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. 75, No. 1, February

Addressing Housing as a Social Determinant of Health
Homelessness is a multifactorial and complex condition that has a significant impact on nearly every social determinant of health. Social determinants of health, as defined by the World Health Organization, are conditions in which individuals live,...
Creating Modern, Responsive Health and Human Services in 2017
The theme of this issue--leading change--is the perfect place to set the stage for health and human services in 2017. It illustrates the importance that leaders at all levels of government and across the public and private sectors have in advancing...
If Not Now, When? Building Alliances between Public Health and Human Services Professionals
Recently I was asked, "What is the difference between population health and public health?" After working for 30 years in public health, I should have been able to respond quickly with an elevator speech that rolled off my tongue. Instead, I...
Inspire. Innovate. Impact
Inspire. Innovate. Impact. 2017 APHSA National Health and Human Services Summit Creating a Modern and Responsive Health and Human Services System A first-ever, joint summit between the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and the...
Legal Resources for Human Services Agencies Serving Native American Clients
Human services attorneys and other staff who serve Native American and American Indian individuals and communities may encounter a need for access to targeted legal resources. A 2012 report by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that the "U.S. population...
Missouri's Story: Practical Steps toward WIOA/TANF Alignment
The enactment of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 by bipartisan majorities in Congress revitalized and transformed the public workforce system to reflect the realities of the 21st century economy and meet the needs of jobseekers,...
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 Robert Fersh, President and Founder of the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution. Name: Robert J. Fersh Title:...
Should Being Registered as a Youth Sex Offender Be Grounds for Termination of Parental Rights?
As a general proposition, federal and state laws seek to keep families intact and keep children with their parents. Terminating a parent's rights is a decision with unequivocal consequences: The parent whose rights have been terminated has absolutely...
Staff Spotlight
Name: Guy DeSilva Title: Membership and Marketing Manager Time at APHSA: Six months Life Before APHSA: For the majority of my career I worked in the media industry in sales, marketing, and public relations and communications roles. I always...
TAN at 20: Time for Rational Changes
After 20 years since the enactment of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), it is time for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to be modernized to better support 21st century children and families...
The Future 5: Best Bets in Health and Human Services for Leaders to Create a Generative Future
How can we collaborate more effectively to transform the future? Where do we prioritize our investments in generative change? The answers are not so easy in an environment where exciting new opportunities often clash with entrenched ways of working....
The Importance of Governance with Incremental Modernization
Agile, modular, iterative, scrum, incremental--these are the development methodologies currently being used throughout our industry as they relate to health and human services system modernization. There is much debate about this "new" way of thinking...
The Value Curve Cone Viral: Yes, the Value Curve Has Officially Gone Viral
Since 2010 when this model wasc introduced by Harvard, at least two dozen cities and counties and six states are explicitly using the Health and Human Services (HHS) Value Curve to guide their strategic planning, practice model development, system-wide...
Why Housing First?
I always thought I wanted to start a shelter. I knew from a very young age--14--what I wanted to do with my life: work with people experiencing homelessness. "I know how to end homelessness," I thought. "If people can just come into my shelter, I'll...
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