• Building Bridges By Faith
  • 2017 Catholic Health Assembly

Call for Presentation Guidelines


Submission Deadline: March 10, 2017

2017 Assembly
The annual Catholic Health Assembly is the premier gathering of leaders from across the Catholic health ministry in the United States and beyond. The 2017 Assembly, themed "Building Bridges by Faith," will take place in New Orleans June 11-13, 2017, and provide a venue for ministry organizations to showcase new, creative responses to community needs — solutions that illustrate how ministry organizations successfully manage business while always staying faithful to Gospel values and Catholic tradition — thereby inspiring replication elsewhere across the ministry.

The assembly attracts an audience of senior leaders/decision-makers (executives, trustees, sponsors, clinicians, senior managers and others) from Catholic health care systems and facilities across the continuum of care (such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, community outreach programs), as well as sponsors of ministry organizations.

The assembly is a significant developmental event for this audience, providing opportunities for learning from one another and reflecting together on the identity and mission, as well as operations, of the ministry. Assembly sessions are designed to provide attendees with practical knowledge and cutting-edge strategies that demonstrate measurable results. Session formats enable participants to share their own experiences, as well as learn from their peers.

Suggested Presentation Topics
Issues such as the following will attract assembly attendees:

  • Population health: from volume to value
  • Addressing social determinants of health
  • Formation
  • Strategies for person-centered care
  • Mental/behavioral health
  • Equity of care
  • Eldercare
  • Community benefit
  • Workforce
  • Care redesign
  • Philanthropy

Each session will be 60 minutes in length. No more than two (2) presenters will be allowed in each session. CHA will provide complimentary registration for the 2017 Assembly for up to two (2) speakers. Additionally, CHA will reimburse one (1) session presenter for round-trip, economy-class travel to the assembly and one-night lodging at the assembly hotel (or comparable substitute).

Instructional Methods
Assembly sessions are meant to engage attendees in interactive learning. Preference is given to sessions designed to provide maximum participation and dialogue. Proposed presentations should employ instructional methods that are consistent with the learning objectives contained therein, such as case studies, simulation/role play, panel presentation, group exercise, etc.

Evaluation and Selection
Selections will be made, based on the criteria listed below, to develop a balanced, quality education program that provides the greatest value to assembly attendees. Preference may be given to proposals submitted by/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 process
  • Quality of session content and appropriateness of instructional methods
  • Well-written narrative and details describing the proposed session
  • Well-defined learning objectives, using observable verbs such as "list, describe, discuss, identify" etc. (Avoid non-observable verbs like "understand, recognize, comprehend...")
  • Qualifications, expertise and experience of speaker(s)

Session Handouts
Handouts are strongly recommended. Handouts must be submitted in electronic format (such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Acrobat files). Session length is 60 minutes. No more than 20 slides will be allowed per session. CHA plans to make handouts available to assembly registrants through its website and on a conference mobile app.

Disclosures and Permissions
Speakers selected to present at the Catholic Health Assembly are required to sign release forms.

Audiovisual Support
For sessions selected for the Catholic Health Assembly, CHA typically provides a digital projector with a remote control, screen, computer, microphones and amplification; however, A/V set-up may vary, depending on room layout and/or presentation requirements. Session length is 60 minutes. No more than 20 slides will be allowed per session.

Submitting a Proposal

  • Proposals must be submitted via the electronic proposal form. 
    TIP: To expedite the process of entering data into the online form, and to ensure you have a copy of your proposal saved (in case you encounter a technical issue during the submission process), it is recommended you first type and save the information for each section in a Word document. (Be sure to stay within the noted word count for each section.) Then simply copy-and-paste your information from that Word file into the online form and submit.
  • Once your proposal is submitted, you may return to view/modify your proposal as many times as you wish through the submission deadline: March 10, 2017.
  • Submissions that fail to meet all guidelines or are incomplete will not be considered for review.

To submit a proposal, log in with your email address and password. If you do not have already an account, select the "create account" button to set one up. Be sure to have your submission data ready prior to completing the application.

Following selection of sessions for the assembly by the review panel, all persons who have submitted proposals will be notified by email or telephone of the outcome by mid-April 2017.

CHA reserves the right to make adjustments to any session.

Contact Paula Bommarito (314) 253-3451

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