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Human Services Information Summit set for September 26, 2008

(September 22, 2007) The Human Services Coordinating Body of Charlevoix and Emmet counties is holding its 14th Annual Human Services Information Summit on Friday, September 26, 2008, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, at the Petoskey United Methodist Church, located at 1804 E. Mitchell Street. All are welcome; no registration is required.

“In just one morning, summit participants can learn all about the many resources available in our community,” said Terry Newton, Executive Director of Harbor Hall, who serves as Chairperson for the Human Services Coordinating Body. “With almost 40 agencies attending and sharing details of their programs at breakout sessions and resource fair, the summit is a great opportunity for health and human services professionals to learn about new programs or policy changes.”

The summit is also a great resource for families, Newton said. “There is something at the summit for everybody,” she said. “We welcome people looking for volunteer opportunities, parents who want to learn about services for a child with special needs, or adults looking for support to care for their elderly parents. We’ll have agency representatives at the summit that can explain their services and answer family’s questions about programs and eligibility.”

Although participants will not be able to enroll in agency services during the summit, similar event through Project Connect is set for early 2009 where on-site enrollment will be available.

The key note address, “Changing Stories: How We Write Our Client’s Histories and Our Own”, will be presented by Peter Olson. Olsen has an extensive background in health care, as a licensed paramedic and paramedic instructor. He serves as the education coordinator for Allied EMS Systems and adjunct faculty member at North Central Michigan College. Olson earned a doctorate in comparative literature and taught at University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Michigan, and Hillsdale College.

The Human Services Information Summit is funded in part by Strong Families/Safe Children through the Michigan Department of Human Services.

For additional information, contact Lorraine Manary, Coordinator for the Human Services Coordinating Body of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties, at (231) 347-0067.