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The Alliance, Public Policy, and You

Public Policy Office to leverage your successes, stories, and aspirations

The Alliance for Children and Families Public Policy Office believes that your expertise and experience, applied to the policymaking process, can reduce poverty, improve educational and employment outcomes, and increase the number of people living safe and healthy lives. Our intent, therefore, is to engage with you by: … more

Helping your Community Become Insured

High enrollment is key to health, and effectiveness of health care reform

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, millions of additional Americans will be eligible for health care coverage. The nation is readying itself for the historic changes—governments, nonprofits, private insurance companies, and health care providers all have crucial roles in contributing to health care reform’s success. Among the essential players are you, Alliance for Children and Families members. … more

Stories Are Remembered Long after Percentages are Forgotten

Make sure your story has staying power

Through the Telling Our Stories campaign, we have been providing opportunities and resources to more effectively communicate your stories of impact. A compelling narrative is critical to showcasing our missions when trying to attract funders and partners, as well as increase visibility within the community. … more

New Ways to Connect around Persistent Policy Challenges

Public Policy Office adds staff, newsletter, working groups

From Washington, D.C., 2013 looks like it will be very similar to 2012. Just as in 2012, tough policy choices are facing government at all levels.

We’re still facing a looming debt ceiling, an overdue budget, and a lot of instability and insecurity for the programs and organizations that rely on federal and state funding. These facts, combined with how last year’s various debates evolved, led me to two conclusions about the future of our policy work. … more

Putting Poverty Back on the Agenda

Advocates must be diligent to break through Americans’ desensitization

This fall, Jerry Friedman visited the Alliance for Children and Families’ headquarters in Milwaukee to talk with staff about his work—first in state government human services leadership, later as executive director of the American Pubic Human Services Association (APHSA), and currently with Accenture’s Human Services division. He offered a very insightful perspective; but, his words left me in a bleak mood. … more

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