November 2, 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 are excited to announce our newest podcast, Disrupt the Dialogue, will launch tomorrow! It will feature powerful conversations with BIPOC leaders in health and human services. APHSA co-hosts Tina Wright-Ervin and Alexander Figueroa open the floor for leaders of color to share their personal experience and insight regarding the effect that race has on them and their careers. Listen to our first episode featuring Derrik Anderson of Race Matters for Juvenile Justice here or search for Disrupt the Dialogue on your favorite streaming platform on November 3. Also, be sure to check out the bonus episode of our APHSA podcast Our Dream Deferred, taking a deeper dive with Tina and Alex to discuss the inspiration behind Disrupt the Dialogue.

Be sure to visit our Digital Benefits Hub! Created in partnership with the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University, the Hub showcases content from leading organizations and government agencies on key topics such as improving the benefits journey, digitizing policy, and human-centered design. Visit to explore resources, case studies, and implementation tools—and learn from peers who are transforming the delivery of public benefits and services through data, design, and technology. Check it out here.

The latest Catalyst blog post is the fourth in our series, "The Core—A Cutting Edge Blog Series Getting to the Core of Modern TANF Reform," taking a detailed look at Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). APHSA's Romuald Tassigne highlights evidence that establishes how increased funding and resources provide the support families need, and which yield positive outcomes.

CEEWB - Center for Employment & Economic Well-Being


Tools and Resources for Card Skimming Prevention, October 31, 2022 - The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) issued joint guidance to state SNAP and TANF administrators on recommendations for how to prevent and mitigate third party fraud via card skimming. The recommendations include EBT card options both for customers and state agencies.

Together at the Table: Supporting the Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being of Grandfamilies, November 2, 2022 - This report from Generations United discusses the state of grandfamilies in the United States, including the latest findings on rates of hunger and food security, as well as policy recommendations to support grandfamilies. According to the report, 25% of grandparent-headed households with grandchildren and no parent present experience food insecurity.


Strengthening Families Webinar: Economic Stability and Family Well-Being - ACF Office of Family Assistance.

Thursday, November 10, 3:00 PM ET

CCFWB - Center for Child and Family Well-Being


Opportunities to Expand Support for HBCC through PDG B-5, October 2022 – This new research brief from Home Grown is intended to support state leaders as they consider responding to the "Opportunities to Expand Support for Home-Based Child Care through the Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five" to enhance services for home-based child care.

2021 Child Care Affordability, October 2022 – Child Care Aware of America has released another report – Price of Care: 2021 Child Care Affordability – in the series: Catalyzing Growth: Using Data to Change Child Care. This report outlines the continuing increases in the price of child care across the United States and highlights the continuing struggle many families face.

Mixed-Delivery Public Prekindergarten: Differences in Demographics, Quality, and Children’s Gains in Community-Based versus Public School Programs across Five Large-Scale Systems, October 2022 – A new working paper from researchers at the University of Michigan, MDRC, and NIEER examines equity within five large-scale mixed delivery systems that have taken steps to improve equity by setting in recent years (Boston, New York City, Seattle, New Jersey, and West Virginia).

The Role of Local Policymakers in Strategic Public Financing, October 2022 – This new fact sheet from Children’s Funding Project breaks down how local policymakers can support strategic public financing for kids. The fact sheet also highlights successful examples of policymakers who are championing children’s programs and services.

Paying for Mental Health Care Leaves Families in Debt and Isolated, October 2022 – This article from NPR explains how an untold number of families are dealing with a myriad of challenges finding and paying for mental health care, and then end up in debt. Many of these issues stem from the lack of therapists and psychologists in the U.S. and the even fewer number of whom take insurance.  

A New Podcast: PIVOT Towards Promising Futures, October 2022 – This new podcast from Futures Without Violence focuses on leaders working to end violence against children and families. The podcast features these leaders' insights on what is needed to pivot efforts towards a more promising future.

National Collaborative for Integration of Health & Human Services


2 Practical Approaches to More Equitable Government Spending - Route Fifty, 11/01/22


Exploring the Effects of a $15 an Hour Federal Minimum Wage on Poverty, Earnings, and Net Family Resources, August 2022 - This brief from the Urban Institute uses the Analysis of Transfers, Taxes, and Income Security (ATTIS) model to project the effects of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour in



Policing Doesn’t End Homelessness. Supportive Housing Does, October 25, 2022 - A new analysis by Urban Institute researchers shows that investing in supportive housing can address the root causes of homelessness, while allowing police to spend less time attempting to manage the problem and more time serving the needs of the entire community.


NCSL Base Camp 2022 - National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

November 15-16, 2022

AISP Content Specific Session, Finding a Way Forward, Part 2: Implementation - Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP). Part II of our discussion on Finding a Way Forward: How to Create a Strong Legal Framework for Data Integration. (View document here.) View Part I session here (passcode: qA7d#Myv).

Tuesday, November 15, 12:00 PM ET

Data is for Everyone: A Data Science for Social Impact Summit - Social Policy Institute at Washington University.

Tuesday, November 15, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM CT, in-person at Washington University in St. Louis and online.

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