Support planning professionals learning community

Join DHS for the June 2020 support planning professionals learning community (SPPLC), a monthly series related to person-centeredness. Each session has a different topic and guest speakers.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020 from 10 to 11:30am


Assistive technology resources and tools to combat social isolation


Minnesota support planning professionals in all fields, including, but not limited to:

  • Care coordinators
  • Case managers
  • Certified assessors
  • Person-centered planners
  • Relocation services staff
  • Support planners
  • Managers and supervisors of the above.


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If you have questions, email DSD Learn.

Social Connectedness as the Center of Mental Well-being

Mental Well-Being and Resilience Learning Community Session 1:

Topic: Social Connectedness as the Center of Mental Well-being


What if the solution to some of our most critical healthcare issues could be found right here in the wisdom of lived experience from community members? Our connections with each other, the revitalization of community life, and building a culture of care is exactly how we will start to ease the suffering of our loneliness epidemic and the chronic diseases that ensue from loss and social isolation. NicBluCares, serving Nicollet and Blue Earth Counties, is piloting the global Compassionate Community movement for the USA. We are bringing primary care together with public health, multi-sector leaders, community expertise and a shared database system to connect people to services and build coalitions of support. Research tells us that social health is vital to physical, mental, and community wellbeing. Kami and Mary Ann present how a compassionate ‘whole of community’ movement in Southern Minnesota is creating a new culture where we belong and we take care of each other. Mankato/North Mankato will be the first Compassionate Town in America, creating a Compassionate Town Charter through conversations about belonging, equity, loss, and resiliency, harvesting the wisdom of lived experiences, and mobilizing best practices to policies.

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Kami Norland, MA, ATR,  CEO Integrative Re-Sources

Mary Ann Boe, Executive Director, Deva Nation



Email Anna Lynn at or call 651-201-3627.

Recognizing Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Healthcare Settings

This training will cover Minnesota’s Safe Harbor response to commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking, the dynamics of commercial sexual exploitation and how to identify grooming and recruitment techniques. We will also take a look at some of the unique needs of survivors of exploitation and trafficking and how as healthcare providers, you can offer support and resources to those who might be experiencing commercial sexual exploitation.

Mel Alvar is Northeast Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Regional Navigator out of PAVSA (Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault) in Duluth.

To Register and for more information:


Minnesota Department of Health, Safe Harbor

Additional information on Minnesota Safe Harbor Law and Services with Minnesota Department of Health.