The Catalyst is a dynamic platform that encourages the exchange of creative ideas and promising initiatives to strengthen the Health and Human Services field and accelerate our collective impact. The Catalyst will feature content from our members and partners as well as experts from outside our field on what it takes to build well-being from the ground up. Using social determinants of health, well-being, and equity lens that considers the impact of the places we live, learn, work, play, and age is critical to understanding root causes and moving up the Human Services Value Curve. Only in considering the physical environment, employment and working conditions, educational opportunities, and access to health services on the communities we serve, can we effectively design programs and services that genuinely meet families where they are and shift our focus upstream to more impactful (and less costly) prevention efforts. We hope that this blog sparks new ideas and accelerates the spread of promising approaches that help realize our shared vision for thriving communities built on human potential.
The Catalyst is organized around the six (6) impact areas defined in APHSA’s Strategic Playbook, the guidebook for APHSA’s action plan for the next five years.
Click on an area of interest to see articles related to the impact area.