Guide to Healthcare Leadership Conferences (2022)


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. To bring 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 track.

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 2022.

Rural healthcare leadership comes with its challenges and opportunities, which are the focus of the American Hospital Association’s 35th 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 world-renowned neurosurgeon and scientist, the Executive Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy at the American Hospital Association, the president of Orlikoff & Associates, Inc., and the Senior Associate Director of Federal Relations at the American Hospital Association. Areas of discussion cover disruption, governance, politics, and patient-centric care.

Participants will be examining the environment such as the impact of COVID-19 on the health system, exploring how virtual health technologies are improving access to care, gaining practical tools for achieving clinical and operational performance, and learning strategies to foster a culture of innovation.

  • Location: Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, Phoenix, AZ
  • Date: February 6-9, 2022
  • Focus: Rural healthcare leadership
  • Sponsor: AHA
  • Cost: AHA organizational member ($725); AHA metro/regional/state association partner ($725); non-member ($825); AHA regional policy board, governing council and committee members ($675)

Developed by HLTH and CHIME, ViVE 2022 is a health information technology event focused on the business of healthcare systems. ViVE merges the digital marketplace of HLTH and the leadership of CHIM for creating 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 5,000 participants, 300+ sponsors, and more than 250 speakers.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the innovative business leaders community that is transforming healthcare and technology. This years agenda themes include: Breaching the Walls: Cybersecurity Mounting a Defense; Life in the Fast Lane: Clinical Innovation Acceleration; AI’s Power Play: Leveraging the Advantage; Health Policy: The Judge and The Jury; The Greatest Show: Health Tech Spectacular; Techquity: Harnessing Technology for Health Equity; and Diving into Deep Data: Discovering Hidden Treasures; among others.

  • Location: Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL
  • Date: March 6-9, 2022
  • Focus: Business of transformation in healthcare
  • Sponsor: CHIME and HLTH
  • Cost (Estimated): General admission ($1,575); hosted buyer (free); government ($975); startups ($975); media (free)

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 around the world.

Elevate PX is designed for practitioners and leaders who are improving the patient experience with roles in such areas as 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: JW Marriott Indianapolis
  • Date: March 28-30, 2022
  • Focus: Elevating the human experience in healthcare
  • Sponsor: The Beryl Institute
  • Cost, In-person Participant: Through January 31 (per individual member $1,050, and per individual non-member $1,200); after Jan. 31 (per individual member $1,100, per individual non-member $1,250)
  • Cost, Virtual Participant: Through Jan. 31 (per individual member $475, and per individual non-member $575); after Jan. 31 (per individual member $500, per individual non-member $600)

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress on Healthcare Leadership brings together over 4,000 people from the healthcare leadership community.

This 2022 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.

Apart from the in-person event, ACHE will also have a premier virtual healthcare leadership event where learners will earn up to 6 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 CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Hospitals, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, the President/CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the CEO of the Saint Alphonsus Health System, the chief health officer at Google, and the CEO of the Saint Luke’s Health System.

  • Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, IL (in person); Virtual Leadership Symposium
  • Date: In-person (March 28–31, 2022); Virtual (April 11-12, 2022)
  • Focus: Customizable
  • Sponsor: ACHE
  • Cost: Early bird registration, ends on March 7, 2022 (ACHE members and fellows $1,499, non-members $1,649, and student associates $449); registration fees beginning March 8, 2022 (ACHE members and fellows $1,799, nonmembers $2,649)

Hosted by Academy Health, an advocate of evidence-based healthcare policy, Health Datapalooza and National Health Policy Conference brings together disruptive voices and established experts to exchange ideas on how to turn data into innovative policy and practice.

This combination of Health Datapalooza and the National Health Policy establishes and reinforces the professional connection that exists between health policy communities and health data. Through a combination of the poster, breakout, and plenary sessions, as well as group-working and networking activities, this event will harness and strengthen the synergies that exist between the policy and data worlds.

