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Media Advisory: Kentucky to sponsor human services worker safety conference; National forum comes one year after death of Boni Frederick

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 04, 2007  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180 or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


Note: This advisory is not for publication. Conference registration is closed.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct.  4, 2007) – The widower of a Kansas social worker who was killed in the line of duty and the leader of a national human service worker organization will speak at a national forum on human services worker safety next week in Louisville.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is sponsoring the “It’s All About Safety!” conference Tuesday, Oct. 9, through Thursday, Oct. 11, at the
Holiday Inn Hurstbourne, 1325 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville.

Human services staff and leadership from Kentucky and across the country will attend and share model initiatives in creating a culture of safety among staff and customers.

Scheduled speakers include: Jerry Freidman, executive director of the American Public Human Services Association; Matt Zenner, an activist for social worker safety and widower of Teri Zenner, a Kansas social worker who was killed in 2004 while making a home visit; and CHFS Deputy Secretary Tom Emberton Jr.

The conference falls almost one year after the death of Union County social services aide Boni Frederick, who was brutally murdered while taking an infant on a home visit with his birth mother.

“One year after the tragic murder of Ms. Frederick, this conference is a chance for us to share our experiences and learn from others,” Emberton said. “We honor Ms. Frederick by enhancing worker safety and being more responsive to the daily concerns of our front line staff.”

Governor Ernie Fletcher signed legislation creating the Boni Frederick Memorial Law on April 5, 2007. The law enhances social service staff safety and adds more front line staff.

Conference session topics include crisis communications, self-defense for human services workers, critical incident reporting and Kentucky’s response to Boni Frederick’s murder.

Media are also invited to the opening ceremony, featuring Emberton and Friedman, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and the plenary luncheon, with Zenner as keynote speaker, from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

More information and an agenda are available online at www.utc.eku.edu/safety.


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Last Updated 10/4/2007