The 2017 Age and Disabilities Odyssey conference attracted some 1,600 participants to the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center last week. The two-day event is the largest conference convened by DHS and is done in partnership with the Minnesota Board on Aging.
Started in 1998, the biennial event draws people interested in long-term services and supports, including advocates, consumers, policymakers, providers and those from counties, tribes, managed care organizations, state government. This year’s event included 100 different sessions addressing topics ranging from the latest federal health care legislation to homelessness, the substance abuse continuum of care, mental health, autism and technology. Other features were awards presentations to leaders in the disabilities and aging fields; two large halls filled with exhibitors; keynoters; and time for networking.
Loren Colman, assistant commissioner for Continuing Care for Older Adults, and Claire Wilson, assistant commissioner for Community Supports, sent a message to staff who planned and implemented the conference, saying “This represents an extraordinary effort that not only rewards those who attend but enhances the reputation of DHS and the Board on Aging as committed partners in ensuring quality services and supports in Minnesota.”
Conference planning committee members included: Mary Olsen Baker, Bev Milotzky, Darci Steffen, Diane Mangan, Jaclyn Gard, Jennifer Strei, Julie Angert, Kelly Melcher, Lolly Lijewski, Miriam DeVaney, Todd Stump, Jacqueline Peichel, Taylor Kearns, Tricia Drury, Jill Becker, Matt McCrory, Denise Paul, Mai Xiong, Jon Siess, Patrice Vick, Gloria Fike, Amy McQuaid-Swanson, Amy Petersen, Bev Asher, Carrie Jakober, Diane Marshall, Gail Dekker, Jennifer Perry, Jennifer Stevens, Jill Tilbury, Jolene Kohn, Karen Peed, Kelli Klein, LaRhae Knatterud, Mary Hertel, Nancy Schultz, Pamela Sulmer, Reena Shetty, Roshani Dahal, Sarah Grebenc, Sue Wenberg, Suzanne Martin, Tony Gantenbein, Zora Radosevich.
Some 1,600 attended the Minnesota Age and Disabilities Conference June 21-22 in Duluth.
Commissioner Emily Piper addressed the convention.
Francis Harris, cofounder of Urban Partnership Community Development Center in St. Paul, was an Odyssey award recipient.
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