Call for Presentations

CHIA offers a year-round calendar of educational events to California’s health information management (HIM) professionals and invites dynamic presenters to share their knowledge and expertise. CHIA’s HIM professionals seek educational content addressing the changing dynamics of health care, practical approaches and solutions, a greater understanding of new systems and applications, and best practices.

CHIA’s objective is to provide HIM professionals with timely, relevant and innovative presentations that provide information that can be used in HIM daily operations, planning for future programs and services, and professional development. Topics should focus on issues of interest to HIM professionals, health information policy-makers and health information technology professionals (e.g. privacy and security, information governance, CPT, ICD-10-CM/PCS, clinical document improvement, and more). CHIA members are looking for presenters to provide content that offers practical approaches and solutions while stimulating new ideas, greater understanding of new systems and applications, current issues and best practices.

Complete the online proposal for the desired program type below for immediate consideration, or contact the CHIA Professional Education Committee for questions at

Earn CEUs for Presentations

Presenters can earn continuing education units for the development of original work delivered to an audience. Refer to the AHIMA Recertification Guide for full details.

Presenter General Guidelines & Templates

View Presenter General Guidelines & Templates to review general guidelines and instructions, and access to the CHIA PowerPoint template required for all programs.

CHIA Seminars

Face-to-face, full-day seminars (5-6 hours) offer attendees the opportunity to network with peers while interacting with presenters. To meet the needs of CHIA members, seminars are conducted in at least two locations; one in Northern California and one in Southern California. Programs are generally scheduled only on Tuesdays - Thursdays.

CHIA Webinars

Online meetings are increasingly popular and allow attendees to learn on-demand, while also providing convenience for the presenter. CHIA typically hosts webinars on Tuesday - Thursday between 11:00am – 12:30pm (PT) as a ‘Lunch & Learn’ opportunity for members.

2020 CHIA Convention & Exhibit

June 13 - 17, 2020 - Riverside, California

This is the most popular HIM event on the West Coast and includes more than 40 educational sessions, Pre-convention Tutorials, Industry Innovation presentations, and more. With hundreds of HIM professionals in attendance, this is a presenting opportunity you don’t want to miss. Share your knowledge and expertise as we explore the CHIACON20 theme Expanding HIM Horizons: Excellence in Health Information Integrity.

CHIA Convention Industry Innovations

CHIA is seeking industry partners to complement CHIA’s educational track sessions with Industry Innovations; presentations describing HIM products and/or services that facilitate HIM operational best practices. Each 45-minute track session will offer a platform to showcase HIM-related products and services. Companies wishing to participate must be a CHIA Corporate Partner and an Exhibitor at the 2020 CHIA Convention & Exhibit. The presenting company will be responsible for all expenses related to the presentation including travel, lodging, presenter expenses, and other expenses.

Convention Session Formats
  • General and Keynote Sessions: One hour in length and held Monday - Wednesday. Topic for a wider base of interest and application. Audience range 200-500
  • Concurrent Track Sessions: One hour in length and held Monday - Wednesday. Focused program on specific topic, application, etc. Audience range 100-200.
  • Pre-convention Tutorials: Three - six hours in length and held Saturday - Sunday.  Focused educational sessions provide hands-on opportunity to learn about HIM-specific topics and exam preparations in a small-group setting. 
  • Industry Innovations: 30-minute innovative educational tracks presented by various CHIA Corporate Partners that focus on HIM best practices and vendor solutions. Complete the Industry Innovations Proposal Form to be considered for this session format. 



Convention Facts
  • Audience composed of HIM and health care professionals, including: Directors, Managers, and Supervisors; Consultants; Chief Information Officers; Compliance, Privacy, and Security Officers; Performance Improvement Professionals; Revenue Cycle, Risk, CDI, and Coding Professionals, Data Analytic and Health Informatics Professionals; Academic Professionals and Students.
  • Concurrent track and industry innovation sessions are organized into relevant HIM hot topics so attendees can customize their learning experience with themes around patient access/release of information, compliance, organizational leadership and management, data integrity, clinical documentation improvement, consumer/patient engagement, coding, compliance and more.
  • Learning levels are diverse and range from entry level/introductory to mid level/practical to high level/theoretical
  • Attendees earn continuing education for attending sessions according to AHIMA’s CEU guidelines
  • A potential presenter may submit up to four proposals for consideration annually; maximum of two presenter proposals will be accepted for presentation at convention
  • Sessions may not include sales, commercialism or product promotion of any kind
  • CHIA’s presenter budget is extremely limited. Proposals are generally pro-bono, however there are opportunities to increase visibility to CHIA and the HIM audience by having the company sponsor the presentation. CHIA does offer other options to meet individual needs, and requests will be evaluated during the selection process.
Convention 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