Call for Innovative Ideas - Guidelines

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:
  • Emerging markets
  • Mission in joint ventures, consolidations and mergers
  • Mission in a consumer-driven society
  • Succession planning
  • Ministry leadership formation
  • Social determinants of health
  • Immigration
  • Diversity and disparities
  • 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
New for Assembly 2019 — Innovative Ideas powered by PechaKucha

CHA will have one Innovation Forum session devoted to PechaKucha presentations. Using the PechKucha format, a presenter is given less than seven minutes to highlight a unique program, service or inspiring story. The presentations follow a 20x20 rule – each presenter shows 20 images, with each image onscreen for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically, allowing a 00:06:40 timeframe to present the story in a concise, compelling and engaging format.

PechaKucha Nights first started in Tokyo in 2003 as informal and popular forums for people to share experiences, creative projects or inspirational tips, and have been held around the world since. Typically, presentations vary from deeply personal stories to an overview of a big idea.

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


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 a traditional Innovation Forum presentation, each session, other than a PechaKucha session, will be 60 minutes in length. No more than two (2) presenters will be allowed in each session and CHA will waive the registration fee for one or both. Additionally CHA will reimburse for round-trip, economy-class travel to the Assembly plus one (1) night's lodging at the Assembly headquarters hotel for one (1) presenter.

If selected for a PechaKucha session, no more than one (1) presenter will be allowed. 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 PechaKucha 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. (PechaKucha presenters are not eligible for reimbursement of air, ground or rail expenses.)

In all cases, CHA will not cover registration fees or travel expenses for more presenters or outside the parameters noted above.

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).


Kim Hewitt
(314) 253-3421