2019 Call for Abstracts

The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA), is currently accepting educational abstracts for ASHHRA19. Attendees are looking for timely, innovative, engaging and health care-specific education. This is your opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with health care HR leaders.

Please read the following in its entirety.
You may begin the abstract submission process at the bottom of the page.

ASHHRA HR Leader ModelConference abstracts should reflect sound adult learning principles and reflect the best practices in the field, informed by theory, research and practice. Abstracts should also align with ASHHRA’s five HR Leader Model competencies. To deliver exceptional learning experiences, preference may be given to abstracts that are positioned to deliver a mix of the following:


  • Reflect innovative, cutting-edge content and evidence-based practice
  • Explore issues important to diverse audiences
  • Demonstrate relevance of lessons through “real life” case studies


  • Stimulate and provoke discussion
  • Audience engagement and outcome-focused design
  • Facilitate knowledge transfer


  • Human resources professionals in the field of health care who are new to the profession, mid-level or executive level
  • The audience represents health care networks, hospitals and other care providers.

Special Areas of Interest

As you reflect on your abstract, please consider a few hot topics to share your expertise
(including but not limited to):

  • Organizational Culture
  • Compensation
  • Future of the Health Care Workforce Beyond Brick and Mortar
  • Retention
  • Workplace Violence
  • Employee Development Programs
  • Health Care Disruptions
  • Academic Partnerships
  • Technology
  • Non-Clinical Staff Recruitment
  • Recognizing Signs of Human Trafficking in Health Care Settings
  • Executive Content
  • Strategic Workforce Planning
  • Ted Style Talk

Presentation Formats

  • Preconference: 1.15 - 1.45-hour workshop
  • Concurrent Learning Session: 60-minute presentation
  • Hot Topic Roundtable: 1 - 1.5-hour presentation
  • Debate: 60-minute presentation
  • Rapid Fire: 15-minute presentation

Reasons to Present at ASHHRA19

  • Receive complimentary Full Conference registration for one Primary Presenter and a 25 percent discount for up to two co-presenters.
  • Contribute to the health care HR field by sharing your expertise, key learnings and best practices.
  • Have your publication posted in the conference mobile app*
  • Gain recognition, enhance your professional credibility and growth of the profession
  • Network with fellow health care human resources professionals and build lasting connections
  • Record a complimentary promotional video to market your speaking experience*

*ASHHRA will list your publication as a speaker benefit; speakers are not to sell or promote products or services at any time.

Selection Measures

All completed submissions will be reviewed by the Annual Conference Committee. Selected abstracts will be measured on the following categories: Organization, Learning Outcomes and Outline, Research/Case Studies, Implementable and Innovative Solutions. Additional key influencers include ASHHRA membership, topics that address emerging trends, and content for both rural and urban health systems.

If chosen as a speaker, you agree to:

  • Use ASHHRA’s conference themed PowerPoint template for presentations
  • Have open availability between Sept. 21-24, 2019
  • Adhere to the presentation best practices guidelines
  • Audio/video recording
  • Be the primary contact for conference communications sent by or on behalf of ASHHRA for both primary and co-presenters

Important Dates

ASHHRA strives to host an informative annual conference for our attendees. A vital component of a well-planned conference is adhering to timelines for efficiency. We ask that you provide as much information as possible to assist in the decision-making process.

  • Jan. 7: Call for abstracts closes 5:00 p.m. CT
  • Feb. 15 - 22: Speaker notifications sent by ASHHRA
    Accepting the invitation confirms your commitment to attend the meeting and present
  • April 1: Rough draft of presentation due to ASHHRA
  • June 3: Last day to add/change co-presenters
  • Aug. 2:* Final presentations due, no exceptions

Please make note of these dates. If your presentation will contain newly founded information or research not yet determined, you will need to speak on the newly founded information during your presentation or print handouts for attendees as we will not accept presentations beyond Aug. 2.

* If we have not received the requested materials by the deadline date, ASHHRA reserves the right to secure another presenter.

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the
ASHHRA 55th Annual Conference & Exposition.

Click the Start button to begin the submission process.
The Annual Conference Committee reviews submitted abstracts on a rolling basis, so submit early!
Please note: you can submit multiple abstracts


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