May 21, 2021
Check out our new webpage dedicated to advancing productive narratives that help us find common ground and advance solutions across health and human services. We will continue to add to our library of resources and examples over time and look forward to possibly sharing your own exemplary work!

Also new today, our latest blog post: Poverty and Neglect Are Not the Same - It’s Time to Realign Our Response, authored by Jody-Levison Johnson, President and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and Council on Accreditation. This is the latest in our new Catalyst blog series taking a detailed look at the American Rescue Plan and the ways in which we can leverage it to strengthen the resiliency of our public health and human services infrastructure.
Employment and Economic Well-Being
FNS Releases Report on Trends in SNAP Participation Rates: FY 2016–2018

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released a new report as part of a series on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation rates, which estimate the proportion of people eligible for benefits under federal income and asset rules to those who actually participate in the program. This report presents rates for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, comparing them to rates for FYs 2016 and 2017. Among other key findings, the report notes that SNAP served 82 percent of all individuals eligible under federal rules in 2018.

FNS Announces Availability of Non-Competitive Technology Innovation Grant Funding in FY 2021

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently announced the availability of non-competitive technology innovation grant funding, which will be distributed on a formula basis beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. FNS will accept applications from all eligible state agencies administering Child Nutrition (CN) programs and is also requesting comment on this non-competitive approach. This opportunity replaces the competitive CN Technology Innovation Grants (TIG) previously administered by FNS in FYs 2017 and 2019. Funding is anticipated to be announced in late spring 2021 and distributed to state agencies by late summer 2021. Written comments must be received on or before June 21.

FNS Webinar Recording for the FY 2021 PTIG

This webinar recording from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that occurred on May 7, 2021 is the first in their series on the Fiscal Year 2021 Process Technology and Improvement Grant (PTIG), featuring a discussion of basic information and application requirements for the PTIGs.

APHSA Partner Updates
WorkRise 2021 Request for Proposal

Diverse disciplines and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) scholars are encouraged to submit for the WorkRise 2021 Request for Proposal (RFP) that will support research on pilots and other innovative pathways for boosting upward economic mobility for low-wage workers. WorkRise will invest $2.5 million in research and pilot studies that develop rigorous evidence to inform and drive effective action toward a labor market that strengthens economic security and accelerates upward mobility for workers with low wages, particularly Black workers and other workers of color. The RFP is open to all researchers, employers, worker advocates, practitioners, policymakers, and other organizations with compelling project ideas that will build credible and actionable knowledge that strengthens changemakers’ ability to advance workers’ interests and mobility. The deadline for submission is June 27.

Upcoming APHSA Events
APHSA Third Thursday 360: Virtual Mini-Series of Health and Human Services Collective Learning

Join us for our last Third Thursday - It's never too late to participate, as your registration allows full access to the entire series! Building on our January-May sessions, we're continuing with topics on Child Welfare, SNAP, TANF, IT, Performance Management, Child Care, & more.

Thursday, June 17, 12:30-5:15 PM EDT

Certificates of attendance will be provided for the pursuit of continuing education (CE) credits. Pay once for entire series! Group discount available for five or more registrants. Learn more!
APHSA Webinar - Addressing Health Equity During the COVID Pandemic: A Discussion with the State of California

Join us along with BerryDunn and the California Department of Public Health for an honest reflection of the challenges each state faces and strategies they have employed to reduce their largest disparities during the COVID pandemic.
Over the last year, state health and human services departments have been working to manage the pandemic and the many facets of emergency response. During this moderated discussion, we will learn how California approached addressing health equity.

Wednesday, May 26, 2:30-3:30 PM EDT
Save the Date! 2021 conferences are being designed to fit the hybrid event model with both in-person and virtual options. More details and registration deadlines to come. Visit our Events Page for all our upcoming events.

Economic Mobility and Well-Being Conference (EMWB)
August 22-25, Milwaukee, WI

Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) September 26-29, Cincinnati, OH

National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA)
October 3-6, Spokane, WA

American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA)
October 17-20, Columbus, OH
Upcoming Webinars & Virtual Events
Stakeholder Session SNAP-Ed Webinar

Join this webinar for SNAP-Ed State and Implementing Agencies featuring opening remarks by Jessica Shahin, Associate Administrator, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In late December 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 mandated a 2% set-aside from SNAP-Ed state allocations for FY 2021. The funds were to be used for administration, training and technical assistance, and pilot projects. The webinar will explain how FY 2021 final allocations were calculated, with clarification on changes due to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and include a presentation of technical assistance and special projects to be implemented using 2% funding.

Wednesday, May 26, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT
NAPA Annual Social Equity Leadership Virtual Conference

Join the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) for the 20th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference. This virtual conference provides a space to discuss how public administrators can develop a broader understanding of social equity and recognize social equity's implications within the administrative context. You will have the opportunity to engage in the discussion through a range of educational lectures, workshops, live plenaries, keynote and lunchtime speakers, on-demand panels, and power social hours.

June 9-11, 2021
APHSA Career Center - Post Your Open Positions Today

APHSA serves as a clearinghouse for job opportunities throughout the health and human services (H/HS) field. Employers reach a wide audience of candidates looking for careers in H/HS and job seekers will find a bevy of opportunities throughout the country.