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Call for Speakers

Speaking Opportunities at VCHA’s 2023 Annual Membership Meeting and Conference

VCHA’s Annual Membership Meeting and Conference brings together experts and leaders across the Commonwealth of Virginia to share knowledge and resources and energize each other in the quest for continual growth and improvement in all aspects of community healthcare.

We are currently accepting proposals for consideration to present at our 2023 Conference, September 27 – 29, in Norfolk, VA.

VCHA welcomes and encourages proposals that are relevant to community healthcare clinical staff, including outreach workers, community health advisors, administrators, C-suite executives, peer health educators, and other frontline healthcare workers.

Proposals should examine current programs, practices, and/or policies related to addressing disparities in health and community healthcare, and/or other vulnerable populations.

Proposal Submission Deadline

May 1, 2023. Please email communications@vcha.org if you need support in submitting a presentation proposal.

Presenter Notification

Notifications of selected presenters will be sent, via email, by mid-June. VCHA will need presenter’s acceptance confirmation within 14 days of receiving the acceptance email.

Presentation Selection

Presentation topics are peer-reviewed based on the quality and clarity of the content, subject relevance (see relevant topics below), and the strength of the learning objectives. VCHA prioritizes presentations that are interactive and participatory. Presentations should explain specific activities, methods or techniques that will be used to encourage participation in the session as well as any take-home messages and/or tools that will be made available to participants.

Relevant Topics

Topics should examine current programs, practices, and/or policies related to addressing disparities in health, workforce development, community healthcare and/or other vulnerable populations. The topics we are especially interested in include (though are not limited to):

  • Emerging Issues:
    • COVID-19 (prevention, treatment, vaccine hesitancy, long COVID, etc.)
    • Monkeypox
    • Climate Change
    • Workforce Retention
    • Emergency Preparedness
    • HIV
    • Human Trafficking
  • Access to Care:
    • Oral Health Integration
    • Integration of Community Health Workers/Outreach Workers
    • Value of health centers: health center expansion, organizational excellence, leadership development, clinician engagement, operational workforce competency, continuous quality improvement
    • Clinical Workforce Development
    • Health Information Technology & Data
    • Use of Telehealth to Overcome Barriers
    • Access to Specialty Care
    • Value-Based Care and Payment
    • Mental and Behavioral Health
    • Substance Use Disorders
    • Mobile Health Services
    • Enabling Services
    • Maternal Care
    • Children’s Health
    • Trauma-informed care
  • Social Determinants of Health:
    • Addressing Social Determinants of Health (e.g., transportation, housing, food insecurity, employment, culturally and linguistically appropriate services, immigration, environmental/occupational health)
    • Health Equity
    • Health in All Policies
    • Community Partnerships and Coalition Building
    • Language Inclusivity and Interpretation Services
    • Structural Competency
    • Collective Trauma, Grief, Stress
    • Population-specific approaches to Social Determinants of Health

Thank you for considering a presentation with us at our 2023 Annual Membership Meeting and Conference. If you have any questions or need support submitting a proposal, please contact communications@vcha.org.

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