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2017 Conference The Power of Perspective

Thursday-Friday, October 12-13, 2017 at the DECC
Keynote:  Dr. Maura Cullen

Call for Conference Presentations

Proposals are due by WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017. Presenter proposals will be reviewed by the Program Conference Committee, and presenters will be notified of their acceptance by the end of June. Complete the 2017 HHS Conference Presenter Proposal and submit it according to the instructions.


We’re looking for presentations topics on:

Aging & elderly services HIV/AIDS
Bereavement, loss & grief Homelessness & housing
Chemical dependency Immigrants
Child care Indian Child Welfare Act
Child welfare Juvenile justice
Clinical issues Leadership & supervision
Compassion, empathy, dignity Mental health
Culture specific training Organizational development
Disabilities - children & adults Policy & advocacy
Diversity & inclusion Poverty
Domestic violence Probation & corrections
Education Public health
Emergency preparedness Research
End of life & hospice Self care - wellness
Ethics Social development
Foster care Trauma
Health care Veterans
Health disparities Immigrants


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. 


We encourage presenters to offer a 10-question POST TEST for participants who are seeking clinical specific MN Board of Social Work CEU's. Indicate your willingness to provide a post test on the online presenter proposal form.

2017 Conference Exhibitors

Please complete our online exhibitor form by July 28, 2017. Our exhibitor registration is new this year. We have provided a help document to assist you in navigating the system. Reservations for exhibitor booths are on a first-come, first-serve basis. All exhibits will be in South Pioneer Hall at the DECC.

The exhibit fee is $275, which includes your organization’s name in the Conference Brochure, a skirted and curtained exhibit area with an eight-foot table, two chairs, and electricity if necessary. Wireless internet will be provided.

Mail check payable to:
St. Louis County HHSC Fund,
320 West 2nd Street  GSC 4 West  Duluth, MN 55802-1495

It is important to be available at peak times, such as during breaks, lunch on both days and at the start of each day. The conference brochure will detail these peak times.

For HHSC Accounting or online registration questions:
call: 218-726-2292  or email:

We look forward to your participation as an Exhibitor. A second informational letter, with complete exhibitor details and parking passes for both days will be sent to all registered Exhibitors by Friday, September 15, 2017.

Please call with any other questions:
Mary Bridget Lawson, Chair, Health and Human Service Conference
218-726-2140  email:


2017 Co-Sponsors

2017 Conference Keynote

Maura Cullen has been referred to as being the best there is at simplifying the complex issues of diversity in an entertaining and educational manner. Since 1987, Dr. Cullen has been capturing the hearts and minds of people, with her dynamic seminars and speaking engagements throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. Maura is considered one of the foremost authorities on issues of diversity and leadership having worked with over 500 organizations with audiences ranging from eight to 8,000 people.
One of the guiding forces that led her to attaining her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in Social Justice and Diversity Education is her passion to make diversity training as engaging and enjoyable as possible. By utilizing her wonderful sense of humor and real life stories, she resonates with her audience without being aggressive or domineering.
Participants continually remark that Maura is “down to earth” and genuine, and though some may have initially resisted attending her program, they ended up enjoying it immensely. As one participant noted, “I was required to go to Maura’s session and without question I will never see things the same way again. It is a defining moment in my life.” She offers participants concrete ideas to make immediate and significant changes in their lives.

Important Dates
2017 Call for Co-sponsors: January 1, 2017 - rate of $525
2017 Call for Exhibitors:  March 1, 2017 - rate of $275
2017 Call for Presenters:  March 1-May 31, 2017
2017 Conference Registration Rates
General Registration
Early Bird Rate June - August 31: $60
September 1 - October 6: $75
Walk-in: $90

Student Registration
June - October 6: $50
Walk-in: $80

For more information contact:
Mary Bridget 218-726-2140
Government Services Center, 320 W 2nd Street 6E, Duluth, MN 55802-1495


2016 Conference Keynote

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 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.