September 14, 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.

In August, APHSA submitted a response to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s proposed revision of civil rights data collection methods. This change would no longer allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility staff to visually assign a race or ethnicity to a SNAP applicant. APHSA was in favor of the change, and suggested that instead, FNS create a formal race and ethnicity category of “unreported”.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) publicized the final rule last week on the Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility, which will take effect on December 23, 2022. This rule provides clarity and consistency in how a noncitizen is deemed likely to become a public charge. Under this rule, receipt of SNAP and other nutrition supports or non-cash benefits will not be considered as grounds of inadmissibility. Read APHSA Summary.

APHSA submitted a joint letter last week on behalf of our coalition of membership associations urging Congress to provide a one-year extension to the TANF program, while we continue to work towards a bipartisan solution for a long-term reauthorization. We look forward to being a resource and ally as we work together to ensure TANF remains an effective tool to promote economic mobility and help people achieve family-sustaining wages.

In our latest Catalyst blog post, Tackling Turnover: How Agencies Are Supporting and Sustaining Their Workforce, Laura Haffield (Northwoods) shares advice on overcoming unprecedented levels of burnout and turnover.

We’re seeking a Vice President of External Relations to serve in a key leadership position at APHSA. The VP has the primary responsibility for building strong external relationships that advance the mission of APHSA, raise financial support, and help grow our national influence. Apply now or share with interested parties in your network.

The seating capacity for our upcoming National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Annual Education Conference is close to being full.

If you have not registered yet, please do so before we close registration.

Register here.

CEEWB - Center for Employment & Economic Well-Being


The Federal government seeks to build stronger collaborations and relationships with state and local governments, local communities, and researchers. Through a public request for information over the next 30 days, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of Management and Budget are working together to seek input on how the Federal government can encourage equitable data collaborations between different levels of government, with communities and grassroots organizations, and with a broader range of researchers who have not worked with the Federal government before. Comments are due by

October 3.


The following article references SNAP and Environmental Justice work and highlights a family spending $200/month of SNAP benefits on bottled water.

Living in a city with no water: ‘This is unbearable’ Washington Post, 09/03/22


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


Nominate Organizations and Programs That Help Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care, September 2022 - The Chafee Strengthening Outcomes for Transition to Adulthood (Chafee SOTA) Project is calling for nominations of organizations or programs that help youth transitioning out of foster care to successful adulthood. Submit nominations by October 3.


Resource Collection: Tools to Improve Support to Rural Communities, August 2022 – This list of rural health and child welfare resources from the Child Welfare Information Gateway will help child welfare professionals at all levels serve children and families in rural communities.


The Safer Communities Act: Changes to Medicaid EPSDT and School Based Services, September 2022 – This brief from KFF breaks down challenges of and the changes to the Medicaid Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) program and School Based Services as a result of the passing of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The Safer Communities Act required multiple federal agencies to review EPSDT implementation and provide guidance for State Medicaid programs by June of 2024.


The Landscape of School-Based Mental Health Services, September 2022 – In this analysis from KFF, the current standing of school-based mental health services are analyzed for the 2021 to 2022 school year. The analysis covers barriers to services and the effects of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act and the American Rescue Plan.


Introduction to the Our Tomorrows Project and Using SenseMaker for Child Welfare Planning, Research, and Evaluation - James Bell Associates (JBA).

Tuesday, September 20, 1:00 PM ET

National Adoption Month 2022 Webinar: Small Steps Open Doors - Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids.

Thursday, September 22, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Insights on Advancing Race Equity in TANF Webinar - ACF's Office of Family Assistance (OFA), APHSA.

Friday, September 23, 1:00 PM 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

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

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

National Collaborative for Integration of Health & Human Services


Make Your Voice Heard Request for Information Seeks Public Comment to Promote Efficiency, Reduce Burden, and Advance Equity within CMS Programs: September 6, 2022 - CMS released a Request For Information (RFI) seeking public input on accessing healthcare and related challenges, understanding provider experiences, advancing health equity, and assessing the impact of waivers and flexibilities provided in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Submit comment by November 4.


Iowa’s Integrated Data System for Decision-Making. Iowa has released an interactive dashboard designed to consolidate key data sources in one, easy-to-use place in order to focus attention on the indicators that are most relevant for early childhood strategic planning.

A Review of Human-Centered Design (HCD) in Human Services, September 9, 2022 - In this brief, the Office of Planning, Research, & Evaluation at HHS presents a definition of HCD that is applicable to the context of human services delivery, differentiate HCD from similar design and problem-solving approaches, and describe how HCD is being used in human services. They also explore what is currently known about evaluation efforts to date including facilitators to HCD implementation.

Unlocking the Data in Case Notes with Natural Language Processing - This webinar recording from the Allegheny County Office of Children Youth & Families introduces Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology for child welfare, sharing lessons-learned, and future plans for NLP as a tool for streamlining case management and transforming unstructured data into meaningful information.


NSDTA Showcase Series: Using Human Resources Data to Address Workforce Challenges - APHSA.

Tuesday, September 20, 3:00 PM ET

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. We are focusing on forward-thinking ideas about instructional design, workforce development, evaluation and research, and much more. Register now - limited capacity!


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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