Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals Now Open

IHA invites you to submit a presentation proposal for the 20th Annual IHA Health Literacy Conference. The virtual conference will be held May 2021 and will once again be 100% free.

In 2020, this premier conference welcomed more than 2,400 attendees. Representing a wide array of healthcare settings—including clinical, public health, education, research, and advocacy—these professionals had one thing in common: an abiding commitment to improving health literacy.

Below you’ll find key topics for discussion, as well as options for discussing them. If you’re interested in sharing your insights and knowledge, we’d love to hear from you. Or, if you know of colleagues or other experts who would be interested, please share this information with them.

Topics of Interest

We welcome all proposals that address health literacy and equity. We’re particularly interested in fresh perspectives about the role health literacy plays in our world now. What bearing do the topics below have on our healthcare system and society as a whole? Are there other topics you think warrant discussion? We’d like to hear about those, too.

  • Health Disparities and Inequalities – Domestic and Global
  • COVID-19
  • Mental/Behavioral Health
  • Rural Health
  • Chronic Disease
  • Social Determinants of Health (SODH) Solutions
  • Public Health
  • Population Health
  • Health Literacy/Plain Language Communication
  • Health Literacy Policy and Advocacy

Proposal Types

  • Plenary Session – A 30- or 60-minute session, including 10 minutes for questions-and-answers (Q&A), focused on a topic that motivates, educates, and engages the general audience. These daily sessions set the tone for the conference, help to create a positive conference experience, and, most importantly, share timely and important information.
  • Prerecorded session – A 30- or 60-minute session (including 10 minutes Q&A) that is prerecorded and viewed during the conference. These sessions will be recorded and submitted to IHA a month before the conference.
  • Workshop – A 60- or 90-minute interactive session (including 10 minutes Q&A) designed to help participants develop a specific skill using creative methods. These sessions will be limited to 30 attendees.
  • Panel Discussion – A 60- or 90-minute session (including 10 minutes Q&A), which features a designated moderator and a panel of 3 to 5 speakers. The panel will provide their unique perspectives on the chosen topic. The moderator will lead the Q&A discussion and facilitate conversation between the panel and the audience. Proposals must include biographical information about the moderator as well as each of the speakers.
  • Live Lecture – A 30- or 60-minute session (including 10 minutes Q&A) intended to disseminate information and solutions that participants can incorporate into their work and infuse into their communities.
  • Connection Cafes – A live, 1-hour Zoom meeting or discussion thread on your topic of choice (e.g., maternal health, social justice). This provides a dynamic opportunity for participants to connect with one another in real time and to engage in a rich exchange of ideas. In your proposal, describe how you will engage participants and encourage them to participate in your café discussion.
  • Poster – Provides an opportunity to display research information in the form of a digital paper poster that conference participants may view. Poster presenters also have the option to display the poster or display the poster and provide a presentation for attendees to view. 


The deadline to submit the proposal is Friday, December 4.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. A compelling topic that will engage participants
  2. Public-speaking experience
  3. The speaker’s in-depth knowledge and experience with the topic

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