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Human Services Information Summit set for September 21

SEPTEMBER 12 The Human Services Coordinating Body of Charlevoix & Emmet counties is holding its 18th Annual Human Services Information Summit on Friday, September 21, 2012. This free event takes place from 8:00am to 12:00 noon at the Petoskey United Methodist Church, located at 1804 E. Mitchell Street. All are welcome to attend; no registration is required. The summit is dedicated to educating participants about the many health and human service resources available to Northern Michigan residents, according to event chair Melissa Holbrook, Admission Coordinator for Grandvue Medical Care Facility. "With almost 40 agencies attending and sharing details of their programs at breakout sessions and the resource fair, the summit is a great opportunity for health and human services professionals to learn about new programs or policy changes, she explained.

The summit is also a great resource for families, she added. "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 attend breakout sessions from organizations such as the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Michigan Works!, The Manna Food Project, McLaren Northern Michigan and the Women's Resource Center.

Keynote speaker John Stephenson, Executive Director of the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA,, will deliver his address during the opening session. Stephenson has been with NMCAA for more than 25 years, managing programs that provide housing, food, emergency aid and financial assistance in a 10-county area covering Northwest Lower Michigan.

The Human Services Information Summit is sponsored by the Human Services Coordinating Body of Charlevoix & Emmet Counties, dedicated to inter-agency 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.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. Visit the Health Department online at