Gainful Employment and Independence is one of the key outcome areas APHSA seeks to impact through a transformed human service system. Through aligned and person-centered programs, flexible funding, meaningful accountability, and strategic partnerships, we can provide the opportunities and supports that will help low-income individuals get a job, keep a job, and start down a sustainable career path.
For low-income people, having a job and staying in the workforce are critical to achieving economic mobility and greater wellbeing. However, many low-income people do not have equal access to opportunity, and face barriers to full participation in our nation’s economy. Human service agencies and their partners play a critical role in supporting access to opportunity, employment, self-sufficiency, and greater individual capacity for low-income individuals and families.
The APHSA Center for Employment & Economic Well-Being (CEEWB) was established to be a central source of information, resources, discussion and development relating to workforce engagement and gainful employment. The Center facilitates collaboration across stakeholders, and identifies and promotes practice models, funding structures, and policies that can best support and enable gainful employment and self-sufficiency for individuals and families.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for our upcoming webinar on September 21, 2017 – 3:00-4:30 PM Eastern – Employer Perspectives on Workforce: Skilling Up Workers for Available Employment -- Employment is always the best path out of poverty and starting a career will not happen without acquiring skills necessary in a new technical economy. Employment with a career pathway in mind not only has significant economic benefits but also helps build a peer network, avoid social isolation and loneliness, and in families with children sets a positive example for kids. In this webinar, representatives from two of America’s largest employers will discuss necessary middle skills, career and technical education curriculum appropriate to actual job availability, and public private partnerships.
Policy & Practice Articles:
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CEEWB's 2017 Hot Topics Webinar Series:
U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Monday, September 18, 2017, 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern
The Urban Institute, Monday, September 25, 2017, 2:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time, Washington, DC
The National Center for Families Learning, October 9-11, 2017, Tucson, AZ
Benefits Data Trust, August 2017
There is a growing consensus that the healthcare sector must begin to address the social determinants of health, however, relatively little is known about whether specific non-medical interventions can positively impact health outcomes and associated healthcare costs, particularly among low-income seniors and other high-utilizers. A cross-sector research partnership between Benefits Data Trust, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and the Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland Baltimore County studied the impact of access to food and energy assistance on healthcare utilization among all community-dwelling seniors in Maryland who received both Medicare and Medicaid (known as “dual eligibles”). They found that access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) means less hospitalizations and less nursing home admissions among older adults. As the aging population grows these findings are critical to designing solutions to fight poverty and save healthcare costs.
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, 2017
Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology, August 2017