The editorial themes for Policy & Practice issues are rooted in our mission to advance the well-being of all people 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. To continue the shared learning of APHSA members and partners in our collective journey to build well-being from the ground up, the 2019 themes focus on what is needed to create a modern and responsive health and human services (H/HS) system: adaptive leadership, modernization, family-centered service delivery, innovation, prevention-focused approaches, and partnerships.

Policy & Practice is a member benefit. To access past issues, please login. If you are interested in receiving or contributing to any upcoming issues, please contact the editor, Jessica Garon.

2019 Lineup

February — Adaptive Leadership: Championing Progress in Our Field

This issue is focused on how H/HS leaders across the nation are guiding and pacing the field through both the discomfort and opportunities of transformational change. Today, leaders are shifting mindsets and orienting their workforce to be able to engage more authentically with families through the lens of the Human Services Value Curve and orientations like social determinants of health and whole family approaches. Articles should showcase these, and other ways individuals are leading in times of rapid change and uncertainty. We also seek content highlighting the development of leaders at all levels of an organization and the role the workforce plays in unlocking the potential of people and communities.

April — What It Takes: Creating a Modern and Responsive Health and Human Services System

This issue is shared at our National Health and Human Services Summit*. We are looking for contributions that focus on key strategies and successful models for transforming how health and human services are delivered in this country through leadership, policy, and practice. Topics should include using whole family approaches and applying science (including neuro-, framing, and implementation sciences) to drive better outcomes. State and local innovations that are already showing impact (“proof points”) or promise, including those implemented in collaboration with other partners, are always a priority.

June — Human-Centered Design: Putting Family at the Center of Our Work

This issue will focus on the use of human-centered principles impacting the design and delivery of services. Articles will showcase examples of agencies, both at the state and local levels, and in the private and nonprofit sectors leveraging population-level data to understand community context and align programs and services to actual needs. We also wish to highlight client empowerment, justice, and equity principles and standards.

August — Innovating for the Future: Maximizing Modern Tools and Platforms

This issue is our yearly “technology-focused” issue and is shared at the ISM Annual Conference**. Articles will showcase emerging technology and business practices that help advance the next generation of H/HS by giving modern tools to the workforce and customers. We also wish to showcase what is required of agencies to modernize their business model for the future and leverage advance analytics to inform decision-making.

October — Navigating Upstream: Achieving Better Health and Well-Being through Prevention

This issue is focused on prevention and early intervention as ways to improve health and well-being and how H/HS services can positively impact the social determinants of health. Articles focused on the progress of states and localities in connecting H/HS will be particularly important to include in this issue. Other topics will explore the integration of large systems (e.g., housing, employment, and H/HS) and learning from other sectors such as public health in working upstream to address root causes.

December — Partnering for Impact: Co-Creating Generative Solutions

This issue will focus on cross-sector collaboration, both as it relates to public-private partnerships and coordination across related public sectors such as education, housing, employment, and criminal justice. Contributions should include examples of collaborations and cross-sector work contributing to system change and leading to better outcomes for communities through generative solutions. We are looking for examples of partnerships that are moving beyond the traditional contractor-vendor relationship to those that are truly co-creating, driving better outcomes, and achieving collective impact.

*The 2019 APHSA National Health and Human Services Summit will be held May 19-22 in Arlington, VA.

**The annual IT Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) conference convenes leaders in state and local government, innovative technology vendors, and federal officials to share strategies to improve H/HS programs using cutting edge IT solutions. This year’s conference will be held September 22-25 in Milwaukee, WI.

Policy & Practice is a member benefit. To access past issues, please login. If you are interested in receiving or contributing to any upcoming issues, please contact the editor, Jessica Garon.