Health and Human Service Professionals 'Bravely Being Human'

Baihly Warfield
Created: October 09, 2019 07:33 PM

Every fall, one event brings together thousands of people who work in any fields related to Health and Human Services. This year, the St. Louis County Health and Human Service Conference aims to promote 'Bravely Being Human.' 


The conference kicked off Wednesday afternoon at the DECC. Thursday includes a keynote presentation from Ellie Krug, a transgender activist, attorney and author. 

Juli Lattner, one of the co-chairs, said all three days are centered around themes of having kindness and compassion for everyone you meet. 

"Sometimes it's really difficult to meet somebody who's maybe a little different than you and then see that they have a need and just reach out to them and be kind and compassionate," Lattner said. "So we think 'Bravely Being Human' is just kind of taking that brave step towards saying, 'What can I offer to help you?'"

They're expecting more than 3,000 people to participate in 130 workshops and check out 200 exhibits. This year, they're also adding a networking event because every year seems to attract more and more professionals. 

"Our conference has been made affordable ... to be inclusive for all people to attend. And I think that is one of the big draws of the conference is just how affordable it is," Chair Michelle Nelson said. 

Even students can participate. Walk-in registration at the door continues. Everything wraps up Friday afternoon.


Baihly Warfield

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