Unify, Align & Strengthen

March 7-9, 2018
Washington, D.C.

Call for Presentations Overview


ElevatingHOME’s National Leadership Conference, to be held March 7-9, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., is the premier national event for home-based care executives and emerging leaders. The 2018 National Leadership Conference theme is Unify, Align & Strengthen.

The National Leadership Conference enables participants to:

  1. Network among peers and leading industry experts;
  2. Increase the effectiveness of the industry voice for advocacy;
  3. Consider new and innovative strategies to advance home-based care;
  4. Participate in timely and relevant education sessions which address key issues impacting the home-based care industry; and
  5. Strengthen vendor partnerships and forge new vendor relationships.

Proposals for consideration must be submitted by October 20, 2017 through the online submission site.  


The National Leadership Conference draws nearly 400 senior and emerging leaders (C-Suite, VP, and Director-level) from home-based care agencies across the country, seeking to expand their expertise in operations, finance, quality, policy and nonprofit leadership.


The National Leadership Conference welcomes presentations on all types of innovative programs yielding positive outcomes for patients and/or home-based care agencies as concurrent sessions. A concurrent session is a 60-minute presentation that can include a mixture of lecture, an expert panel, and/or facilitation of small work groups. Sessions must be interactive in nature. Presentations should provide conference participants with practical solutions to help them ensure their organization’s success. Concurrent sessions are held Thursday and Friday. We recommend planning for 45 minutes of primary content, followed by a 15-minute question and answer session.

All sessions must be eligible for Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits. As such, vendors are prohibited from promoting their products and services, but may present as a subject matter expert, utilizing an educational approach.


  1. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, October 20, 2017. All proposals must be submitted through the call for speakers’ website. Emailed and hard copy submissions will not be accepted.
  2. Incomplete proposals or proposals that do not meet the expectations of the 2018 Call for Speakers Guidelines will be disqualified.
  3. A separate proposal must be submitted for each proposed presentation.
  4. Promoting a company, service or product during a presentation is expressly prohibited.
  5. All presentations must be strictly educational in nature.
  6. Presentations must include audience participation.
  7. Preference may be given to members of ElevatingHOME when evaluating submissions.

Click here to download a copy of the questions required for a complete submission. Please note, only submissions received through the Call for Presentations Survey website will be accepted.

Who Should Submit

The National Leadership Conference encourages individual professionals and/or groups committed to supporting, promoting and advancing home-based care to submit a proposal. This includes organizational leaders, managers and staff, practicing clinicians including medical directors, registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, public health professionals, academics, independent consultants, vendors, distributors and manufacturers. Please note, sessions cannot promote an organization’s product(s) or service(s).

Benefits of Presentation

The following are benefits enjoyed by all individuals who are selected to present at the National Leadership Conference:

  1. Increased visibility and credibility in the eyes of home-based care leaders;
  2. A discounted registration to attend the National Leadership Conference; and
  3. The opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and experience with colleagues in the home-based care community.

Selection Process

  • Anyone may submit a proposal; however, preference is given to members of ElevatingHOME when evaluating submissions. All proposals must be submitted no later than Friday, October 20, 2017.
  • The following criteria will be used to review all proposals by the Conference Education Taskforce:
    • Innovation, quality and originality in program design;
    • Clearly defined, measurable metrics (i.e. cost-savings, reduction in rehospitalization rates, etc.);
    • Timeliness of subject matter;
    • Practical applications of subject matter;
    • Clear, focused and well-organized proposal;
    • Presenter’s qualifications; and
    • Research or strong evidence-based support.
  • ElevatingHOME reserves the right to request modifications to a submission before final selections are made.
  • ElevatingHOME will respond to all submissions selected by the Conference Education Taskforce by December 1, 2017.
  • Selected presenters will receive a discounted registration to the National Leadership Conference. This registration discount is non-transferrable.
  • Selected presenters may be asked for assistance during the application process for Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit. Please see the section on Continuing Nursing Education for additional information.

Program Focus

When drafting a proposal for submission, please consider the following topic-based tracks:

  • Communications Strategies to Demonstrate Value and Quality
  • Original Research, Data Analysis and Quality Improvement Initiatives
  • Public Policy Advocacy Campaigns for State and Federal Initiatives
  • Multi-stakeholder Partnerships
  • Nonprofit Leadership Training and Initiatives

Often-requested examples of specific topics can be found here.


Your proposal should address the following points:

  • Who your intended audience is and why they would find value in your presentation.
  • What is the intent, purpose, or objective of your presentation – what will participants gain from your session.
  • Why your topic is innovative and supportive of the home-based care industry.
  • How your proposal supports leadership development and skill-building for agency and system executives.

Continuing Nursing Education

Each accepted program will be reviewed for continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hour eligibility. Programing is accredited through an accredited approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation (COA). The ANCC COA accreditation signifies that educational activities approved by the approving organization meet national standards for quality continuing nursing education.

Eligibility for CNE contact hours indicates that your presentation has been recognized as a valuable activity which supports “learning activities designed to augment the knowledge, skill and attitudes of nurses and therefore enrich the nurses’ contributions to quality healthcare…” (ANA, 2000, p. 24).

CNE documents will be distributed to accepted speakers upon notification of acceptance. Completed CNE documents must be submitted to ElevatingHOME no later than December 22, 2017. Criteria which will be used to evaluate CNE contact hour eligibility includes:

  • The target audience for the session includes RNs.
  • The program is reflective of a learner needs assessment, evidence-based research, trends in literature or quality improvement initiatives.
  • The program has clearly identified goals and objectives with content supportive of the objectives.
  • The faculty’s knowledge and expertise about the subject and any commercial support or vested interest is disclosed.

About ElevatingHOME

ElevatingHOME is a new, national 501(c)6 organization uniting and aligning America’s for-profit and not-for-profit home-based health care providers to advocate for high-quality, home-based care. Launched in 2017 by the leadership of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) with stakeholders across the country, ElevatingHOME aims to unify the voices of the home-based care industry—which includes 12,000 home health agencies and 6,000 hospice organizations across the United States.

Home-based health care delivers the care people need—in their own homes, in familiar surroundings—often with better outcomes and lower costs. From wellness visits and chronic disease management to palliative and hospice care, ElevatingHOME works to ensure America’s health care system delivers home-based care that’s safe, efficient and effective. Learn more at elevatinghome.org.


If you have a question about submitting a proposal to present at the National Leadership Conference, please contact Heather Corbin at hcorbin@elevatinghome.org.

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