Our Cornerstone series sets forth why human services sit at the Cornerstone for Resilient Communities and a Revitalized Economy and how federal policymakers can help meet the most pressing needs while laying the necessary tracks for all communities to thrive. 

The recommendations provided in Cornerstone, and the subsequent policy briefs (below), are drawn from the on-the-ground expertise of our members—state and local health and human services leaders responsible for overseeing and aligning services that build resilience and bolster family well-being through access to food, health care, employment, child care, and other key building blocks.


Cornerstone Policy Briefs

This policy brief focuses on the challenges and opportunities that the Family First Prevention Services Act offers to accelerate the shift towards a prevention-oriented child well-being system.

This policy brief highlights how recent innovations in technology have opened a path for H/HS agencies to dramatically strengthen their data and technology infrastructure, while providing fairer and more equal access to crucial benefits and services. The brief shares recommendations on concrete policy steps that the Federal Government can take to help human services agencies create next-generation systems.

This policy brief highlights how we can build common ground on what families need to thrive and how TANF can align with other key building blocks to achieve the outcomes we desire. Check out our TANF Map of Core Principles - our values of equity, inclusion, and the limitless possibilities of Human Potential are illustrated as a North Star, guiding each of the Core Principles and all of our work!

This policy brief outlines principles for an equitable recovery that redesigns systems to counteract long-standing structural barriers and advance race equity.

Times of crisis and deep hardship call for pulling together, not for pulling apart. As the work to fortify our stressed communities and lay a stronger foundation continues, human services leaders are hard at work, and look to strengthen partnerships and find new allies in the healing and rebuilding process.

We continue working on additional policy briefs to add to this library of resources and help guide the current Administration and Congress. Please check back soon for additional publications.

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