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

Providing Data to Advance Racial Wealth Equity

Providing Data to Advance Racial Wealth Equity

Natalie Evans Harris, 01/12/2023

Data Optimization

A Vision for Young Families: Introducing the System Alignment for Young Families Project

A Vision for Young Families: Introducing the System Alignment for Young Families Project

Lofaine Bradford, 01/06/2023

Evidence-Informed Investments

How Can Data Stop Homelessness Before It Starts?

How Can Data Stop Homelessness Before It Starts?

Andrea Danes, 11/17/2022

Data Optimization

Trauma-Informed Care: What Problem Are We Trying to Solve?

Trauma-Informed Care: What Problem Are We Trying to Solve?

Molly Tierney, 10/14/2022

Agile H/HS Workforce

Child Care Reform: An Essential for Economic Recovery

Child Care Reform: An Essential for Economic Recovery

Meg Dygert, 08/01/2022

Modern H/HS Policy

Shifting Structural Power to Advance Race Equity—Part 3

Shifting Structural Power to Advance Race Equity—Part 3

Tracy Wareing Evans, 07/15/2022

Modern H/HS Policy

Joining Families on Their Journey

Shifting Structural Power to Advance Race Equity—Part 2

Tracy Wareing Evans, 06/03/2022

Modern H/HS Policy

Shifting Structural Power to Advance Race Equity

Shifting Structural Power to Advance Race Equity—Part 1

Tracy Wareing Evans, 05/13/2022

Modern H/HS Policy

Joining Forces Across the Atlantic to Celebrate World Social Work Day

Joining Forces Across the Atlantic to Celebrate World Social Work Day

Alfonso Lara Montero and Tracy Wareing Evans, 03/15/2022

Agile H/HS Workforce

2022 Action Plan: A Commitment to Outcomes

2022 Action Plan: A Commitment to Outcomes

Tracy Wareing Evans, 02/17/2022

Modern H/HS Policy

2022 TANF Modernization Series

Joining Families on Their Journey

Joining Families on Their Journey

Erin Oalican, 11/18/2022

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Seven Ways to Improve TANF and Help Families Advance

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

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 H/HS 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 health and 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 health and human service agencies to inform sound policy and practice.

Agile H/HS 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.

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 health and human services infrastructure and substantially move the needle on social and economic mobility for long-term family success.

TANF Modernization Series

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

All 2023 Posts

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Find all articles posted in 2023.

All 2022 Posts

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Find all articles posted in 2022.

All 2021 Posts

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Find all articles posted in 2021.

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