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. 72, No. 5, October

APHSA's Partnership Demonstrates the Power of Public-Private Collaborations
I am thrilled to announce our dynamic new partnership with the Alliance for Children and Families (Alliance)1 and the National Organization of State Associations for Children (NOSAC).2 Through our affiliate, the National Association of Public Child Welfare...
Building a Better Home-Delivered Meal System
IN APRIL 2013, THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA. DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES' AREA AGENCY ON AGING FACED A CRISIS.ITS largest provider of home-delivered meals (HDM) 11 \ chose not to renew its contract at the end of the fiscal 11 U year. With only 10 weeks...
Business Process Reengineering Project
"We are trustees of the public's trust and public funds. It is incumbentupon us to continuously seek ways to improve our processes to maximize the limited human and capital resources we have on our disposal. We owe it to the taxpayers and the vulnerable...
Confronting Childhood Obesity
How new federal nutrion guidelines hope to make a differencePrevalent childhood obesity has emerged as an alarming trend in the last several decades in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "more than one...
Eckerd Rapid Safety Feedback^sup SM^: Bringing Business Intelligence to Child Welfare
This is true not only because of the failures that may have contributed to the tragedy, but also because of the system consequences and predictable media narrative they can reinforce. Ask the public what they think about the child welfare system and...
Fathers Are Essential in the Lives of Our Children
In Virginia, the number of children living in single-parent families has increased from 12 percent in 1960 to approximately 36 percent today. The research is clear that children who grow up in intact, two-parent families do better on a wide range of...
ISM Presents Recognition Awards
IT Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM), an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association, announces this year's Recognition Awards winners. A total of 30 nominations were received for the four categories to be awarded. In the...
Navigating and Advocating for the Most Vulnerable
The county government we inherited in January 2012 was in trouble. The budget had a huge hole in it, and there was a massive structural deficit. The county's reserve fund had been drained. These financial problems, while daunting, were at least visible....
New Pathways to Economic Stability
Integrating Financial Services into Human Service DeliveryAccording to a 2011 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) survey, 40 percent of households with income under $30,000 did not have a bank account.1 Many of these households rely on higher-cost...
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 Sherri Z. Heller, Director of the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services.Name: Sherri Z. HellerTitle:...
Psycho-Legal Considerations of Placing Children in Foster Care
A healthy three-year-old is placed in a foster home. A month later, a 16-year-old with a history of borderline personality disorder is placed in the same home. Without permission, the 16-year old decides to give the three-year old a bath. Tragically,...
Redefining Communities: Awareness, Engagement, and Support in a Social, Mobile World
Selftes, hashtags, pins, and vines... while it may not seem to be a brave new world, the convergence of mobile and social media has certainly created a new world and a new definition of community. Like the phone and the personal computer before it, this...
Staff Spotlight
Name: Mary (Lee) BrogdonTitle: Assistant Director of Strategic InitiativesTime at APHSA: Since March 2014Life Before APHSA: There's not enough room for the complete list! I am a Minnesota native (brrr). However, I have worked on aging issues in Philadelphia,...
The 2014 Congressional Elections: What to Expect and What It Could Mean for Human Service Programs
No one has a crystal ball, particularly when it comes to politics. Any callow political scientist can tell you that the second mid-term election for an incumbent president's party is likely to be difficult. Only President Bill Clinton was able to break...
The Rise of the Healthy Individual
Tracking Grassroots Commitment to Health and Human Service ConvergenceLEADING A GROUNDSWELL OF CHANGELocal jurisdictions such as counties and cities are in an excellent position to drive health and human service convergence. For example, consider counties'...
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