Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
The NIHCM Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of America's health care system.
  • Awards

    This week NIHCM Foundation hosted the 25th Annual NIHCM Awards at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. to recognize outstanding health care research and journalism.

    Press Release Winners Finalists
  • News

    NIHCM welcomed Secretary Azar to a meeting in March to discuss efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services to transform health care by lowering costs and improving value for patients.

  • Webinars

    As recognition of our country's mental and behavioral health challenges grows, Americans are looking for answers that will increase their happiness and well-being and prevent deaths of despair related to mental health, opioids and suicide. Our four-part webinar series delves into the research and explores innovative strategies and evidence-based solutions to lift our society from crisis.

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  • Grants

    NIHCM Foundation has awarded ten grants for health care journalism including investigative reporting, public engagement campaigns for documentaries and educational opportunities for reporters.

    Press Release All Journalism Grantees Apply for Funding
  • Grants

    NIHCM has awarded over $400,000 in grants to support seven investigator-initiated research studies on topics including value-based drug pricing and Medicaid expansion.

    Press Release All Research Grantees Apply for Funding
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Events

May 16, 2019
Alliance-Rx-Patent-Webinar-052019

Manufacturer practices under the current patent system have come under scrutiny for blocking or delaying the entry of generic or biosimilar drugs into the market. During this webinar, panelists will explore the relationship between patents, prices and patient access.

May 08, 2019
Suicide-webinar-graphic-1

The third part in our Defying Despair series delved deeper into the data on suicides and explored a range of initiatives designed to prevent suicide in different communities.

In the News

May 2019
Population Health Spotlight
mental-health infographic-May2019
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Fostering Healthy Families Through Stable Housing: The Role of the Health Care System

July 26, 2012 | 09:00 AM
10:30 AM ET

According to a 2010 study, there are 1.6 million homeless children in the U.S. each year—that’s 1 in 45 kids. Not surprisingly, children with inadequate or unstable housing situations have disproportionately high rates of chronic disease, asthma, hunger, traumatic stress, and emotional and behavioral problems. Strategies to stabilize housing for children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless are important for diminishing the health risks facing this vulnerable population.

This webinar on the role of the health care system in fostering healthy living environments for families featured health and housing experts discussing the following topics:

  • the effects of unstable housing on children’s health and the scope of the problem across the nation
  • the potential impact of health system changes, including Medicaid expansions and new funding for community health workers
  • the efforts of health plan foundations to improve access to stable housing
  • additional opportunities for health care stakeholders to advance the health of at-risk families

Speakers

Additional Resources

Abraham G. & Yost JB. Another Call to Go Upstream: Housing is Health, Views from the Field, July 16, 2012, Grantmakers in Health

America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010. The National Center on Family Homelessness, December 2011.

Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas

Blue Cross Foundation (Minnesota)

Blue Cross Foundation (Minnesota) Videos:

            Preventing Harm Minnesota: Healthy Homes Healthy Kids 

            Visible Child Campaign’s Asthma Buster Video

Campaign to End Child Homelessness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthy Homes webpage.

Family Housing Fund. Family Supportive Housing/Children’s Environmental Initiative 

Forum on Health, Homelessness and Poverty at George Mason University November 8, 2012

Homeless Children: Update on Research, Policy, Programs and Opportunities. Policy Research Associates, 2010.

Homelessness and its Effects on Children. Family Housing Fund. 1999.

Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Reform Source

Karr C. Homeless Children: What Every Health Care Provider Should Know. Joining Hands. Healing Lives. Health Care for the Homeless Clinician’s Network. 

Leading Our Nation to Healthier Homes: The Healthy Homes Strategic Plan. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. 2009.

McMorrow S, Kenney GM, Coyer C. Addressing Coverage Challenges for Children Under the Affordable Care Act. May 2011. The Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  www.rwjf.org/files/research/72428qskids201105.pdf

Mykyta L, & Macartney S. Sharing a Household: Household Composition and Economic Well-Being: 2007-2010. U.S. Census Bureau. Consumer Income, Current Population Report. June 2012.

Nardone M, Cho R & Moses K. Medicaid-Financed Services in Supportive Housing for High Need Homeless Beneficiaries: The Business Case. Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. June 2012.

The National Center on Family Homelessness

National Health Care for the Homeless Council Health Reform Materials:

        Community Health Workers: Financing and Administration – Sept. 2011

        Community Health Workers in Health care for the Homeless – June 2011

        Policy Brief: State Options for Medicaid Expansion – July 2011

        Policy Brief: Reducing Barriers to Medicaid Enrollment – August 2010

National Survey of Programs and Services for Homeless Families. Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness

Opening Doors Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. 2010.

Perlman S, Fantuzzo J. Timing and influence of early experiences of child maltreatment and homelessness on children’s educational well-being. Children & Youth Services Review, 32(6):874-883, 2010.

Preventing Harm Minnesota, Healthy Homes

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes, 2009. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

United States Department of Health and Human Service Health Reform Website

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness 

Events

May 16, 2019
Alliance-Rx-Patent-Webinar-052019

Manufacturer practices under the current patent system have come under scrutiny for blocking or delaying the entry of generic or biosimilar drugs into the market. During this webinar, panelists will explore the relationship between patents, prices and patient access.

May 08, 2019
Suicide-webinar-graphic-1

The third part in our Defying Despair series delved deeper into the data on suicides and explored a range of initiatives designed to prevent suicide in different communities.

In the News

May 2019
Population Health Spotlight
mental-health infographic-May2019

Grants

Journalism GrantsJournalism Grant Program

We are now accepting letters of inquiry for the 2019-2020 round of grantmaking. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2019.

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Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Program

We are now accepting letters of inquiry for the 2019-2020 round of grantmaking. The deadline for submissions is July 9, 2019.

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Awards

Winners Named in the 25th Annual Research and Journalism Awards

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Congratulations to all of the winners of the 25th Annual NIHCM Foundation Research and Journalism Awards! The winners and finalists will be honored at a banquet in Washington, DC, in May.

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