Call for Innovative Ideas

CHA is now accepting proposals for the 2023 Call for Innovative Ideas around programs, resources, collaborative ventures or other activities that organizations have developed to meet the needs of communities served.

Submissions will be considered for a variety of channels, such as sessions for this year’s virtual Assembly and other CHA programs, webinars, story coverage in publications videos, etc.


While you are welcome to submit a proposal in a topic of your choice, CHA is particularly interested in Innovative Ideas that address specific ways we, as a ministry, demonstrate Catholic social teachings in action around important issues such as:

  • Applying principles of Catholic Social teaching to governance, corporate practices and services that advance human dignity, health equity and the common good.
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Social determinants of health
  • Care models for marginalized communities (Immigrants, LGBTQ+, disable prisoners)
  • End-of-life care
  • Spiritual/pastoral care
  • Mission identity/integration/formation
  • Mental Health Services- programs that are making an impact to address this public health crisis.
  • Workplace well-being – programs that address employee burnout and provide opportunities to reconnect with the call to care.
  • Charity Care and financial assistance – initiatives that help patients easily navigate financial aid programs and services.
  • Women and Children's health - programs that improve health outcomes, particularly among vulnerable populations.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging – programs that advance the four pillars of CHA’s We Are Called initiative.

For the virtual Assembly programming, CHA plans to utilize a variety of shorter presentations. We are looking for creative ways to convey the essence of an innovative program or initiative in seven minutes or less using a limited number of slides and visuals.


Proposals that are selected for CHA’s Virtual Assembly or other programming will be evaluated based on the criteria listed below. Preferences 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
  • Quality of content
  • Well-written narrative and details describing proposed innovation.
  • Qualifications, expertise and experience of speaker(s) or author(s)
  • Engaging, participative adult-learn processes.


If selected to present for this year’s Virtual Assembly, CHA will waive the registration fee for up to two (2) presenters.


CHA will provide specific instructions around recommended internet speed, lighting, camera height, backdrops, etc. for presenting from your home or office environment. Presenters will be asked to share compelling stories using imagery (with no or very little wording on slides) to guide them. Speakers will also be required to participate in scheduled training and tech checks, prior to the event. Presenters may share one (1) handout for the session. Slides and session handouts must be submitted to and approved by CHA in advance. If your proposal is selected, CHA will contact you well in advance with detailed information and deadlines.


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

For proposals selected for use in programs 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.


  • Proposals must be submitted via the [Call for Innovative Ideas online 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: Friday, March 31, 2023

Go to the proposal form


For more information, contact Madeline Hantak.