Workshop and Poster Proposals

We are seeking proposals that advance the home visiting field and connected systems of care through innovations, diverse perspectives and a focus on impact. Proposals should have clear learning objectives, specific strategies for engagement and relevance for the Summit audience.

Comprised mainly of four constituent groups (state and federal systems leaders, researchers, program/practice leaders and policy advocates), attendees seek information that supports their role as decision-makers and influencers in the home visiting field and connected systems of care (immigration, pediatrics, housing, etc.). Accordingly, each workshop session is an important opportunity for speakers to engage leaders on the most pressing and innovative issues concerning the field today. During the formation process of your proposal, we encourage you to think critically about how you can maximize the forum to advance the needs of the field.

The Call for Proposals for the 2020 National Home Visiting Summit is now closed. The next Call for Proposals will open in March 2020. For questions, please email

Important Dates

  • Open Call: March 28 – June 7, 2019
  • Deadline to submit proposal: Friday, June 7 at 5pm/Pacific Time
  • Decisions made by: July – August (notifications will be sent to all submitting groups)

To view the questions asked during the abstract process, please click here. Please note that this document is only for reference and all submissions must be completed online.”

Selection Criteria and Requirements

The 2020 National Home Visiting Summit steering committee, comprised of thought leaders from across the home visiting and early childhood field, have worked collaboratively with conference organizers to inform the development of the conference objectives and selection criteria. The steering committee will use the following objectives and criteria as the framework for selecting proposals. Please note: Workshop sessions are 90-minutes in length and limited to three speakers.

    • Provide leaders in the home visiting field and connected systems of care with a national forum for the exchange of best practices, emerging concepts, and lessons learned across systems, states, and models.
    • Contribute to and be a catalyst for field-building investments to design and strengthen the systems and infrastructure needed to ensure ongoing program quality and to facilitate the commitment of increased public and private investments over time.
    • Facilitate building strong national partnerships with local, state, and national leaders to increase systems influence and inform policy.
    • Increase the implementation and quality of evidence-based home visiting practices and improve early childhood system-building and policy nationwide.
    • Promote and highlight the importance of public-private partnership building, and the strong connection between public entities, community-based providers, and researchers.
    • The session provides relevant and innovative content. Preference given to presentations that align with the field-building vision of the Summit by highlighting important issues surrounding systems building, innovative and/or field-advancing practice(s), and creative/unique collaborations and partnerships.
    • The session engages attendees in the learning and discovery process by actively facilitating attendee involvement. Speakers are expected to provide perspective and insight on critical issues facing the field through dialogue, storytelling, case studies, lessons learned, etc. Accepted proposals will include examples of how attendees will be engaged throughout the session.
    • Participants are provided multiple strategies that expand thinking and can be applied to practice.
    • The session’s content and speakers promote inclusion and diversity within the context of the presentation and broader home visiting field.
  • Proposals should demonstrate a presentation format that engages your colleagues in discussion and learning by going beyond the basic dissemination of information by lecture. Workshops may follow one of the following formats, or you may submit a proposal with an alternative format.

    • Facilitated Content: Traditional breakout sessions explore topics of common interest using innovative, thought-provoking content blended with audience participation. Presenters act as content leaders, presenting short segments of content and then lead engaging activities, group discussion and participant reflection segments on how to apply their new knowledge to practice.
    • Panel Discussion: Panels generally include two to three presenters who represent multiple institutions and/or perspectives on the same issue. Presenters create an engaging moderated discussion with dialogue, storytelling, case studies and lessons learned to help participants apply concepts. The use of a discussant/moderator is encouraged to structure the session and facilitate audience engagement.
    • Round Table/Conversation: This session will include one to two topic experts with experience providing group facilitator to serve as session host(s). The session’s topic will be introduced by the host(s) and may include a short presentation at the start. The majority of the session is dedicated to answering questions and fostering discussion, peer learning and networking. Round table sessions will be limited to 50 participants and be configured in a circle to encourage participation.
    • Poster Presentation: Traditional poster sessions use a visual representation of your work/findings to engage attendees around one issue/topic facing the field. This session will start the summit on the evening of Wednesday, January 29.
  • The Summit limits session and poster presentations to three speakers. Please plan your submissions and presentations accordingly. All accepted proposals are required to complete a workshop requirement form and individual speaker form, where we confirm session details and request biographies and headshots for promotions. All speakers must commit to the presentation of a session at designated times during the conference, January 29-31, 2020 (Poster Session Jan. 29 / Workshops Jan. 30-31). All speakers must register for the conference before the deadline on January 10, 2020, a reduced rate of $250 applies. Presenters interested in including resources and/or utilizing the Q&A and polling options via the conference app are due Friday, January 17, 2020.

2020 Areas of Focus

Presentations within the summit’s four domains (advocacy, policy, practice and research) may focus on a variety of issues related to home visiting. Areas of interest for the summit include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advancing racial equity
  • Early intervention
  • Engaging public and new partners in advocacy
  • Global initiatives
  • Funding and marketing strategies
  • Health care and home visiting partnerships
  • Impacts of poverty
  • Infant mental health
  • Innovative research in home visiting systems
  • Maternal morbidity and mortality
  • Multi-generational parenting
  • Professional development
  • State systems building (education, health care, child welfare, etc.)
  • Translating the effectiveness of home visiting for policymakers
  • Trauma-informed practice
  • Use of technology in home visiting
  • Using data and research to drive advocacy and policymaking

Other topic areas are also welcome.

HARC & Summit Collaboration

We look forward to another exciting year of collaboration as we partner to feature selected Home Visiting Research Collaborative (HARC) presentations at the 2020 National Home Visiting Summit. HARC will host their annual meeting directly preceding the Summit. HARC will launch their call for proposal process later this spring, separate from the National Home Visiting Summit. Those interested in speaking at both conferences will need to submit proposals for each conference. For more information, please visit the HARC website.


We are eager to support you during the submission process. Please email your inquiries to us at