November 5, 2021
Help connect families with the historic Child Tax Credit before the November 15 non-filer deadline passes. The White House is recommending organizations, cities, and state and local government agencies conduct outreach with digital campaigns and text messaging. Read APHSA’s latest blog post highlighting effective state and local text campaigns, including sample texts you can customize and send to families in your jurisdiction.
A second new blog post, part of our ongoing blog series that takes a detailed look at the American Rescue Plan, highlights how to maximize benefits of federal funds by aligning across sectors. Authors Jeffrey Levi of George Washington University and Karen Minyard of Georgia State University discuss a new collaborative program and its principles for leaders to maximize the federal investments and lay the foundation for an equitable response to future crises.
And check out our latest podcast episode on the impacts of social media on modern life in our new series, Our Dream Deferred: Fulfilling the Nation’s Promise. You can find us on your preferred streaming platform by searching for “Our Dream Deferred” or our podcast page. Catch us every Tuesday, share with your network, write us a review - and send us your feedback and questions!
Legislative Updates

As of early Friday, Congress continues to consider the $1.9 trillion Build Back Better social spending package. House Democrats are cautiously optimistic of proceeding to a vote shortly. However, the bill will still need to be passed through the Senate where it will be subject to further changes. The latest bill text was shared through the House Rules committee on Wednesday and is linked below.

House Passes Continued State Flexibility to Assist Older Foster Youth Act

The act would extend temporary flexibilities provided to states under the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act. The bill now moves to the Senate.

House Passes the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act

The act would reauthorize the Family Violence and Prevention Services program through FY 2026. It also modifies the program and authorizes new programs and activities for prevention of violence and system improvements.

Child and Family Well-Being
QIC-WD Seeking Child Welfare Agency Partners

The Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) is seeking 5 to 8 state, local or tribal child welfare agencies that are interested in examining their human resources data to address child welfare workforce challenges. Goals for the project are:

  1. Inspire and motivate child welfare and Human Resource leaders to work together to use data analytics to address child welfare workforce challenges and opportunities;
  2. Initiate and strengthen connections between child welfare and HR leaders to meet the challenges during these unprecedented times;
  3. Build awareness, knowledge, and/or understanding around data analytics, with a special emphasis on how data can be used to address questions about race equity in the workforce;
  4. Support agencies to initiate plans to use HR data to address child welfare workforce challenges.

Employment and Economic Well-Being
FNS Invites Intervention Submissions for SNAP-Ed Toolkit

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is inviting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) implementers, interventionists, researchers, and practitioners to submit interventions not currently included in the SNAP-Ed Toolkit for review and potential inclusion. The online submission portal opened on November 1. The portal closes January 23, 2022.

HHS Releases $3.37 Billion in FY22 LIHEAP Funds

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released $3.37 billion in funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for fiscal year 2022. This funding is based on 90% of the FY2021 appropriation. The state and territory allocations can also be found in the link below.

USDA Invests $3.5 Million in Increasing Purchasing Options for Tribal Communities

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) awarded $3.5 million to eight tribal nations that will, for the first time, offer greater flexibility in the administration of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).

Upcoming Events
APHSA Webinar - Immigrant Families and Child Welfare Systems: Emerging Needs and Promising Policies

Join us for a webinar with the Migration Policy Institute discussing issues concerning immigrant families. Families with immigrant members interacting with state and local child welfare systems may face distinctive issues and challenges relating to a child or parent’s immigration status, barriers to service access resulting from linguistic and cultural differences, and fear or distrust toward public systems. Speakers will explore considerations for the child welfare field, along with promising state and local practices, and recommendations for staff training, procedures, child placement, and child welfare intersections with the immigration system.

Tuesday, November 9, 2:00 PM EST
Gov 2025 Jam

Join an amazing group of Government thought leaders for a free Global "Jam" focused on how governments can emerge stronger from the pandemic. Hosted by the Center for the Business of Government and the IBM Institute of Business Value, the Jam focuses on Government actions to emerge stronger from the pandemic. APHSA President and CEO Tracy Wareing Evans joins Alfonso Lara-Montero of the European Social Network on November 9, to discuss experiences and lessons learned over the last 18 months on the role of communities in Europe and the United States delivering social programs. 

November 9-10, 2021
Information Session: SNAP to Skills State Technical Assistance Opportunity

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service Office of Employment and Training and the SNAP to Skills (S2S) Team will host an information session to share more about the current S2S Project, the type of technical assistance that will be offered to States, and the process for requesting support. S2S is designed to provide states the technical assistance, tools, and resources they need to build more effective and job-driven Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education & Training programs.

Wednesday, November 10, 12:00-1:00 PM EST
FY 22 SNAP-Ed Toolkit Intervention Submission Training

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is hosting a training webinar for those submitting an intervention to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Toolkit for FY 22. Developers and organizations submitting an intervention can review with The SNAP-Ed Toolkit team how to apply the RE-AIM Framework to their application and submit their intervention through the online submission portal.

Wednesday, November 10, 3:00-4:00 PM EST
APHSA Leadership Corner

Join us for our next edition of our Leadership Corner series. In Advancing a Strong Social and Economic Future for Black and Brown Families in the South, we will learn with Renata Soto, a nationally recognized leader and champion for partnering with immigrant families and communities, to realize a better social and economic future across generations.

Tuesday, November 16, 2:00 PM EST
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.