Creating a Modern and Responsive Health and Human Services System; APHSA and Alliance to Partner on 2017 Summit in Baltimore

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The 2017 American Public Human Services (APHSA) National Health and Human Services Summit held April 30–May 3 will be a first ever, joint summit with the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, bringing their two networks together. The Summit is designed to advance solutions within and across sectors to improve outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (Alliance) are proud to announce that the 2017 APHSA National Health and Human Services Summit (http://www.aphsanationalsummit.com/) held April 30–May 3 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland will be a first ever, joint summit bringing their two networks together. The Summit is designed to advance solutions within and across sectors to improve outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

“Partnering with the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities on our Summit is a natural fit for APHSA and our members,” said Tracy Wareing Evans, CEO of APHSA. “Both of our organizations share the belief that the nation’s H/HS system is a cornerstone to building a strong, dynamic, and healthy nation. By working together, we can positively impact state, local, and federal policy and ensure that all Americans are provided with the opportunities to live well and reach their fullest potential. We have been enjoying our evolving partnership with the Alliance and look forward to expanding our relationship over the coming months and years,” she added.

“Generative partnerships are the currency of the day and our evolving partnership with APHSA is one we are very proud of,” said Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance. "While there are important distinctions between the public and social sectors that must be honored, we need to be working together to share and accelerate knowledge that will help us better address the systemic issues facing the neighbors and communities we are privileged to serve.”

APHSA and the Alliance firmly believe that that the time is ripe for significant leaps forward in creating a modern, nimble health and human services system that leads to better outcomes for all people. The partnership seeks to accelerate the evolution of the current H/HS framework from the traditional “regulative model” rooted in regulatory compliance and programmatic outputs, to a “generative approach” that works seamlessly across sectors and engages whole communities in addressing the multi-dimensional health and socioeconomic issues that families and individuals face today.

To learn more about the Summit visit http://www.aphsanationalsummit.com/.

The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) is a bipartisan, nonprofit membership organization representing state and local human service agencies through their top-level leadership. Through our member network and three national Collaborative Centers, APHSA seeks to influence modern policies and practices that support the health and well-being of all children and families and that lead to stronger communities. APHSA connects its members to national policymakers and human-serving organizations across a wide circle of stakeholders in the health and human services sector, as well as key partners in education, housing, employment and others. APHSA also helps members build more capacity for their teams through access to our professional education and development conferences, technical expertise, publications and our Organizational Effectiveness practice. To learn more about APHSA please visit http://www.aphsa.org, or contact Jessica Hall, jhall(at)aphsa(dot)org, 202-682-0100 x223.

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a national organization dedicated to achieving its vision of a healthy and equitable society. The Alliance works for systemic change by harnessing the distinction and collective power of its strategic action network of hundreds of nonprofit human-serving organizations across North America as they translate knowledge into best practices that improve their communities. Working with and through its network on leadership, organizational excellence, innovation, and values based advocacy, the Alliance strives to unleash the power of the social sector to achieve equal access and opportunity throughout America to ensure all people can reach their fullest potential. Go to http://www.alliance1.org for more information, or contact Lorraine Dowdey, ldowdey(at)alliance1(dot)org, 202-429-0599.

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