2018 Annual Conference

The 2018 Call for Proposals is open!  To submit a proposal click here. Proposals will be accepted until October 22nd, 2017 at 11:59pm CST. 

2018 Conference Goal

To advance the knowledge and practice of healthcare professionals who provide serious illness and end-of-life services.

2018 Learning Objectives

  • Describe best practices and innovations in serious illness and end-of-life care.
  • Describe specific pain and symptom management interventions for patients receiving hospice and/or palliative care.
  • Identify common emotional and spiritual needs of patients, families, and professionals caring for patients with serious illness and end-of-life.
  • Identify techniques to address complex family dynamics, grief, bereavement, and trauma at the end-of-life.
  • Describe the ethical challenges related to caring for patients with serious illness or at the end-of-life.
  • Describe hospice and palliative care regulations, policies, and reimbursement strategies and identify strategies for compliance.
  • Identify strategies to raise awareness of hospice and palliative care across all Minnesota communities.
  • Identify strategies to improve quality of hospice and palliative care services for underrepresented groups.

Target Audience

MNHPC anticipates approximately 1,000 attendees at the 2018 Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care Conference, with approximately 650 attending each day. Conference attendance is comprised of a diverse mix of hospice and palliative care professionals and volunteers as well as individual community members.

Types of Presentations

Workshop 75
75 minute sessions. Must include participant involvement; emphasis on application of the material presented using simulations, exercises, and tools that support the learning experience. (Maximum 2 presenters; All Levels)

Workshop 60
60 minute sessions. Must include participant involvement; emphasis on application of the material presented using simulations, exercises, and tools that support the learning experience. (Maximum 2 presenters; All Levels)

Concurrent 75
75 minute sessions. Explore topics in-depth, discuss application of detailed approaches, tools, strategies or information and may include up to 3 presenters. Includes 10-15 minutes for questions/discussion. (Maximum 3 presenters; All Levels)

Concurrent 60
60 minute sessions. Provide pertinent topical information, discuss successful strategies and/or provide tools/resources that can be replicated in other settings. Include 10-15 minutes for questions/discussion. (Maximum 3 presenters; All Levels)

Panel-invitation only
75 minute session by invitation only. Features 3 or more speakers presenting up-to-date regulations, tools, resources, interventions or programming innovations within their respective area of expertise. Includes a 20 minute facilitated Q&A.

Levels of Presentations

Fundamental Proposals

Must contain experience-based learning scenarios (may contain case studies) and introduce participants to fundamental strategies, resources or tools.  Designed for attendees who are new to hospice and palliative care (i.e. those who meet the criteria for novice competency, based on NHPCO’s Interdisciplinary Team Competency Grid) and/or those relatively new to presenting.

Proficient Proposals

Must contain case studies or experience-based learning scenarios and introduce participants to strategies, resources or tools.  May introduce innovative new approaches, technologies, delivery systems, or provide current information on critical and timely topics.  Designed for a broad range of attendees at all levels, but particularly for those who meet the criteria for proficient competency, based on NHPCO’s Interdisciplinary Team Competency Grid.

Advanced Proposals

Must contain case studies or experience-based learning scenarios and are grounded in evidence-based knowledge.  May introduce innovative new approaches, technologies, delivery systems, or provide current information on critical and timely topics.  Designed for attendees with in-depth experience/knowledge in the topic or field of study (i.e. those who meet the criteria for expert competency, based on NHPCO’s Interdisciplinary Team Competency Grid.)

Submission Guidelines

2018 Areas of Emphasis

You’ll be asked to select one of the following areas of emphasis when submitting your proposal.

  • Culturally Appropriate Care
  • Ethics
  • Family Dynamics and Trauma
  • Health Access and Community Engagement
  • Innovations in Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Clinical Considerations in Palliative Care
  • Innovative Service Delivery
  • Effective Use of the Entire Team: Allied and Integrated Therapies
  • Marketing and Fundraising
  • Mental Illness
  • Pain and Symptom Management
  • Regulatory Review
  • Team Dynamics and Self-Care
  • Workforce and Volunteer Development/Retention

We provide a list of priority topic ideas. You are welcome to submit additional ideas provided they fit within the area of emphasis.

Learning Objectives

You’ll be asked to provide 2-3 learning objectives, which will require approval from our Continuing Education providers. Please avoid using words such as know, learn, understand, gain, and appreciate.

Conference Schedule

Based on the selected proposal, MNHPC will determine the most appropriate time and date in order to ensure a well-balanced program. Speakers must be available to present on the day/time assigned for the duration of the session. MNHPC reserves the right to adjust the length of any session. However, speakers will be notified and MNHPC will work with speakers to adjust content and objectives accordingly.

Presenter Registration

Speakers must register for the conference. Registration will be complimentary on the day of their presentation and speakers will receive mileage reimbursement at $.50 per mile up to $150.

Click here to submit!