Welcome to APHSA's blog! The Catalyst encourages the exchange of creative ideas and promising initiatives to strengthen the health and human services field (H/HS) and accelerate our collective impact.

Featuring content from members, partners, and staff, as well as experts from outside our field, our various posts focus on what it takes to build well-being from the ground up. Organized around the six impact areas (see below) defined in APHSA’s Strategic Playbook, 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.

Latest Releases

Pregnancy and Poverty: Forging a Path Forward for Families

Pregnancy and Poverty: Forging a Path Forward for Families

Modern H/HS Policy

09/26/2022

Gearing Up for the 2023 Farm Bill: Lessons Learned from SNAP Policy Planning Sessions with Health and Human Services Leaders

Gearing Up for the 2023 Farm Bill: Lessons Learned from SNAP Policy Planning Sessions

Modern H/HS Policy

09/22/2022

Tackling Turnover: How Agencies Are Supporting and Sustaining Their Workforce

Tackling Turnover: How Agencies Are Supporting and Sustaining Their Workforce

Agile H/HS Workforce

08/31/2022

Seven Ways to Improve TANF and Help Families Advance

Seven Ways to Improve TANF and Help Families Advance

The Core—TANF Modernization Series

08/22/2022

One Mental Health Hotline: How is Your State Addressing the 988 Mandate?

One Mental Health Hotline: How is Your State Addressing the 988 Mandate?

Healthier Ecosystem

08/11/2022

Child Care Reform: An Essential for Economic Recovery

Child Care Reform: An Essential for Economic Recovery

Modern H/HS Policy

08/01/2022

Shifting Structural Power to Advance Race Equity

Shifting Structural Power to Advance Race Equity—Part 3

Modern H/HS Policy

07/15/2022

Shifting Structural Power to Advance Race Equity Part 2

Shifting Structural Power to Advance Race Equity—Part 2

Modern H/HS Policy

06/03/2022

A Tangible Illustration of the Promise of TANF

A Tangible Illustration of the Promise of TANF

The Core—TANF Modernization Series

05/26/2022

Shifting Structural Power to Advance Race Equity

Shifting Structural Power to Advance Race Equity

Modern H/HS Policy

05/13/2022

2021 American Rescue Plan Series

Investing for the Future: The Possibility of the American Rescue Plan

Investing for the Future: The Possibility of the American Rescue Plan

Modern H/HS Policy

05/07/2021

Investing for the Future: The Possibility of the American Rescue Plan

Poverty and Neglect Are Not the Same — It’s Time to Realign Our Response

Modern H/HS Policy

05/21/2021

Time to Learn Our Lesson

Time to Learn Our Lesson: The Opportunities from the COVID-19 Pandemic to Enable State and...

Modern H/HS Policy

06/08/2021

States and Localities Should Strengthen Data Analytics

States and Localities Should Strengthen Data Analytics Capacity Using Rescue Plan Funds

Modern H/HS Policy

06/16/2021

Connections, Community, Context and Capital

Connections, Community, Context and Capital

Modern H/HS Policy

07/16/2021

Investing State and Local Recovery Funds in Human Services Agencies

Investing State and Local Recovery Funds in Human Services Agencies

Modern H/HS Policy

07/29/2021

Improving Emergency Nutrition Response for Families: State Perspectives on P-EBT Implementation from the 2020-21 School Year

Improving Emergency Nutrition Response for Families: State Perspectives on...

Modern H/HS Policy

10/28/2021

Align Across Sectors to Maximize Benefits of Federal Funds

Align Across Sectors to Maximize Benefits of Federal Funds

Modern H/HS Policy

11/05/2021

Reimagining SNAP Administration through a Human-Centered Lens

Reimagining SNAP Administration through a Human-Centered Lens

Modern H/HS Policy

11/19/2021

Highlights from 2021

The Final Push for the Child Tax Credit: Strategies to Implement Text Outreach Before the November 15th Deadline

The Final Push for the Child Tax Credit: Strategies to Implement Text Outreach...

Agile H/HS Workforce

11/05/2021

Our Dream Deferred: Fulfilling the Nation’s Promise

Our Dream Deferred: Fulfilling the Nation’s Promise

PRODUCTIVE NATIONAL NARRATIVE

10/22/2021

States Can Use SNAP E&T As a Strategy to Approach Skills Training

States Can Use SNAP E&T as a Strategy to Approach Skills Training

Modern H/HS Policy

09/29/2021

Pandemic Response Accelerates Growth of Virtual Blended Training

Pandemic Response Accelerates Growth of Virtual Blended Training

COVID-19 Pandemic

07/14/2021

Pandemic Reveals Path to Modernizing IT and Human Services Delivery

Pandemic Reveals Path to Modernizing IT and Human Services Delivery

COVID-19 Pandemic

05/14/2021

Think You're Ready to Buy Human Services Technology? Think Again.

Think You're Ready to Buy Human Services Technology? Think Again.

Agile H/HS Workforce

04/26/2021

To Make the Child Care System More Equitable, Expand Options for Parents Working Nontraditional Hours

To Make the Child Care System More Equitable, Expand Options for Parents Working Nontraditional Hours

Modern H/HS Policy

04/23/2021

Resiliency to Weather the Storm

Resiliency to Weather the Storm

Agile H/HS Workforce

03/01/2021

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Productive National Narrative

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

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Modern H/HS Policy

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.

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Evidence-Informed Investments

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

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Data Optimization

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

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Agile H/HS Workforce

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.

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Healthier Ecosystem

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.

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COVID-19 Pandemic

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

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American Rescue Plan Series

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

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The Core—TANF Modernization Series

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

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