Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

A NIHCM Foundation Journalism Grant will support a journalist in the 2020 class of the Health Coverage Fellowship, a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. The Fellowship is designed to help the media improve its coverage of critical health care issues – from curbing health care costs to addressing mental illness, redressing public health threats, and rethinking late-in-life issues. Attention also will be given to breakthroughs in medical treatments and innovations in the delivery of care.


This six-episode podcast will explore what goes wrong in the places meant to keep us healthy — and what that says about holes in our regulatory systems.


Recognizing that the U.S. is ill-prepared to handle health care issues related to the ongoing shift to an older population with longer lifespans, this series of articles will explore research on aging-related diseases and disorders; health care delivery, cost and payment, including caregiving; and evidence-based solutions.


Given the rise in double mastectomies that may not be medically necessary, this series will examine women’s attitudes, clinician behaviors, and research on breast cancer treatment.

This radio series on the loneliness epidemic will feature interviews with former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and other experts to describe the problem; investigate the causes of loneliness, including the role of technology; explain the medical and mental consequences; share personal experiences of the chronically lonely; and discuss solutions.

Leading up to the 2020 election, Journalist’s Resource will expand its health coverage with roundups and summaries of peer-reviewed research on health policy, as well as tip sheets with best practices for reporting on research.


This series will investigate the treatment and management of chronic kidney disease in the United States, from dialysis centers and transplants to Medicare payments and hospice care, and the ethical issues attending each.


This project will explore health policy issues at the federal and state level, including efforts to lower prescription drug costs, and develop data visualization products to make this information accessible to voters.