Health & Human Service Conference



 39th Annual St. Louis County Health & Human Services Conference

Wednesday - Friday October 13 - 15, 2021
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
Duluth, MN



Important Dates 2021:
April 1 - August 31 - Call for Presenters and Sponsor Registration
June 1 - Conference Registration opens

We continue to move forward during these difficult times and pursue celebrating our resiliency and announce Love is Key, it Begins with Me as the theme for the 39th Annual St. Louis County Health & Human Services Conference. We will continue to share knowledge, help others and support each other through training, networking & engagement. Please mark your calendar and join us in October!   

Sponsor registration and presenter proposals are now open!

Sponsor Registration        Presenter Proposal

2021 Sponsorships

Closes August 31      

Sponsor Registration

Do you want to exhibit and showcase your organizations programs and services to thousands of Human Service Practitioner and Professionals? If so, we have three different levels of sponsorship to meet your organizations needs for maximum exposure. Space is limited and booths do fill quickly.

Champion Sponsor


Registration Opens April 1

  • 2 Exhibitor tables
  • 4 free conference registrations
  • Recognition on Champion Sponsor banner
  • Recognition at opening and closing keynote credits
  • Floor sticker of company
    logo 5' X 3'
  • 2 Free parking passes
  • Icon in mobile app
  • Recognition and 1/4 page ad in the conference brochure


Registration Opens April 1

  • Exhibitor table
  • 2 free conference registrations
  • Recognition in conference brochure
  • Floor sticker logo 2' X 2'
  • 2 Free parking passes
  • Icon in Mobile app

Ally Sponsor


Registration Open April 1

  • 1 Exhibitor table
  • 1 free conference registration
  • Recognition in the Conference Brochure
  • 2 Free parking passes
  • Icon in the Mobile App


Sponsor Registration


Exhibitor Hall Schedule

Wednesday, October 7th 2020

10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Open to Attendees

Thursday, October 8th 2020

8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Open to Attendees

Thank you for your ongoing support of the St. Louis County Health and Human Service Conference, which provides education, collaboration, and renewal for those who serve the needs of our communities.

Conference Questions Contact:
Michelle K. Nelson -- Chair
Health and Human Service Conference Committee
320 W Superior St, 6E, Duluth MN 55802-1495
(218) 726-2248 (phone)   (218) 733-2093 (fax)   

Accounting questions contact 218-726-2292

Call for Presenters

Call for Presenters is open!     
Workshop proposals are due by MAY 31, 2021. Presenter proposals will be reviewed by the Program Conference Committee, and presenters will be notified of their acceptance by the end of June.
We encourage proposals that qualify for clinical clock hours towards LICSW licensure. Please indicate on your proposal form if your workshop meet any of the criteria below.
  1. Differential diagnosis and biopsychosocial assessment including normative development and psychopathology across the life span
  2. Assessment-based clinical treatment planning with measurable goals 
  3. Clinical intervention methods informed by research and current standards of practice 
  4. Evaluation methodologies 
  5. Social work values and ethics including cultural context diversity and social policy 
  6. Culturally specific clinical assessment and intervention

2021 Conference Keynote Speaker

Opening KeyNote

Sonya Renee Taylor is an author, poet, spoken word artist, speaker, humanitarian and social justice activist, educator, and founder of The Body is Not An Apology movement. She has won multiple National and International poetry slams, and has performed for audiences across the US and Canada, New Zealand and Australia, the British Isles and and the Netherlands. Her writing explores the intersections of race and gender on the topic of body positivity, critiquing the  current ideas society has around the movement, making it more inclusive and claiming space for those who have been noticeably left out of the conversation.


Closing Keynote
Dr. Maryam M. Jernigan-Noesi is a licensed psychologist, professor, clinician-scientist, and equity and inclusion consultant with a particular emphasis on race and culture. She focuses on the investigation of the social determinants of racial health disparities among marginalized populations, culturally-responsive assessment and treatment models, child and adolescent social-emotional development, and Black maternal health. As an educator, Dr. Jernigan-Noesi has over 15 years of formal instructional experience in higher education, graduate, and professional schools where she has earned recognition for exceptional teaching.

2021 Schedule

2021 St. Louis County Health & Human Services Conference
"The Key is Love: It Begins With Me"



10:00–4:30 Registration

1:00–2:00 Welcome & opening Keynote

2:30–4:00 Session I Workshops

10:00–4:30 Exhibit Hall open

Thursday October 14th

8:00–4:00 Exhibit Hall open

8:00–4:30 Registration open

8:30–4:30 Session II–V Workshops

4:00 Exhibit Hall ends


9:00–10:30 Session VI Workshops

10:30–11:00 BREAK

11:00–12:00 Closing Keynote

Exhibit Hall closed


Past Conferences


Michelle Nelson
Organizational Development Specialist