Health & Human Service Conference expands; theme is Bravely Being Human

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Public Health & Human Services Dept. • 320 West Second Street, Suite 605 • Duluth, MN 55802
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Linnea Mirsch



September 26, 2019

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Health & Human Service Conference expands; theme is Bravely Being Human

The annual St. Louis County Health and Human Service conference is already one of the largest health and human service conferences in the state, now this year it is expanding and adding new activities including a social networking event. The 37th annual conference runs October 9-11 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). This year's theme is Bravely Being Human, and features key note speaker Ellen "Ellie" Krug.  


Krug is a transgender activist, attorney, radio host and the author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change. Her speech will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the DECC's Symphony Hall. Through her work, Krug highlights idealism and how each of us can play a role in fostering positive change in the world. Her remaining life mission is to work for a more inclusive society for all humans, regardless of how many are considered “Other." The keynote welcome also will feature the music of Mary Bue, a Minneapolis singer and songwriter


The online preregistration deadline is Friday, September 27. Walk-in registration is available on any day of the conference. Cash or check will be accepted. The registration fee is $75 if done by Sept. 27, or $90 at the door. For students, the cost is $50 if registering by this Friday, or $80 at the door.


This year's conference is expected to draw 3,000 participants from the public and private sector. The event includes more than 130 workshops and 200 exhibits, all designed to offer opportunities for networking, sharing of innovative ideas, and strengthening services provided. In addition to St. Louis County, which organizes and presents the annual conference, more than 70 community organizations contribute to the conference's success as co-sponsors.


For more information about the St. Louis County Health and Human Services Conference, or to view the brochure, visit

Ellie Krug

Ellen Krug, author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change will be the keynote speaker at the 37th annual St. Louis County Health and Human Services Conference.