Policy and Practice (P&P) is APHSA’s longstanding, bi-monthly magazine highlighting the latest insights and innovations in health and human services. In each issue, we feature stories from our members, which include health and human services leaders, as well as other leaders throughout the public sector, our strategic industry partners, APHSA staff, key partner organizations, and subject matter experts in other fields who are working every day to advance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

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The editorial themes for the 2022 Policy & Practice (P&P) issues are rooted in our mission to advance the well-being of all people by influencing modern approaches to sound policy, building the capacity of public agencies to enable healthy families and communities, and connecting leaders to accelerate learning and generate practical solutions together. To continue the shared learning of APHSA members and partners in our collective journey to build well-being from the ground up, the 2022 themes focus on the following:

February — A More Resilient Tomorrow: Building a Modern Health and Human Services Workforce for the Future.

To build a better, more resilient tomorrow for all Americans, we must focus on building a more stable and modern health and human services workforce. This issue will focus on the training and retention of the workforce; how to increase capacity through new tools and strategies; supporting work-life balance in a constantly changing environment (e.g., hybrid/remote work, new programs and tools, public sector under siege, etc.); and addressing the many stressors impacting mental health and resiliency. Articles that showcase how states and localities are using American Rescue Plan or infrastructure dollars to invest in the workforce are encouraged. Articles can also focus on advancements in the field; disparities and the social and environmental conditions that drive them; and other ways the workforce can contribute toward an equitable recovery and long-term repair.
Submission Deadline: January 21

April — Advancing Race Equity: How to Achieve Social and Economic Mobility.
In order to become a nation where all Americans can thrive, we must dismantle structural racism and inequities embedded in our systems. This issue will spotlight organizations applying a race equity lens to their work and intentionally making both internal and external changes in policy and practice. We are also seeking articles that help us understand the environmental and structural root causes of inequities among Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities, including new insights from qualitative research and on-the-ground demonstrations. Articles that showcase investments in building an equitable data analytics capacity are also encouraged.
Submission Deadline: March 11

June — Shifting Power to People and Place: What It Takes to Drive System Change.
This issue will focus on the importance of shifting systems to work with and for people and not the other way around. We wish to highlight stakeholder and community engagement that is truly human centered, as well as inclusion of youth and parent voice. Articles will showcase examples of agencies, both at the state and local levels, and in the private and nonprofit sectors, aligning programs and services to people and community needs—spotlighting the ways in which health and human services agencies and their partners are generating knowledge and evidence by understanding community context and applying an equity lens to data and decisions.
Submission Deadline: May 6

August — Navigating Upstream: Achieving Better Health and Well-Being through Prevention.
This issue is focused on prevention and early intervention as ways to improve overall health and well-being and how health and human services can positively impact the social determinants of health. Articles focused on promoting child and family well-being and preventing child maltreatment through effective primary prevention and early intervention will be particularly important to include in this issue. We are also seeking articles showcasing effective application of a prevention framework in the field, yielding meaningful outcomes for families, and shifting the orientation of programs and systems upstream. Other topics will explore the integration of large systems (e.g., housing, employment, justice, and health and human services) and learning from other sectors such as public health and education in working upstream to address root causes.
Submission Deadline: July 1

October — Innovating for the Future: Maximizing Modern Tools and Platforms.
This issue is our yearly “technology-focused” issue and is shared at the ISM Annual Conference. * Articles will showcase emerging technology and business practices that help advance the next generation of health and human services by giving modern tools to the workforce and customers. Specific examples of how state and local health and human services agencies are modernizing systems through the application of American Rescue Plan dollars or infrastructure funds are encouraged. We also wish to showcase what is required of agencies to modernize their business model for the future, leveraging advanced analytics to inform decision-making, and assuring ethical use of data through an equity lens.
Submission Deadline: August 26

December — Partnering for Impact: Co-Creating Generative Solutions.
This issue will focus on cross-sector collaboration, both as it relates to public-private partnerships and coordination across related public sectors such as education, housing, employment, and criminal justice. Contributions should include examples of collaborations and cross-sector work contributing to system change and leading to better outcomes for communities through generative solutions. We are looking for examples of partnerships that are moving beyond a single cross-collaborative initiative or the traditional contractor-vendor relationship to those that are truly co-creating, driving better outcomes, and achieving collective impact.
Submission Deadline: October 21

*The annual IT Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) conference convenes leaders in state and local government, innovative technology vendors, and federal officials to share strategies to improve health and human services programs using cutting edge IT solutions. This year’s conference is being optimistically planned for October 23-26 in National Harbor, MD.