September 28, 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 have partnered with the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University to launch a Digital Benefits Hub—a dynamic, open-source library of resources, case studies, and implementation tools for public benefits professionals. Join us virtually on Thursday, October 20th at 1:00 PM ET for our launch, featuring a demonstration of features and content, with the opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback, and contribute to the hub! RSVP here.

We'd greatly appreciate hearing about your past experiences with APHSA in our latest engagement survey. 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.

We are requesting proposals to contract with an organization to provide leadership development, staff learning, and facilitated discussions/coaching that continue to advance APHSA’s culture of racial equity and justice. Over the past year, led by staff input, APHSA developed a strategic roadmap that will guide our work for the next 3-5 years. Proposal deadline is October 14. Learn more here.

APHSA is growing! We’re seeking a Policy Associate to support our policy portfolio focused on moving health and human services systems upstream. We're also seeking a Vice President of External Relations to serve in a key leadership position at APHSA. Check out our recent job posts here. Apply now or share with interested parties in your network!

CEEWB - Center for Employment & Economic Well-Being


Today was the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health – the first conference of its kind in over 50 years. Yesterday, The White House released its National Strategy, which includes a set of proposed actions for the Administration, Congress, and non-profit, philanthropic, state, local, and Tribal partners to take to achieve the goal of ending hunger and increasing healthy eating and physical activity by 2030. Key actions for health and human services include expanding the Summer EBT program, expanding SNAP eligibility for underserved populations, making permanent the use the of online SNAP, making it easier for people to access federal benefits, expanding the use of SNAP incentives for fruits and vegetables, promoting SNAP-Ed, and enhancing nutrition research on equitable outcomes.


Read National Strategy

Read New Commitments from External Partners

Read APHSA Summary of National Strategy

Read APHSA Special Statement

CCFWB - Center for Child and Family Well-Being


New Data and Fact Sheets Released for State Child Abuse & Neglect (SCAN) Policies Database, September 2022 – New data and fact sheets were released from the State Child Abuse & Neglect (SCAN) policies database that include information about child maltreatment definitions and policies across states and U.S. territories. The fact sheets include information on policy differences, reporting requirements, and screening across states.

Family First Toolkit Part 3: Evaluating & Improving Quality, September 2022 – The third part of Chapin Hall’s Family First Toolkit contains tools intended to serve as a foundation for evaluating the ongoing implementation and effectiveness of Family First prevention services using a continuous quality improvement process. Part one and two are also available and are focused on planning and readiness, as well as implementation and change management.

DC Announces Free Health Insurance for Child Care Workers and their Families, September 2022 – This blog from Under 3 DC outlines the new steps the District of Columbia will be taking towards providing equitable compensation for child care workers in January 2023. Educators will be able to access free and quality health insurance coverage as part of the first public child care workforce program in the District to support every child care staff member. This program will be provided regardless of citizenship status.

Pregnancy and Poverty: Forging a Path Forward for Families, September 2022 - Our latest Catalyst blog post shares the challenges that childbearing people experiencing poverty endure, and policy steps that would help create a path forward for them.


Webinar - Bringing Long-Term Stability to the Child Care Market: Effective Workforce and Subsidy Policy Strategies - MEF Associates, University of Virginia, Urban Institute.

Thursday, September 29, 3:00 PM ET

Webinar - How Federal Funding Tools Can Help Tribal Nations Support Child and Youth Programs - Children’s Funding Project and the National Indian

Child Care Association.

Wednesday, October 5, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

APHSA Peer Learning - Continuous Quality Improvement in VA: Applying DAPIM™ - Fairfax County Department of Family Services, Richmond

Department of Social Services, APHSA.

Thursday, October 6, 2:00 PM ET

Webinar - Cutting through the Chaos by Reframing Childhood Adversity,

Social Current.

Tuesday, October 11, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

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

Social Current.

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

National Collaborative for Integration of Health & Human Services


What’s New in Digital Equity: The State of Digital Equity Funding - Government Technology, 09/08/22

Feds Launch New Climate Resilience Planning Portal - Government Technology, 09/12/22

New Data Resource Focuses on Racial Wealth Gap - Route Fifty, 09/15/22


Exemplary Data Use by State TANF Agencies: Beyond Routine Reports and Analyses, August 17, 2022 - This brief from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) should be of interest to state TANF administrators who want to make their agencies more data-driven and are in search of strategies and practices for creating a strong data culture. Additionally, the brief may be of interest to policymakers, researchers, and organizations seeking to expand analytic capacity in state TANF agencies and other related human service programs (for example, SNAP, Unemployment Insurance, and Medicaid).


Webinar - Going Beyond Self-Care: Re-Focusing on Worker Well-Being to Combat Turnover - Northwoods.

Wednesday, October 5, 3:00 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 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.

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


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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