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.

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Connections, Community, Context and Capital

Connections, Community, Context and Capital

Modern H/HS Policy

07/16/2021

Pandemic Response Accelerates Growth of Virtual Blended Training

Pandemic Response Accelerates Growth of Virtual Blended Training

COVID-19 Pandemic

07/14/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Automate for Impact: Three Keys to Success for Economic Assistance

Automate for Impact: Three Keys to Success for Economic Assistance

Agile H/HS Workforce

12/18/2020

Resiliency to Weather the Storm

Resiliency to Weather the Storm

Agile H/HS Workforce

03/01/2021

Creating a 21st Century Legacy Toward Thriving Families

Creating a 21st Century Legacy Toward Thriving Families

Evidence-Informed Investments

10/22/2020

Evaluating Human Services Technology in Times of Uncertainty

Evaluating Human Services Technology in Times of Uncertainty

Agile H/HS Workforce

10/02/2020

A Path Forward: Investing in Human Services for a Strong and Equitable Economic Recovery

A Path Forward: Investing in Human Services for a Strong and Equitable Economic Recovery

COVID-19 Pandemic

09/10/2020

The Importance of Courageous Leadership

The Importance of Courageous Leadership

Agile H/HS Workforce

08/18/2020

Insights for Designing Programs for Young Families

Insights for Designing Outcomes-Oriented Programs for Young Parent Families

Evidence-Informed Investments

07/16/2020

Moving Towards Racial Equity

Moving Towards Racial Equity: Not Your Typical Western

Agile H/HS Workforce

07/10/2020

Promoting the Well-Being of Immigrant Families at a Time of Urgent Need

Promoting the Well-Being of Immigrant Families at a Time of Urgent Need

COVID-19 Pandemic

06/29/2020

Essential Down Payment for a Resilient and Equitable Economic Recovery

An Essential Down Payment for a Resilient and Equitable Economic Recovery

COVID-19 Pandemic

06/18/2020

Stories of Resilience Part 3

Stories of Resilience Part Three: Applying a Race Equity Lens

COVID-19 Pandemic

06/08/2020

Parenting in a Pandemic

Parenting in a Pandemic: Spotlight on Young Families

COVID-19 Pandemic

05/29/2020

COVID19 Policy Response Older Foster Youth

COVID-19 Policy Response for Older and Transition Age Foster Youth

COVID-19 Pandemic

05/21/2020

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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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