Welcome to APHSA's blog — a dynamic platform encouraging 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, The Catalyst focuses 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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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

five practices for social services

Five Evidence-Based Behavioral Science Practices for Social Services Agencies During COVID-19

COVID-19 Pandemic

05/12/2020

Stories of Resilience Part Two

Stories of Resilience in the Face of COVID-19: Part Two

COVID-19 Pandemic

05/05/2020

Race Equity Hunger and COVID-19

Race, Hunger, and COVID-19

COVID-19 Pandemic

04/29/2020

Exposing the Racial Fault Lines

COVID-19: Exposing the Racial Fault Lines in Our Public Policies

COVID-19 Pandemic

04/21/2020

Child Welfare Safety Assessment COVID-19

Child Welfare Safety Assessment and Planning During COVID-19 and Physical Distancing

COVID-19 Pandemic

04/16/2020

Why Public Service Matters

Why Public Service Matters – Now and Always

Agile H/HS Workforce

03/27/2020

Managing Remote Teams in Human Services

Managing Remote Teams in Human Services

Agile H/HS Workforce

03/24/2020

Illuminating Our Way Forward: 2020 Action Plan

Illuminating Our Way Forward: 2020 Action Plan

Modern H/HS Policy

03/09/2020

Better Outcomes for All: Resources for Optimizing Data

Better Outcomes for All: Resources for Optimizing Data

Data Optimization

02/05/2020

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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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