May 25, 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.

The expiration of the continuous coverage requirement authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) presents the single largest health coverage transition event since the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act. Find resources and guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on “Unwinding and Returning to Regular Operations after COVID-19,” to help promote Medicaid and CHIP renewal and share key messages to prepare people you serve to renew their coverage.

Share Your Success Stories and Nominate Your Agency or Team Today! The Award nominations are now open for the 2022 Economic Mobility and Well-Being (EMWB) Conference, to be held August 14-17 in Savannah, GA. Nomination categories include the AASD Collaborating Star Award; the NAPIPM Rising Star Award; and the NASTA North Star Award. Please submit all nominations by Friday, July 1.

APHSA Event Updates

Registration is now open for all APHSA Conferences,

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

Come celebrate 90 years of APHSA! The APHSA National Health and Human Services Summit will be held June 12-15 in Arlington, VA. Our theme, The Way Forward: Charting our Next Course honors our 90th anniversary celebration as we look to the future. We are showcasing volunteer leaders, parent and community voices, and many others who make our work possible and we want you to be there! Register now!


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 Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), in partnership with the Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) and Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), is kicking off its second year of SNAP E&T Technical Assistance (TA) Cohorts for Employment Social Enterprises (ESEs) and community-based organizations (CBOs). This is a unique opportunity to participate in customized T/TA and collaborate with peers working toward becoming a SNAP E&T provider or expanding as an existing one. Learn more here. Applications due June 3. Email [email protected] for questions.


The Florida Project: Recommendations for Healthy Eating SNAP Pilot Projects, April 2022 – This report from the Florida Policy Institute summarizes findings from a project in Florida where SNAP participants shared their experiences with accessing healthy foods through the program and develops strategies that enhance food and nutrition security through SNAP, especially for communities of color experiencing health disparities in Florida.

Delivering to Deserts: New Data Reveals the Geography of Digital Access to Food in the U.S., May 2022 - This brief from the Brookings Institution uses data on delivery zones from four of the most prominent digital food delivery companies and platforms—Amazon (Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods), Instacart, Uber Eats, and Walmart—to assess the geography of digital food access across the country.

States Have an Important Opportunity to Address Childhood Hunger This Summer, May 2022 – This report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities outlines important statistics on the effectiveness of Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program (P-EBT) at reducing childhood hunger. It urges states to issue P-EBT benefits by submitting plans to USDA for approval this summer.


The Office of Child Care (OCC) has posted Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) data tables from fiscal year 2019. The data tables over a variety of topics including the number of children served by CCDF on a monthly basis, the number of providers and the types of providers receiving CCDF funding.


State-level Data for Understanding Child Welfare in the United States, April 22, 2022 - Child Trends’ updated comprehensive resource compiles critical state-level data from a variety of sources on children, youth, and families who came in contact with the child welfare system. This resource provides state and national data on child maltreatment, foster care, kinship caregiving, and adoption.

Improving the lives of Children and Families through High Quality Lawyering,

May 16, 2022 - This brief highlights the Walter S. Johnson Foundation’s investment in three legal organizations in California who were implementing high- quality representation for children and parents separated by the foster care system. The brief looks at whether following certain attributes of legal representation would improve outcomes for children and families and the answer was a resounding Yes.

WIC: Lessons Learned from COVID-19, May 19, 2022 - This issue brief from the Network for Public Health Law evaluates the COVID-19 changes to the WIC program and assesses the current issues with the program highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also provides policy recommendations to ensure greater participation and adequate benefits for participants.


Practice Academy: Beyond Compliance: Empowering Families to Build Recovery Capital for Sustained Recovery and Family Wellness - National Family Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Program.

Tuesday, June 7, 2:00 PM EDT

2022 Families Learning Together Seminar - Native American Fatherhood & Families Association (NAFFA).

June 7-8, 2022

AFCARS 2020 Compliance and Penalties: A Webinar in the AFCARS Final Rule Training Series - Children’s Bureau.

Monday, June 13, 3:00-4:00 PM EDT

NRFC 2022 Virtual Event - The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC).

June 15-16, 2022


The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University and the National Governors Association (NGA) released a free online resource, called The Data Labs Playbook. It is a practical guide for public servants who want to launch a data-informed project in their state. Each section offers best practices, key questions, and tactical tools to use to advance any data project action plan, whether the project is new or existing.


What States Should Know as Federal Digital Equity Money Arrives - Government Technology, 05/16/22

How to Recruit and Manage Short-term Workers - Route Fifty, 05/17/22

The Case for Going Big With Infrastructure Spending - Route Fifty, 05/19/22


RECS 2022 Virtual Conference Registration Open - The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE).

June 1-3, 1:00-5:00 PM EDT

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

July 21-24, 2022

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 EDT

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

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

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