Call for Presentations
2021 Economic Mobility and Well-Being Conference

The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), in partnership with the National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) is now accepting proposals for the Economic Mobility and Well-Being Conference, August 22-25, 2021. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, as a hybrid conference, which is located in the center of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This location is an ideal setting to showcase our collective work which is laser focused on finding solutions to advance the health and human services sector.

The 2021 Economic Mobility and Well-Being Conference will provide a hybrid experience of in-person and virtual learning to move us to the next level of learning and collaboration. In partnership with the National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) and three APHSA affinity groups including the American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD), the National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM), and the National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA),  this conference brings together those committed to providing and improving programs related to Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Prevention Services, Child Support, Housing Assistance, and other related programs.

Providing a hybrid event will allow attendees the option to attend in-person or virtually. We will be recording all content for on-demand learning, post event. All current guidelines relating to COVID-19 will be a part of our conference including, but not limited to, social distancing, mask wearing and other safety measures.  APHSA always puts the health, safety, and well-being of our stakeholders first and foremost in these unique settings. 

Members of APHSA and NAWRS represent the full range of functions in programs, practice, and research including broader leadership roles in health and human services. These functions may include:
SNAP Directors | TANF Administrators | Prevention Services Administrators | Housing Assistance Administrators
Performance Management/Quality Control Directors and Managers | Early Care and Education Directors
Research and Analytic Directors | Researchers

APHSA and NAWRS is now accepting proposals for the 2021 Economic Mobility and Well-Being Annual Conference from state and local agencies, community-based organizations, and private sector organizations who deliver important programs and services through innovative solutions.

 Submissions are encouraged in the following areas:
Theme Topic Examples
Translating Research into Action Identifying program changes through early research; Predictive analytics: Measuring cost savings and increase of service delivery during the pandemic; Assessing virtual workforce case management; Measuring programmatic performance pre and post pandemic; Assessing the future of telehealth and outcome measurements; Community-based participatory research: experiences from the field
Preparing for an Equitable and Resilient Recovery Leveraging lessons learned from COVID-19; Looking into waivers and flexibilities; Adapting in a crisis; Evolving leadership
Innovations in Policy and Practice Supporting people as caregivers and workers; Modernizing human services delivery; Adapting service model delivery; Serving the whole family: thinking across silos and systems
Operational Excellence Performance management, measurement, and improvement; Quality assurance and control; Improved data systems; Navigating complexity and change
Workforce and Organizational Well-being Leadership in crisis; Ensuring safety and mental well-being of human services staff; Training workforce; Redesigning workspaces
Dismantling Structural Inequities in Human Services Addressing race equity; Social determinants of health; Access to food, healthcare, and safe employment; Addressing white supremacy in policy

Within these categories, APHSA and NAWRS are interested in proposals that have practical application to advance human services policy priorities that rely on technology solutions. Priority will be given to submissions which align with the APHSA Strategic Playbook.  

The proposal should identify how the following will be addressed in the presentation:
  • The relevance of the topic to one or more of the proposal categories
  • Innovative, evidence-based, best, or promising practices or important foundational content
  • Which program the proposal will highlight (e.g.: Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, Childcare, Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Child Support)

Selection Process:
The EMWB Conference Planning Committee will review all submitted proposals. Submissions of like topics may be asked to combine sessions or reframe them, if applicable. As the event will be presented in a hybrid format, we will consider sessions for both in-person or virtual presentation, pre-recording with live Q&A and panelists presenting both in-person and virtually. Each proposal is evaluated for relevancy and consistency with the goals and strategic focuses of the association and the conference theme using the following criteria:
  • Does the topic align with one or more of the categories listed in the call for proposals?
  • Do the proposed methods allow for learner interaction and engagement? Review the session types here.
  • Does the proposal content reflect important foundational content or innovative, evidence-based, best, or promising practices that advance human services policy priorities?
  • Does the presenter’s bio and previous experience in conference presentations/training delivery support their expertise in the proposal topic/training delivery?
  • Submissions from private, for-profit businesses must include either non-profit partners or public-sector partners.

Workshop descriptions and biographies will be used in official conference materials which includes the online agenda and conference bot. All material is subject to editing for corrections and consistency without notification to the presenter. A submission is not a guarantee to present until an approval letter is received from the APHSA Conference Team.

Submission Guidelines and Deliverable Schedule
Please be sure to follow the instructions throughout the submission process carefully.  As part of your submission, you are required to include a short abstract (no more than 350 words) of the session along with the proposed names and organizations of any presenters.  Proposals are due by Tuesday, April 20, 2021. The guidelines and deliverable schedule can be accessed here.
Deliverable Schedule
Call for Submissions March 12, 2021 - April 20, 2021
Review of Submissions Completed by April 30, 2021
Notification to Accepted Submissions by between April 30 - May 10, 2021
Final Presentation Description Due (any final edits to content copy) June 18, 2021
Speaker Registration Due July 23, 2021
Final Power Points Required for Conference Bot August 6, 2021

Marketing: Presentation descriptions and biographies will be used in official conference materials, including the conference website, marketing messages and the conference bot. All material is subject to editing without notification to the presenter.

Expectations for Presenters:
The EMWB Conference is a collegial event. All presenters are required to register for the conference.  Please note: Due to budgetary constraints, APHSA/NAWRS expects all presenters to pay a discounted registration fee to attend the conference. At the current time, there is no budget to assist with state or local agency travel. No travel or registration assistance is provided to any non-profit or for-profit organization presenting at the conference. 

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