The AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference (NHPC) brings together health care decision-makers, advocates, consumers, patients, researchers and leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss the health policy agenda for the year ahead in the context of the existing evidence base, its strengths and limitations.

The 2020 Call for Presentations is intended to give researchers, policymakers, policy and market analysts, healthcare leaders, advocates and the professionals who connect them, an opportunity to provide timely examples of policy innovation, implementation and/or evaluation, emphasizing how evidence has been used or could be used in the years ahead to either inform, develop and/or evaluate federal and/or state policy. Importantly, policy is defined to encompass legislative, regulatory, administrative, or legal policy. Timely evidence in this period of significant uncertainty and upheaval in health policy is critical. This year, we are also encouraging submissions related to science policy given current debates about the value, role and contributions of science to advancing the public good and developments in open science. Science policy topics include how research is funded, governed, disseminated and valued by policymakers.

Proposals for the 2020 NHPC are encouraged to include:

  • A description of the policy topic, innovation, implementation, or evaluation with special attention given to whether and how evidence and/or data was or could be used, and if not, why not; and
  • How the proposed presentation relates to current health and/or science policy debates at the local, state or federal level.

Proposals that describe lessons learned in policy development and implementation and help us understand how policy influences and/or changes healthcare systems, practices, and community level transformation are especially welcome.  In addition, panels (see below) should reflect multiple points of view to maximize diversity of participants, perspectives and balance.


  • Submission Open: Tuesday, August 27
  • Submission Deadline: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET

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Submission Types and Conference Themes

Submission Types:

  • Call for Panels
    Panels feature a moderator and up to four panelists around a single policy topic or opportunity. Each panelist should offer a different perspective on the policy topic. We are interested in submissions reflecting a broad range of policy topics that local, state and national policymakers are currently confronting. Panels consisting of multiple representatives from a single institution are discouraged.
  • Call for Rapid Fires
    Rapid Fire Presentations will be featured in dedicated rapid fire concurrent sessions during the conference with time limits strictly enforced. Each presenter will give a 7-minute presentation followed by a Q&A with the audience. Rapid Fire Sessions will be organized by theme and are optimized to showcase a much broader range of policy issues and evidence. The objectives for these Rapid Fire Sessions include: Demonstrating opportunities in developing evidence-informed policy; Presenting ideas or strategies that may be useful to others implementing evidence informed policy and/or evaluating its impact; and Discussing potential policy implications from the current debates about various options for current health policy topics, including changes to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, MACRA, and drug policy.
  • Poster
    Posters are organized by theme, highlighting how evidence was used or could be used to inform policy development, implementation and/or evaluation.  Reports on initiatives to identify, translate and use evidence in policy are also sought. Case studies, narratives, and other methods are encouraged.

Please note: Panels should reflect multiple points of view to maximize diversity of participants, perspectives and balance. If you are selected for a rapid fire, you will be one of 5-6 speakers in quick succession during one breakout block.

Submission Themes:

  • Obtaining, Accessing, and Using High Quality Care
  • Confronting Costs and Spending
  • Addressing Social Risks, Health Equity and Population Health

Learn more about each theme.