October 12, 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.

APHSA and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry are excited to announce the launch of our Request for Proposals for our second round of Coordinating SNAP & Nutrition Supports (CSNS) grant funding. Proposals will be accepted until December 30. Join us for an informational webinar discussing this funding opportunity on Tuesday, October 18 at 1:00 PM ET. 

We'd greatly appreciate hearing about your past experiences with APHSA in our latest engagement survey by Wednesday, October 19! By taking just a few minutes of your time, your insights will help serve as a compass that will keep our work rooted in our collective vision for a nation of thriving communities built on human potential.

APHSA is growing! We have several new job postings, including VP of External Relations, Policy Associate, Assistant Director of Policy, People Engagement Associate and NEICE Project Coordinator. Check them out here. Apply now or share with interested parties in your network.

CEEWB - Center for Employment & Economic Well-Being


Online Shopping for Low Income and SNAP Families - Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign released a micro-report showing that online grocery shopping

has many potential benefits for families on tight food budgets. Their

executive summary discusses findings from the Online Purchasing Pilot for SNAP.

A Quick Guide to SNAP Eligibility and Benefits, October 4, 2022 - This updated guide from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is now available in both English and Spanish. They also translated their SNAP Policy Basics into Spanish as well.

The Historical Determinants of Food Insecurity in Native Communities – October 4, 2022 - This report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) investigates food insecurity for Native communities in the United States. It explores the historical roots and systemic barriers that communities have faced, and what it looks like today.

Implementing SNAP During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from the National Network of State SNAP Administrators, September 2022 - Based on research published by APHSA and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health last summer, this new brief from Healthy Eating Research provides key recommendations for the implementation of SNAP, based on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Community-Driven Anti-Racist Vision for SNAP, September 28, 2022 - 

This brief is co-written by members of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) Income and Work Supports team and the Community Partnership Group (a group of mothers with lived expertise), and discusses recommendations for advancing race equity in SNAP.


Virtual Conference - Charting a Resilient Future for US Workers: Solutions to Navigate an Uncertain Economy - WorkRise. APHSA President & CEO Tracy Wareing Evans will speak on a Research-to-Action Panel: "Applying Evidence to Inform to Support Resilience," on Tuesday, October 18.

October 18-20, 2022

CCFWB - Center for Child and Family Well-Being


Equity and Inclusion for Children with Disabilities, October 2022 – In this article from Start Early, federal policy recommendations to advance equity and inclusion for young children with disabilities are outlined. The recommendations were developed by the Alliance for IDEA Policy Initiative and other national partners.

The Impact of Federal Early Care and Education Programs on Tribes, September 2022 – This article from the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) describes the availability of economic and social programs and their impacts on Alaska Native and American Indian populations. The article explains how tribes are excluded from many federal support programs for early learning and development. BPC analyzed how tribes are impacted by the lack of availability of these programs.

Improving Professional Well-Being in Home Visiting Programs, September 2022 – This brief from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) discusses concrete methods for home visiting programs, models, and local agencies to measure and develop professional well-being. The Supporting and Strengthening the Home Visiting Workforce project works to understand professional well-being in a home-visiting context and provide methods of improvement for program and family outcomes.

New Orleans, LA’s Early Childhood Education Millage, September 2022 – The Children’s Funding Project released a new case study highlighting the successful April 2022 campaign in New Orleans that will dedicate over $21 million annually in revenue to infant and toddler care. The study breaks down the program from its inception and highlights city advocacy and barriers that were overcome.

COVID-19 Relief Bolstered U.S. Child Care Programs in Crisis, September 2022 – This brief from the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) discusses the benefits of Congress’ COVID-19 relief packages for struggling child care programs. BPC surveys 11 states for their insight.


Webinar - How Monthly Cash Gifts Are Fostering Infant Brain Development -

Social Current.

Thursday, October 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Webinar: What can we learn about the incidence of foster care placement from birth records? A cross jurisdiction model replication - Mathematica.

Tuesday, October 25, 3:30-4:30 PM ET

National Collaborative for Integration of Health & Human Services


Results for America is inviting you to celebrate the growing movement toward evidence-based policy making in state government during their upcoming webinar, as they launch the 2022 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence on October 20th, at 1:00 PM ET. State Standard of Excellence showcases data-driven, evidence-based practices, policies, programs, and systems used by state governments to invest taxpayer dollars in what works.

The Cincinnati Children’s Social Work Education Committee is seeking compelling presentation proposals that address a wide range of topics related to the impact of social policy on clinicians, patients, and families for the 2023 Annual Social Worker and Clinical Counselor Conference, "Making the Connection: Policy and Practice." The virtual conference will be held March 9, 2023. Submission deadline for proposals is November 4.


A Three-Phase Methodology for Conducting Equity-Focused Needs Assessments, September 13, 2022 - This article from Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) provides a history of social welfare needs assessment practices from their advent in the 1960s through the present day. The paper was written in response to President Biden’s January 2021 Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.


NAWRS Webinar: A Conversation on Engaging People with Lived Experience with Human Services Programs - The National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS).

Monday, October 17, 3:00 PM ET

Digital Benefits Hub Launch - Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University, APHSA.

Thursday, October 20, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Using Data to Advance Racial Equity in Local Communities - Urban Institute.

Tuesday, October 25, 3:00-4:15 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 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.

The 2022 NSDTA Conference registration is sold out! If you missed the opportunity to register, it’s not too late. Please complete this form so we can add you to our waitlist should we have any cancellations in the next few weeks. Sign up now for the on-demand package, which will include the live stream during the conference of all general sessions. Normally priced at $295, we are offering a pre-purchase price of $200, a $95 savings when purchased prior to October 19. If you have any questions, please contact the APHSA Events Team at aphsaconferences@aphsa.org.


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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