Guide to Healthcare Leadership Conferences 2024

Healthcare leadership is a team effort in every sense of the term. Today’s healthcare systems require the intersection of IT, policy, finance, and public health. Bringing it all together requires networking, collaboration, and a holistic view of the healthcare space. No one is a master of each component within this space, and that’s why they turn to conferences to build their understanding of the wider landscape.

Healthcare leadership conferences are nodes of knowledge that act as temporary centers of excellence. It’s here that industry leaders get together to discuss their challenges, opportunities, and research on the topics that matter most. Some may focus specifically on a particular niche, such as healthcare marketing or healthcare IT, while others may act as an omnibus wherein attendees can customize their tracks.

And there’s plenty of room for out-of-the-box thinking, too, with some conferences bringing speakers from roles as diverse as astronaut, artist, or singer to help explore the future of healthcare.

Whether you’re a veteran healthcare leader or someone just getting their start, healthcare leadership conferences are likely to be an important fixture of your career progression. Below, we’ve collected the top ten conferences in the United States for healthcare leadership in 2024.

Rural healthcare leadership comes with its challenges and opportunities, which are the focus of the American Hospital Association’s 37th annual Rural Healthcare Leadership Conference. Designed for rural healthcare administrators at all levels, the conference schedule emphasizes operational sustainability, improved performance, and community health.

This year’s keynote speakers include a Senior Director of Population Health at the American Hospital Association, the Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Political Affairs at the American Hospital Association, the president of Orlikoff & Associates, Inc., and the Senior Associate Director of Payment Policy at the American Hospital Association. Areas of discussion cover high-impact cyber attacks and AI, navigating crises in rural health care, transforming rural post-acute care, and communicating about cyber risk.

Learning objectives include exploring new models of care, exploring disaster preparedness, elevating equity and eliminating disparities in treatment, access, and outcomes, advancing economic development, and population and community health in rural areas, developing strategies for a more flexible and sustainable rural healthcare workforce, and promoting the adoption of innovative approaches for improving quality, patient safety, and performance in rural healthcare.

  • Location: Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL
  • Date: February 11 – 14, 2024
  • Focus: Rural healthcare leadership
  • Sponsor: AHA
  • Cost: AHA organizational member ($775); non-member ($875); academic, government, nonprofit, associations ($875)

Hosted by Academy Health, an advocate of evidence-based healthcare policy, the Annual Research Meeting (ARM) is the gathering place for several individuals leading the charge to transform healthcare and delivery systems in a rapidly changing landscape. This meeting convenes the foremost experts at the intersection of healthcare, policy, and health interested in sharing the latest HSR evidence and methods.

This year’s meeting is organized around 21 themes and 5 submission categories. Theme topics include aging and end of life; digital technologies, data, and analytics; health workforce; global health research; mental health and substance use; patient and consumer preferences and needs; public and population health; women and gender health; and structural racism, disparities, and equity in health, among others.

  • Location: Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD
  • Date: June 29 – July 2, 2024
  • Focus: Health services research
  • Sponsor: Academy Health
  • Cost: Registration rates are not available as of January 2024

The 2024 HCSRN annual conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee in Milwaukee, WI on April 9-11, 2024. This conference is a preeminent gathering for researchers based in real-world healthcare systems and numerous collaborators in academic health systems, patient-partner communities, and funding agencies. The conference offers a diverse slate of content, showcasing relevant, rigorous research on important conditions affecting millions of patients.

The event focuses on topics such as health policy, healthcare delivery and coverage, mental health, cardiovascular disease, COVID-19, epidemiology and surveillance, data science, informatics and data models, genomics & precision medicine, and population health improvement, among others.

Registration rates differ by date. Early-bird registration is from October 13, 2023, through February 18, 2024. Standard registration is from February 19, 2024, through March 18, 2024. Late registration is March 19, 2024, through onsite in Milwaukee.

