April 29, 2022

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Registration is open for the 2022 Economic and Mobility Well-Being (EMWB) Conference, to be held August 14-17 at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront in Savannah, GA. Join us in-person for informative sessions, engaging content, and a restorative experience! The EMWB conference brings together members from the American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD), the National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM), and the National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA). We can't wait to see you there! Register here.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming TANF Social Media Day next week on May 3, when we will be sharing TANF tools and resources and talking about the future of the program, now rounding a quarter century. Join us on Twitter with our hashtags #TANFNorthStar #TANFat25 #TANFMod and be a part of the conversation!

Legislative Updates

Secretary Xavier Becerra Renews the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration, Effective April 16

Renewing the public health emergency declaration ensures health care providers and state and territorial health departments have continued flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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White House Releases Agency Action Plans to Advance Equity and Racial Justice Across the Federal Government

The White House has released public plans across 25 agencies that describe department-specific strategies to advance equity, building on Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.

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Child and Family Well-Being

Head Start Services Expanded to SNAP Recipients

The Office of Head Start (OHS) recently issued guidance including receipt of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in the interpretation of “public assistance” when determining Head Start eligibility.

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New Data Collection on Child Welfare Data Linkages

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is requesting approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a new data collection activity on child welfare data, how it is linked to other agencies, and what barriers remain to linking child welfare data with other agencies. Comments are due by May 27.


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Employment and Economic Well-Being

USDA Launches RPN to Tap Resources for Rural America

The Rural Partners Network (RPN) is a collaboration between federal agencies and local leaders and residents focused on improving social and economic well-being, bolstered by existing local partnerships and assets. The RPN will launch in selected communities in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico, and certain Tribes within Arizona.  

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FNS Posts Guidance Clarifying SNAP General Work Requirements Amidst COVID-19 Safety Concerns

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) provided general guidance to inform state agency determinations for good cause when Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants voluntarily quit a job due to COVID-19 safety measures or as a reaction to an employer’s vaccination requirement.

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USDA Announces Intent to Establish Subcommittee on RCED for its Equity Commission

The new Rural Community Economic Development (RCED) Subcommittee will be charged with providing recommendations on issues and concerns related to rural development, persistent poverty, and underserved communities. USDA is soliciting nominations and applications for membership to the subcommittee until May 6.

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FNS Posts Study and Evaluation Plan for FY 2022

The plan is a forecast of projects the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) expects to pursue in Fiscal Year 2022. Projects cover a variety of topics, such as supporting the transition to post-pandemic nutrition program operations, incorporating a racial equity lens into internal agency operations, and strengthening oversight and management of federal nutrition assistance programs.

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USDA Opens SNAP PTIG Application to Improve SNAP Customer Service

This year’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Process and Technology Improvement Grant (PTIG) applicants will be required to address specific priority areas, such as increasing the use of technology-based tools to expand enrollment of underserved populations. The request for applications is currently open and all applications must be submitted by June 27.

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Upcoming APHSA Events
APHSA National Health and Human Services Summit

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the APHSA
National Health and Human Services Summit! Registration is now open for the Summit, to be held in-person on June 12-15 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. The Summit provides an opportunity for attendees to participate in workshops and sessions encompassing a diverse range of topics including policy, research, and state and local initiatives, engaging in valuable discussions on innovation and transformation. The Summit is bringing members, partners, and allied organizations together in-person and we want you to be there!

Early Registration rates end May 13
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American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Annual Education Conference Call for Proposals

The AAHHSA Conference Call for Proposals deadline is approaching! The AAHHSA 2022 Conference will be held October 9-12 at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square in Columbus, OH—save the date and learn more about the focus areas and session types in our proposal guide. Registration opening soon!

Deadline: Friday, May 6

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Upcoming Partner Events

Call for Proposals: 2022 Virtual All In National Meeting

The 2022 All In National Meeting Call for Proposals is now live for the 6th Annual National Meeting, to be held virtually. This year’s theme is Centering Communities to Transform Shared Data Systems. Applicants should be actively engaged in multi-sector collaboration working to improve community health through data sharing. View complete details on the call for proposals here

Interested applicants are encouraged to join All In for a Call for Proposals Information Session: May 5, 4:30 PM ET - Register here.

National Meeting: October 25-26, 2022

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