Project Legacy: A Webinar to Introduce CHA's
Succession Planning Initiative

March 20, 2019 | 1 to 2 p.m. ET

This one-hour webinar will highlight a CHA initiative to assist the Catholic health ministry in talent development and succession planning for mission, pastoral care and ethics roles. These positions, which require distinctive training and competencies, have been identified as critical to continuing the identity, vision and culture that is unique to Catholic health care. Yet, members report to CHA that they are having an increasingly challenging time finding qualified candidates to fill these positions. Attend this event to learn the results of a three-pronged data collection phase and information gleaned from CHA-member workgroups and the tactical plan for addressing this ministry-wide concern.


After the event, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and scope of Project Legacy
  • Explain the findings and implications of CHA's data collection stage of Project Legacy
  • Identify the tactics for moving the project forward that will require action by CHA and its members


March 20, 2019
1 - 2 p.m. ET (Please adjust accordingly for your time zone)

Registration Fee:

CHA members: FREE
Other registrants: $100


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This webinar will be relevant for human resources and talent management, mission, pastoral and spiritual care and ethics leaders as well as sponsors and others with interest in increasing awareness about essential roles in Catholic health ministry as well as creating career ladders for mission and spiritual care leaders and ethicists.


Brian SmithBrian Smith, MS, MA, M.Div.
Senior Director, Mission Innovation and Integration


Brian P. Smith is senior director of mission innovation and integration for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). In this role he oversees the design and production of numerous CHA programs, meetings and member convenings in addition to the development of formation and mission integration resources for use across the Catholic health ministry.

His diverse professional background encompasses theology, pastoral care, mental health, political advocacy and accountability. Prior to joining CHA he served as vice president of mission integration for the CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, a six hospital regional health system based in Corpus Christi, Texas, and a member of CHRISTUS Health. Before his regional position he was vice president of system mission at Mount Carmel-St. Ann's Hospital, part of the Mount Carmel Health System, in Columbus, Ohio, a member of Trinity Health. His career in mission is preceded by 15 years in parish ministry and service at the Department of Special Education of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He has also served as a federal auditor with the Government Accountability Office.

At CHA he authors bi-monthly columns for CHA's journal, Health Progress, oversees several of CHA's advisory committees including: Leadership Ministry Formation, Mission Leaders, Pastoral Care and Physician Leaders. He is a member of the executive committee of the Coalition for Physician Well-Being.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science with a minor in business administration from St. Louis University; a master of arts degree in divinity and a master of arts degree in New Testament scripture from Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis; and a master of science degree in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in child and adolescent development, from St. Louis University.

Certificate of Attendance

Please note: CHA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for any programs. Participants will receive an email with information on how to acquire a Certificate of Attendance following the program (typically included in the program evaluation email). Certificates of Attendance may be submitted to relevant organizations that accept proof of contact hours as credit. These include:

American College of Healthcare Executives: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report qualifying CEUs using the contact hour information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the ACHE site; use the link on the left-hand side to self-report applicable contact hours for CEU credit.

NACC Board Certified Chaplains: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) board certified chaplain members may self-report their continuing education hours (CEH's) using the contact hours information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance

For further information regarding Certificates of Attendance, please contact Danette Thompson, (314) 253-3408.

Participant/Site Coordinator Role

As a participant, you will receive dial-in instructions and webinar materials one week prior to the webinar via email. These materials will come to you from "CHA Service Center," so please watch for that email address. Be sure to have these materials ready the day of the webinar so that you can easily access the event and utilize the materials. If you have registered and are convening a group of participants, please consider yourself the "site coordinator" and review the following suggested recommendations for serving in that role on behalf of the group.

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CHA Member Benefit

CHA's webinars are designed to offer timely, convenient, relevant, cost-effective education about key topics and issues.

Can't Participate in the Live Event?

If your schedule doesn't permit you to participate in the live event, please register (FREE for CHA members) so that you will automatically receive a link to the archived version of the webinar.


For more information contact the CHA Service Center or Brian Smith, MS, MA, M.Div. .