Inside Story

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As we prepare for our 2006 summer conference, we at the American Public Human Services Association would like to inform you that Policy & Practice has reached a milestone. For the past 18 months, we have been revamping our publication from a dry, scholarly journal into a lively magazine that talks to you in plain English. We have expanded our editorial content, albeit in much shorter articles. We have redesigned the magazine, using attractive graphics and layout to make it easy on the eye.

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Most of all, we have been striving to offer you useful and usable content, things that you can apply to your daily tasks. We were determined to make the content inclusive--that everyone in public human service has a place in this publication.

To that end, we have added 11 new departments in the past 18 months:

* "My Turn" for APHSA board directors

* "Technology Speaks" for those who think computers

* "Making Things Happen" for agencies that want to showcase enterprising programs

* "The Field Works," which highlights the work and experience of frontline workers

* "Affiliates' Corner" for our affiliate members to share their news

* "Numbers in the News," statistics that we hope provide food for thought

* "Book Review," on books that we think are important for your work

* "Words on Words," a column that you might find useful if you write

* "Noted Studies," which highlights works of academic and research institutions

* "State and Local News," which showcases the good work of our members

* "Calendar," which informs you of the activities of the association and affiliates

Along the way, we expanded our publication from 32 pages to 40 pages--and you will find 44 pages in this issue. …