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Featured Highlights

(Last Updated June 9, 2022)

Sunday, June 12

Welcome Back General Session  |  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!

– Welcome –

– Ted-Style Talks Panel –


Tracy Wareing Evans

President and CEO, American Public Human Services Association

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Justin Brown

Secretary, OK Department of Human Services

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Vannessa Dorantes

Commissioner, CT Department of Children & Families


Dannette Smith

Chief Executive Officer, NE Department of Health and Human Services


Monday, June 13

Opening General Session  |  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
Chief Executive Officer, NE Department of Health and Human Services

– Welcome –


– 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

Executive Vice President & Director of Research
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

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Melvette Hill

Policy and Partnerships Consultant, National Parent Leadership Institute

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Rhea Williams-Bishop

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

General Session  |  4:15 PM–5:30 PM

Building Capacity from the Ground Up

Spotlight Focus Area: Building Field Capacity

Panel Discussion

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 –

– Moderator –

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Cole Williams

Co-Founder, The Delta Project

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Mariah Hunt

Parent Leader, Young Families Roadmap

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Cheryl Boley

Director, Perry County (OH) Job and Family Services


Essey Workie

Director, Human Services Initiative, Migration Policy Institute


David Hansell

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

Tuesday, June 14

General Session  |  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.

– Federal Panel –

– Moderator –

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Kelly Garcia

Director, IA Department of Human Services

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Susan Gale Perry

Deputy Secretary, NC Department of Health and Human Services


January Contreras

Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services

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Stacy Dean

Deputy Under Secretary, USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services

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Justin Brown

Secretary, OK Department of Human Services


Wednesday, June 15

Closing General Session  |  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.

in partnership with


– Spoken Word Artist –

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LaRae Cantley

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

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Natalie Williams

Director, The Well-Being Blueprint, Full Frame Initiative


Tracy Wareing Evans

President and CEO, American Public Human Services Association

Additional Highlights

Professional Headshots – Available to All Attendees
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 for your job networking websites and present your best first impression to business colleagues and customers.

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