Addressing Human Service Workforce Challenges at NHSA’s 2022 Annual Meeting… and BeyondJune 30, 2022
The National Human Services Assembly celebrated its 99th year by welcoming a new slate of executive officers, taking a look back at the previous year, and bringing together experts from around the country to discuss the sector’s current workforce crisis. A recording is available on our YouTube account.
Among the elements covered were the adverse impact current workforce shortages are having on frontline staff disproportionately representing women and communities of color, youth & youth workers, caregivers, and staff facing challenges with mental well-being. We are thankful to our exceptional panel of experts that joined us for the conversation, facilitated by NHSA Executive Director, Victor Valentine. The panelists were: Mary Ann “Mimi” Haley, National Youth Employment Coalition; Denise Harlow, National Community Action Partnership; Karen Johnson, Change in Mind Institute, Social Current; Nicole Jorwic, Caring Across Generations; and Lupi Quinteros-Grady, Latin American Youth Center.
Incoming Board Chair Darlyne Bailey concluded the proceedings with a charge to the sector to find new and innovative ways to collaborate. Her message served as a next step and building block upon the previous year’s message, delivered by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, to get into “good trouble.”
Over the next months, the National Assembly will be delving deeper into these topics, using our Peer Councils and 2023 Centennial activities to identify strategies and advocacy platforms for addressing the workforce crisis in human services, including, but not limited to: increasing reimbursements to support wage increases, professional development, organizational resiliency strategies, and frontline staff recruitment.
MEET YOUR NEW BOARD OFFICERS
We are proud to present the newly elected slate of Executive Officers of the Board of Directors of the National Human Services Assembly. They will serve for a 2-year term. See our complete list of board members.
Chair: Darlyne Bailey, Bryn Mawr College
Co-Vice Chairs: Monisha Kapila, ProInspire and Mala Thakur, MDC
Secretary: Denise Harlow, National Community Action Partnership
Treasurer: Susan Schmidt, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
If you are not a current member of the National Human Services Assembly and are interested in joining, we have multiple levels of membership and several benefits to fit your organizational needs. We would be happy to have you join us in our endeavors to strengthen and increase collaboration in the sector.