2018 Brings New Themes!

The editorial themes for the 2018 Policy & Practice (P&P) issues are rooted in our members’ Pathways initiative, which has become the field’s collective roadmap for a re-envisioned health and human services (H/HS) system that is modern and nimble. To continue the shared learning of APHSA members and partners in this journey, the 2018 themes focus on what matters in creating a modern and responsive H/HS system: adaptive leadership, modernization, innovation, outcome-focused approaches, family-centered service delivery, and partnerships.

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This Year's Issues

February - Adaptive Leadership: Championing Progress in Our Field

This issue is focused on how H/HS leaders across the nation are guiding and pacing the field through both the discomfort and opportunities of transformational change. Today, leaders are shifting mindsets and orienting their workforce to be able to engage more authentically with families through the lens of the Human Services Value Curve and orientations like social determinants of health and well-being and whole family approaches. Articles should showcase these and other ways individuals are leading in times of rapid change and uncertainty. We also seek content highlighting the development of leaders at all levels of an organization and the role the workforce plays in unlocking the potential of people and communities.

April - What It Takes: Creating a Modern and Responsive Health and Human Services System

This issue is shared at our National Health and Human Services Summit. We are looking for contributions that focus on key strategies and successful models for transforming how human services are delivered in this country through leadership, policy, and practice. Topics should include using two-generation approaches and applying science (including neuro-, framing, and implementation sciences) to drive better outcomes. State and local innovations that have proven successful or show promise, including those implemented in collaboration with other partners, are always a priority.

June - Human-Centered Design: Putting Family at the Center of Our Work

This issue will focus on brain science, executive functioning, trauma-informed care, and resilience factors helping to inform and shape human-centered practice models. We would like to highlight the use of human-centered principles from the corporate world impacting design in H/HS delivery and examples of agencies, both at the state and local levels, leveraging population-level data to understand community context and align program and services to actual needs.
The ISM Special Section will be distributed with this issue.

August - Innovating for the Future: Maximizing Modern Tools and Platforms

This issue is our yearly “technology-focused” issue and is shared at the annual IT Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) conference. Articles will showcase emerging technology and business practices that help advance the next generation of H/HS by giving modern tools to the workforce and customers. We also wish to showcase what is required of agencies to modernize their business model for the future and leverage advance analytics to inform decision-making.

October - The Destination Matters: Achieving Better Health and Well-Being

This issue is focused on better health and well-being, population-based health data, and how human services can positively impact the social determinants of health. Articles focused on the progress of states and localities in connecting H/HS will be particularly important to include in this issue. Other topics will explore the integration of large systems (e.g., housing, employment, and H/HS) and learning from other sectors such as public health. We will also seek content highlighting programs and initiatives addressing youth violence and issues impacting youth health. Articles that describe initiatives or promising practices that enhance the health of individuals, in coordination with prevention and early intervention services, are encouraged. Features that demonstrate the ways in which the human services sector is tailoring services to the needs of communities, promoting economic opportunities, and leveraging resources to improve specific health and well-being outcomes are also encouraged.

December - Collective Discovery: Co-Creating Generative Solutions for the Future.

This issue will focus on cross-sector collaboration, both as it relates to public-private partnerships and coordination across related public sectors, including education, housing, labor, and criminal justice. Contributions should include examples of collaborations and cross-sector work across the nonprofit and public sectors (at all levels of government) that are contributing to system change and leading to better outcomes for communities through generative solutions. We are looking for examples of partnerships that are moving beyond the traditional contractor-vendor relationship to those that are truly “co-creating,” driving better outcomes, and achieving collective impact. We would like articles collaboratively authored from the nonprofit, public, and business sectors or that provide a perspective that is outside traditional human services. Examples of effective shared governance structures are also encouraged.

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