National and International Coverage

The Department of Human Services is pleased to garner national and international recognition for reforms and improvements made to the human services system in Allegheny County. Such efforts, most often made in collaboration with contracted providers and other community partners, have advanced the goals of the DHS Vision for an exemplary human services system that provides the highest quality services to Allegheny County residents.

International Recognition

NZ-developed AI Can Predict Kids' Hospital Risk
NZ Herald, August 5, 2020

Can a Computer Model Accurately Identify Kids at Risk of Abuse?
Radio New Zealand, May 22, 2019

Child Abuse Screening Tool Improves Accuracy: Researchers
Radio New Zealand, May 13, 2019

Can an Algorithm Tell When Kids Are in Danger?
Irish Examiner, January 13, 2018

National Recognition


In the Push to Keep Children With Kin and out of Foster Care, Are Families Heard?
Next City, November 15, 2021

Your View by Northampton Human Services Department: How an Algorithm Will Help Keep Families Together
The Morning Call, April 11, 2021

Rent Relief Available in Allegheny County and Surrounding Counties
The National Law Review, March 24, 2021

We Have to Close the Eviction Data Gap
Bloomberg City, February 3, 2021


Silo Busting Strategies for Sharing Intergovernmental Data
GCN.Com, December 17, 2020

Looking Beyond the Federal Data Strategy
IBM Center for The Business of Government, December 16, 2020

Why It’s Time to Get Serious About Intergovernmental Data Sharing
Governing, December 16, 2020

New York City Should Use Advancements in Data Technology to Get Its Foster and Adoption Programs Up to Date
City Journal, December 14, 2020

Allegheny County Child Welfare Chief Marc Cherna to Retire
The Imprint Youth & Family News, December 11, 2020

Hello Baby: Innovative Child Maltreatment Prevention Program Launches in Allegheny Co., PA
Child Welfare Monitor, October 21, 2020

Better Government Through Data: Using the Allegheny County Human Services Data Warehouse to Design More Effective Results
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard University, October 19, 2020

Hospital Injury Encounters of Children Identified by a Predictive Risk Model for Screening Child Maltreatment Referrals: Evidence from the Allegheny Family Screening Tool
JAMA Pediatrics, August 3, 2020

Panelists Discuss How Data Partnerships Can Reduce Barriers to Access, Improve Outcomes in Health Care
American Journal of Managed Care, June 21, 2020

For Emergency Food Assistance During Pandemic, GIS Plays Star Role
State Scoop, May 1, 2020

This Woman Volunteered to Spend Time With a Lonely 90-year-old, Then They Became Great Friends
CBS News, February 5, 2020


Mining Government Data While Protecting Privacy
GCN, May 31, 2019

Honoring Youth Voice
Children's Bureau Ex