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The mission of the Human Services Network is to create connections, share information, strengthen providers, and support and advocate for good public policy thus assuring the provision of quality human services in Northern Nevada.

The vision is this: the Human Services Network (HSN) is a dynamic collaborative of people passionate about health and human services.

Create Connections

HSN hosts six membership meetings per year with the opportunity to hear local experts on topics which directly relate to the human services community. HSN events bring together providers and their supporters to celebrate our achievements and plan for the future. Participation at events and meetings is a great way to stay connected with your peers and friends in the human services community.

Share Information

The HSN email alert delivers regular and timely information on advocacy efforts, funding and training opportunities, upcoming events, and resources and referrals of interest to the membership. HSN members are able to submit and share items of importance with hundreds of individuals supporting or working in the field of human services.


Good public policy which recognizes the needs of clients and provides adequate resources to support services is essential to improve the quality of life in Nevada. Too often, critical human services programs provided by state and local governments have few advocates. HSN provides a forum for the collective action necessary to make meaningful change in public policy.


A coalition is only as effective as its membership. Success in each of our program areas is dependent on the participation of the full human services community. The more you participate, the more benefit you’ll receive as a member. More importantly, it is going to take all of us working together to increase positive impact for our clients and our communities.

As a member of the HSN community you will have opportunities to directly engage partner organizations, key decision makers, and others in conversations around health and human services. As well, you will have the opportunity to actively participate in the life of the organization through your involvement, whether that be at our regular membership meetings, quarterly socials, annual awards events, biennial setting of priorities, advocacy efforts and more.

Read what some of our members think…

HSN is a polishing group that drives public policy and advocacy to the underserved in Northern Nevada. It is a lynchpin organization, without them we wouldn’t be doing half of what we do.”

Dan Ahearn, Community Health Agency

“HSN provides a forum and the ability for all of us to see other people we work with, know, and respect…to share a lot of the same ideas and come to a lot of the same conclusions about the humanity of the people we serve. And the importance of all of us to come together to not just do the work we do on a daily basis but to really advocate for the systemic changes that we need to make our lives better and make our work more sustainable.”

Kyle Edgerton, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada

“HSN serves a pivotal role in bringing together human services providers to advocate for better services for their clients.It’s crucial to our community and our agencies that we work together to bring about positive political changes and ensure our clients have representation in the political dialogue.”

Jon Sasser, Washoe Legal Services


Click here to see a one-page overview of the Human Services Network and here to become a member. If you have other questions, contact the director of the Human Services Network, Tess Opferman, at 775.762.9199, or at

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