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Alliance Public Policy 2017: Working Together as a Strategic Action Network

As we enter the new year, we are all keenly aware that this will be a year when our sector will need to stand ready to fully engage in policy debates that could shape human services and impact equity in our nation for years to come.

The imperative for our sector, and our paramount role as leader and advocate, has never been higher. All of us must bring our extensive knowledge, courage, and unwavering commitment to our values to the table and engage in productive dialogue. We must insist that any changes being considered at the local, state, and federal levels are shaped by the lived experiences of the people we serve, as well as our social sector knowledge that comes from decades, and even centuries, of experience. … more

Article on Adverse Childhood Experiences Shows Income Level as Very Strong Indicator of Health

The compelling issue of how race and income are related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) was examined in a recent article published in Health & Social Work, a journal of the National Association of Social Workers, co-authored by Jennifer Jones of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Kristen Slack, professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Sarah Font, professor at Pennsylvania State University. … more

Ripple Effects of Bullying Reach Far and Wide

A Huffington Post blog by Russell King, president and CEO of Alliance member Family Service Madison, Wisconsin, provides dramatic testament to how bullying negatively affects society.

In “Bullying Ain’t Just Kid Stuff,” King points out that bullying has a “ripple effect” which can lead to academic and professional failure, and financial strain. In turn, these are linked to increased incidence of domestic violence, substance abuse, divorce, and disruption of normal childhood development. … more

Change Male Culture to Avoid Further Violence

Russell King, president and CEO of Alliance member Family Service Madison, Wisconsin, wrote several interesting commentaries for Huffington Post that I am featuring on the CEO Blog. The first post was on institutional racism and individual bigotry. This second blog suggests that we must redefine manhood in order to reduce violence.

Please send me any blog posts or commentaries that you would like featured in the CEO Blog. I am anxious to share the wealth of expertise and commentary within this network with others. … more

Now More than Ever, We Must Come Together and Demonstrate the Very Best of our Sector!

Yesterday’s election is another turn of the dial on the pace of rapid and significant change in the world.

I know many of us are wondering what this will mean for the children, adults, and families we serve, and for our organizations and our communities. The election told us loud and clear that there are deep concerns and a growing division in our nation and within our own neighborhoods which calls us to stop, listen, seek to understand, and find common ground that brings us together for progress. It also calls us to be strongly committed to our sector’s paramount responsibility to values-based advocacy. … more


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