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Harnessing Public Health and Human Services Systems to Create an Equitable and Resilient Nation

February 25, 2021 @ 03:30:00 pm - February 25, 2021 @ 05:00:00 pm
Eastern Time (ET)

Human services systems play a pivotal role to tackle disparities and inequities at the root, looking at policies, people, and delivery systems that form the brick and mortar to building equitable opportunities. Human services can provide access to quality childcare, education, and health care; assure food and housing security; promote opportunities to earn family-sustaining wages and accumulate savings; connect people to support systems that reduce stress, and much more. As a cornerstone to constructing a nation where all families can thrive, public leaders can harness human services to work synergistically with our broader health and economic infrastructure to create strong and resilient communities built on human potential.

Over the past, nearly 60 years, governments and public administrators have tried to build a more just society through services that promote social and economic opportunity for all. In many ways, there has been a success. But, as the pandemic and social unrest of 2020 has demonstrated, we still have a lot of work to do. To build communities where we all have the opportunity to live our fullest lives, we must confront the inequities that are ingrained in our society and level the playing field to ensure that everyone has access to the building blocks of well-being from birth and throughout the life cycle – quality healthcare, education, employment, food, transportation, housing, and justice.

Join us for a multi-part series where we will explore how human services systems can promote healthy and productive outcomes, and in doing so, advance a comprehensive investment strategy to dismantle systemic racism and build resilient, thriving communities. In our first session, we will host an interactive discussion with state, local, and research leaders in the human services field on how federal policy is being translated into solutions on the ground to tackle the most pressing social and economic needs of families. In this discussion, we will also explore what’s needed for the systems of our human service to prevent issues before they happen and help families succeed in the long-term.


  • Duke Storen – Commissioner, Virginia Department of Social Services
  • Antonia Jimenez – Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services
  • Jodi Sandfort – Dean, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington

Moderated By:

  • Tracy Wareing Evans – President and CEO, American Public Human Services Association

Reflections from:

  • Teresa W. Gerton – President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration
  • Gary Glickman – Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration

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