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Why Attend?

Shared Vision, Collective Impact: Shaping Our Future Together

The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) National Human Services Summit offers unparalleled access to learning, peer networking, and connecting with a wide array of committed partners and organizations all working toward:

  • Moving Human Services Upstream

  • Advancing Social and Economic Mobility

  • Strengthening the Human Services Sector


APHSA strives to create an experience for Summit attendees that fosters knowledge-building on emerging national policy issues affecting state, county, and city agencies delivering human services in our communities. At the Summit, we seek to highlight and showcase innovative practices and models from state and local jurisdictions, with a special focus on individuals with lived experience and leveraging community and human-centered design strategies and successes; process innovations and agile technology solutions; and strategies that center equity, inclusivity, and belonging in all the work of the human services sector.

Who Attends?

2022 Summit Attendees by Sector

Public Agency: State

Public Agency: Local

Public Agency: Federal

Private Sector: For-profit Organizations

Non-profit Organizations/Community-Based Organizations

Academia Research Organizations


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2024 features a line-up of thought leaders for our general sessions. We are pleased to announce the following speakers:

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Sunday, June 9 | 4:30 PM

Bridge to Belonging

Join us as we explore the foundational principles of belonging and hear from our first Summit keynote on her experience of acceptance and belonging.


Autumn Rose Miskweminanocsqua (Raspberry Star Woman) Williams

Miss Native American USA,
Activist, Model

Monday, June 10 | 8:30 AM


Hear from the newly appointed President and CEO of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) as he takes the national stage for the first time.

Grace Hou, Chair, APHSA Executive Governing Board of Directors; Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services
Reggie Bicha, President & CEO, American Public Human Services Association
Jeff Hild, Acting Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children & Families

Bridging to Bipartisanship in Human Services

Layla Zaidane, CEO, Future Caucus
MODERATOR: Kristi Putnam,
Secretary, Arkansas Department of
Human Services
Angie Rodgers, Director, Arizona Department of Economic Security
Reggie Bicha, President & CEO, APHSA

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Wednesday, June 12 | 8:30 AM

The Lighthouse Effect

As the Summit ends, you will be inspired and encouraged on how you can be a "human lighthouse" for others and renew your hope for humanity as Steve Pemberton shares insights from his newly released memoir, The Lighthouse Effect.


Steve Pemberton

Chief Global Diversity Officer, Walgreens, Child Advocate, and Author of A Chance in the World and The Lighthouse Effect

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The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) supports leaders from state, county, and city human services agencies to advance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities nationwide. As a bipartisan membership association, we work with our members to generate pragmatic solutions grounded in lived experience with a lens for equity and belonging.

APHSA members administer, oversee, and align programs that build resilience and bolster family well-being through access to food, health care, housing, employment, child care, and many other key building blocks necessary for thriving communities. Our members also work to modernize and align human services Information Technology (IT) systems, performance measurement and data analysis, workforce development and training, and the legal dimensions of the sector.


Our Vision
A nation of thriving communities built on human potential.

Dedicated to public service and the common good, our members build well-being from the ground up so everyone can thrive.

Our Mission

Influence, Build, Connect

In partnership with our members, we influence modern approaches to sound policy, build the capacity of public agencies to enable healthy families and communities, connect leaders to accelerate learning, and generate practical solutions