A Handout Is a Hand Up

by Joanne Goldblum, Founder and Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network originally for the Huffington Post   Growing up in poverty increases the chances that an American will continue to live in poverty as an adult. That’s of course bad for the people directly affected and also bad for the economy. Furthermore, it…

The Journey to Reframe Human Services – Part 1: What We’ve Learned and Where We’re Going

By: Irv Katz, Bridget McCabe, Ilsa Flanagan National Human Services Assembly with appreciation to FrameWorks Institute  It is a journey, an apt metaphor, because even when we reach our destination—a new and more relevant frame for human needs and human services that is widely adopted by the field—there will be implementation and adjustment and refinement…

Your 2014 Election Checklist from the National Disability Institute

from the National Disability Institute Originally published on NDI’s Real Economic Impact Blog We are a few weeks away from the November elections, mere days from determining the future direction of both the federal and state government’s approach to the blending and braiding of public and private resources to support improved employment and economic status…

No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Children’s Hungry Looks

by Justin Bigelow, Policy Associate National Human Services Assembly What has the power to feed 3 million children, improve nutrition over the summer months, and improve school attendance? Summer meals, naturally. On October 08, several NHSA members—including the Afterschool Alliance, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and YMCA of the USA—co-sponsored a briefing on summer…

School Violence Prevention

via the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives Recent tragedies in schools have motivated policy-making that is attempting to put an end to senseless violence. However, reactionary legislation that focuses on school building safety (e.g., security guards, metal detectors, surveillance cameras) or exclusionary discipline (e.g., suspension, expulsion, arrest) may have limited effectiveness, and may…

Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour – A Moving Account of Alzheimer’s

by John Leonard for the National Human Services Assembly As part of its ongoing work with people with Alzheimer’s and their families and caregivers, Volunteers of America, a member of the National Human Services Assembly, is supporting the documentary feature film, “I’ll Be Me,” chronicling Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour. Three years ago, legendary musician Glen…

Medicare in Good Health — For Now

by Patricia Barry, Senior Editor, AARP Publications originally published on the AARP Blog. View the original post here. Medicare is in much better health and has a somewhat longer life expectancy than previously expected, according to the 2014 Medicare Trustee’s report released today. Spending on Medicare’s Part B program, which covers mainly doctors’ services and outpatient…