March 3, 2023

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Hello Donna,

We are now accepting proposals for the National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Education Conference, held October 22-25 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square. The conference is ideal for sharing our collective work on building capacity for training and organizational development in human services. The deadline for proposals is April 5th! Learn more here!

Visit our blog, The Catalyst, to read our newest post titled, “Modernizing Technology for Change: Leadership and a Shared Vision.” This is part 2 in a multi-part blog series looking at transformational initiatives in human services agencies and the role of people, processes, and technology in enabling and supporting change. The series draws on the direct experience of three current and former human services agency leaders from Idaho, Oklahoma, and Michigan captured during interviews. Read it here!

We're growing! APHSA has new job openings, including a Conference and Events Coordinator, Marketing and Communications Specialist, and Registration Specialist. Learn more about these and other available positions at our Career Center. Apply now or share with interested parties in your network.

Child and Family Well-Being

Diaper Distribution Programs: Overview of Programs and Available Research 

The Office of Community Services in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released a brief on their recently launched Diaper Distribution Demonstration and Research Pilot, the first federally funded diaper assistance initiative.

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The Role of Implicit Bias in Early Childhood Settings

On March 13, the Bipartisan Policy Center will host a webinar with Dr. Walter Gilliam—the recently named executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska—on implicit bias and its implications on early childhood education.

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HUD Awards $12.9 Million to Prevent Homelessness Among Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the award of $12.9 million to 16 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in nine states to provide housing assistance to young adults transitioning from the foster care and who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

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Centering Black Families: Equitable Discipline through Improved Data Policies in Child Care 

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has released a brief that outlines the history of inequitable disciplinary practices in child care and early education. It also examines how equitable data practices can uncover program-level information that can center racial equity in data planning and collection.

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The Children’s Bureau Released March Issues of Children’s Bureau Express

The Children’s Bureau, within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), has released a new issue of the Children’s Bureau Express. It highlights the importance of authentically engaging youth and families with lived experience and supporting practices that encourage a human centered and driven system of support.

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Employment and Economic Well-Being

Exploring States’ SNAP Modernization Projects

The Urban Institute, in partnership with the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and Share Our Strength’s Center for Best Practices, has released findings from a project that explored how 40 states used the $1.15 billion in additional SNAP administrative funding that was authorized by congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read What States Are Investing In

USDA Releases Interim Report from Equity Commission

The USDA’s Equity Commission released its interim report of recommendation to advance equity for all. Recommendations include supporting policies to remove eligibility restrictions on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that disproportionately affect people of color.

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USDA Posts Literature Review on Wage Subsidies and Work-Based Learning for SNAP

The USDA shared a literature review conducted within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment & Training (E&T) program. The study describes how wage subsidies and work-based learning improve employment outcomes and other metrics.

Read the Report

FNS Shared FY 2023 Study and Evaluation Plan

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) shared its research and evaluation plans for Fiscal Year 2023. Projects include Support for Evaluating the Interview Requirement for SNAP Certification Assessment of State Waivers for Demonstration Projects and Designing a Pilot to Measure the Impact of Restricting SNAP Purchases.

Read About the Projects

FNS Shares Key Policy Memos to Prepare for the End of the PHE

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has shared several policy memos in the last month to help states prepare for the upcoming end of the National Public Health Emergency (PHE). These include SNAP Workload Management Matrix, Institution of Higher Education and Student Eligibility Rules, Compilation of Resource Materials and Policy Memos, Expiration of Program Flexibilities, Preparing for Reinstatement of the Time Limit for ABAWDs, Preparing for Changes in Student Eligibility.

APHSA Events

Don’t Let Public Health Emergency Unwinding be Your Agency’s Undoing

This webinar will be a “double-check,” helping agencies ensure that their unwinding plan is comprehensive, that all scenarios are considered, and that their team has the solutions needed to navigate the workload and the expected challenges in the best way possible. 

March 9, 1:00 PM EST 

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APHSA Peer Learning Webinar: The Human Services Value Curve in Action

The Human Services Value Curve orients leaders to transform programs and services into generative systems, enabling sustainable, population-wide outcomes for communities. Two leaders from the public and nonprofit sectors will discuss how they used the Value Curve lens to reimagine service delivery to center community and family voice while also building staff buy-in to become critical agents of change. 

March 24, 2:00 PM EST

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The Incredible Journey of Child Welfare Transformation

This webinar will focus on “Transformation” and how it can impact one of the most vital missions in health and human services: ensuring the safety and well-being of children while also fostering parental capacity to support strong and healthy families. 

April 6, 3:00 PM EST 

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Partner Events

WorkRise 2023 Request for Proposals

WorkRise has announced a new Request for Proposals for research that will inform policies and practices and, in turn, support increased workplace equity, improved job quality, and more robust economic mobility for US workers—especially workers in low-wage jobs and from communities that have been historically marginalized. 

RFP Deadline: April 7

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