Our blog, authored by APHSA staff, members, and partners provides readers with the latest experiences, ideas, and innovations in the health and human services (H/HS) field. Questions or comments? Want your voice to be heard? Contact Jessica Garon.


Building Well-Being from the Ground Up

By: Tracy Wareing Evans June 25, 2018

Building Well-Being

As we work with leaders across the country, there is an increasing energy aimed at advancing economic and social mobility with and through the communities in which we live. This focus on “localism” is evident across geographic areas, governance structures, and political ideologies. Whether we live in an urban, suburban, or rural community, in a state or county-run human services system, or in a red, blue, or purple state, we share a common desire to be healthy and live well. Every one of us wants to live in a vibrant community where we feel safe and can be active, in a home that is stable and affordable, and in a place that gives us opportunities to support our loved ones through quality education and work.

Last week, APHSA hosted our annual Local Council Retreat, which brings together local leaders from around the country whose missions are rooted in building well-being from the ground up. Through APHSA’s National Council of Local Services Administrators, health, housing, and human services leaders work to advance sound policy and practice through collective learning based on their first-hand knowledge and expertise. In collaboration with state and federal partners, these leaders are at the front line of finding and implementing practical solutions that advance economic and social mobility.

To highlight the role that local health, housing, and human services play in building thriving communities, we’re excited to share a new infographic.

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The Health and Human Services Workforce: Igniting the Potential Part 2

Supporting and Enhancing the Child Protection Workforce

By: Jamie Sorenson & Traci LaLiberte              April 2018


Minnesota is one of a handful of states whose child welfare system is structured as a state-supervised and county-administered model. Minnesota’s system spans a large geographical area made up of 87 counties and 11 federally recognized tribes...

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The Health and Human Services Workforce: Igniting the Potential
Part 1

By: Tracy Wareing Evans  |  March 2018


In our 2017 member survey, concerns about the agency workforce topped the list of what keeps health and human services (H/HS) leaders up at night: the ability to recruit and retain staff with the right talents and capabilities; how best to develop and train the workforce in a...

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Unlocking the Power of Human Services to Build Strong Families and Communities

By: Tracy Wareing Evans and Susan N. Dreyfus  |  February 2018

Building Well-Being

Imagine a country where every citizen has the ability to reach their full potential—a country where families and communities have access to the building blocks that sustain well-being and a foundation of support provided by a range of systems working collaboratively across...

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2017 & 2016 Posts

Structural Inequities in the Criminal Justice System: A Personal Account

By: Phil Basso  |  2017 Series

Structural Inequities

To quote a colleague, I was "woke." For me, serving as the deputy of a national human services association, being woke feels like being foolish—for not knowing before what I now know in my bones. But it also feels like being cleaner, wiser, and more equipped. My summons to serve...

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What's Wrong with Worthiness? And Other Framing Dilemmas...

By: Nat Kendall-Taylor  |  March 2016


What do the phrases working families, low-wage earners, on the path to self-sufficiency, and building financial stability have in common? One similarity is that they are all terms that the human services sector frequently uses to describe the benefits...

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The Human Services Value Curve: From Concept to Execution

By: Tracy Wareing Evans  |  July 2016

Human ServiceS Value Curve

Throughout my travels this summer, I have had the opportunity to spend time with many of our members, partners, and other transformative leaders steering our collective work. One theme that continues to emerge in our conversations is the Human Services Value Curve. I have even heard things like...

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