Policy & Practice

A professional journal publishing articles on current health and human services issues for wide audience. Coverage includes social policy issues, reports of significant works of human service practitioners, social work theory and legislation, and editoria

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 2, June

APHSA's 75th Anniversary
National Spring Conference March 20-23, 2005 Washington 1. Jim Hine, left, APHSA board member and commissioner of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, presents the Innovations in State Human Services Award to Thomas Sheppard,...
Bilingual and Multicultural Experience Helps Work Back Home
In January 2003, I became the chief of party for the Jordan Poverty Alleviation Project (JPAP) after having served as the welfare director in Alaska and Utah. The two years I spent in Jordan have been the most fascinating experience in my career in...
Britain: Same Language, Different Meaning
In the autumn of 2000, my company, Electronic Data Systems, sent me to work with the British government on a national human service transformation program to modernize social welfare and benefits services and to improve the delivery of critical policy...
Communications and Sensitivity in Russia: Key to Implementing Changes
I arrived in Moscow in November 1999 to head a two-year (extended eventually to four and a half years) project for the Urban Institute (UI) in Washington, D.C. The project was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. [ILLUSTRATION...
Credibility Fosters Mutual Respect and Cooperation
From 1981 to 1983, I served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, with that country's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry as an Agriculture Extension Agent. The Small Farmers Project, to which I was assigned, aimed to teach farmers how...
Designed for Success: A Blueprint for Group Collaboration
Successful collaboration goes beyond the right group of people being in the right place at the right time. It is the skill and dedication of each individual to the whole that empowers a group to create a product that can be adopted across multiple...
Financial Accountability of Human Service Agencies
"Government Is Criticized On Oversight of Head Start," March 18, 2005, The New York Times "D.C.'s Anti-Poverty Agency Is Under Federal Scrutiny; Possible Fiscal Irregularities Questioned," March 24, 2004, The Washington Post "Ethics Charges Filed Against...
Getting Child Support Payments Electronically
Leveraging technology to serve customers has always been one of the top goals for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Among the numerous technology projects the commonwealth is undertaking is the eDisbursements program, which began in September 2004...
Inside Story
Even with the 75th anniversary conference of APHSA behind us, there is no letup on Policy & Practice in our efforts to continue to serve you with more relevant and better information that helps you do a better job. With this June issue, we have...
It's a Small World
The recent 75th anniversary celebration during APHSA's Spring Meeting created a wonderful opportunity to honor our past, examine the current state, and look toward the future. I want to thank the attendees, staff, and especially the presenters who...
Key in Dealing with Reporters: Don't Lie, Don't Hide
The best media communications policy for human service agencies is a policy of speedy and candid response, according to some veteran agency public information officers and journalists from some of the country's largest news media. Such was the consensus...
Newsmakers
Robin Arnold-Williams has been appointed director of Department of Social and Health Services in the state of Washington.Arnold-Williams served as executive director of Utah's Department of Human Services in 1997 until January of this year, and has been...
Numbers in the News
Food Stamp participation dipped in January 2005 to 25,458,113, an over-the-month decline of 29,290, but an over-the-year increase of nearly 2 million people -- The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) The number of people participating in the...
Numbers in the News
Food Stamp participation dipped in January 2005 to 25,458,113, an over-the-month decline of 29,290, but an over-the-year increase of nearly 2 million people-The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)The number of people participating in the Food Stamp...
'Nurse First' Logs Long Miles in Montana
Montana is known as the Big Sky Country for its picturesque vistas, mountain ranges and never-ending blue skies. For Medicaid clients, those never-ending blue skies can represent the distance that often separates them from a doctor in this largely...
Our Do'ers Profile
In Our Do'ers Profile, we highlight some of the hardworking and talented individuals in public human services. This issue features Jim Hine, commissioner of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Name: Jim...
Our Do'ers Profile
In Our Do'ers Profile, we highlight some of the hardworking and talented individuals in public human services. This issue features Jim Hine, commissioner of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.Name: Jim HineTitle: CommissionerYears...
RUSSIA: Communications and Sensitivity Key to Implementing Changes
I arrived in Moscow in November 1999 to head a two-year (extended eventually to four and a half years) project for the Urban Institute (UI) in Washington, D.C. The project was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.The purpose of the...
Say What?
Jack Welch, the longtime chief executive officer of General Electric, has written a new book titled "Winning." I'm not an avid reader of corporate self-help books, but a friend who is points out that the second of Welch's eight "rules" on leadership...
Social Enterprise Management: Transforming Government Service Delivery
Citizen Service, long an oxymoron, is becoming an attainable goal. From New York to Utah and from Louisiana to British Columbia, forward-looking state and provincial governments are embracing a new Social Enterprise Management (SEM) business model...
Social Enterprise Management: Transforming Government Service Delivery
Citizen Service, long an oxymoron, is becoming an attainable goal. From New York to Utah and from Louisiana to British Columbia, forward-looking state and provincial governments are embracing a new Social Enterprise Management (SEM) business model to...
Social Work Visions from around the Globe: Citizens, Methods and Approaches
Social Work Visions From Around the Globe: Citizens, Methods and Approaches By Anna Metteri, Teppo Kroger, Anneli Pohjola, Pirkko-Liisa Rauhala. Softcover/477 pages/The Haworth Press, first edition. 2004/ISBN 0-7890-2367-9 List Price $39.95Here is a...