Article Archive: Social Work, Programming, and Services

This Snapshot features the leadership journey of Pat Lawler, CEO of Youth Villages. In the early '90s, he realized his residential programs were failing kids, and government wasn't supporting better programming. Watch what happened when his organization set out to work in the community and advocate for the best funding and policy for kids, not fight for scraps that weren't making a difference.

This guide was initially developed for organizations participating in the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Residential Transformation Change Cohort. It includes a blueprint for transformation and outlines critical activities to accelerate transformation related to building investment and support, strategic planning, and early implementation.

This toolkit is designed for human services organizations that are navigating organizational transformation efforts. For these organizations, one of the most important and difficult aspects is adapting their cultures—reshaping the philosophy and values held by staff. This toolkit aids in identifying staff’s thoughts and beliefs that must be relinquished, kept, and newly crafted so that the organization can be relevant in the very different future that is outlined in the transformation.

Study of Brevard C.A.R.E.S. (Coordination, Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support)—a wraparound, community-based intervention for families in Florida.

What’s the secret ingredient to health, well-being and sustainable communities? The answer is Resident Engagement. But how do organizations engage more people, more deeply, more effectively?

Seventy million Americans will be age 65 by 2029, yet organizations and government entities have been slow to keep pace with programs and services. This is an executive summary for chief executives, senior leaders, grant writers, program staff, and board members.

Details progress toward the three goals of the Alliance’s New Age of Aging initiative: to increase the number of professionals trained in gerontology and aging issues, reframe human service organizations’ perceptions of aging services, and move Alliance member organizations to the next appropriate level of capacity and skill in serving older adults.

Details the higher incidence rates of Alzheimer's disease among African American and Hispanic populations. Discusses the environmental and genetic variables that may contribute to this disparity. Identifies ways to reconceptualize how the field addresses Alzheimer's disease through research and policy recommendations that speak to this serious public health issue.

Details the crisis related to older adults who live just above the federal poverty level and therefore are ineligible for many current programs that target the very poor. Seeks to incite national dialogue among human service organizations and policymakers. A summary of the full, 36-page supplement is also available in the Alliance or Children & Families Magazine.

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