Play an active part in the premier conference in integrated care by submitting a proposal to present at the CFHA Annual Conference!
Justice, Health Equity, and Reducing the Digital Divide
In the wake of a global pandemic and increased national awareness of systemic racism, the time is now for sustainable action to address health and social inequities. This year’s international conference, hosted by the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association and SharedCare, will focus on acknowledging and addressing the systemic racial and socioeconomic inequities in healthcare and will examine a path forward together. We will focus, not only on research and ideas, but actionable steps to help bring equitable health care to all. We will take a close look at the rapid growth of telehealth as a sustainable part of healthcare and examine ways to leverage virtual care to reduce disparities and enhance access to needed care. Additionally, we will address the need for health care leaders to impress and practice self-care, resiliency and cultural humility to make this journey one that lasts.
For this year’s conference, we specifically want to highlight the following topic areas:
– Socioeconomic, racial, and other inequities in healthcare with paths to move forward
– Actionable steps to bring equitable healthcare to all
– Telehealth sustainability and leveraging the virtual platform to reduce disparity.
In Partnership with the Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Conference
This year CFHA is pleased to partner with the Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference to present an integrated international conference showcasing content from both countries. Like the CFHA conference, for more than 20 years the Canadian CMHC Conference has delivered timely, innovative content to promote and advance collaboration between mental health and primary care providers to achieve accessible, equitable, effective care and a better experience for all. With our mutual interest in knowledge exchange and strengthening our relationship, this year’s virtual conference presents us with a unique opportunity for collaborative learning and building new partnerships.
Virtual and In-Person
CFHA is approaching the 2021 conference cautiously. We do not know if 900+ people will be able to meet in-person in Madison, Wisconsin from October 14-16. We wish we could, but we know that COVID, life and work changes, limits on CEU funds, etc. will affect most of us in the early fall.
For that reason we are planning a virtual conference for Wednesday, October 20th to Saturday, October 23rd. Similar to our 2020 conference, we will have plenary sessions, breakouts, networking opportunities, discussion groups, and posters.
In addition, we are planning some kind of in-person event in Madison over the dates of October 14-16. The specifics for the in-person event will evolve over the next few months. You will see some questions about these logistics on the Call for Proposals.
Concurrent Education Sessions
The CFHA Conference offers more than 80 breakout sessions representing a diverse blend of topics about clinical, research, administrative, or education issues. Sessions are presented on Wednesday thru Saturday during the conference, with 5-10 presentations offered simultaneously during each period. Presentations are 30 or 60 minutes in length.
When marketing the conference, CFHA will publish the title, abstract, objectives, and presenters. In addition, keywords will be used to index the presentations to allow for attendees to search for presentations of interest.
CFHA is committed to quality programming that links content to evidence and /or those who strive to support the current evidence base or builds upon it in rigorous program evaluation or research. CFHA strongly encourages presentations that include interdisciplinary collaboration and perspectives, including those of patients or families.
Research and Evaluation Track
We are pleased to offer a unique series of presentations identified as the Special Sessions for Training in Research and Evaluation. These presentations are designed to provide technical training on planning and conducting rigorous research, quality improvement, and program evaluation in real-world health care settings. The primary focus of these presentations should be equipping attendees with practical knowledge and skills via “how to” lessons, rather than simply presenting study results. Data from studies/evaluations should be presented as a vehicle to illustrate and teach specific approaches to study design as well as data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Presentations must provide participants with a training experience that instructs them on the knowledge/methods/skills used to obtain any data presented and the ways the results can be applied to improve practice.
We also encourage those to consider submitting a poster presentation if they feel their topic is better suited for that format. Poster presentations allow authors to visually present their best ideas and/or latest research and evaluation findings in a way that facilitates dialogue and networking among colleagues. Poster presentations are highly valuable to our field and are thus increasing in number and rigor at the CFHA conference.
Click here for examples of the many different types of projects (e.g., clinical program, training curriculum, quality improvement, program evaluation, literature review) that can be presented via the poster format.
How to Submit a Proposal Online
CFHA’s online submission form has several elements with 11 sections that must be completed. Each section must be completed in its entirety to successfully submit your proposal.
The online form may not allow you to save and return to the form later. Please review the form carefully BEFORE entering data to ensure you have answers for all questions and thereby avoid system time-outs and duplicate entries.
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Enter PLAIN TEXT content without symbols or formatting. Characters and symbols such as quotation marks and trademarks do not translate. We recommend that you edit and save your content in a “Plain Text” document, then copy and paste the unformatted text into our online submission fields. A Word template is available here.
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If your form does not transmit, scroll to the top of the form for a notification about incorrect data, missing responses in fields, etc.
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Use this Word template to collect your information prior to filling out the form.
When applying you should keep in mind that you are applying for the virtual experience between October 20-23rd. As the in-person experience takes shape we may ask if you are interested in or willing to present as well for the in-person experience.