Posted Monday, January 7, 2019 by Team Northwoods

9 Can't Miss Conferences for Human Services in 2019

Editor's note: This post was originally published on January 15, 2018, but we recently updated/expanded the list. New conferences for 2019 are denoted with an asterisk.

New year, new opportunities! If one of your 2019 goals is to keep your finger on the pulse of key issues, trends, and topics impacting your agency and/or community, industry conferences are a great way to get started.

We've vetted and attended a lot of conferences over time, and we like to start each new year with a list of recommendations. This list represents events that not only have amazing programming and speakers, but also build in time for attendees to network, share ideas, and discuss how they're addressing key opportunities and challenges.

  1. OJFSDA Annual Training Conference
  2. APHSA's National Health and Human Services Summit
  3. FCC Foundation's Annual Conference
  4. NYPWA's Annual Summer Conference
  5. NAPSA Conference
  6. North Carolina Child Support & Attorney's Conference
  7. California Digital Government Summit
  8. APHSA's ISM Conference
  9. CWDA Annual Conference


Ohio Job and Family Services Directors' Association (OJFSDA) Annual Training Conference

  • OJFSDA 2018Who? Directors and leaders from county agencies; state and local policymakers, legislators, and commissioners
  • What? OJFSDA's Annual Training Conference provides training, research, education, and idea-sharing to help attendees find new ways to better serve the citizens of Ohio.
  • When? May 9-10
  • Where? Columbus, OH
  • Why? Northwoods has been working with the state of Ohio for the past year to transform human services delivery across all 88 counties. On one hand, OJFSDA's Annual Training Conference is a great opportunity for us to connect with our Ohio customers. On the other hand, OJFSDA always has excellent educational sessions and conversations around modernization and citizen-centric service.
  • Learn more: Visit OJFSDA's website for additional information


American Public Human Services Association's (APHSA) National Health and Human Services (HHS) Summit

  • APHSA NHHS Summit 2018Who? HHS agency directors, program administrators, and professionals
  • What? APHSA's annual summit showcases HHS innovation and focuses on how we can collaborate to achieve better outcomes for children, families, and communities.
  • When? May 19-22
  • Where? Arlington, VA
  • Why? This conference is an absolute must for us—it's one of only two conferences to be included all three years we've published this list! Northwoodians who attend the summit always come back with a ton of insights on how policy changes and industry trends will affect our partners.
  • Learn more: Visit the summit website or find more information about all of APHSA's conferences and events

Florida Coalition for Children (FCC) Foundation's Annual Conference

  • Who? Child welfare agency directors, board members, program managers, supervisors, case managers, administrative staff, and advocates
  • What? The FCC Foundation’s Annual Conference focuses on the agencies and individuals who work on the behalf of Florida’s abused, abandoned, neglected, and at-risk children.
  • When? July 8-10
  • Where? Orlando, FL
  • Why? We've had some really productive meetings with child welfare leaders in Florida about how Traverse® can help workers facilitate more purposeful visits. We're hoping to continue those conversations at this year's conference and learn about what other tools workers want to better serve kids.
  • Learn more: Visit the FCC conference website for additional information 

New York Public Welfare Association's (NYPWA) Annual Summer Conference

  • Andrea & Chelsea in New YorkWho? New York's local and state social services agency administrators
  • What? NYPWA's bi-annual conferences present a variety of different opportunities for the exchange of ideas, development of new initiatives, and refinement of existing programs and services among New York’s 58 local departments of social services, state government agencies, and other organizations.
  • When? July 14-17
  • Where? Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Why? We've been attending NYPWA's conferences for a few years now and always appreciate how New York's commissioners share our commitment to innovation and helping agencies leverage new technology to make the biggest impact on the community. This year, we're also excited to share the projects we have underway with Chatauqua County and Seneca County, among others.
  • Learn more: Visit NYPWA's website for additional information


National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) Conference

  • Who? Adult services program directors, managers, supervisors, and direct service providers
  • What? NAPSA focuses on the increasingly visible problems of elder and vulnerable adult abuse and maltreatment, providing a forum for attendees to share information, solve problems, and improve services.
  • When? August 19-21
  • Where? Denver, CO
  • Why? Elder abuse and exploitation has been called a "silent epidemic" and the opioid crisis continues to impact adult protective services caseloads. Technology is more important than ever to help agencies overcome these challenges, and NAPSA is a great opportunity to discuss what we can do to help.
  • Learn more: Visit the NAPSA Conference website for additional information


North Carolina Child Support & Attorney's Conference*

  • North Carolina Child Support ConferenceWho? Child support agents, case managers, and supervisors, plus attorneys, judges, and other professionals
  • What? Through its annual conference, the NC Child Support Council fosters communication, information exchange, and education opportunities to assist child support professionals in their efforts to provide the best services available for the children they champion.
  • When? August 28-30
  • Where? Wilmington, NC
  • Why? Child support often gets a bad rap, but there are a lot of positive things happening in the program to help both agencies and the families they serve. We’ve been attending NC Child Support Council's conference for several years now to hear what the state is working on and how it impacts the counties we work with.
  • Learn more: Follow the NC Child Support Council's Facebook page for updates


California Digital Government Summit*

  • Who? Public and private sector government IT leaders and decision makers
  • What? Government Technology's events gather the highest level of state and local IT decision makers to discuss solutions and best practices for the priority issues impacting their regions. The California Digital Government Summit covers topics like emerging technologies, data and analytics, cloud services, collaboration, and more.
  • When? September 9-10
  • Where? Sacramento, CA
  • Why? This conference is focused on two of our favorite things—spreading best practices and spurring innovation in the public sector. We're excited to show attendees how Northwoods' outcome-centric solutions can help California agencies achieve these two goals.
  • Learn more: Visit the California event website or learn more about GovTech's events in other regions

divider-footer.pngAPHSA’s IT Solutions Management (ISM) for Human Services

  • Northwoodians at ISM 2018Who? HHS agency directors, program administrators, IT directors, and federal/state officials
  • What? ISM brings together federal, state, local, and private sector thought leaders to discuss lessons learned, emerging issues, and key trends relating to HHS technology.
  • When? September 22-25
  • Where? Milwaukee, WI
  • Why? ISM is hands down one of our favorite events to hear from experts at all levels about the most important IT topics and innovations impacting human services.
  • Learn more: Visit the ISM website or find more information about all of APHSA's conferences and events


County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) of California Annual Conference

  • CWDA 2018Who? California child welfare agency directors, program managers, and supervisors
  • What? The CWDA Conference provides an opportunity for attendees to promote innovation and to expand their approaches to best serving children, families and aging individuals.
  • When? October 16-18
  • Where? Monterey, CA
  • Why? This is another conference we always like to attend to hear about digital, forward-thinking strategies and ideas to improve service delivery across the entire continuum of care.
  • Learn more: Visit CWDA's website for additional information


What other conferences are on your radar this year? Let us know in the comments. You can also visit our website to see a full list of national and state-specific conferences we’re planning to attend each quarter.


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