Human Services Policy Advisors Institute

The Human Services Policy Advisors Institute is a series of monthly calls that bring together governors’ policy advisors and state leaders from social services and children and family-serving agencies to share innovations and best practices for serving the complex needs of children and families. This network serves as a monthly check-in for updates, content, peer-to-peer exchanges, and networking; this call series is the Children and Families Program’s primary space for convening policy advisors to discuss multidisciplinary policy considerations.

The Human Services Policy Advisors Institute is a series of monthly calls that bring together governors’ policy advisors and state leaders from social services and children and family-serving agencies to share innovations and best practices for serving the complex needs of children and families. This network serves as a monthly check-in for updates, content, peer-to-peer exchanges, and networking; this call series is the Children and Families Program’s primary space for convening policy advisors to discuss multidisciplinary policy considerations.


Members

Governors’ policy advisors with human services-related portfolios. Most commonly, this role is housed within the Governor’s office; however, personnel from state agencies such as human services, child welfare, and early childhood education may also join.


Activities

  • Monthly call series
  • State-specific technical assistance available on an ad hoc basis
  • Consultation on NGA published materials

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Please contact Jess Kirchner (jkirchner@nga.org) with any questions about the network.


Our Focus Areas

  • Whole-family Approaches to Serving Children and Families
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Human Services Data and Delivery Systems
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Food Insecurity and Hunger
  • Family Economic Security
  • Anti-Poverty Solutions
  • Foster Care, Kinship Care, and Adoption
  • Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment
  • Empowering Families and Communities
  • Reducing Barriers to Opportunity and Equity

Meet the Team

  • Jordan Hynes, Program Director
  • Jess Kirchner, Policy Analyst
  • Eli McCabe, Policy Analyst
  • Ekaan Ahmad, Policy Coordinator

NGA Resources

Addressing Housing Instability Through Systems Alignment and Coordination

Summary Governors are in a unique position to streamline safety net efforts by strengthening cross-system collaboration to serve vulnerable populations. There are incredible opportunities for state and local partners to ...

2017 Policy Institute for Governors’ Human Services Advisors

September 25–27, 2017 | Baltimore, MD The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a policy advisors' institute to help states implement an integrated and comprehensive approach ...

Early Childhood Education

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Learning Lab on Strategies to Reduce Childhood Hunger

June 12 – 13, 2017 | Richmond, VA The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held a learning lab to help states identify advanced strategies for reducing ...

States Strategize to Reduce Childhood Hunger

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today announced that 10 states and territories—Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island—will participate ...

Parents and Children Thriving Together: Two-Generation State Policy Network Kickoff Meeting

March 20-22, 2017 | Denver, Colorado The National Governors Association for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) held a kickoff meeting for Parents ...

State Strategies to Reduce Childhood Hunger

Governors recognize the critical importance of ensuring that school-age children have regular access to healthy meals. Studies show that when children do not have sufficient access to food, they do ...
NGA 2017 Winter Meeting

NGA 2017 Winter Meeting

Session videos from the National Governors Association Winter Meeting 2017 which took place February 25 & 26 in Washington DC View Full Playlist ...

Governors, Spouses Discuss Strategies to End Childhood Hunger

WASHINGTON—At a special joint session of the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting including governors and their spouses, Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and NGA Vice Chair Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval co-moderated a session ...

Early Education Takes Center Stage At Governors’ Opening Session

WASHINGTON—At the opening session of the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, governors discussed early childhood education and its importance in building a strong foundation for economic success in the ...

Cross State Convening: Leveraging Workforce Investment Strategies to Improve the Early Care and Education Workforce

January 25-27, 2017 | National Harbor, MD The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the Cross-State Convening for the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) Workforce Project to ...

Protected: The Untapped Potential of an Early Childhood Assessment System

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