Important Notice:

Given the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and as part of the AHA’s continuing efforts to support frontline health care professionals, educators, and leaders, we are postponing the inaugural Advancing Care Conference, originally scheduled for October 4-6 in Chicago, to 2022. Additional details including the new conference date will be forthcoming.

Speaking and Presenting Opportunities

Proposal submissions are currently closed.

Conference Themes

The focus for the Advancing Care Conference will be equipping interdisciplinary teams – from frontline staff to leaders – with the best and next practices in:


Team Performance

Improve team performance to create better outcomes and a highly reliable organization.



Strengthen individual and team well-being to decrease burnout, enhance connection to work and improve overall team satisfaction.


Quality and Outcomes

Execute leading practices in quality improvement and innovation to increase patient safety and value of care.


Education and Facilitation

Train the pre-professional and professional workforce to understand patient safety, quality, performance, innovation and care delivery models.

Important Dates
June 1, 2021

Submission Deadline

Proposal submission site closes at 6:00 p.m. ET. Incomplete proposals will not be reviewed.

June, 2021

Conference Registration Opens

Registration and housing opens.

Week of June 28, 2021

Notifications Sent

Notification emails sent to Primary Presenter or Poster Author and will include registration discounts.

Months of August and September, 2021

Online Experience Starts

Participation by speakers is encouraged but not required.

October 4-6, 2021

Advancing Care Conference

The in-person conference will take place in Chicago.

Months of October-December, 2021

Online Experience Continues

Attendees and speakers access additional resources and community to support plan implementation.


Presentation Formats

A good proposal create a compelling presentation inspires and engages through dissemination of innovative, applicable ideas that meet a real need. The Advancing Care Conference offers several session formats to enhance the learning, sharing and networking experience for conference participants.

  • Suitable for an experienced speaker or team of speakers who can engage the audience for 60 to 90 minutes, including time for Q&A. It is required to incorporate at least one interactive learning activity or structured discussion.

  • Suitable for two or more speakers to present for 60 to 120 minutes. Workshops are highly interactive and in a smaller setting for about 50 attendees. It is similar to a classroom. Speakers will encourage group work and skill-building projects. Minimal lecture is required.

  • The speaker or team of speakers will share a challenge, pitch an innovation solution, or pose an idea for 20 minutes. In the next 40 minutes, the speaker(s) will become the facilitator(s) and invites the audience to discuss and all them to steer the conversation.

  • Similar to a TED Talk, these are short, engaging narrative-based presentations that capture the imagination, are motivating and passionate, and provide a clear takeaway message. These presentations are around 20 minutes long with minimal to no use of PowerPoint.

  • Share original content about a project, case study or innovation. Posters will be on display over the course of the conference and there will be a special reception and poster judging contest on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021.


Selection Criteria

The Advancing Care Conference favors proposals that provide a high-level of interactivity for attendees and that go beyond telling the story of a single organization or program. Presentations should share transferable skills, tools or approaches, evaluation metrics and outcomes.

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Amount of interaction and practical takeaways;
  • Relevance of proposed session to the needs of the current health care landscape;
  • Clarity and specificity in session description and learning objectives;
  • Demonstrable results; and
  • Specific, practical take-home value of the information to be presented.