Featured Highlights

(Last Updated May 12, 2022)

Welcome Back General Session – Sunday, June 12  |  4:30 PM–6:00 PM

Spotlight Focus Area: Moving Health & Human Services Upstream & Ted-Style Talks

Join us as APHSA President and CEO Tracy Wareing Evans welcomes members, sponsors, and partners back together at APHSA’s National Health and Human Services Summit to kick off the 90th anniversary celebration of the association! During our Welcome Back General Session, you will hear from three dynamic and inspiring state leaders and APHSA volunteer leaders as we spotlight innovations, what they are doing in their respective states to move health and human services upstream, and what’s ripe for action as focus on what we all aspire for the future of the field and what is required to get us there. Together, we will chart our next course!


Tracy Wareing Evans

President and CEO

American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)


Dannette Smith

Chair, APHSA Executive Governing Board of Directors and Executive Director, Nebraska Department of Human Services

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Justin Brown

Secretary, Oklahoma Department of Human Services

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Vannessa Dorantes

Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Children & Families

Opening General Session – Monday, June 13  |  8:15 AM9:45 AM

Keynote: Lessons in Leadership: Building Coalitions to Advance Equitable Community Well-being

This opening session will feature a presentation from Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation's largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization, author of “The Gumbo Coalition: 10 Leadership Lessons That Help You Inspire, Unite, and Achieve”, and Mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002. Mr. Morial will open with reflections on leadership lessons to build coalitions to advance community well-being. Then, a panel of thought leaders from economic development, community-based organizations, and philanthropy will offer their reflections on their network's contributions to improving economic and family well-being through sound policy, engaging those with lived expertise in navigating health and human services systems, and economic development investments to help build toward vibrant communities where everyone has the opportunity to live, learn, work, play, and connect.


Dannette Smith

Chair, APHSA Executive Governing Board of Directors and Executive Director, Nebraska Department of Human Services


– Keynote –

Marc Morial

President and CEO

National Urban League

– Response Panel –

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Jody Levison-Johnson

President and CEO, Social Current


Dave Altig (invited)

Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

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Melvette Hill

Executive Director, National Parent Leadership Institute

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Rhea Williams-Bishop

Director, Mississippi and New Orleans Programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

General Session – Monday, June 13  |  4:15 PM–5:30 PM

Spotlight Focus Area: Building Field Capacity

Join us on Tuesday afternoon as we spotlight Building Field Capacity, one of the three focus areas of the Summit. Specifically, this session will address how systems can shift to be inclusive, including through narrative and culture change; leveraging families and community members as system co-designers; transparent and equitable use of data; and comprehensive supportive services and workforce development programs. In addition, we will hear from both parent leaders and leaders in the field who will bring their unique voices and lived expertise to the conversation.

– Panelists –

Cole Williams

CEO and Founder of “Son To A Father” and “Cole Speaks” and Co-Founder, The Delta Project

Mariah Hunt

Parent Leader, Young Families Roadmap and Founding Member, Youth Advisory Council, Youth Villages

Cheryl Boley

APHSA Leadership Council and Director, Perry County (OH) Jobs and Family Services

David Hansell

Immediate Past Chair, APHSA Executive Governing Board of Directors and Senior Advisor for Child Welfare Policy, Casey Family Programs

General Session – Tuesday, June 14  |  9:30 AM–11:00 AM

Spotlight Focus Area: Advancing Social & Economic Mobility

Ted-style Talks and Town Hall with Federal Leaders

Join us as APHSA hosts a Town Hall with new federal leaders to share direction for impact on policy from the current administration as we spotlight our third focus area, Advancing Social and Economic Mobility.

Susan Gale Perry

Chief Deputy Secretary, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Kelly Garcia (invited)

Director, Iowa Department of Human Services

– Federal Panel –

Assistant Secretary January Contreras

Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure (invited)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Deputy Under Secretary Stacy Dean (invited)

Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture


Justin Brown

Chair, APHSA Leadership Council, APHSA Executive Governing Board of Directors, and Secretary, Oklahoma Department of Human Services

Closing General Session – Wednesday, June 15  |  10:00 AM–11:30 AM

Centering Community: The Journey Toward Healing

Join Well-being Blueprint and Full Frame Initiative as we discuss what matters most to people–well-being. Well-being is about being whole. We must see people not just from the lens of their problems but for all their strengths and assets. Often when we think we are centering community and focusing on what really matters to people, we are still centering our systems, organizations, and program goals. We don’t have to blow up our entire system to begin centering community. It’s a continuum and there are actions and steps we all can take. Learn more as we close out the Summit focused on centering community and celebrating what’s possible when we do that well.

Spoken Word Artist:
LaRae Cantley

Senior Manager of Community and Well-being, Full Frame Initiative

Katya Fels Smyth

Founder and CEO, Full Frame Initiative

Tracy Wareing Evans

President and CEO

American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)

Professional Headshots Available to All Attendees, Two Days:
     Monday, June 13 – 9:30 AM–1:30 PM
     Tuesday, June 14 – 12:00 PM–5:00 PM

Take advantage of a photographer at the conference. Grab a professional headshot photo to use on job networking websites and present your best first impression to business colleagues and customers.

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