GOVERNMENTDepartments & AgenciesHealth & Human ServicesHHS Conference   


2018 Conference 

Thursday-Friday, October 11-12, 2018 at the DECC.




Exhibit booths are full. Thank you to all of our Co-Sponsors and Exhibitors!

Call for Conference Presentations

Proposals are due by THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018. 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 2018 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.

2018 Co-Sponsors

2018 Conference Keynote: 

Gregory Boyle, author of "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion" and "Barking at the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship". 


Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA. Now in its 30th year, Homeboy traces its roots to when Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles, which also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city. Homeboy has become the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry program in the world, and employs and trains gang members and felons in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women each year who walk through its doors seeking a better life. Father Boyle has received the California Peace Prize, the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, and the University of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal. He was inducted into the California Hall of Fame and named a 2014 Champion of Change by the White House.

Important Dates
2018 Call for Co-sponsors: January 1, 2018 - February 28, 2018 - rate of $525
2018 Call for Exhibitors:  March 1, 2018 - rate of $275 FULL
2018 Call for Presenters:  March 1-May 31, 2018
2018 Conference Registration Rates
General Registration
Early Bird Rate June - August 31: $60
September 1 - October 5: $75
Walk-in: $90

Student Registration
June - October 5: $50
Walk-in: $80

No registration refunds after Friday, September 14, 2018

The fee covers attendance for one or both days of the conference and admittance to the exhibit hall. Participants can attend the institutes and workshops of their choice throughout the conference. Minnesota Board of Social Work continuing education units (C.E.U.s) will be available; some C.E.U.s may also fulfill Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements. 

For more information contact:
Kyle Heyesen 218-726-2078
Juli Lattner 218-726-2446
Government Services Center, 320 W 2nd Street 6E, Duluth, MN 55802-1495



When calling for hotel reservations, please mention "St. Louis County Human Service Conference Rate."


Pier B
800 West Railroad Street

Standard $109- $129


The Inn on Lake Superior
350 Canal Park Dr.
Standard $117.99 and up




The Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza
325 Lake Avenue South

Standard King Suite $97 and up


Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
200 W. 1st St.
Standard Room $114