February 18, 2022
This week, we released our 2022 Action Plan that ensures our association-wide efforts are focused on what is ripe and essential as we work together to overcome both longstanding and new challenges. You can check out some of the highlights from the plan in our recent blog post, 2022 Action Plan: A Commitment to Outcomes.
ISM Call for Proposals is now open for state and local government agencies. The 2022 ISM Annual Conference and Expo will be held October 23-26 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD—save the date and learn more about the focus areas and session types in our proposal guide. Be sure to submit proposals by March 18.
Join our team! APHSA has several job openings including an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant and an Instructional Designer. The full list of open positions can be found here. Apply now or share with interested parties in your network.
Legislative Updates
Three Week Continuing Resolution Averts Government Shutdown

On Thursday, Congress passed another short-term spending bill to extend the federal budget through March 11. The extension sets up Congress to take on an omnibus appropriations bill in just three more weeks for fiscal year 2022.

Child and Family Well-Being
ACF Seeks Comment on State Child Welfare Data Linkages

The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) is seeking comment on a new study that would examine the extent to which states link administrative data on child maltreatment to other data sets, and challenges states face in linking data. Comments due by April 12.

FNS Publishes WIC Reports on Eligibility, Participant, and Program Characteristics 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently posted two Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) reports. The WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2020 report summarizes demographic, income and health-related characteristics and behaviors of participants certified to receive WIC benefits in April 2020. Additionally, FNS posted 2019 national and state estimates on the number of people eligible for WIC benefits and the percent of the eligible population covered by the program.

Employment and Economic Well-Being
New HHS Report Highlights How Antipoverty Efforts from the Administration Reduced Poverty in 2021

A new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report highlights the economic impact of the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The report, produced by researchers in HHS's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), projects that economic relief efforts—including economic impact payments, unemployment compensation and expanded unemployment compensation, and the monthly Advance Child Tax Credit payments—kept 20.1 million people out of poverty, including 7.8 million children.

Use of Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund (PEAF) to Respond to Winter Utility Needs

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has published a brief discussing the potential for the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund (PEAF) to support needy families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and by unusually high heating costs this winter.

USDA Announces Membership of Newly Formed Equity Commission

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the members of the new Equity Commission and its Subcommittee on Agriculture. This independent commission was authorized and funded by the American Rescue Plan Act to address historical discrimination at USDA.

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Releases Best Practices in the SNAP Employment and Training Program: 2016–2020

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a final report entitled, “Best Practices in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) Programs: 2016–2020" in accordance with Section 4022 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (PL 113-79). The report summarizes the research review and provides key findings on work-based learning strategies, the importance of case management and supportive services, and supporting long-term connections to stable employment.

FCC Seeks Comment on Proposals for ACP Outreach and Enhanced Benefit for People Living in High-Cost Areas

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks comment on proposals for increasing awareness of and participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program and for an enhanced affordable connectivity benefit for consumers in certain high-cost areas. Comments are due by March 16.

Final Rules for ACP

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted final rules for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a program established by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to subsidize broadband access for households with low incomes.

Upcoming APHSA Events
APHSA Webinar Series: Opportunities in SNAP E&T Part I – Introduction and the National Landscape

Join us along with the National Association of Workforce Boards for a two-part webinar series sponsored by the Coalition on Adult Basic Education. The first webinar will use a national perspective to introduce Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education & Training (SNAP E&T) as part of a broader workforce development ecosystem. Panelists will discuss how providers can integrate SNAP E&T as part of an overall workforce development strategy supported by multiple federal programs and funding streams.

Friday, February 25, 2:00 PM EST
APHSA Webinar - National Community Action Partnership Playbook

Join us along with speakers from the National Community Action Partnership, Virginia Department of Social Services, Virginia Community Action Partnership, and Hampton Roads Community Action Program to learn about our new partnership Playbook with the Community Action Partnership: Aligning Systems to Advance Family and Community Well-Being: A Partnership Playbook for Community Action and Human Services Agencies. This Playbook is a shared exploration of the ways our two systems have partnered together in response to the recent public health and economic crisis, and continue to move forward promising collaborative work focused on thriving families.

Wednesday, March 9, 1:30 PM EST
National Health and Human Services Summit Call for Proposals

Save the Date! We are excited to announce the return of our in-person National Health and Human Services Summit. Learn more about the focus areas and session types in our Call for Proposals Guide and be sure to submit your proposals by March 4. Registration opening soon!

June 12-15, Arlington, VA
Additional Events
Webinar - Food Insufficiency and Transgender Communities: Innovative Strategies to Improve Access to Food

Join the Williams Institute under the UCLA School of Law for a discussion on food insufficiency among transgender people. Panelists will examine contributing factors and strategies to improve access to food, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), charitable good resources, and Medicaid.
Tuesday, March 1, 1:00 PM EST
Webinar - SNAP to Skills: Integrating Effective Workforce Development Services into E&T Programs

Join USDA and the Seattle Jobs Initiative for an overview of workforce develop-ment best practices that, when integrated into States’ SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) programs, can improve outcomes for both work-ready and higher-barrier Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants. Hear from States and providers on how they are taking steps to improve their E&T program quality and what has worked well for them in helping SNAP E&T participants secure skills and employment.

Wednesday, March 2, 1:00 PM EST
NTIA IIJA Broadband Grant Program Webinar Series

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will host a pre-Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) technical assistance webinar series in connection with the five new broadband grant programs authorized and funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA): The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program; the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program; and the Digital Equity Act Programs, which include the State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program, State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program, and Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program.

March–May, 2022
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.