AASD/NASTA Annual Conference 
September 10-13, 2017
Hilton Memphis I Memphis, Tennessee

AASD and NASTA Call for Presentations

The American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD) and National Association of TANF Administrators (NASTA) Annual Education Conference, affiliates of the American Public Human Services Association (APSHA) will be held in Memphis, Tennessee, September 10-13, 2017.  The theme this year is Connecting Leaders. Shaping the Future. where we will continue to build on our commitment to transform the delivery of human services.  The education conference will bring together two affiliates who are helping to modernize the health and human services sector.
As the only national organization representing state and local agencies charged with administering human service programs, APHSA has long endorsed transformation and innovation as well as strengthening the administration and management of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program and contributing to the professional development of its members. We promote the exchange of experience and knowledge among those agencies of federal, state, and local government agencies administering SNAP and TANF by providing expert advice and consultation on SNAP, other income assistance issues and the economic well-being of children and families. 

It is our hope that the 2017 AASD/NASTA Annual Conference will assist Health and Human Service leaders and policy makers to shape the future of the SNAP and TANF programs through collaboration and modernization.  To that end, we are designing the program to be a mixture of general sessions and breakout sessions.  Your submission(s) will be considered for presentations in the breakout sessions.  We are asking interested organizations to offer their forward-thinking ideas about how best to secure the future of these vital human services programs.

Proposals are encouraged in the following categories:
  • Legislative/policy issues (ex.: reform and reauthorization)
  • Employment Outcomes
    • SNAP Employment & Training, ABAWDs and SNAP's role in greater work engagement
    • Strategies for improving the TANF Work Participation Rate (WPR) while achieving sustainable employment outcomes for families
    • Best practices and innovative strategies to successfully increasing/enhancing employment outcomes across both TANF and SNAP E&T
  • Quality control/performance issues (ex.: CAPER)
  • Systems modernization and use of innovative technology (ex.: alternatives to interviews, text messaging, etc.)
  • Program flexibility: designing innovative and responsive programs to meet customers and employer needs in local labor markets
  • Transformation through collaborative partnerships
  • Customer Engagement and Access
    • Improving customer access (ex.: new approaches to improve effective and efficient application processing and verification)
    • Innovative practices for engaging with customers more meaningfully and effectively (ex.: two-generation approaches, trauma-informed practice, etc.)
    • Best and promising practices for engaging special populations (young adults, non-custodial parents, ABAWDs, sanctioned cases, etc.)
  • Nutrition, health and healthy food choices
  • Leadership, staff development and workplace culture
Workshop Proposal

The proposal should clearly identify how the following will be addressed in the presentation:
  • Specifying how content reflects evidence-based, best or promising practice -or- innovation
  • How the material supports APHSA’s priorities of strengthening sustainable client outcomes through stronger families and adults; healthier families and adults; well-being for children and youth; and/or gainful employment and sustainable independence
  • How the material supports the need for SNAP and TANF to become more connected and aligned with other elements of human services such as through interoperability, policy alignment, partnerships, and/or broader outcome measures

Submission Guidelines: Prior to beginning your submission we recommend you gather the following information:
  • Session title
  • Abstract (short summary 300 words or less)
  • Biographies of all presenters (150 words or less)
  • High Resolution Photos of presenters (300 dpi or greater)
Proposals will be submitted electronically to the APHSA/AASD Conference website. The following Deliverable Schedule will assist you in planning your submissions.

Step Task Deadline
1 Deadline for Submissions Friday, May 26, 2017
2 Review Proposals Completed by Friday, June 2, 2017
3 Notification of Results by Friday, June 9, 2017
4 Final speakers confirmation and submitted information for the app (bios, photos, etc.) August 4, 2017
6 Final Materials due (Power Points) August 25, 2017
Selection Process

The Planning Committee will review all submitted proposals and evaluate them for relevancy and consistency with the goals of the association and the conference theme. Workshop descriptions and biographies will be used in official conference materials, including registration and conference program brochures. All material is subject to editing for corrections and consistency without notification to the presenter.

Expectations for Presenters

The AASD/NASTA Conference is a collegial event. All presenters are required to register for the conference. A reduced full-conference registration fee will be provided for all speakers. All industry presenters are asked to pay their own registration fee.  AASD/NASTA is unable to offer compensation for travel expenses or honoraria to industry presenters.



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