  • Location: Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
  • Date: April 9 – 11, 2024
  • Focus: Customizable
  • Sponsor: HCSRN
  • Cost, Full Conference Fees: Member/government agency employee (early: $685, standard: $785, and late: $885); non-member (early: $795, standard: $895, and late: $995); student ($360); patient/patient partner ($210)
  • Cost, One-Day Conference Fees: Non-students ($410); students ($265)

The National Health Council’s Annual Health Leadership Conference is an opportunity for attendees to network with other leaders from the nation’s top patient groups and related nonprofits and learn about best practices for nonprofit health organizations, and emerging issues in health care policy.

For 2024, the theme is ‘The Urgency of Now: Think Patient.’ The National Health Council’s team is developing a dynamic agenda with speakers focusing on leadership, being a catalyst for change, building and driving momentum, and taking action.

  • Location: Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Date: February 21 – 23, 2024
  • Focus: Patient health
  • Sponsor: National Health Council
  • Cost: Registration rates are not yet available as of January 2024

Developed by HLTH and CHIME, ViVE 2024 is a health information technology event focused on the business of healthcare systems. ViVE merges the digital marketplace of HLTH and the leadership of CHIME to create a technology event that brings together senior digital health leaders & buyers, C-suite executives, health startups & investors, and solution providers to advance healthcare. This event will have more than 9,000 participants, 450+ exhibitors, and more than 300 speakers.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the innovative business leaders community that is transforming healthcare and technology. This year’s theme will be focused on topics such as care model behavior; dollars and sense of digital health investments; coworking with tech; mastering data like it’s your most valuable asset; health systems staying above water; healthcare, disrupted; the policy-shaped future; tech that moves mountains; and health tech showcase: what’s up next.

  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Date: February 25 – 28, 2024
  • Focus: Digital healthcare
  • Sponsor: CHIME and HLTH
  • Cost (Estimated): General admission ($2,595); Provider connect (free); Payer connect (free); Government ($1,500); Media (free); Start-ups ($1,500)

This gathering is an interactive and dynamic event that will connect the healthcare community to learn, support, and share ideas for positively impacting the experience in healthcare organizations worldwide.

Elevate PX is designed for practitioners and leaders who improve the patient experience with roles in service excellence, executive leadership, patient experience or satisfaction, physician or nurse leadership, quality or safety operations, and patient and family advisors.

Attendees at this event will be experiencing live networking activities and educational sessions learning from leading experts who tackle issues related to patient experience within healthcare.

  • Location: Hyatt Regency Denver, Denver, CO
  • Date: April 3 – 5, 2024
  • Focus: Elevating the human experience in healthcare
  • Sponsor: The Beryl Institute
  • Cost, In-person Participant: Through November 17, 2023 (per individual member $1,200, and per individual non-member $1,350); November 18, 2023, to January 31, 2024 (per individual member $1,250, per individual non-member $1,400) after January 31, 2024 (per individual member $1,300, per individual non-member $1,450)
  • Cost, Virtual Participant: Through November 17, 2023 (per individual member $525, and per individual non-member $625); November 18, 2023, to January 31, 2024 (per individual member $575, per individual non-member $675) after January 31, 2024 (per individual member $600, per individual non-member $700)

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress on Healthcare Leadership brings together over 5,000 people from the healthcare leadership community.

This 2024 edition is a premier networking and educational event for healthcare executives providing them an opportunity to come together and reimagine healthcare. Attendees will be able to connect with their colleagues, discover new insights from innovative thought leaders, and access resources that will empower them to lead in the field.

Learners at this in-person event will earn up to 6 to 24 ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits. This conference remains a pilgrimage for healthcare leaders at all points of their careers.

This year’s featured faculty include the senior client advisor of Morgan Stanley, the senior director of quality management & performance improvement at Northwell Health, the chair and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals, the executive director of the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Health System, the operations administrator of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and the Principal of Academic Medicine and Health Sciences at WittKieffer. Early bird registration ends on February 29, 2024.

  • Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Date: March 25 – 28, 2024
  • Focus: Customizable
  • Sponsor: ACHE
  • Cost: Executive flex pass (member CEO or FACHE: $2,300, non-member CEO: $2,550); basic registration (member: $1,650, non-member: $1,800); 1-day pass (member: $1,150, non-member: $1,350); student associate ($475); HEN program directors ($650)

The ICHSM 2024 aims to bring together outstanding researchers, students, and scholars to exchange and share their research results and experiences about all aspects of health management and medical informatics. The event will discuss the most recent trends, innovations, concerns, practical challenges encountered, and the various solutions in the field of health management and medical informatics.

This event cordially welcomes all experts of academia, government, and industry from all around the world to contribute to and help shape this conference through submissions of their research papers, posters, and abstracts.

The topics of interest include but are not limited to healthcare management, health tourism applications, health policy and practice, big data for healthcare practices, survival analysis and health hazards, collaboration technologies for healthcare, personalized health promotion, epidemiological modeling, psychiatric and mental health nursing, health informatics education, anxiety and sleep disorders, and rehabilitation nursing, among others.

  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Date: September 6 – 8, 2024
  • Focus: The theme of this year’s conference is “Beyond the Future Healthcare Delivery”
  • Sponsor: CBEES
  • Cost: Full paper (student: $530; normal authors: $560); listeners ($350); presentation ($400); additional paper ($350); additional page ($50); one-day tour ($100)

ICHLA 2024 focuses on bringing together leading researchers, research scholars, and academic scientists to share and exchange their research results and experiences on nearly all aspects of healthcare leadership and administration. The conference also provides an interdisciplinary platform for practitioners, educators, and researchers to discuss and present the most recent trends, concerns, and innovations as well as the challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Healthcare Leadership and Administration.

Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to health administration, strategic planning, effective communication, corporate governance, project management, effective management, leadership and governance in health, health administration and policy studies, leadership, management & administration of public health systems, and stewardship, accountability, and integrity.

  • Location: Barcelona, Spain; Toronto, Canada
  • Date: June 13 – 14, 2024 in Barcelona, Spain; July 18 – 19, 2024 in Toronto, Canada
  • Focus: Healthcare leadership and administration
  • Sponsor: World Academy of Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • Cost: Non-student oral or poster presenter (early bird €450, normal €500); student oral or poster presenter (early bird €350, normal €400); listener (early bird €250, normal €300); additional paper (€100)

The American Hospital Association’s Leadership Summit brings together healthcare executives, experts, and clinicians in this field who will present innovative approaches and transformational strategies to achieve financial stability while also delivering greater value through creative partnerships, redefined delivery models, and operational excellence. Special emphasis will be paid to the practices and strategies that enable leaders to respond successfully and remain resilient in periods of sustained crisis.

Furthermore, this event will explore topics such as Transforming Care Delivery and Payment; Building a More Flexible and Sustainable Workforce; improving behavioral health, including mental illness and substance use disorder; Igniting Innovation; and elevating health equity and eliminating disparities. In addition to these tracks, the conference seeks case studies, success stories, and other proposed sessions within issues such as governance excellence, health equity, and behavioral health.

  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Date: July 21 – 23, 2024
  • Focus: Accelerating the future of healthcare
  • Sponsor: American Hospital Association
  • Cost: Registration details for the 2024 AHA Leadership Summit were not available as of February 2024
Matt Zbrog
Matt Zbrog

Matt Zbrog is a writer and researcher from Southern California. Since 2018, he’s written extensively about emerging issues in healthcare administration and public health, with a particular focus on progressive policies that empower communities and reduce health disparities. His work centers around detailed interviews with researchers, professors, and practitioners, as well as with subject matter experts from professional associations such as the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) and the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHCA).

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