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2018 Minnesota World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference: Bridges of Minnesota

June 13, 2018


2018 Presenter Slides are now available!

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was created by the United Nations International Plan of Action recognizing the significance of elder abuse as a growing social and financial concern, public health matter, and human rights issue. This year marks the 12th anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in the United States and the 11th annual event in Minnesota. Each June, the Minnesota Elder Justice Center and its Center Partners sponsor a full-day professional education conference in conjunction with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The goal of this conference is to elevate the issue of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation and provide education on best practices for prevention and response.

This year’s conference, Bridges of Minnesota, will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center. Registration is limited to 600 attendees. This conference is directed towards professionals who work with older and vulnerable adults. This includes Adult Protection Services, State Agencies, Non-Profits Organizations, Attorneys, Social Workers, representatives from the Criminal Justice System, Law Enforcement, Long-term Care Providers, and more.

Jane Ochrymowycz Award We are seeking nominations for the Jane Ochrymowycz Award for Advocacy. Jane was a powerful advocate, and we seek award candidates in the spirit of her life and work. Please view our call for nominations which should include 2 additional letters of recommendation; we are seeking nominations by April 20th. Applications should be sent via email to katie.behrens@elderjusticemn.org

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Conference Schedule

Registration, Exhibits, Continental Breakfast
Welcome and Opening Session
Keynote Speaker: Donald K. Warne, MD, MPH
Break / Exhibits
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Lunch / Exhibits
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Break / Exhibits
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Continuing Education Credits

CLE, POST and SW CEUs will be available, as well as a certificate of attendance for other

Registration Fees

Attendees: $80.00, includes continental breakfast, lunch and coffee service. Refunds will not be provided for any cancellations. If you register and are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to a new attendee.

Non-Profit/Government:  Early-bird (Before 3/25/18) › $100  |  After 3/25/18 › $125
For-Profit:  Early-bird (Before 3/25/18) › $250  |  After 3/25/18 › $300

Exhibits will include: 1 8-ft table, 1 chair, and 1 lunch. An extra chair and additional lunch can be purchased. Instructions to do so will be sent to all registered exhibitors.  Please contact katie.behrens@elderjusticemn.org for additional needs.


Event Location

Hotel Reservations

We have set aside a block of room at the Embassy Suits by Hilton Minneapolis North, connected to the Earle Brown Heritage Center.  You can reserve your reduced rate room by clicking on the link below:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis North
6300 Earle Brown Dr., Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Phone number (763) 560-2700


Conference sponsorship opportunities are still available! Please use the sponsor registration form to support the work of this important conference!







Hennepin County Medical Center

Minnesota Alliance on Crime


Planning Committee

Katie Behrens, Chair, Minnesota Elder Justice Center
Marit Peterson, Minnesota Elder Justice Center
Kelli Klein, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Megan Verdeja, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Angela Scaletta, Minnesota Elder Justice Center
Mike Hannay, Minnesota Adult Protection Services, retired; Minnesota Elder Justice Center
Amy Kenzie, Minnesota Department of Health
Stacy Albrecht, Minnesota County Attorneys Association
Yvonne Barrett, Minnesota Department of Human Services


Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 United States
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Minnesota Elder Justice Center