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2015 H&HS Conference 

Time to mark your calendars for October 15-16, 2015, for the 33rd Annual St. Louis County Health & Human Service Conference at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC).  This year's theme "The Dance of Compassion."

Conference information:

Our Conference draws together 2,500+ health and human service practitioners and 150 exhibitors from the public and private sectors for two days of training and networking. Conference offerings include one hundred and sixteen  (1 1/2 hour) Workshops and eleven (3 1/2 hour) Institutes. Participants can attend Workshops and Institutes of their choice throughout the conference. Note: parking is available at the DECC at $5.00 rate.


Conference Call for Co-Sponsors

Please complete our online co-sponsorship form by Friday, March 6, 2015, to assure your participation as a co-sponsor. Send your $500.00 co-sponsorship check to follow by US mail made payable to SLC HHSC Fund, c/o Mary B Lawson, 320 W 2nd St 6E, Duluth   MN 55802-1495.

By becoming a co-sponsor, your institution is asked to contribute $500.00 to the St Louis County Health and Human Service Conference Fund, which will guarantee your organization with an exhibitor table for both days of the conference and your name on the conference news releases, on pre-registration materials, and in the conference program.  

Contact: Mary Bridget Lawson, HHS Conference Chair. Phone: 218-726-2140 or send an email to

Exhibitor and Presenter information to be released early Spring 2015.

Conference Keynote Speaker 

Our 2015 conference will feature Judge Floerke who will address the conference theme "The Dance of Compassion" Thursday October 15th at 10:30 in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)Symphony Hall.

Judge Shawn FloerkeNothing is ultimately effective without healthy human connection. In his keynote, Calling: Our Work and Our Lives, Judge Floerke will share a vision of an integrated understanding of addiction, recovery, alliance, and mindful practice to fortify and sustain us.  Through sharing the rapidly expanding body of research surrounding brain development, trauma, and resiliency, he will present a moving depiction of addiction. He will articulate the compassionate presence, an essential component of recovery, and encourage us to see ourselves as part of that compassionate presence for those who are struggling.  Finally he will challenge us that in order to vibrantly walk out our vocations, each of us (admittedly strugglers ourselves) must grapple with our own need for renewal. 

Judge Shaun R. Floerke is the chief judge of the 6th District, chambered in Duluth. An innovator, Judge Floerke leads a high risk felony DWI Court; he is Co- Chair of the Minnesota Drug Court Initiative; he pioneered a community restorative circle model working with domestic violence offenders; and he is piloting a new approach to screen, educate and refer first-time offenders in order to prevent repeat offending. He serves with several teams of dedicated professionals and community members seeking to bring accountability and restoration for those in the judicial system. He focuses on people struggling with addiction and mental health concerns.  He trains judges and other  professionals throughout Minnesota and across the nation and has received awards and commendations for his passionate efforts to work out justice effectively and with care, dignity, and respect.