2020 IHC Annual Forum Poster Symposium

About the Symposium

Why Participate

The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) Poster Symposium will be an opportunity for promoting and sharing best practices during the IHC Annual Forum on April 15, 2020. The one-hour symposium will recognize outstanding leadership and achievement demonstrated by healthcare providers, hospitals, communities, clinics and organizations. The symposium will honor champions who support initiatives that improve patient safety, promote population health, reduce the risk of harm and encourage person-centered health. 

Participants will create a poster using a provided template and prepare a 5-minute presentation to present to a review panel during the symposium. A template will be provided to assist with the presentation. One award will be presented per category, along with a “fan favorite” award that participants can vote on during the symposium. 

Awards will be publicly presented at the IHC Annual Forum on April 15. IHC Leadership will formally present an award at each winning organization at a later date and will provide a press release for local media. 

One free registration for the IHC Annual Forum will be included with each Poster Symposium application. Registration for the Forum for additional attendees is $185.

Who Can Apply

Individuals, hospitals, coalitions, community organizations, healthcare teams, physician practices and other healthcare professionals are encouraged to submit an application for the IHC Poster Symposium.

Poster Symposium Guide

Step One: Apply for the Symposium (Dec 1 - March 1)

The application form below is a commitment to submit a poster and present at the symposium. The application form must be submitted electronically no later than March 1.

Applicants may submit a poster in the following categories. Participants may choose to submit more than application.

Categories

  • Achievement in improving patient safety (reducing healthcare acquired conditions/infections, reducing preventable conditions, medication safety, risk reduction, etc.)
  • Achievement in improving care transitions (e.g. readmissions, community care coordination)
  • Achievement in improving health outcomes (e.g. patient safety across the board, chronic disease care)
  • Achievement in improving person and family engagement
  • Achievement in improving community service integration

Step Two: Design Your Poster (March 1 - April 1)

A template will be provided by IHC to ensure consistency and ease when designing your poster. Participants will also need to submit an abstract describing their project to be featured in a participant guide the day of the event. The first 50 posters submitted will be printed free-of-charge by IHC. Posters will be set-up for you at the symposium. If you have questions regarding the template or design, contact Lexie Hudachek at hudachekl@ihconline.org.

Content Development

  • Use of a planned method for improvement such as a Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycle, Lean or Six Sigma is strongly encouraged.
  • Include information on your interdisciplinary team when applicable.
  • Improvement documenting data utilization such as survey results, audit findings, graphs or other illustrations is highly encouraged.
  • A projected plan for sustainability should be included.

Poster Specifications

  • Use the PowerPoint template provided by IHC. The printed posters will be 24” H x 36” W.]
  • Posters will be printed in full color by IHC.
  • Font size should be no smaller than 8pt.
  • Completed PPT slide should be saved as a PDF document. Please title your PDF document the same as your poster. To save as a PDF: in the “save as type” line, arrow down and select “PDF(*pdf).”

Examples

Step Three: Submit Your Poster (April 1)

What to Submit

  • Poster PowerPoint PDF file
  • Abstract of your project

How to Submit

  • Make sure your PDF document is titled the same as your poster.
  • Poster PowerPoint PDF files and abstracts must be submitted by April 1 using the fillable form and abstract template located online.

Step Four: Prepare to Present (April 1 - April 15)

  • Review the presentation template (to be sent out at a later date) for assistance planning your presentation.
  • Posters will be printed by IHC and set-up for you at the symposium.
  • All poster content will be reviewed during your presentation:
    • Present a brief overview of your work (5 minutes). 
    • Answer any questions the judges may have (5 minutes). 
  • A designated representative of your team must be available during your assigned time on April 15. 
  • You will be notified of your presentation time by April 8. 

Judging Information

All submissions for the IHC Poster Symposium will be reviewed by an independent committee of healthcare  professionals experienced in improvement and evidence-based practice. This group will use a five-point (five being the best) rating system to evaluate each listed criteria. IHC reserves the right to make more than one award per category or to make no awards per category. 

Step Five: Present Your Poster (April 15)

Event Details

The Ron Pearson Center
5820 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266

The Team Leader will be contacted with further information prior to the event. 

Symposium Schedule

 7:00 - 8:00 AM  Poster Symposium Judging
 7:00 - 8:00 AM  Continental Breakfast
 7:00 - 8:30 AM  Registration
 7:00 - 8:30 AM  Vendor Tradeshow
 7:30 - 8:30 AM  Classes
 8:35 - 8:45 AM  Welcome + Introduction
 8:45 - 10:00 AM  Keynote
 10:00 - 10:15 AM  Break for Poster Symposium + Vendor Tradeshow
 10:15 - 11:15 AM  Keynote
 11:20 AM - 12:20 PM  Keynote
 12:20 - 1:30 PM  Lunch, Poster Symposium + Vendor Tradeshow
 1:30 - 2:30 PM  Keynote
 2:30 - 2:45  Break for Vendor Tradeshow
 2:45 - 2:55 PM  Presentation of Poster Symposium Awards
 2:55 - 3:55 PM  Keynote
 3:55 - 4:10 PM  Adjournment

 

Award Categories

  • Achievement in improving patient safety (reducing healthcare acquired conditions/infections, reducing preventable conditions, medication safety, risk reduction, etc.)
  • Achievement in improving care transitions (e.g. readmissions, community care coordination)
  • Achievement in improving health outcomes (e.g. patient safety across the board, chronic disease care)
  • Achievement in improving person and family engagement
  • Achievement in improving community service integration