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2015 Health & Human Service Conference 

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) brought to you by these 2015 Co-Sponsors.  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 rate.


Call for Conference Presentations

We’re looking for presentations that will:
• Incorporate the Conference theme
• Enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of those working in health and human services
• 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 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 29, 2015. Presenter proposals will be reviewed by the Program Conference Committee, and presenters will be notified of their acceptance by the end of June. See the 2015 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 2015 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 registration, lunch, and break times. 

Reservations for exhibit space are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please complete the 2015 HHS Conference Exhibit Form.

Mail your $250 check - payable to SLC Human Service Conference Fund - to: 
Bonny Moran
Government Services Center, Suite 6 East
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 11, 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.