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APHSA Releases 2022 Annual Report
January 2023

“Check out a compilation of highlights from 2022 showing our ongoing commitment to influence modern approaches to sound policy, build the capacity of public agencies to enable healthy families and communities, and connect leaders to accelerate learning and generate practical solutions together.” Access the report.

2022 Highlights

Former Commissioner of New York State Office of Children and Family Services Joins APHSA
Press Release, November 2022

“The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) is excited to welcome Sheila Poole, former Commissioner of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), as Vice President (VP) of External Relations—a new, key leadership position for the organization.” Read the press release.

APHSA Welcomes New Chief Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer, Natalie Williams
Special Statement, November 2022

“As APHSA continues our journey to support equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in all we do, we are excited to share next steps which includes hiring Natalie Williams as Chief Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EDIB) Officer—a newly established role at the organization.” Continue reading.

APHSA Awards IT Innovations at the 2022 ISM Conference & Expo
Press Release, October 2022

APHSA’s Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) Conference & Expo promotes Information Technology (IT) solutions and celebrates IT achievements in human services. At this year’s conference, honors were presented during the Awards of Excellence Lunch on October 24. Learn about the four award recipients.

APHSA Recognizes Member Agencies and Partners at the 2022 EMWB Conference
Press Release, August 2022

“Recipients include Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services and Loaves and Fishes/Friendship Trays; Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Quality Control Team; and Vermont Department for Children and Families Economic Services Division.” Read the press release.

At this year’s National Health and Human Services Summit—the first in-person Summit since 2019—APHSA embraced the opportunity to formally recognize its members through 2022 Member Awards, including:

Congratulations to the recipients! APHSA and its members are honored to have these leaders as partners in building thriving communities across the country. Their unwavering commitment to unlocking the potential of all people in all places continues to be an inspiration.

Reimagining TANF to Promote Family Success and Career Development
Press Release, March 2022

“As we round a quarter-century of TANF, APHSA is embracing the call to reimagine how TANF can work in support of the families it serves, working with TANF administrators and health and human services leaders across the country to release our Core Principles for TANF Modernization: A Legislative Framework for TANF Reform.” Read the press release.

APHSA Releases 2021 Annual Report
January 2022

“Our 2021 Annual Report includes highlights from our work last year and the ways in which we continue to advance our mission by influencing modern approaches to sound policy, building the capacity of public agencies to enable healthy families and communities, and connecting leaders to accelerate learning and generate practical solutions together.”

APHSA Annual Report 2020

APHSA Announces Five New Board Members and New Board Leadership
Press Release, January 2022

“New members of the Executive Governing Board bring diverse experience and distinct insight to the association’s strategic direction.” Read the press release.

2021 Highlights

NEICE Wins Best of NIEM Award!
Press Release, September 2021

“The National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) administered by the AAICPC and APHSA was awarded a 2021 Best of NIEM Award, for Best Implementation of NIEM, for its use of National Information Exchange Model Standards to translate data moving between 43 states for the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. The Best of NIEM awards showcase exceptional examples of NIEM’s implementation.”
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APHSA and Share Our Strength Partner to Support Innovative SNAP Efforts in Six States
Press Release, April 2021

“Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign will invest nearly $2 million in six states to advance SNAP agency innovation and interagency coordination to combat childhood hunger. Each project will be carried out over an 18-month grant period with support from APHSA. APHSA will facilitate cohort learning and exchange, provide technical assistance to funded sites, disseminate lessons learned, and distill policy implications to broader SNAP and WIC stakeholder networks.” Read the press release.

APHSA Introduces Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Peer Community
Press Release, March 2021

“The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Peer Community provides a platform for current and future leaders to discuss policy and practice related to advancing racial equity in health and human services at the state, local, and community levels.” Read the press release.

APHSA Releases 2020 Annual Report
February 2021

“This year’s annual report highlights collective success stories and opportunities coming out of a year none of us will ever forget.”

APHSA Annual Report 2020

APHSA Awarded $3 Million Grant to Advance Family Economic Mobility
Press Release, February 2021

“The W.K. Kellogg Foundation selected APHSA for a grant to advance equitable systems change by advancing family-centered economic mobility approaches. Building on work already underway in the state of Mississippi, this funding will advance local, regional, and national system alignment to support public and private family-serving systems toward family economic mobility.” Read the press release.

In a special statement released on January 21, 2021, APHSA addresses how we can build foundations for equitable recovery and resilient communities following the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States

“The attention of our nation must return to addressing the profound challenges before us amidst a pervasive public health crisis, its deep economic repercussions, and ongoing racial injustice.” Read the full statement.

APHSA President & CEO Tracy Wareing Evans took a few moments to share a special message in light of the US Capitol takeover on January 6, 2021

“As all of us continue to process what happened that day, we are reminded as to what undergirds and guides our collective work—people and public service. We are humbled and honored to work alongside our members and partners to continue to build common ground and advance well-being for all people across the nation.” Watch the video.

2020 Highlights

APHSA Stands Ready to Partner with Incoming Federal Administration and Congress
Press Release, December 2020

APHSA shows how human services sit at the Cornerstone for Resilient Communities and a Revitalized Economy in new transition briefs.
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APHSA, ACCT, and NCAP Awarded SNAP E&T National Partnership Grant
Press Release, October 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) selected APHSA, in partnership with the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and National Community Action Partnership (NCAP), for a FY 2020 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment & Training (E&T) National Partnership Grant. Selected through a competitive process, this three-year grant totals $2.1 million and kicked off on September 30, 2020. Read the press release.

Investing in Human Services for a Strong and Equitable Economic Recovery
Special Statement, September 2020

Breakdowns in negotiations within Congress and the Administration have led our country towards a series of fragmented legislative and executive actions aimed at stopgap solutions to complex problems. We must stay laser-focused on a systems approach to building thriving, resilient communities that support family well-being and create real opportunities for social and economic mobility. APHSA calls upon federal leaders to come together around bipartisan solutions that equip state and local agencies with the tools needed to meet the whole needs of families and communities. The magnitude of the challenges we face cannot be solved through piecemeal investments in these building blocks. Read the full statement.

A Call to Action for Human Services
Special Statement, June 2020

APHSA is committed to being an accountable actor and supportive ally in systematically eliminating structural racism and the resulting inequities. We believe that dismantling these inequities and the institutional racism embedded within them must be at the heart of our systems’ work until one’s racial identity has no influence on how one fares in society. Read the full statement.

APHSA Partners with ESN for Collective Impact in the U.S. and Europe
Press Release, March 2020

APHSA has formed a strategic partnership with the European Social Network (ESN), the leading network for local public social services in Europe. The partnership will enhance the work of both associations who share a core allegiance of working to advance the well-being of all people and build stronger communities. Read the press release.

For additional highlights, check out our annual reports from recent past years.