2018 SHSMD Connections Call for Proposals

Final Submission Deadline: January 24, 2018

Healthcare strategy professionals are fiercely motivated to engage their communities, deliver measurable results, and keep their organizations at the forefront of change in healthcare. They come to SHSMD Connections for innovative strategies, cutting-edge ideas, and plug-and-play implementation plans to help them meet the growing challenge of doing more with less.


If you have a new approach, proven success, or groundbreaking insights in one or more of these topics of interest, SHSMD invites you to submit a proposal for SHSMD Connections 2018 in Seattle, October 7–10. Each year, this prestigious, four-day conference draws more than 1,500 healthcare strategists from across the nation. For 2018, SHSMD is seeking content experts in the areas of:

Digital Engagement
Public Relations
Strategic Planning
Business Development
Physician Relations
Research & Analytics
Career Development
Cross-Functional Topics
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Session formats include:

  • Concurrent Session (60-minute session held Monday–Wednesday, October 8–10)
    Interactive presentation including Q&A; limited to two presenters; panel presentations may have up to four presenters
  • Workshop (2.5-hour preconference workshop on Sunday, October 7, or two back-to-back 60-minute concurrent sessions)
    Intensive, deep dive into a topic that includes interactive exercises, skill development, and tangible take-aways; workshop attendance is limited to 50 attendees and three presenters


Proposal Submission
To be considered, please submit your proposal online by 11:59 p.m. CT January 24, 2018. Please review the following information before submitting your proposal:

  • SHSMD will accept up to three proposals per primary presenter. Consultants/exhibitors should submit no more than three total submissions per organization.
  • SHSMD strongly recommends all vendors/consultants include at least one presenter from a healthcare organization (hospital/health system or similar entity). Contact information and confirmation of that presenter’s participation is required when submitting the proposal.
  • All presentations must be done on the SHSMD PowerPoint template, which will be provided if selected to present. Any slides submitted without the template will be rejected.
  • The promotion of products or services goes against the SHSMD Code of Conduct (part of the Speaker Terms & Conditions) that all speakers must agree to during the submission process.
  • With the goal of maximizing participants' learning experience, the 2018 SHSMD Annual Conference Planning Committee may work collaboratively with selected session speakers to refine the message or delivery format of their sessions in order to ensure they meet the learning objectives set out in the accepted proposals.
  • Speakers must attend faculty training session.


Proposal Review
All proposals will be evaluated by the SHSMD Annual Conference Planning Committee. Proposal selection is based on the following criteria:

  • Addresses at least one of these topics of interest
  • Relevancy and timeliness of topic
  • Includes at least one presenter from a healthcare organization (hospital/health system or similar entity)
  • Advances the skills and knowledge of the strategy professions; for example, proposal incorporates the implications, skills, or competencies in SHSMD’s Bridging Worlds: The Future Role of the Healthcare Strategist
  • New application of advanced techniques showcased
  • Incorporates an interactive component to engage audience (exercise, group work, polling, or other)
  • Case study examples highlighting demonstrable organizational impact, clear results, and how-tos
  • Provides an applicable take-away such as a tool or template (tools must be non-promotional, submitted with slides, and approved by SHSMD)
  • Speaker qualifications: strong evaluation data and references


All primary presenters will be notified of their acceptance status by June 1, 2018. Abstracts will also be reviewed and considered for SHSMD U Online Courses, newsletter articles, and blog posts. Notifications for these will be sent throughout the year.


Please contact SHSMD at 312.422.3888 or shsmd@aha.org with questions about the proposal process.