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. 74, No. 2, April

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NAPCWA Continues Education and Advocacy to Advance Child Welfare Finance Reform LegislationAPHSA and the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA), along with the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the National...
A Whole-Family Approach to Workforce Engagement
Human service programs and social policies frequently focus only on adults or only on children. This is true of many programs and policies explicitly aimed at families. A two-generation approach to human services is one that focuses on the needs of...
Charting a Course for Change
"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors."-AFRICAN PROVERBProviding services to families and communities is a voyage. The condition of the waters changes with federal and state mandates, budget implications, shifts in the standards of practice, gentrification,...
Charting a Course for Change: Navigating Change with Intentionally and Courage
"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors." --AFRICAN PROVERB Providing services to families and communities is a voyage. The condition of the waters changes with federal and state mandates, budget implications, shifts in the standards of practice,...
Engaging the Consumer Voice
Consumer engagement comes in many forms, sometimes through chance encounters. Through one such encounter a street vendor and an association leader form a relationship, listen to one another, and advance each other's understanding of how our held is...
Gage East
Olmsted County is the home of the world famous Mayo Clinic. Our county is located in SE Minnesota with a total population of 150,000. The Mayo Clinic is the largest private employer in Minnesota, but outside of Rochester, our county and region are very...
Gage East: A Two-Gen/multi-Gen Story from the Prairie
Olmsted County is the home of the world famous Mayo Clinic. Our county is located in SE Minnesota with a total population of 150,000. The Mayo Clinic is the largest private employer in Minnesota, but outside of Rochester, our county and region are...
It's a Matter of Design: Our Theory of Change
In this issue of Policy & Practice we focus on the heart of our collective mission--the individuals, children, and families who embody the health and human system our members and their extended networks support every day. At the American Public...
No More Band-Aids
The answer may surprise you. If these two events had actually happened, you would quickly discover that these buses and stadiums filled with babies were active child welfare cases of substantiated "neglect." If you kept digging, you would also learn...
No More Band-Aids: A Science-Informed, Two-(Or More) Generation Reset
What would you do if a convoy of 2,500 school buses, loaded with infants, passed you on the highway? Or if you went to a football stadium and the patrons were 100,000 little babies? First, you would tweet to your 500 best friends about this freakish...
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 Anne Mosle, Vice President of the Aspen Institute. Name: Anne B. Mosle Title: Vice President, the Aspen Institute...
Staff Spotlight
Knowledge Management (KM) is a strategic priority at APHSA and our team supports members in mobilizing and translating knowledge into actionable information to enhance staff and organizational capacity and consumer outcomes. Current KM initiatives...
Travels with the Value Curve
"A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it." --John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley, 1962 I was one of those kids who read under the covers at night with a flashlight. The Hardy Boys series and any books...
Unlocking "Household DNA" to Deliver a Personalized Customer Experience in Health and Human Services
We all have a unique combination of characteristics that make us individuals: our employment history, financial circumstances, and educational background, among other things. The environment in which we live, where we live, and with whom we live further...
Vetting Prospective Foster Parents
The wrong foster parent can pose a security threat to a child and a liability threat to a human service agency. So, do you know someone who wants to be a foster parent? Expect them to be vetted as part of the home study process. According to the...
When Do Informal Parenting Arrangements Need Approval from the State?
It is axiomatic that, ideally, it is best for children to be cared for by their parents. Yet, on an informal basis, thousands of children reside for extended periods of time with a caregiver who is not their parent. Often they are the child's relatives,...
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