Magazine article Policy & Practice

Build: 2016 Highlights

Magazine article Policy & Practice

Build: 2016 Highlights

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Through the Pathways framework, we advanced our members' policy and practice priorities through the following actions and accomplishments:

> Launched the Center for Employment and Economic Well-Being (CEEWB), a new APHSA collaborative center that coordinates and implements our members' priorities for successful and sustainable engagement in the workforce. CEEWB provides a forum for a wide range of stakeholders concerned with these issues, including leaders from APHSA affiliates who manage lead work and economic support programs, nonprofit representatives, and industry partners. CEEWB works on highlighting best practices, disseminating new research and other information, and engaging national policymakers and sister national organizations. More details on CEEWB are available at: center-for-workforce-engagement.html.

> Launched the Center for Child and Family Well-Being (CCFWB) to serve and connect our members and partners who share responsibility for healthy child development, preserving and supporting families, and empowering communities. The CCFWB has identified the following as essential for moving our systems so that all children thrive, and along with their families are engaged in their communities and experience well-being:

* Remove structural obstacles to increase innovation demonstrations and local experimentation and to reduce disparities among various populations;

* Intensify transformation efforts so 21 st Century person and family-centered systems can build appropriate supports around children and families, and appropriately adapt service arrays (e.g., Two-generation approaches);

* Promote integration and embedding of a public health approach to prevention strategies;

* Invest in infrastructure capacities to scale up promising approaches and evidenceinformed/evidence-based practices;

* Align federal funding linkages and blended and braided funds to promote integration and collaboration across human serving systems.

> Working with state and local members and our private sector partners, APHSA's National Collaborative for Integration of Health and Human Services continued to assist state and local agencies in improving their operational efficiencies and program effectiveness and building new connections to better ensure programs, data, providers and funding channels are in place to address the social determinants of health.

> Three of the most significant reports developed by the National Collaborative to help support our state and local partner agencies were:

* On the Road to Horizontal Integration - results from APHSA's 2015 National Survey of Health and Human Service Agencies captured the aggregate findings from the 2015 state and local members survey on Human Services Value Curve progression;

* Roadmap to Capacity Building in Analytics a framework for jurisdictions to employ when designing and implementing analytic strategies;

* Human Resources as a Strategic Partner for Health and Human Services - a report highlighting how health and human service leaders can leverage Human Resources as a partner in driving transformational change throughout their agencies.

> Partnered with other associations to promote and support efforts to serve disconnected youth, including best practices and information on blended and braided funding options; new partnerships that advance collective impact solutions; and dissemination of information to members about opportunities to apply for federal demonstration pilots that link sectors and funding streams.

> Launched the APHSA Local Council Pathways to Prosperity project. Local human service agency leaders nationwide are implementing new initiatives to improve service delivery. Collectively, they propose "creating a pathway for prosperity and well-being" by designing, testing, evaluating, and spreading key elements of a fully integrated and effectively coordinated health and human service system that can be tailored to local organizations' maturity, resources, and priorities. …

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