2021 News

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.
Read the press release.
View launch email.
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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.

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