Call for Proposals

Our deadline for the 2020 AHA Leadership Summit speaking opportunities has passed.  We will let those who submitted know in March 2020 if they have been selected. 

The AHA Leadership Summit, July 19-21, San Diego, will explore: approaches for leaders to create a culture of innovation to drive delivery system change; consumerism and digital health; advancing clinical care; strategies for achieving affordability and value; opportunities for redefining the health of communities; and governance excellence.

Presentation Formats

There are five presentation formats offered at the AHA Leadership Summit. Submitters must choose the preferred presentation format and may choose more than one option. AHA will consider the submitter’s format preference taking into consideration the best venue for the topic given the slots available. AHA reserves the right to make the final decision and will communicate the presentation format in the notification of acceptance.

  • Educational Track Session: 60-minute presentation, including Q&A. These may be in-depth organizational case studies, or moderated panels of 2-3 individuals offering diverse perspectives on a topic.
  • Roundtable Discussion: A 20-minute presentation followed by 40-minute conversation. The purpose of the Roundtables is to raise critical issues and encourage attendees to share their own experiences, challenges, and successes with active facilitation to stimulate discussion. The emphasis is on getting participants engaged in a robust conversation – rather than on having speakers deliver lengthy presentations in more of a didactic manner.
  • Ignite Sessions: Ignite sessions are 5-minute presentations on topics intended to spark conversations. Truly innovative ideas make for the best presentations. Each Ignite session consists of 3 or 4 five-minute presentations followed by small group discussions around each of the topics. Attendees select one discussion to participate in based on what sparked their interest. Only one person will present at the live session although co-presenters can be involved in the subsequent discussion.
  • Poster Presentation: Poster on display in the exhibit hall. Poster presenters are encouraged to stand by their posters for discussion with attendees during exhibit hours.
  • Intensives: Intensives are longer sessions of 1.5 to 2.25 hours that are structured to provide attendees with active learning opportunities and immersion in an important topic. The proposed session should utilize an instructional format, e.g., design thinking, that engages participants in collaboration with their peers to develop innovative solutions to persistent challenges. Successful proposals will demonstrate that presenters have expertise with facilitation.

Content Areas

Speaking proposals should address one of the following content areas:

  • Sessions will examine how health care providers are endeavoring to stay ahead of the curve through pursuit of a steady stream of disruptive ideas and unexpected solutions. We’ll examine strategies, practices and case studies for fostering a culture of innovation that enables health care leaders to grow individual and organizational capacity to understand the job to be done and to identify and test breakthrough ideas that actually help to solve problems. We’re seeking examples of how organizations are positioning to leverage emerging opportunities for collaboration with non-traditional market entrants. The focus of this track is not on specific solutions or technologies but on foundational leadership approaches and frameworks to foster and sustain innovation cultures at the individual, organizational and ecosystem levels.

  • A decade into the digitization of medicine, emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, clinical-grade wearables and other personalized technologies, and virtual medicine have enormous potential to alter health care as we know it. Policy landscape changes such as Stark and anti-kickback regulations will further change how health systems are engaging consumers. Hospitals and health systems are investing in partnerships with tech companies to design products and services that meet consumer needs, advance care delivery, and build stronger and longer relationships with patients. This track examines the key learnings from these collaborations, providing insights into how digital health is meeting consumer demand for convenience and greater transparency. How do health system leaders start, sustain, and scale digital health transformation? When do you partner versus build and how do health systems create critical buy-in with clinicians and governing boards? And what are the specific roles, strategy and operations when shifting from patient experience to consumerism?

  • Explores promising practices and approaches for providers competing to deliver the highest quality, safest, and most patient- and family-centered care. Insights into the competencies and expertise required to lead complex organizations for quality and performance improvement during uncertain times with lessons on managing change, as well as strategies for redesigning systems to transform clinical care and enhance patient outcomes. Explores opportunities for developing clinical leaders and teams that test innovative business and care models while increasing efficiency and driving workforce engagement. Sessions may focus on strategies to support clinical leaders in collaborating effectively with administrative leadership, and building physician resilience.

  • Hospitals and health systems are driving health equity, diversity and inclusion, improving the health and well-being of their communities, and pursuing innovative partnerships to support individuals in reaching their highest potential for health. This track will explore how hospitals and health systems are working in partnership with community stakeholders to understand and address social and structural determinants of health. Examples of how to develop sustainable partnerships, develop more integrated community improvement plans, adopt anchor strategies, tackle persistent issues like violence and the opioid crisis, and understand the measures of success at the community level will be considered.

  • This track will explore emerging care delivery models that expand access, improve health outcomes, and lower the total cost of care with emphasis on how strategic collaborations and key stakeholder relationships can be integrated to strengthen the models, provide for greater accountability for performance, and improve affordability. Sessions may examine strategies to create new systems of care and incorporate low tech solutions, particularly for challenges such as behavioral health integration, post-acute care management, and serving high-need, high-cost patients. Analysis of health system experiences with new payment methodologies and emerging trends in the insurance market including employer/provider partnerships, payer/provider partnerships, data strategy, policy changes to APMs, and collaborations with new entrants and disruptors, private equity-backed and concierge medicine are encouraged.

  • A track of programming for trustees and governing board members focused on analysis of the issues that are transforming the board’s role and oversight responsibilities. Sessions will provide insights into the innovative governance practices and critical leadership competencies that will move the board from good governance to excellent governance, with case study examples of high-functioning boards especially sought.

Discounted Conference Registration Fee

Accepted speakers will receive a discounted registration rate of $750. Please note that we do not pay honoraria and speakers are expected to cover their own travel and lodging expenses.

Accepting the invitation to present confirms the commitment to attend the Summit and present. Presenters are responsible for registering for the conference and making all necessary travel arrangements.

Notification Timeline

Our design process will occur throughout the winter and we will contact you in March 2020 to notify you of our decisions. Please contact Laura Woodburn at with any questions.

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