"In just one morning, summit participants can learn all about the many resources available in our community," said Melissa Holbrook from Grandvue Medical Care Facility, who serves as chairperson of the event. "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, she said. "There is something at the Information Summit for everybody. 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."
Participants can choose to breakout sessions from organizations as diverse as the Health Department, Friendship Centers, Probate Court, and the Women's Resource Center.
The keynote address will be presented this year by Kerri Finlayson, Anthropology and Sociology teacher at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. She has cross-country skied to the North Pole, climbed 19,340 feet to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, trekked through South America, cycled 6,510 miles from Egypt to South Africa and attempted Mt. Ranier at 14,340 ft. She will speak to the attendees about her adventures and how to reach one's goals in life.
The Human Services Information Summit is sponsored by the Human Services Coordinating Body of Charlevoix & Emmet Counties. Its members work together towards interagency cooperation, coordination, and collaboration for the improvement of local human services. For additional information about the Information Summit, contact Melissa Holbrook at (231) 536-2286, ext. 3025.