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Call for Presentations and Posters 2018

Play an active part in the premier conference on integrated care by submitting a proposal to present at the 20th Annual Conference taking place Thursday, October 18 through Saturday, October 20, 2018 in Rochester, New York - the birthplace of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.

Learn more about Rochester here

For the past 20 years, CFHA conference attendees from diverse clinical and professional backgrounds have consistently explored how to achieve the true practice of the biopsychosocial systems model through collaborative care. From integrating behavioral health into primary and specialty care, to enhancing patient and family centered care, and to promoting team functioning, CFHA has led clinical innovations, pioneered cutting edge research, while steering health care policy toward comprehensive care for all people.  

Moving forward with healthcare reform, this conference will continue to showcase ways to help healthcare teams successfully implement best practices, improve patient safety and outcomes, and engage systems to achieve these goals. The 2018 conference will celebrate CFHA’s rich history while exploring, and championing, solutions to current health care challenges.

The conference will include programming in innovative areas of collaborative family healthcare, especially highlighting (though not limited to) the following:   

1) INTERPROFESSIONAL TEAMS: Helping clinicians of different disciplines work together to achieve better healthcare, such as increased medication compliance, better diabetes management, or decreased depressive symptoms following a heart attack. This year’s CFHA conference will provide a systems lens looking closely at team initiatives that demonstrate best practices, exploring how to teach teams, interprofessional education, communication, and evaluating cutting edge team development.

2) ACROSS THE LIFESPAN: Integrated teams can effectively help patients of all ages and their family members who take on significant caregiving responsibilities. This emphasis will increase attendees’ discussions on issues prevalent within systems treating children through older adults -- from ADHD, caregiving of the disabled or elderly to end of life issues.

3) OPIOID CRISIS & SUBSTANCE USE MANAGEMENT: We want to pay special attention to innovations that can help address the Opioid addiction epidemic. Programs that use a systemic or team-based approach are especially encouraged to apply.

To achieve these goals, we will bring together clinician, research, administrative and policy innovators across disciplines to think creatively, exchange ideas, problem solve, and inspire change.

More than 500 attendees are expected to attend the 2018 CFHA Conference in Rochester, New York. 

The Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) is a member-based, member-driven collaborative organization. We believe collaboration is an essential element necessary for re-visioning healthcare. CFHA promotes comprehensive and cost-effective models of healthcare delivery that integrate mind and body, individual and family, patients, providers and communities. CFHA achieves this mission through education, training, partnering, consultation, research and advocacy.

The CFHA Annual Conference focuses on the varied aspects of collaborative and integrated healthcare. It has become the premiere conference of its type, bringing together practitioners, researchers, students, academicians, corporations, governmental agencies, and foundations. The three-day Conference includes preconference workshops, plenary sessions and more than 70 educational breakout sessions.

Concurrent Education Sessions

The CFHA Conference offers more than 70 breakout sessions representing a diverse blend of topics about clinical, research, administrative, or education issues. Sessions are presented on Friday and 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.



 Submit Proposal

Submit proposal to be a
session or poster presenter.

Deadline: March 15th

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.  As described above, we are hoping to highlight abstracts that are focused on topics of interprofessional teams, across the lifespan, and opioids/substance use management

However, other examples of presentations of interest to this audience are:

  • New evidence supporting specific models of integrated care models
  • Technology and ways to use it to support integrated practices,
  • Skill building for providers working as part of teams (including primary care providers, nurses, or other members of the primary care team),
  • Engaging and partnering with patients, families, couples, and other close relationships
  • Patient/family perspectives on integrated care
  • Family-centered approaches to care in partnership with underserved communities to evaluate programs to reduce disparities in health care,
  • Practical application of clinical skills,
  • Clinical innovations in practice,
  • Strategies to expand the role of family and patients to better manage their health, collaborative strategies at prevention and early intervention,
  • Financial sustainability and cost control practices associated with collaborative care,
  • Inter-professional training approaches,
  • System transformations and population health.


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.

Sample topic areas:

  • Beginner or intermediate-level technical training for attendees interested in initiating and facilitating more rigorous quality improvement, program evaluation, or research projects that can help contribute to local practice change efforts or produce generalizable knowledge
  • Advanced technical training for attendees already engaged in research and evaluation projects who are interested in adapting their skills to fit new initiatives, such as Patient Centered Outcomes Research or Implementation Science
  • Presentations that help attendees identify relevant research and evaluation topics that are important to the integrated health care field and align with emerging issues in patient care and health care policy at their site


Feedback from last year’s training track indicated that attendees found the following presentation features to be most helpful for their learning:

  • Concrete examples from real-world clinics (vs. hypothetical or theoretical examples)
  • Hands-on activities such as worksheets
  • Group work such as working through examples and consultation with presenters
  • Topics of interest to many attendees for future training included how to use data from electronic medical records in research and evaluation as well as implementation science


Poster Sessions

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.

Online Submission Form

CFHA’s online submission form has several elements with 13 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. 

If you have difficulty submitting, follow the Troubleshooting Tips on the Call for Presentations webpage. When all else fails, contact CFHA staff for assistance.

Use this Word template to collect your information prior to filling out the form.




Contact Us

P. O. Box 23980,
Rochester, New York
14692-3980 USA

What We Do

CFHA is a member-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making integrated behavioral and physical health the standard of care nationally. CFHA achieves this by organizing the integrated care community, providing expert technical assistance and producing educational content.