This year’s speakers include the Chief Health Officer of Google Health, the President & CEO of Atrium Health, the Founder and CEO of Folx Health, the CEO of Care Solutions and Health Services at Optum, the Director of National Farm Medicine Center at Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, the Executive Vice President of Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Alexion, the Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Public Health Institute, and many more.

  • Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA
  • Date: April 4-5, 2022
  • Focus: Health data and health policy
  • Sponsor: Academy Health
  • Cost: Registration rates are not yet available as of early January 2022

The 2022 HCSRN annual conference will take place in the 130,000 square foot LEED® Gold Certified, Pasadena Convention Center on April 12-14, 2022. This conference is a preeminent gathering for researchers based in real-world health care 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 2022 event will focus on health policy, health care 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 payments must be paid by January 31. Standard payments must be paid between January 31 and March 4, while late payers are those who pay after March 4.

  • Location: Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA
  • Date: April 12-14, 2022
  • Focus: Customizable
  • Sponsor: HCSRN
  • Cost: HCSRN Member (early – $685; standard – $785; late – $885); individual unaffiliated with HCSRN (early – $795; standard – $895; late – $995); government agency employee (early – $685; standard – $785; late – $885); full-time student ($360)

The ICHSM 2022 aims to bring together outstanding researchers, students, and scholars for exchanging and sharing their research results and experiences about all aspects of health management. The event will discuss the most recent trends, innovations, concerns, practical challenges encountered, and the various solutions in the fields of health management.

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

The topics of interest include but are not limited to primary healthcare, healthcare system, health promotion, schizophrenia, geriatric nursing, perinatal nursing, rehabilitation nursing, gastroenterology nursing, nephrology nursing, disease prevention, electroconvulsive therapy & effects, occupational health nursing, and oncology nursing, among others.

  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Date: May 13-15, 2022
  • Focus: The theme of this year’s conference is “Validation, Let the evidence speak”
  • Sponsor: CBEES
  • Cost (Estimated): ICHSM reviewer ($400); CBEES member ($450); student ($450); normal authors ($550); listeners ($300); additional paper ($280); additional page ($30); extra proceeding ($50)

ICHLA 2022 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 9-10, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain; July 19-20, 2022 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 WHCC22 will bring together changemakers to discuss the industry’s critical issues. Attendees can choose from 12 different customizable tracks, such as advanced tech in health care; employee health & well-being; care delivery integration; social determinants of health; and telehealth and virtual care.

This year’s distinguished faculty includes the vice president of network solutions for Blue Cross Blue Shield, the vice president at the Director of Innovation in Health Care Delivery at the Children’s Mercy Research Institute, the Executive Director of Population Health at LifeBridge Health, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Precision Medicine Alliance, LLC at CommonSpirit Health, and the Chief Executive Officer of the ARC Fertility. In total, over 150 speakers will be present to discuss the path forward for healthcare leaders.

This four-day in-person event will bring together key decision-makers and global thought leaders from all sectors of the health care ecosystem to learn, share, and connect best practices in a networking forum resulting in an exchange of valuable strategies.

  • Location: Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD
  • Date: June 27-30, 2022
  • Focus: Customizable
  • Sponsor: World Congress
  • Cost: In-person event pass ($1,158)

The American Hospital Association’s Leadership Summit brings together health care executives, experts, and clinicians in this field who will present innovative approaches and transformational strategies to achieve financial sustainability 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 leading when there’s no ‘steady state’; overcoming workforce challenges to build resilient and high-performing teams; rebuilding and reimagining health care delivery; achieving enterprise-wide digital transformation; and creating strategies and care models to drive value.

In addition to these tracks, the conference seeks case studies, success stories, and other proposed sessions within issue areas such as governance excellence, health equity, and behavioral health.

Speakers will also talk about the approaches and implications for dealing with financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. They will also talk about the impact the pandemic has on healthcare workers and how the providers will re-engineer behavioral health care processes, develop new care protocols for effectively treating behavioral health patients, and improve access to services.

  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Date: July 17-19, 2022
  • Focus: Transformational strategy and financial sustainability
  • Sponsor: American Hospital Association
  • Cost: Registration for the 2022 AHA Leadership Summit will open in early 2022
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