Welcome to the APHSA blog! The Catalyst encourages the exchange of creative ideas and promising initiatives to strengthen the human services sector and accelerate our collective impact.

Featuring content from members, partners, and staff, our blog posts focus on what it takes to build well-being from the ground up. Organized around areas of impact as well as a variety of special series, our goal is to spark new ideas and accelerate the spread of promising approaches that help realize our shared vision for thriving communities built on human potential.

Black History Past, Present, and Future

Black History Past, Present, and Future

Natalie Willams, 02/13/2024

Latest Releases

2022 TANF Modernization Series

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Seven Ways to Improve TANF and Help Families Advance

Susannah Rodrigue, Matt Lyons, and Mary Nelson, 08/22/2022

Joining Families on Their Journey

Joining Families on Their Journey

Erin Oalican, 11/18/2022

Posts by Impact Area, Series & Year

Productive National Narrative

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Promoting productive narratives that facilitate finding common ground and advancing locally adaptable solutions centered on the whole family.

Modern Human Services Policy

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Advancing policy at federal, state, and local levels that is human-centered; rooted in the context of what it takes to be healthy and well in a community; and focuses on achieving social and economic mobility across generations.

Evidence-Informed Investments

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Supporting a culture of evidence in human service organizations and generating opportunities for building and spreading services that have been shown to work.

Data
Optimization

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Integrating and leveraging data while building the analytical capacity of human service agencies to inform sound policy and practice.

Agile Human Services Workforce

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Focused on the critical role of the workforce and enhancing the well-being and overall capacity of workers at all levels to deliver on the agency’s mission.

Healthier Ecosystem

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Creating thriving communities by understanding the enabling conditions for social and economic mobility through the lens of social determinants of health; whole family and multi-generation approaches; and Value Curve progression.

COVID-19 Pandemic
 

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As we continue navigating the uncharted waters of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will use this special section of our blog to highlight relevant topics.

#WhatEJMeansToMe Series
 

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A multi-part blog that looks at environmental justice.

2023 Farm Bill Series
 

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A multi-part blog that looks at the impacts of the 2023 Farm Bill.

Organizational Effectiveness Series

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Topics written and shared by APHSA's Organizational Effectiveness (OE) Team.

TANF Modernization Series

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A cutting-edge blog series getting to the core of modern TANF reform.

American Rescue Plan Series
 

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A multi-part blog that looks at the American Rescue Plan and discusses how to leverage it to strengthen the resiliency of our public human services infrastructure and substantially move the needle on social and economic mobility for long-term family success.

All 2024 Posts

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All 2023 Posts

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All 2022 Posts

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All 2021 Posts

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Find all articles posted in 2021.

Questions? Suggestions? Contact Jessica Garon, Director of Communications.