August 24, 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 multi-part blog series on TANF reform focuses on the ways in which TANF agencies, aligned systems, and community voices are thinking differently about how TANF programs can help families succeed for the long-term. Our latest post is written by Susannah Rodrigue of Jobs for the Future (JFF), and APHSA's Mary Nelson, and Matt Lyons.

Two senior-level career opportunities are currently available to lead federal programs that have an incredible impact on the economic mobility and well-being of people. USDA is hiring for an Associate Administrator to lead the SNAP program and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is hiring a Deputy Director to help support the TANF program.

The deadline for Recognition Awards is extended to Friday, August 26 for the National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Annual Education Conference, to be held October 16-19 in Spokane, WA. Nominate your agency today!

CEEWB - Center for Employment & Economic Well-Being


Museums for All encourages people of all backgrounds to visit museums by removing financial barriers from museum entry. Participating museums provide reduced admission, ranging from free to $3.00, to visitors presenting their SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer) card. There are nearly 1000 museums, spanning every state and every museum type - art museum, children’s museums, history museums and historic sites, natural history museums, science and technology museums, arboreta and botanical gardens, and zoos and aquaria – for families to choose from. Learn more here.


Minnesota Announces State Will Expand Availability of Free Meals to 90,000 New Students this School Year through Medicaid Direct CertificationOffice of Governor Tim Walz, 08/15/22


Informing the White House Conference: Ambitious, Actionable Recommendations to End Hunger, Advance Nutrition, and Improve Health in the United States, August 2022 - This report by the Task Force on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health puts forth a series of policy recommendations and actions to advance the 2022 White House Conference goals of ending hunger, improving nutrition, and reducing diet-related diseases in the United States.

Pandemic EBT: Recommendations for a Permanent Nationwide Summer EBT Program, July 2022 - The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)’s latest Pandemic EBT report draws on a survey sent to all state SNAP directors to highlight the critical importance of this program for children, families, and school nutrition programs. It then takes lessons learned reported by states to make policy recommendations for a permanent nationwide Summer EBT Program and identifies best practices to support the implementation.

Policy Basics: Tribal TANF, August 3, 2022 - This policy guide from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities outlines the basics of Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF). Over the last two decades, the number of Tribal TANF programs has more than doubled. Nearly half of the 574 federally recognized tribes are served by Tribal TANF, which enables them to better meet community needs, deliver culturally responsive services, and take advantage of additional flexibilities.


Project IMPROVE Leadership Initiative- Introductory Session -The Office of Family Assistance.

Tuesday, September 20, 12:00 PM ET

Insights from Food Modeling Research: Putting the Thrifty Food Plan into Practice - National Pork Board. Approved for 1 CPEU from the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This is an ethics-related CPE activity.

Thursday, September 22, 11:00 AM ET

CCFWB - Center for Child and Family Well-Being


Health-Care Coverage for Children and Youth in Foster Care-and After, August 2022 – This issue brief from the Children’s Bureau provides information on the eligibility pathways that allow for children and youth in foster care to receive Medicaid or other health-care coverage. The brief also includes resources to help youth understand their healthcare options as well as resources for child welfare agencies to assist children and families in obtaining healthcare.


Kinship Care and the Child Welfare System, August 2022 – This fact sheet from the Children’s Bureau was published in order to help kinship caregivers who work with child welfare agencies to do so effectively. The fact sheet includes multiple resources to provide easy access to places that offer support as well as methods for navigating the child welfare system.  

Advances in Supporting Kinship Caregivers, August 2022 – The Children’s Bureau has released a new five-part podcast series that explores how child welfare systems across the country are engaging with and supporting kinship caregivers. The series is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.  

Paid Family Medical Leave in States: Progress and Considerations, August 2022 – This paper from Zero to Three reflects on the progress made by states in implementing paid family and medical leave (PFML) as well as addresses the importance of incorporating PFML for early childhood development. The paper also stresses the importance of PFML to promote adequate care and bonding time between parents and their children.


Linking Administrative Data to Improve Understanding of Child Maltreatment Incidence and Risk Factors: A Feasibility Study - Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Mathematica.

Tuesday, September 6, 2:30-3:30 PM ET

Webinar – How Cost Models Can Help Tribal Nations Support Early Childhood Programs, Children’s Funding Project

Wednesday, September 7, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

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


The Coleridge Initiative announced Round 2 of the Democratizing Our Data Challenge. The Challenge is designed to develop and scale innovative ideas for data products, projects, and services. Driven by agency need, the Challenge supports proposals that seek to produce new and/or actionable information about employment outcomes and economic mobility associated with different transitions.

The goal is to support collaboration of state agencies within and across state lines to transform the secure and safe use of data and evidence to inform policy. The deadline to submit your Letter of Intent is September 30.  For more information, visit their website and submit your Letter of Intent here


New Tech Improves Outcomes for Children in Allegheny County - Government Technology, 08/10/22

$550M in Federal Preparedness Grants Prioritize Security for State and Local Governments - Route Fifty, 08/19/22

Your Check's in the Mail: States Give Tax Refunds to Cushion Inflation -Route Fifty, 08/19/22


CLTC White Paper: AI’s Redress Problem, August 2022 - A new white paper from the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) explores the issue of the array of harms that may result from artificial intelligence (AI) and provides recommendations for policymakers, corporations, and civil society organizations to create pathways for affected individuals or groups to seek redress when they are adversely affected by AI.

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 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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