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 they can use in their daily operations, planning for future programs and services, and in their own 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, CDI, 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

Presenter General Guidelines & Templates

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

2019 CHIA Convention & Exhibit

June 8 - 12, 2019 - Indian Wells, California

This is the most popular HIM event on the West Coast and includes more than 30 educational sessions and several pre-convention tutorials. With hundreds of HIM professionals in attendance, this is a presenting opportunity you don’t want to miss. The #CHIACON19 theme is Empowering Patients, Breaking Boundaries, and Bridging Gaps

Calling on Industry Innovators

The CHIA Convention Committee is seeking industry partners to complement CHIA’s educational track sessions with Industry Innovations; presentations describing HIM products and/or services that facilitate health information management operational best practices. Each 30-minute track session will offer a platform to showcase HIM related products and services. Tracks include topics related to Release of Information, Clinical Documentation Improvement, Data Analytics, Patient Engagement, Leadership, Coding Practice, Revenue Cycle Management, and more.

To be considered as a 2019 CHIA Convention & Exhibit presenter, submit the completed Industry Innovations Proposal by December 28. Companies wishing to participate in Industry Innovations must be a CHIA Corporate Partner and an Exhibitor at the 2019 CHIA Convention in Indian Wells.

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.

CHIA Convention Facts

  • 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
  • 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.

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