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 all 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, Discussion Session or Poster

Conference Proposal Topic (select only one):

Annual Leadership Conference Topics:
Consumerism, Delivering On Value, Organizational Effectiveness and Strategy and Innovation  

Quality and Safety in Children’s Health Conference Topics:
To be announced

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

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

Conference Audience(select all that apply):

Annual Leadership Conference
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

Quality and Safety in Children’s Health Conference
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

Discussion Questions [education and discussion sessions only]:
Education Sessions - Submit two discussion questions that you will pose in your session to your audience (15 words each)
Discussion Sessions - Submit three to five discussion questions for the session (50 words total)

Discussion Session - Biographical Information (50 words)  
[discussion sessions only]:
To serve as a discussion leader, please share your experience and insight relative to the topic.  

Proposal Description  (75 words): Provide a brief synopsis of your proposal describing the initiative, project or discussion topic. This description will be shared with conference attendees. 

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

Results and outcomes or potential results and outcomes (100 words): 
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: Share potential results and outcomes and explain how you are forecasting. 

Strategic Impact (50 words): Provide details on how this initiative, project or discussion advances and aligns with the hospitals' strategic plan.

Lessons Learned (100 words): Describe what your team learned from this topic, 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 (50 words): What are the next steps for this initiative, project or discussion topic?

Health Care Team (50 words): Describe how this topic, initiative or project engages an interprofessional collaborative practice to enhance the health care of children. 

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