understanding Families’ Experiences of Poverty: Results of a Qualitative Study Exploring the Perspectives of Children and Their Parents, July 2022 - This report from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) details a 2019 study conducted in collaboration with MEF Associates seeking to understand how children, adolescents, and parents perceive and experience poverty.

Unwinding Homepage: This resource repository from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a centralized location where states and stakeholders can learn more about Unwinding and access resources to help them plan and prepare. Human services professionals can use the resources to communicate to constituents about ensuring they are connected to Medicaid, CHIP, and other critical health resources as the public health emergency unwinds.


General SPARK and IMPROVE: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is excited to share resources developed under Project SPARK and Project IMPROVE. These projects—which were conducted in close coordination by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) and the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), respectively—supported 17 research-practice partnerships to help TANF agencies design and implement evidence-informed program changes.

Effect of the Reevaluated Thrifty Food Plan and Emergency Allotments on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits and Poverty, August 2022 - This new report from the Urban Institute found that the increased SNAP benefits as a combined result of the re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) and Emergency Allotments reduced poverty by 14.1% and reduced child poverty by 21.8%. Black and Hispanic people faced the highest poverty reductions.


Insights from Food Modeling Research: Putting the Thrifty Food Plan into Practice - The Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Thursday, September 22, 11:00 AM ET

CCFWB - Center for Child and Family Well-Being


The Human Services IT Advisory Group (HSITAG), the leading independent industry association comprised of private firms who serve the public health and human services sector with technology, subject matter expertise and experience, has established a work group to assess the impact of pandemic relief legislation on Child Care programs across the U.S. 


The group is conducting research and is hoping to engage as many stakeholders as possible in assessing the state of Child Care programs and the impact of technology on improving the availability of affordable child care to American families. Please participate in the survey here.


Working With Children, Youth, and Families in Permanency Planning, July 2022 – According to the Federal Child and Family Services Reviews that looked at child welfare in every state, the most important efforts to impact child welfare outcomes were engaging with families in case planning and instituting quality case worker visits. The notice provides a list of methods in which case workers can engage with families.

A Reimagined Vision for Black Child and Family Well-being From National and Local Leaders, July 2022 – This blog from Child Trends, which was published following a recent Child Trends webinar on racial equity, outlines three major takeaways from their discussion. The wellbeing of Black children requires a narrative that reflects the diversity of their background, the efforts of people willing to make “good trouble” and disrupt the status quo, and collaborative action.

Increasing Support for Home Visiting Innovation is Critical for Young Children and Their Families, July 2022 – This brief from the Society for Research in Child Development discusses the importance of high-quality and flexible home visiting service delivery programs for families.

The Association of Race, Ethnicity, and Poverty With Child Maltreatment Reporting, July 2022 – According to a study published in Pediatrics, the likelihood of children with maltreatment being reported to Child Protection Services (CPS) is influenced by race or ethnicity of the mother and health insurance coverage. The study included analysis of children under three years who were hospitalized as a result of child abuse and neglect-related injuries and their likelihood of being reported to CPS.


Webinar - Kinship and Grandfamilies Affected by Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders - National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW).

Wednesday, September 14, 10:00 AM ET

Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2022 Power in Partnerships: Prioritizing Lived Expertise in Child Welfare - Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative.

Wednesday, September 28, 10:00 AM-4:30 PM ET

National Collaborative for Integration of Health & Human Services


New Release: How to Create a Strong Legal Framework for Data Integration

Finding a Way Forward: How to Create a Strong Legal Framework for Data Integration (2022) was created by AISP with guidance from their legal advisory workgroup to support the essential and challenging work of exchanging, linking, and using data across government agencies. Explore the new report, including lots of practical checklists and templates


How the Minimum Wage Affects the Health Insurance Coverage, Safety Net Program Participation, and Health of Low-Wage Workers and Their Families, July 2022 - This brief from the Urban Institute describes the characteristics of minimum-wage workers, discusses the potential pathways through which the minimum wage may affect the health of workers and their families, and reviews recent empirical studies in this area.

Understanding Fathers’ Experiences of Stigma and Discrimination to Better Support Delivery of Healthy Relationship Education in Fatherhood Programs, July 2022 - This resource from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) summarizes ways in which some fathers in fatherhood programs experience stigma and discrimination, based on interviews with program staff and fathers conducted as part of the Coparenting and Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education for Dads (CHaRMED) study.


Discovery Workshop on eConsent: From Birth to End of Life - Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Tuesday, August 16, 12:00-4:30 PM ET

Webinar: Reimagining Intergenerational Housing - Generations United.

Tuesday, August 23, 2:00 PM ET

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!

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