Proposal Writing Tips

Before beginning, please write and edit your proposal in a Word document and then cut and paste into the submission form. Consider sharing your proposal with your communications department for editing before submitting. The Conference Advisory Committee reviews all submissions and quickly filters out poorly written and vague submissions.  

Required information

Presenter information

Provide the contact information (name, designations, title, address, phone and email) for any co-presenters.

Presenter agreements

All presenters must initial to confirm they have read and agree to the presenter agreements.

Proposal topics and audiences

Type of proposal (select only one): Education Session or Poster

Type of education session (select only one): Pioneering Initiative or Proven Initiative

Length of session (select only one): 30-, 45- or 60-minutes

Annual Leadership Conference

Topics (select only one): To be announced

Audience (select all that apply): C-suite; clinical, senior-level and program leaders: medical, quality administrators and clinicians, nursing executives, financial executives, ambulatory executives, transformation executives, patient experience and strategy planning and business development executives from freestanding children's hospitals, specialty hospitals and children's hospitals within hospitals 

Quality and Safety in Children’s Health Conference

Topics (select only one): To be announced

Audience (select all that apply): Quality and Safety leaders, administrators and clinicians; CMOs and medical and physician leaders including department chairs and department directors; CNOs and nursing leaders including unit directors and managers; Patient care professionals including quality of care and patient safety leaders; VP operations, ambulatory and patient care leaders; Clinical group leaders including operating room, pharmacy, cardiac, respiratory and infection prevention

Proposal title (10 words): Provide a catchy title that summarizes the essence of your proposal or illustrates what attendees will take away from your presentation. 

Learning objectives (2 objectives - 15 words each): Learning objectives must describe what participants will be able to do as a result of attending the session or viewing the poster. Learning objectives may be edited for Continuing Education consideration. Objectives must be stated as observable behaviors, completing the sentence "After completing this activity, participants will be able to..." Verbs denoting mental states such as "know," "understand," and "appreciate" should be avoided. Instead, use action verbs such as "describe," "discuss," and "explain." View a listing of measurable verbs.


Family Involvement in Improving Quality and Safety

A family advisory council (FAC), formed by parents, patients, hospital staff and faculty members, has a mission of ensuring that families obtain all the information and guidance they need to care for their children.  Twelve members work together to promote family centered care, emphasizing quality and safety.  This type of partnership between staff and the families who bring a vision for enhancing care represents a new paradigm in the way health care is delivered in a hospital.

Learning objectives:

  • List opportunities for FAC involvement in improving quality and safety
  • Describe an effective model for FAC and staff interaction

Preparing your blinded abstract

Authors should complete an abstract (outlined below) of 450 words or less. Information provided in this section must be blinded. Please omit any details about the presenters, submitting children’s hospital, region or state the hospital serves, along with any other hospital-specific references. 

Proposal synopsis - short description  (50 words): Provide a brief synopsis of your proposal. 

Initiative details - long description (100 words): Describe the initiative or project that took place including the background or context to this proposal.  Why did it start? How does it fit within the big picture?

Uniqueness (50 words): Please explain why you consider this initiative unique or innovative.

Results and outcomes or potential results and outcomes (100 words): This is a very important question.
For Proven Initiative Education Sessions: Detail clear results and outcomes. Share measurable results and outcomes tied to process improvement, financial savings or cost avoidance.
For Pioneering Initiative Education Sessions: S
hare potential results and outcomes and explain how you are forecasting. 

Lessons learned (100 words): Describe what your team learned from this initiative or project, its successes and failures. How will what you learned improve children’s health care? Identify what you would repeat and what you would do differently.

Future of initiative and next steps (50 words): What are the next steps for this project?

If you are using any CHA programs in this initiative please indicate the program below. [text box]