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.
  • News

    To help you find answers to questions concerning COVID-19, NIHCM is providing you with links to expert sources that are frequently updated. We will continually update this list.

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  • Awards

    We are honored to announce the finalists for the 26th Annual Health Care Research and Journalism Awards. The winning entry in each category will be announced in late Spring and will receive a $15,000 to $20,000 cash prize.

    See the Finalists Press Release The NIHCM Awards
  • Data Insights

    Mental illness is increasingly common among young people but many are not receiving the treatment that they need. This Data Insights explores current trends in youth mental health and opportunities to improve outcomes.

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  • Grants

    NIHCM Foundation has awarded 14 grants for health care journalism including investigative reporting and educational opportunities for reporters.

    Press Release All Journalism Grantees
  • Grants

    NIHCM Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in grants to support nine investigator-initiated research studies.

    Press Release All Research Grantees
  • Briefing

    NIHCM Foundation led a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss social determinants of health and the opioid crisis with Founding President and CEO Nancy Chockley, former CMS Administrator Don Berwick, Curtis Barnett of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Craig Samitt of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and Grant Baldwin from the CDC.

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  • Advisory Board

    NIHCM Foundation is pleased to welcome Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Sherry Glied, PhD, and Katherine Baicker, PhD, to its distinguished Advisory Board. Their ideas and insights will advance NIHCM's mission to improve health care for millions of Americans.

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Events

April 08, 2020
USC-covid19-webinar-040820

This webinar will highlight how a top reporter stays on top of the story every day, and will offer actionable tips that will bolster fellow journalists' coverage.

March 18, 2020
Alliance-covid19-webinar-image

This COVID-19 Webinar Miniseries synthesizes the information in the headlines to provide cohesive insight into the status of the response and remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed to limit the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

In the News

March 2020
Population Health Spotlight
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The Business Case for Breastfeeding: Strategies for Health Plans

October 25, 2011 | 09:00 AM
10:30 AM ET

The health benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby are well known—breast milk is ideally suited to meet the nutritional needs of infants, and it contains disease-fighting antibodies that protect both mothers and infants. Studies demonstrate that children who are breastfed are less likely to become obese during childhood and adolescence. The economic benefits of breastfeeding are equally substantial—if 90 percent of American babies were breastfed exclusively for 6 months, the U.S. could save an estimated $13 billion annually from reduced direct medical costs, indirect costs and the costs of premature deaths.1 However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 15 percent of the 75 percent of mothers who initiate breastfeeding meet the AAP’s recommendation to provide exclusively breast milk for the first 6 months of an infant’s life.

This webinar presented "The Business Case for Breastfeeding," developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, highlighting strategies for health plans to educate employers on the value of supporting breastfeeding employees in the workplace and ways health plans can encourage members to initiate breastfeeding and to continue to breastfeed after returning to work. The webinar also shared promising practices among health plans to promote breastfeeding, including worksite lactation programs for health plan employees and programs to provide access to breast pumps and lactation support for members.

1The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington DC, 2011.

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Breastfeeding Resources

Recent Breastfeeding Research

  • Godfrey, JR, Lawrence, RA. “Toward Optimal Health: The Maternal Benefits of Breastfeeding.” Journal of Women’s Health 2010; 19(9): 1597-1602.
  • Hauck, FR, Thompson, JMD, Tanabe, KO, Moon RY, Vennemann, MM. "Breastfeeding and Reduced Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A Meta-analysis." Pediatrics 2011; 128(1): 103-110.
  • Stratton, J, Henry, BW. "What Employers and Health Care Providers Can Do to Support Breastfeeding in the Workplace: Aiming to Match Positive Attitudes with Action." Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition 2011; (3)5: 300-307.

Events

April 08, 2020
USC-covid19-webinar-040820

This webinar will highlight how a top reporter stays on top of the story every day, and will offer actionable tips that will bolster fellow journalists' coverage.

March 18, 2020
Alliance-covid19-webinar-image

This COVID-19 Webinar Miniseries synthesizes the information in the headlines to provide cohesive insight into the status of the response and remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed to limit the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

In the News

March 2020
Population Health Spotlight
newsletter rural urban new

Grants

Journalism GrantsJournalism Grant Program

NIHCM has announced its 2019 journalism grantees. We will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2020-2021 funding cycle in late spring 2020.

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Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Program

NIHCM has announced its 2019 research grantees. We will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2020-2021 funding cycle in late spring 2020.

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Awards

The 26th Annual Research and Journalism Awards

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We are honored to announce the finalists for the 26th Annual Health Care Research and Journalism Awards.

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