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About the CFHA Conference



The CFHA Conference is for individuals and organizations interested in innovative, cost-effective, interdisciplinary strategies for integrating behavioral health into all aspects of healthcare delivery.

The audience includes a broad array of medical and behavioral health providers, administrators, policy makers, academicians, and Researchers who seek collaborative solutions to the complex challenges of patient care. These include:

• family practice physicians
• psychologists
• pharmacists
• psychiatrists
• insurers
• marriage and family therapists
• social workers
• nurses
• teachers
• researchers
• consumers, patients and families


  • Develop the knowledge base of collaborative family healthcare;
  • Present and advocate for collaborative family healthcare regionally, nationally and internationally;
  • Provide evidence-based, interactive programming that enables conference attendees to acquire knowledge, skills, relational competencies and experience applying collaborative, integrated healthcare.
  • Facilitate individual relationships and organizational partnerships that will strengthen the links between education, research, service and policy in the delivery of collaborative integrated healthcare.


  • Identify strategies, practices and tools proven to be effective in patient and family centered approaches to care in primary and tertiary settings.
  • Describe strategies for overcoming financial and operational barriers to the implementation of integrated care in primary and tertiary settings.
  • Define and describe population or public health interventions aimed at the prevention and early intervention of physical and mental health problems.
  • Describe new approaches to inter-professional training.
  • Identify self-care provider strategies designed to reduce stress and improve psychological flexibility
  • Describe beginning and advanced methods for practice-based research and quality improvement projects describe to improve patient care and advance the field of integrated, collaborative care.


Changes in the US health care system are quickly creating a more favorable environment for health care organizations and providers to integrate behavioral health into all aspects of medical care. While we are moving in the right direction there is still much work to be done. As more organizations pursue population health and the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and lower per capita costs, they will need to meet their patients’ behavioral health needs to achieve their goals.

The goal of the CFHA Conference is to promote the inclusion of collaborative, integrated care within larger health system transformation efforts around the country and provide attendees with actionable ways in which collaborative, integrated care can help make the shift from health care to health.

CFHA offers presentations that emphasize research, best practices and models to include:

• Patient and family centered approaches to care, including strategies and tools proven to be effective in expanding roles for patients and family members to better manage their own health in primary and tertiary care setting;

• Redesign of health care services and structures, including overcoming barriers to planning and implementation of integrated care in primary and tertiary/specialty care settings, interdisciplinary, team-based approaches for more whole person care, and multi-sector partnerships which support system transformation and population health;

• Collaborative strategies aimed at the prevention and early intervention of physical and mental health problems and health promotion and disease-management support interventions for smoking cessation, healthy eating, exercise, and reduction of substance abuse;

• Implementing policies and payment mechanisms that promote sustainable models of collaborative care within publicly and privately funded centers/organizations;

• Workforce education and development, including inter-professional training approaches, skills building for providers on evidence-based best practices and treatment and strategies to address provider self- care, stress, and psychological flexibility

• Training in research and evaluation including topics that explore how well-designed small scale quality improvement and evaluation projects can improve patient care as well as yield results that can broadly impact the field (and show that they do), beginner-level, technical training for professionals interested in conducting rigorous quality improvement and program evaluation projects, and advanced technical training for attendees with research experience who are interested in adapting their skills to new initiatives such as Patient Centered Outcomes Research or Implementation Science.


CFHA does provide CEU's and and CME for the sessions at the conference. For more information, visit the Continuing Education page for each Conference.


The CFHA Conference includes three days of programs including pre-conference workshops/extended learning opportunities, 3 plenary sessions and more than 80 educational breakout sessions. We offer a wide variety of sessions that are relevant for multiple professions of medical and mental health providers, such as physicians, psychologists, pharmacists, dentists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, nurses, other clinicians, teachers, researchers, administrators, and also consumers/patients.

CFHA seeks presentations for all levels of collaborators - from basic to advanced - that share innovative and cost effective strategies for integrating behavioral health and medical health care delivery, improving patient outcomes, professional networking and provider training.

Presenters and session proposals for the CFHA Conference are considered by CFHA leaders and staff, Conference Chairs and Planning Committee Members based on the following criteria:

  • Consistency with the conference theme and/or mission of CFHA;
  • Innovative and unique topics, or cutting-edge and timely subjects;
  • Thorough description of the presentation and learning objectives;
  • Anticipated attendee interest in the subject matter;
  • Level of participant interaction;
  • Presentation format that reflects interdisciplinary collaborative practice;
  • Consideration for original research or evaluation of research data included the presentation;
  • Availability of material that can be applied post-conference such as handouts and tools;
  • Presentation experience of the educator(s).



Concurrent Education Sessions (Breakouts)

A diverse blend of topics presented in 30 or 60 minute formats about clinical, research, administrative, or education issues. The Conference includes 8 - 10 session periods over two days, with 8 sessions held simultaneously during each period, for a total of approx. 90 education sessions. Presentations vary in length:

  • 30 minutes - two sessions are scheduled within a single period, per classroom
  • 60 minutes - one session is scheduled within a single period, per classroom

These sessions are selected from proposals submitted through our Call for Presentations in February each year. CFHA offers an online form to submit proposals at The Conference Planning Committee reviews proposals and the Conference Chairs select and schedule those to be presented during the Conference.

The Call for Presentations for the 2019 CFHA Conference is expected to begin on February 1, 2019.

Plenary Sessions

There are three plenary sessions during the CFHA Conference, presented on Thursday evening, Friday morning and Saturday morning. These sessions represent a broad scope of subjects related to the big picture of integrated care. Plenary speakers are recommended by CFHA leaders and are invited to present a lecture or as part of a panel discussion.

Recommendations or proposals for plenary speakers may be submitted to CFHA staff or Conference Chairs at least 12 months prior to the annual Conference.

Pre-conference Workshops (Extended Learning Opportunities)

These in-depth sessions are offered as an optional registration with additional fee on Thursday prior to the Conference's opening plenary session. Workshops are generally 3-4 hours in length, presented as morning or afternoon workshops, and typically focus on specific or unique skills and best practices, such as orientation to collaborative care, payment and billing practices, and implementation models. Pre-conference workshops (Extended Learning Opportunities) are considered by CFHA leaders and Conference Chairs based on a variety of factors including innovative or unique topics, cutting-edge and timely subjects, attendee interest, production costs and anticipated registration numbers.

Recommendations or proposals for pre-conference workshops may be submitted to CFHA staff or Conference Chairs at least 8months prior to the annual Conference.

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations allow author(s) to meet and speak informally with interested viewers, facilitating a greater exchange of ideas and networking opportunities than with oral presentations. Call for Posters will be with Call for Presentations, open February 1 - March 15, 2019. There is often a second Call for Late Breaking posters in early summer.

Facilitated Discussion Groups/Task Force Groups

Facilitated round table discussions on a variety of topics are included during the lunch period on Friday during the Conference. While a bit more casual than a formal lecture, discussion groups and task force groups are highly interactive and provide attendees ample time to share thoughts and ask questions. Facilitators will engage discussion on pre-assigned topics and foster lively conversation among table guests. These discussions often influence future practice.  

Lunch tables are identified by discussion topics and Conference attendees are free to be seated at a table/topic of their choice.

Suggest a discussion topic when you register online to attend the CFHA Conference. 


For questions about submitting a presentation proposal, please contact CFHA staff.


Contact Us

P. O. Box 23980,
Rochester, New York
14692-3980 USA

What We Do

CFHA is a member-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making integrated behavioral and physical health the standard of care nationally. CFHA achieves this by organizing the integrated care community, providing expert technical assistance and producing educational content.