With and through our members, we engage in policy work that will help the nation’s public health and human services system move toward a modern, outcome-based, client-centered system that is designed to strengthen families, create opportunities for sustained economic independence, and increase the overall health and well-being of all Americans.

As our prior Pathways publications illuminate, the modernization of the health and human services system requires policy and funding that: 

• Promotes innovation, including the expansion of demonstration projects

• Provides reliable federal funding streams, especially in economic downturns

• Allows public/private funds to be blended, braided, and moved across programs and services to best meet local needs

• Builds system and operational capacity

• Is structured to measure outcomes, not process outputs

• Encourages cross-sector collaborations

• Accelerates use of non-traditional financing strategies, such as social impact financing