November 20, 2020
We’re excited to share that we are partnering with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to support the transformation of the child welfare system through a prevention first model. Last month, our President and CEO Tracy Wareing Evans joined forces with ASTHO’s CEO Michael Fraser to discuss the intersection of human services and public health and why it’s so important for these two sectors to work together to achieve a shared vision of thriving families. You can find that podcast here.

Also check out our sister newsletter, The Connection, offering bi-weekly updates and resources pertaining to employment and economic well-being, child and family well-being, and H/HS integration. Sign up here!

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving break, and we'll see you back in December.
Legislative Updates
The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020

Today, the House will consider H.R. 8294, a bill to reauthorize the National Apprenticeship Act, the main federal law governing apprenticeships. Additionally, this bill would expand the national apprenticeship system to include apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeship registered under such Act, and to expand labor standards protecting the welfare of apprentices.

Child and Family Well-Being
ASPE Releases Report Showing Disparities in COVID-19 Rates

This report from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) analyzes data from state and county health departments on the racial demographics of COVID-19. Currently available data indicate significant, widespread, disparities in COVID-19 cases and deaths for minority communities. Evaluations of the disparities at the county level highlights variation in the severity of the impact on minority communities but also indicates that disparities persist in rural, suburban, and urban counties. 


The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released these FAQs which include information abut how to keep children safe from catching COVID-19, how funding and benefit flexibilities are going to be handled, and ways that the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) could make technology more accessible to all parties involved.   

Employment and Economic Well-Being
FNS Posts Next Round of P-EBT Guidance

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) posted guidance for the next round of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) that was authorized in the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021. The guidance includes a cover letter, P-EBT plan template, and Questions & Answers document. The guidance does not address the expansion to children in child care, but it is expected to be forthcoming.

GAO Report: Millions of Full-Time Workers Rely on Federal Health Care and Food Assistance Programs

On Thursday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report on the current state of full-time workers. Millions of American low-wage workers rely on federal programs to meet basic needs, such as Medicaid for health care and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for food. This report analyzes data from the Census and 11 states to gain insight into the labor characteristics of working adults enrolled in Medicaid and SNAP.

Notice of FNS Assessment of the Collection, Analysis, Validation, and Reporting of SNAP E&T Data Project

The Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has submitted a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a data collection project. FNS has contracted with Mathematica to identify and describe the current State and Federal systems that collect, validate, and analyze E&T data; assess current and future E&T data needs of Federal, Regional, and State staff; and recommend a plan to improve collection and use data for E&T programs. Public comments on the submission are due by December 18.

FNS Posts Report on 2018 WIC Food Packages

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released its report on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participant and program characteristics for food packages in 2018. The report estimates the average monthly food costs for each WIC participant category and food package type.

Upcoming Webinars & Virtual Events
APHSA Leadership Corner Series: Conversations to Spark Inspiration and Innovation
Our Leadership Corner sessions have concluded for 2020, yet stay tuned! We'll be back in 2021 with more virtual events. If you missed any of our earlier sessions or experienced technical issues, you can access recordings here.
TANF and Food Insecurity: Supporting Vulnerable Families in the Time of COVID-19

The Office of Family Assistance will host a PeerTA webinar to explore strategies for supporting vulnerable families, particularly as it relates to food insecurity, and the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on service delivery. A researcher panel will discuss how TANF programs have addressed food insecurity with their participants through strengthened coordination with SNAP and other public programs. In addition, several State and Tribal programs will discuss innovative partnerships between TANF agencies and charitable efforts to reduce food insecurity in local communities.

Tuesday, December 1, 1:00-2:30 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.