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2016 Conference Keynote

Announcing our 2016 keynote: Kevin KlingKevin Kling

Kevin Kling is a well-known playwright and storyteller, and his commentaries can be heard on NPR’s All Things Considered. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. He lives in Minneapolis. He will be presenting The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into. His autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.

Opening Keynote music to be provided by Gaelynn Lea Music.

Gaelynn Lea is a musician from Duluth, who recently received national recognition, winning the NPR Tiny Desk Contest. She has been playing violin for over twenty years. First classically trained, she began learning traditional Celtic and American fiddle tunes at the age of 18. Eventually she also began singing and dabbling in songwriting. Gaelynn has played alongside many notable Minnesota musicians over the years, including Alan Sparhawk, Charlie Parr, and Billy McLaughlin.

We welcome your participation in our 2016 conference.
Key dates to know:
  • Call for Co-sponsors: January 4 - March 1
  • Call for Presenter and Exhibitors: March

  • Deadline for Presenters – May 31
  •  Registration opens – July


For more information contact:

Mary Bridget[218] 726-2140, Government Services Center, 320 W 2nd Street 6E, Duluth, MN 55802-1495

Call for Conference Presentations

We’re looking for presentations that will:

  • Enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of those working in health and human services
  • Impart new information
  • Share promising strategies, tools, and best practices
  • Depict creative programs and services 
  • Increase cultural competency
  • Demonstrate innovative ideas and solutions about what’s possible
  • Provide advanced training to challenge the experienced health and human service professional
  • Provide engagement and hope

Who you'll be training:
The target audiences for the presentations include social workers, public health practitioners, financial workers, support staff, social service specialists, child support officers, probation officers, program managers, directors, county commissioners, boards of directors, health and human service advocates, trainers, foster parents, child care providers, nurses, psychologists, chaplains, parish workers, and pastors. 

Proposals are due by FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016. Presenter proposals will be reviewed by the Program Conference Committee, and presenters will be notified of their acceptance by the end of June. Go to the 2016 HHS Conference Presenter Proposal. Complete the proposal and submit it according to the printed instructions.

Conference Exhibitors

You are invited to participate as an Exhibitor at the October 13-14, 2016 St. Louis County Health & Human Service Conference. Exhibits will again be located in South Pioneer Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC).

The $250 exhibit fee includes your organization’s name in the Conference folder, two free parking permits, a skirted and curtained exhibit area with an eight-foot table, two chairs, and electricity if necessary. Wireless Internet access is provided in the exhibit area. Exhibits should be staffed throughout the Conference, especially during peak times such as lunch on both days, the start of each day and through October 14, 1:30pm.

Our Exhibitors are intended for those who provide services or education that connects to and enhances the  day to day work of health and human service providers, practitioners and their clients. Reservations for exhibit space are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please complete the 2016 HHS Conference Exhibit Form.

Mail your $250 check - payable to SLC Human Service Conference Fund - to: 
Cori Helget
Government Services Center, Suite 401 West
320 West 2nd Street
Duluth, MN 55802-1495.

An informational letter, with complete exhibitor details will be mailed to all registered HHS Conference Exhibitors by Friday, September 16, 2016.