Luzerne-Wyoming Counties System of Care


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Please check out some images from last year’s Expo!

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019 the departments of Luzerne County’s Human Services Division proudly present Luzerne County Cares – Community Expo 2019.

These departments include: Mental Health – Developmental Services Program, Drug & Alcohol, Children & Youth, Area Agency on Aging,  & Veterans Affairs.

The Event will take place at The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Doors open and Registration begins at 11:00am

Programming will continue through 8:00pm

This Expo is FREE to all who wish to attend. 

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For a description of sessions click here:

Keynote Speakers:

Jodi Pfarr, aha! Process

Since 2001, Jodi Pfarr has worked internationally, conducting profound seminars that leave people learning and laughing. Her engaging style—and trademark humor—allow her to effectively connect with diverse audiences. Her ongoing clients represent a broad range of groups, including police departments, judges, teachers, religious institutions, social services, and fire departments.

Pfarr grew up in a rural area and lives in an urban city, giving her a keen understanding of both demographics, as well as the diversity and unique dynamics within both. She brings audiences the knowledge she has gained from years of hands-on experience within the criminal justice system, social services, and nonprofit organizations. This vast work experience enriches her presentation with stories from the trenches that audiences find relatable and transferable to their own lives.

This presentation is a comprehensive approach to understanding poverty. Bridges Out of Poverty uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to alleviate poverty.

Participants will review poverty research, examine a theory of change, and analyze poverty through the prism of the hidden rules of class, resources, family structure, and language.

Dana M. Winters, Ph.D., Fred Rogers Center

As the Director of Simple Interactions and Academic Programs and Assistant Professor of Child and Family Studies for the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, Dana Winters seeks to apply and advance the legacy of Fred Rogers in serving children and their helpers. Through projects involving children’s helpers across many diverse settings, including child care, school systems, community programs, residential care, and children’s hospitals, she communicates and reflects what is simple and deep about work in service of children and their families. Dana supervises the Center’s research lab, Incubator 143, which partners with educators, trainers, advocates, and researchers to focus on identifying and amplifying the simple active ingredient that universally helps serve children—the power of human connection. Dana holds a Ph.D. in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh, a M.A. in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in sociology from Saint Vincent College.

Finding and Celebrating Deep and Simple Moments

Serving children and families requires us to understand and address a complex system of challenges and opportunities. It is sometimes difficult to imagine how a single, small, and ordinary moment fits within these complex challenges and rising demands for outcomes, yet such moments are the most essential building blocks of a healthy community. Finding meaningful ways to talk about such moments can be encouraging, enriching, and empowering at every level of the child-serving system. Each simple interaction lays the groundwork for lasting developmental relationships – showing children that they are cherished and have a place in this world. At the foundation of every child’s healthy development is the power of human connection – and we will explore the power we have to build connections and contribute to the positive development of the children around us.

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For a description of sessions click here:

The Expo will also host a Poster Session where we will showcase many programs & services available within Luzerne County. A growing list of posters that will be available:

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Free Dinner will be served. Please check out the 20+ Information Posters Programs at this time.  There will also be games and attractions for the whole family.

Awards and Door Prizes will be given away at the end of the event. Must be present to win.

Everyone who registers online will receive an extra ticket for a door prize drawing.  Registration is encouraged by September 13, 2019 (but not necessary).

The 2019 System of Care Awards – the Expo will also host an awards ceremony. (7:30pm)

To nominate individuals for the System of Care Awards, please go to the nomination page here:      Award Nominations

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