National Conference 2023 Call for Proposals - National Commission on Correctional Health Care
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National Conference 2023 Call for Proposals

Key Dates and Location

Call for Proposals Deadline: March 3, 2023 
Preconference Seminars: September 30-October 1, 2023 
Conference Sessions: October 2-4, 2023

The conference takes place at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. 

Please read the information on this page and then submit your proposal. 

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Proposals must be submitted through our platform. We suggest that you prepare the information in advance to save time online and to ensure that you have a backup copy. Please copy the information into a plain text editor, such as MS Notepad, to eliminate formatting before you copy it to the submission form.

Please read the NCCHC Position Statement on the Use of Humanizing Language in Correctional Health Care. Please use person-first language in your abstract proposal.


Lead Presenter

The designated lead presenter will serve as the sole point of contact. The lead presenter is responsible for submitting the proposal, informing copresenters of the selection decision, distributing materials to copresenters, planning the presentation agenda and ensuring that the content is not biased. All items below are required to complete your submission. Maximum three presenters per session.

All Presenters

  • Contact information and professional affiliation
  • 1-page CV or resume
  • Disclosure form: All presenters are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests, as explained on the disclosure form.
  • Qualifications to present the material (lead only)


  • Title: Clearly and concisely indicate the subject and focus of the presentation (maximum 100 characters).
  • Summary: Succinctly describe the presentation for the Final Program (maximum 75 words). Use complete sentences (not bullets) and avoid writing in first-person narrative.
  • Abstract: Summarize the purpose, methods, findings and conclusions of your presentation, and explain what attendees may expect to gain from it (approximately 300 words).
  • Learning Objectives: Provide three learning objectives for the presentation and a brief explanation on how each objective will be met. (Tips for Writing Learning Objectives)
  • Content Outline: Outline the content of your presentation in three parts correlating to the learning objectives. (Tips for Writing Content Outlines)
  • Intended Audience: Indicate the primary audience to whom your presentation is directed, e.g., psychologists, nurses, administrators, all of the above.
  • Permission to Record: Sessions may be audiorecorded to enable postconference learning. Please indicate whether permission is granted to record and distribute your presentation.

Selection Criteria and Review

The NCCHC education committee will review all submissions. Decisions are based on the following criteria:

  • Content must be accurate.
  • Content must be based on scientific modalities of diagnosis or therapy (if applicable).
  • Presentations that promote corporate products or services will not be accepted.
    Corporate support, if any, must be disclosed.
  • If applicable, the presentation must be consistent with NCCHC standards and promote their use.
  • Presenters’ credentials and experience should be appropriate to present the subject matter.
  • The presentation should be sufficiently in-depth to require the full time allotment (usually 1 hour).
  • Presentation goals and objectives should correspond with the conference goals and objectives (see sidebar).
  • The presentation must not show preference for one product or service over another unless there is a clear scientific or objective basis to do so, or unless the presentation allows for a fair discussion of alternatives.
    To best meet attendees’ needs, we favor presentations that:
  • Engage the audience in productive discussions
  • Provide practical knowledge, skills and tools that can be employed on the job
  • Advance the quality of care provided to patients
  • Improve the work life of those engaged in the delivery of care
  • Encourage innovation in devising effective approaches and solutions

Approved Proposals

The lead presenter will be notified of the selection decision in May. Presentations will be scheduled for Monday through Wednesday, October 2-4. Submission of a proposal implies a commitment to attend the conference should your proposal be accepted. All speakers receive a discount on the conference registration fee.

Presenter Support

Presentation and speaker information will appear in the preliminary and final programs, and abstracts will appear in the proceedings. Each room will be equipped with a podium, microphone, screen, head table and LCD projector. Additional audiovisual equipment may be rented at the speaker’s expense. AV rental forms will be sent with letters of acceptance.

Questions? Contact us at 773-880-1460 or [email protected].

Educational Objectives

  • Demonstrate understanding of correctional health care issues, including quality of care, access to care, financial management, and workforce development
  •  Identify major health care, research and policy issues facing incarcerated individuals, including infectious diseases, chronic diseases, mental illness, substance abuse, and special needs (e.g., women’s issues, juvenile health, geriatrics, disability, and end-of-life)
  • Demonstrate increased understanding of skills necessary to better manage common medical, nursing, dental, and psychological problems found in correctional settings
  • Describe legal, ethical, and administrative issues and develop solutions for the correctional setting

Topics of interest

Innovative formats and panel discussions are encouraged.

Administration/Management: innovation, budgets and fiscal management, human resources, orientation and training, staffing, staff development, technology, working with corrections staff

Legal/Ethical: legislative update, risk management, regulatory compliance (e.g., PREA), working with legislators, ethics, mock trial

Medical: clinical updates, COVID-19, other infectious diseases, chronic disease, prevention, opioid treatment, women’s issues, special populations (e.g., geriatric, juvenile), terminal illness, transgender issues, pain management

Mental Health: clinical updates, diagnosis, jail settings, segregation, Alzheimer’s/dementia, schizophrenia, sex offenders, substance use disorders, veterans and other special populations, suicide prevention, trauma-informed care

Nursing: advanced skills improvement, competency-based orientation and training, evidence-based practices, nursing processes (e.g., intake, sick call), staffing models, scope of practice

Oral Health: screening, diagnosis, treatment, clinic management, standards of care, staffing

Pharmaceuticals: medication management, utilization management, cost control, narcotics use, formulary design

Professional: leadership, executive best practices, conflict resolution, advanced skills improvement, professional roles, patient relations, succession planning

Quality: continuous quality improvement, process studies, outcome studies, practical applications of data, preventing medical errors, patient safety

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