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June: Driving Transformation. This issue is shared at our Policy Forum. We are looking for contributions that focus on the strategies and processes for transforming how human services are delivered in this country, through leadership, policy, and/or practice. We are particularly interested in showcasing articles that reflect our Innovation Center work on the topics of adaptive leadership, alternative financing of human services, the government’s role in the 21st century, demonstrating social return on investment, and establishing a new paradigm for accountability. State and local innovations that have proven successful or show promise, including those implemented in collaboration with other partners, are always a priority.
August: Modern Marketplace. This issue is our yearly “technology-focused” issue. Articles will showcase innovative technology that helps advance the next generation of health and human services by giving modern tools to the workforce and customers. We also wish to showcase what is required of agencies to modernize their business model. Desired examples should include updates on what states are achieving with the federal, time-limited 90–10 funding and what is happening on the frontiers of social media, mobile platforms, and the use of Apps.
October: Healthier Families/Stronger Communities. This issue will focus on two core outcome areas of Pathways—healthier families and stronger communities. One year after open enrollment began under the ACA, articles focused on the progress of states and localities in connecting health and human services will be particularly important to include in this issue. Articles that describe initiatives or promising practices that enhance the health of individuals, in coordination with prevention and early intervention services, are encouraged. We are looking for features that demonstrate the ways in which the human service sector is tailoring services to the particular needs of communities, promoting economic opportunities, and leveraging resources to improve specific outcomes.
December: Public-Private Partnerships. This issue will focus on transformative public-private partnerships. We will highlight examples of collaborations and partnerships across the nonprofit and public sectors (at all levels of government) that are contributing to system change and leading to better outcomes for communities. We are looking for examples of partnerships that are moving beyond the traditional contractor-vendor relationship to those that are truly “co-creating” and driving better outcomes. We would like articles collaboratively authored from the nonprofit, public, and business sectors or that provide a perspective that is outside traditional human services. Examples of effective shared governance structures are also encouraged.