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Call for Proposals

People attend the IHI Patient Safety Congress for a variety of reasons but every year, breakout sessions provide some of the most informative and memorable moments for its attendees.

Presenting a breakout session or storyboard at Congress is an excellent opportunity to highlight the work that you and your organization are doing to improve the safety of patients and those who provide care. Congress attendees are especially interested in new approaches that demonstrate systemic improvement in the reduction of harm at various levels – within a team, department, facility or organization-wide.

Call for speaking proposals closed October 25, 2019.​​​

Storyboard proposals opening soon.

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Submitting Your Proposal

If you're thinking of submitting a speaking proposal to present a session at the 2020 IHI Patient Safety Congress, your proposal is more likely to be accepted if you:

  • ​Use this Proposal Template to work on your proposal before submitting
  • Currently work as a leader, health care professional, or patient and family member in a health care setting
  • Incorporate data and research methods into your safety initiatives
  • Plan to share a tool, roadmap, or resources for attendees to incorporate into their practice
  • Address the interprofessional team or ensure that your session is relevant to a range of disciplines
  • Address patient and family engagement or include a patient as a co-presenter
  • Include perspectives and relevance to health equity
  • Submit a thoughtful, error-free description of your session
  • Are not employed by a commercial interest, including consulting companies, and are not including proprietary tools, content, or technology

Track Themes

The Patient Safety Congress includes six tracks that reflect the key areas of interest of our attendees. Please select the track most appropriate for your presentation. Please note that based on reviews of the Congress planning committee, your submission may be considered for an alternative track.

  • Safety Across the Continuum of Care: Ensuring safe care in settings outside of the hospital, including ambulatory care centers, office practices, surgicenters, and care in the home. This might also include transitioning care from the hospital to one of these settings.
  • Culture and Leadership: Establishing a compelling vision for safety for your leaders, board members, workforce, and patients and families in creating and sustaining cultures of safety.
  • Learning Systems for Improving Safety: Creating and optimizing learning systems to accelerate safety. A learning health care system is when science, informatics, incentives, and culture are aligned for continuous improvement and innovation. This may also include reduction of health care associated harm, new and emerging practices, high reliability, lean, six sigma, root cause analysis and action and human factors.
  • Safe and Equitable Care for Populations with Diverse Health Needs: Ensuring safe and equitable care for populations with diverse health needs, including LGBTQIA, behavioral health, elderly, neonatal, pediatric, rural and other at-risk populations as well as those experiencing extreme poverty or conflict.
  • Workforce Safety: Establishing a compelling vision for physical and psychological safety, and zero harm for our workforce. Includes leadership accountability, managing disruptive behavior, workplace safety programs, building resiliency and reducing burnout, fostering respect in the workplace, the care environment, and joy in work.
  • Patient- and Family- Engagement: Partnering with patients and families to create and ensure the safest care.

For a full list of topics of interest within these tracks as well as tips on how to present a successful proposal, please click here​.​

Additional Information

  • All submissions must comply with guidelines for accreditation of programs.
  • Complete all required fields in the application before submitting for review.
  • You may save and return to this submission page at any time before the deadline. Once you submit, all submissions are final.
  • Only the Key Presenter will be notified regarding the status of your submission.
  • Submitting a proposal does register you for this event.
  • The Congress registration fee will be waived for workshop presenters. IHI does not provide honorarium for workshop speakers. Registration for storyboard presenters is NOT waived.
  • If accepted, the Congress planning committee may respond to you with feedback and suggestions regarding your submission, including title, learning objectives, session description, and proposed content delivery.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be evaluated.

Contact Christopher Herpel,, for any questions regarding the proposal or storyboard submission process.