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2024 Community Health Institute (CHI) & EXPO Call for Abstracts

**Important Note: New Abstract Submission System**

NACHC has implemented a new conference management system. Therefore, everyone must create a new user account to submit an abstract. Please read the following details and then click the Join Now button below to get started.

Deadline: March 4, 2024

The NACHC Community Health Institute (CHI) and EXPO is the largest annual gathering of health center clinicians, executives, operations and management staff, direct patient-facing staff, health center board members, and advocates along with Health Center Controlled Networks and State/Regional Primary Care Associations. The conference (August 22-26, 2024) is scheduled to kick off in Atlanta, GA at a time when health centers are charting a new course in a rapidly changing health environment and being called upon to assume a larger role in the nation's health care system.

About the Education Program:

NACHC anticipates offering at least 50 sessions during the 2024 CHI. This year, we are looking for sessions that 1) align with NACHC’s Six Strategic Pillars, and 2) position health centers as the Employer, Provider, and Partner of Choice (EPPOC) for primary care and advancing health equity:
  • Partner of Choice: Position health centers as the partner of choice among all healthcare stakeholders to catalyze innovation and improve health. Healthcare Stakeholders = Patients, Providers, Payers, Purchasers, & Policy Makers.
  • Employer of Choice: Position health centers as the employer of choice by identifying strategies and best practices to educate, recruit, and retain a high-quality, resilient, diverse, and culturally competent workforce that represents the people we serve.
  • Provider of Choice: Positioning health centers as the provider of choice for all patients (and payers) across the lifespan through the provision of comprehensive, high-quality primary care that delivers on the Quintuple Aim with equity in the center.

Important Call for Abstract Dates

  • March 4, 2024: Completed submissions are due by 6:00 PM ET.
  • March 5 – April 30, 2024: Abstract review period
  • May 3, 2024: Education program announced: abstract submitters will be notified via email

Submissions Must Relate Directly to at Least One of These Tracks:

  • 340B Compliance and Policy
  • Advocacy and Mobilization
  • Health Center Essentials
  • Health Center Governance
  • Value-Based Care/Payment Innovation and Transformation
  • Policy Analysis
  • Population Health and Quality Improvement
  • Workforce Investment in the Future

Session Formats:

  • Workshop: A presentation by one or more speakers, or a panel discussion, followed by Q&A. These sessions should incorporate some interactive components for the audience (e.g. polling). Sessions will offer continuing education contact hours and be assigned a NACHC staff liaison to ensure compliance with accreditation and facilitate session coordination and review materials.
  • Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Networking Session: A facilitated session that focus on topics that affect health centers such as – but not limited to – legislative and regulatory practices, operational issues, good governance practices, and the unique challenges that come with health center management and patient care. P2Ps are innovative opportunities for learning in small group settings, where participants exchange ideas and network on issues most relevant to health centers. NACHC Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Networking Sessions do not qualify for continuing education contact hours and are only available to in-person attendees onsite. A NACHC staff liaison will be assigned to each P2P session to facilitate session coordination and review materials.
  • Timely Twenty-Minute Tips (T3s): TED-Style talks that deliver simple, concise and knowledgeable information in short twenty-minute segments. Presentations have minimal or no slides. If slides are used, they are of exceptional quality, highly visual with few, if any, words. T3s do not qualify for continuing education contact hours. A NACHC staff liaison will be assigned to each T3 session to facilitate session coordination and review materials.
  • Ignite Talks: In this fast, fun, and focused session format, you’ll have 5 minutes to present 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. While you can speak on any topic you choose, our challenge this year is for you to Tell Us Your Why. Why are you part of the health center movement? Why are you motivated to provide health care as a fundamental right? Why is your health center unique? We want to hear professional and personal stories!

Abstract Tips:

  • Please clearly describe how the session fits the selected track(s). If the session fits in multiple tracks, demonstrate clearly how it fits within each track.
  • Submissions with full session details (title, speakers, description, learning objectives) will have an advantage. Related: Please confirm all speakers in your abstract prior to submission.
  • Be sure to provide enough information for the selection committee to understand your approach, results, and significance. Incomplete abstracts will not be considered.
  • Demonstrate how your work is relevant to health centers, and why they should know about it.
  • Unless otherwise noted, sessions are limited to 75 minutes in length, including time for questions and answers.
  • We will seek continuing education unit accreditation (CEs for Social Workers, CPEs for Accountants, CEs for all other health professionals) for all traditional education sessions that are selected. (T3s and P2P sessions are not eligible for continuing education contact hours)
  • For-profit entities must partner with a health center or PCA/HCCN to be considered and session faculty must include these health center or PCA/HCCN partners.

Abstract Submission Selection Criteria:

  • Quality, relevance to health centers and timeliness of material.
  • Does the abstract provide new information or ideas?
  • Does the abstract directly relate to the category chosen?
  • Does the session include a best practice that is replicable in other health centers? Can others use this innovation or practice?
  • Does this session advance or contribute to NACHC’s Six Strategic Pillars?
  • Does the session include health center, PCA or HCCN faculty/presenters or demonstrate a plan to incorporate these perspectives in the session?

NACHC may consider combining sessions based upon topic, session format, speakers, or other factors. NACHC will contact submitters if this affects any submissions.

Speaker Expenses:

At the time of publishing this call for sessions, no travel or hotel expenses will be provided to speakers. Speakers currently qualify for a $50 discount on conference registration fees and must register in order to participate beyond their individual session.

2024 CHI Abstract System Tutorial:

Watch a brief tutorial video to learn how to submit your 2024 CHI & EXPO abstract in NACHC's new system.

Start Your 2024 CHI Abstract

Questions? Organizer: Helene Slavin -