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.
  • 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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  • Awards

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Events

June 13, 2019
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The final part in our four-part Defying Despair series, this webinar discussed ongoing efforts to increase access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder and guide people on a path to recovery.

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 explored the relationship between patents, prices and patient access.

In the News

July 2019
Population Health Spotlight
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Effective Government & Private Sector Initiatives to Address Childhood Obesity

September 09, 2010 | 09:00 AM
10:30 AM ET

Nearly one in three children in the U.S. are overweight or obese (1). These children face immediate health consequences and are also more likely to be obese as adults. Overweight children are estimated to incur $3 billion in medical expenses on an annual basis and medical spending on obese adults was estimated to be $147 billion in 2008 (2,3).

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative and the commitment to end the epidemic within a generation have brought new attention and momentum to the fight against childhood obesity. As the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity wrote in its report to the President, “multi-sectoral approaches are needed to address the many behavioral risk factors associated with obesity.” This webinar will bring together various sectors that interact with children and their parents -- including health plans, primary care providers, government leaders and community organizations -- to share innovative programs and explore multi-sectoral strategies to address the childhood obesity epidemic.

Sponsored by grants from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and WellPoint, Inc.

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Speakers

William H. Dietz
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sandra G. Hassink
A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children; American Academy of Pediatrics Board of Directors
Victoria W. Rogers
Maine Medical Center
Harvinder Sareen
Wellpoint, Inc.

Additional Resources

Federal & State:

Foundations and Nonprofit Resources:

Multi-sectoral:

  • Childhood Obesity: The Role of Health Policy. Report to the Second National Childhood Obesity Congress, Miami, FL, 2008. From NICHQ & the Child Policy Research Center
  • Let’s Go! Initiative, a community-based initiative to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children, youth and families in 12 communities in the state of Maine. Includes resources for schools, after school programs, child care providers, community based programs, healthcare professionals, employers and parents.
  • The Partnership for a Healthier America. As partner to the Let’s Move campaign, the Partnership for a Healthier America is linking and mobilizing the private sector, foundations, thought leaders, media and local communities to action and further the goals of curbing childhood obesity.

Private Sector:

Recent Research:

  • Health Affairs: The March 2010 issue of Health Affairs describes the root causes of obesity in children and offers prescriptions for a healthier future.  Topics include the state of childhood obesity in America, the role of agriculture policy and food marketing and distribution in reducing childhood obesity, fighting obesity in schools, lessons from states and localities, the effects of environments on childhood obesity, and the impact of childhood obesity on employers.
  • National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research  webpage. A collaborative of leading research funders addressing the problem of childhood obesity in America.
  • Obesity in Children, Information from MedLine Plus, a service of the National Library of Medicine at the NIH.

Highlight: Physical Activity & Safety:

  • AAP’s* 2010 Sports Injury Prevention Tip Sheet.
  • CDCSports Injuries page: includes fact sheets and prevention tips.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Child Safety page. Introduces “Kidd Safety” and a variety of publications and interactive games for children to prevent unreasonable risks of injuries associated with consumer products.
  • Safe Kids USA webpage. A nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury.

NIHCM Publications on Childhood Obesity:

* Denotes Alliance for Information on Maternal and Child Health (AIM) Partner. AIM is a collaborative of national membership organizations and MCHB.

Events

June 13, 2019
opioids-2019-webinar-graphic

The final part in our four-part Defying Despair series, this webinar discussed ongoing efforts to increase access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder and guide people on a path to recovery.

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 explored the relationship between patents, prices and patient access.

In the News

July 2019
Population Health Spotlight
ALZ-panel1-June2019

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 no longer accepting letters of inquiry for the 2019-2020 round of grantmaking. A small number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal in September.

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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 were honored at a banquet in Washington, DC, in May.

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