Magazine article Policy & Practice

Previewing APHSA's 2015 National Policy Forum

Magazine article Policy & Practice

Previewing APHSA's 2015 National Policy Forum

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Each year the nation's leaders in human services come together at APHSA's National Policy Forum to discuss issues affecting their programs, to learn from each other, and to hear from some of the most important voices in the country about what to expect in the future. APHSA is the only national association representing state human service departments, making our National Policy Forum a tremendous opportunity for organizations to exhibit and demonstrate some of the most exciting and innovative practices in the field. Those of us involved in the forum view it as a key to continuing to build on our commitment to evolve the delivery of human services.

The National Policy Forum will be held June 8-10 at the Marriott Georgetown in Washington, D.C. You can register to attend on our web site at http://aphsa.org/content/APHSA/en/ events/CONFERENCES.html.

The environment in the nation's capital has changed and that change is reflected in many of the policy debates surrounding issues such as reshaping the financing of the child welfare system, improving child care, oversight of SNAP, and budget cuts via sequestration. With new leadership in Congress, there are national debates shaping up over how best to deliver services. It is with that in mind that APHSA has put together an agenda to examine those debates and to help participants understand what is being discussed and the consequences of some of the decisions being made.

This year we have two very exciting speakers lined up. One of our keynote speakers, Donna Brazile, is a veteran political strategist, an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, and vice chair of voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee. She is the author of the best-selling memoir, Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, and is an on-air contributor to CNN and ABC, where she regularly appears on "This Week."

Brazile was included in O magazine's first-ever list of 20 "remarkable visionaries," and Washingtonian magazine named her among its "100 Most Powerful Women," while Essence magazine listed her as one of the "Top 50 Women in America." Brazile also received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's highest award for political achievement. Aside from working for the full recovery of her native New Orleans, Brazile's passion is encouraging young people to vote, working within the political system in order to strengthen it, and running for public office. Her presentation will cover our current political environment, hot-topic legislation, campaigns, and voting. …

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