Call for Innovative Ideas

Thank you for your interest in proposing an Innovative Idea that outlines a program, resource, collaborative venture or other activity that your organization has developed to meet the needs of your community.

Submissions will be considered for a variety of mediums, such as sessions for the annual Assembly and other CHA programs, story coverage in Catholic Health World and Health Progress, videos, webinars, networking calls, etc.

Suggested Proposal Topics

While you are welcome to submit a proposal in a topic of your choice, CHA is particularly interested in Innovative Ideas that address issues such as:
  • Diversity and health disparities
  • Emerging markets
  • Joint ventures, consolidations and mergers
  • Consumer-driven health care
  • Succession planning
  • Ministry leadership formation
  • Social determinants of health
  • Immigration
  • Human vulnerability and resilience
  • Patient-centered and/or age-friendly care
  • End of life/palliative care
  • Compassion fatigue/worker burnout
  • Mental/behavioral health
  • Next steps in health reform
  • Community benefit
  • Relationship of Catholic health care and the Church
  • Affordability of care

For Assembly programming, CHA plans to utilize a variety of shorter presentation formats, which may include traditional, TED-style talk or PechaKucha* models. If your presentation is selected, CHA will contact you with specifics.

* PechaKucha means "chit-chat" in Japanese. The PechaKucha 20x20 presentation format shows 20 chosen images, each onscreen for 20 seconds. The slides — which are images only (no text) — advance automatically, giving the speaker a total of 6:40 minutes to share a lively, compelling story, with visuals guiding the way.

To learn more about PechaKucha and view examples of 20x20 presentations, please visit

Evaluation and Selection

Proposals that are selected as presentations for CHA's annual Assembly or other programs will be evaluated based on the criteria listed below. Preference may be given to proposals submitted by or in collaboration with CHA-member organizations.

  • Demonstration of Catholic identity
  • Introduces new ideas or addresses existing challenges
  • Practical and/or replicable applicability
  • Inspiring, innovative, future oriented
  • Engaging, participative adult-learning processes (if selected for programming)
  • Quality of content
  • Well-written narrative and details describing proposed innovation
  • Qualifications, expertise and experience of speaker(s) or author(s)

If selected for Assembly programming, CHA will waive the presenter's registration fee for the Assembly, plus reimburse for one (1) night's lodging at the Assembly headquarters hotel for that same presenter. The presenter is responsible for travel expenses to/from the Assembly, as well as additional room nights at the Assembly headquarters hotel, if staying more than one (1) night.

CHA will not cover registration fees or lodging expenses for more than one presenter.

Disclosure and Permissions

Proposals selected for CHA's annual Assembly or other programs may require signed release forms from the speaker(s) or author(s).

Audio Visual and Handouts

CHA will provide A/V for proposals selected for inclusion in the annual Assembly or other CHA programming. The submitter of the selected proposal will be notified well in advance about session purpose, length of presentation, desired instructional methods, quantity of slides, handouts, etc.

Submitting a Proposal

  • Proposals must be submitted via the Call for Innovative Ideas online form. To help prepare your submission, read these Tips & Questions to see what will be needed to complete the form. 
  • To submit a proposal, you will need to log in with your email address and password. If you do not yet have an account created, select the "Log In” box and select “Create Account.”
  • Once your proposal is submitted, you may return to view/modify it as many times as you wish through the submission deadline: Feb. 25, 2020.

    Go to the proposal form


For any proposals selected for use in programming or other mediums, CHA will contact the submitter directly. Following selection of a proposal, CHA reserves the right to make adjustments to any session or story.


Paula Bommarito
(314) 253-3451