Call for Convention Presentations

If you have ideas for speakers and/or topics let us know now! You may submit more than one outline for presentation. Topics should focus on issues if interest to health information management (HIM) professionals, health information policy-makers and health information technology professionals. The program will include multiple general sessions as well as a variety of educational tracks and tutorials. Program topics should be timely, relevant and innovative. We are looking for speakers to provide the audience with program content that offers practical approaches and solutions while stimulating new ideas, greater understanding of new systems and applications, current issues and best practices.

Submit completed online CHIA Convention Presentation Proposal by October 7 for consideration. For questions, email

Convention Facts

  • CHIA audiences are composed of HIM professionals, their staffs and other healthcare professionals
  • Learning levels are diverse and range from entry level/introductory to mid level/practical, to high level/theoretical
  • Audience size can range from 50 to 600
  • General Sessions and Concurrent Track Sessions are one hour in length and held Monday - Wednesday
  • Pre-convention Tutorials are three - six hours in length and held Saturday - Sunday
  • Attendees earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attending sessions according to AHIMA’s CEU guidelines

Proposal Submission & Speaker Details

  • All proposals must be submitted using the CHIA Convention Program Proposal
  • A potential presenter may submit up to four proposals for consideration annually
  • A maximum of two presenter proposals can be accepted for presentation at convention
  • Sessions may not include sales, commercialism or product promotion of any kind
  • CHIA’s speaker budget is extremely limited. Convention proposals are generally pro-bono, however there are opportunities to increase your visibility to CHIA and the HIM audience by having your company sponsor your presentation
  • We try to make the CHIA Convention as “green” as possible. Handouts will be posted on CHIA’s website prior to the convention and will not be printed by CHIA for distribution onsite. (Exception: CHIA will send a link to the Pre-convention Tutorial sessions, to be printed by the attendee).

Proposal Review Process

The CHIA Convention Committee will evaluate each proposal using the guidelines below. CHIA may seek modifications to a proposal before a final decision is made and presenters may be asked to combine, expand or modify elements of their presentations.

  • Completeness of application
  • Relevance to the HIM profession
  • Timely or innovative topic
  • Overall quality and well-defined focus
  • Practical application of materials
  • Clearly identified objectives
  • Teaching/speaking experience of the presenter(s)
  • Freedom from commercial bias