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.

    Press Release Advisory Board
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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
newsletter rural urban new

Rural Health in America: How Shifting Populations Leave People Behind

 

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About the Data Insights

This rural health infographic depicts how increasing urbanization leaves behind an older, sicker and poorer population in rural America, with corresponding health care challenges. It also summarizes promising tools to improve rural health.

In rural areas, 18.4% of the population is over 65 years of age compared to 14.5% in urban areas, and rates of obesity, diabetes and smoking are higher. Expanding local provider communities and using technology to increase access to providers and specialists can help rural Americans get the health care they need.


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Rural Statistics - Census Bureau, Rural America Interactive

1990: US Census data

2010: American FactFinder

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Age: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011–2015 American Community Survey, 5-year estimates; 2015 American Community Survey.

Over 65 statistic: Nathan Paluso, Zachariah Croll, Deborah Thayer, Jean Talbot, Andrew Coburn, “Residential Settings and Healthcare Use of the Rural "Oldest-Old" Medicare Population,” Maine Rural Health Research Center

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2018; September 2019, Report Number p60-266

  • Poverty Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2018 and 2019 Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC).
    "In 2018, the poverty line was $12,490 an individual and $25,100 for a family of four."

Income Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2018 and 2019 Annual Social and Economic Supplements.

Health Outcomes Citations:
Rural Health Data Explorer, Diagnosed Diabetes Prevalence. Original data from CDC Diabetes County Data Indicators.
Rural Health Data Explorer, Obesity Prevalence. Original data from CDC Diabetes County Data Indicators.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tobacco Use by Geographic Region

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Hospital statistic: NC Rural Health Research Program, The Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina

Maternal statistics: National Rural Health Association and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

PCP (2014), Dentist (2015) and Total Physician (2015) statistics: RHI Hub and HRSA Area Health Resource Files

Voter access to specialists: Bipartisan Policy Center & American Heart Association Rural Health Care Polling Presentation (June 2019)

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Telehealth statistic: NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Life in Rural America Part II

Rural residency: HRSA

National Health Service Corps: NHSC

Scope of Practice laws: Rural Health Information Hub, Scope of Practice

EMS: Rural Health Information Hub, Resources on Emergency Medical Services 

Doulas: Econometrica

FCC statistic of 21.3 million
Microsoft study of 162 million 

As urbanization increases, an older, sicker and poorer population remains in rural America. Despite the health care challenges posed by these changes, promising initiatives can improve rural health.

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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