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

    We are honored to announce the winners for the 26th Annual Health Care Research and Journalism Awards. This year’s awards are virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet we invite you to meet the winners and learn about their award-winning work. NIHCM is also announcing the largest grant program in our history — $1 million to support work in journalism and research.

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  • Data Insights

    This infographic highlights the health challenges faced by the homeless community and outlines short and long term solutions to improve the health and well-being of these individuals, through social, economic and housing interventions.

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  • Data Insights

    This new Data Insights highlights the rapid rise in overdose deaths involving cocaine and methamphetamine, illustrates the geographic variations in utilization and death rates, and quantifies the increasing burden that these drugs are placing on the hospital system.

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  • Data Insights

    This infographic delves into an emerging public health emergency involving rapidly rising rates of stimulant use and related overdose deaths, which has been occurring in the shadow of the opioid crisis.

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  • News

    NIHCM would like to provide you and your organizations with a list of resources concerning COVID-19 and vulnerable populations. We will continually update this list.

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  • 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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Events

June 24, 2020
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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.

June 18, 2020
Homelessness Webianr Graphic

This webinar looked at the state of homelessness in the US and provided strategies to improve outcomes for homeless individuals both in the short term and in the long term.

In the News

June 2020
Population Health Spotlight
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Addressing Social Determinants of Health Can Improve Community Health & Reduce Costs

October 2019

 

 

About the Data Insights

This infographic offers an overview of the social determinants of health, their implications for health outcomes and costs, and solutions to address unmet needs.

How can a diabetic person manage their diet if they don't know whether they will be able to afford their next meal? This is just one example of the profound influence of social determinants like food security on our health outcomes.

A recent study found that people are more than two times more likely to go to the emergency room if they struggle with food insecurity, access to reliable transportation or community safety. Building healthier communities will require collaboration across sectors to provide solutions like school food programs, ride-sharing initiatives and early childhood education.

Citations

Chart on health outcomes adapted from: RWJF, County Health Rankings Model

  • NOTE: RWJF defines the Health Factors as representing those things we can modify to improve the length and quality of life for residents. Therefore, genetics are not included as they are not modifiable.

Examples of Social Determinants of Health

  • NOTE: Healthy People 2020 provides a comprehensive list of both social and physical determinants of health. We selected several to include in this abbreviated list.

Survey findings show the prevalence of unmet social needs that impact health care: McKinsey 2019 Consumer Social Determinants of Health Survey
Respondents reporting unmet social needs were more likely to report multiple ER visits over a 12-month period.

Solutions:

Food Environment

Housing

Transportation: Non-emergency medical transportation

Education

Collaboration graphic adapted from: Action required: The urgency of addressing social determinants of health, A PwC Health Research Institute report

Medicare reimbursement for social services

Primary Care

Studies estimate that social determinants of health influence 50% of health outcomes, yet many communities are reporting unmet social needs like food insecurity or concerns about community safety.

Events

June 24, 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.

June 18, 2020
Homelessness Webianr Graphic

This webinar looked at the state of homelessness in the US and provided strategies to improve outcomes for homeless individuals both in the short term and in the long term.

In the News

June 2020
Population Health Spotlight
graphic-newsletter-june

Grants

Journalism GrantsJournalism Grant Program

The 2020-2021 round of grant making for this program is now underway. Letters of Inquiry will be due by July 27, 2020.

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Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Program

The 2020-2021 round of grant making for this program is now underway. The deadline to submit Letters of Inquiry has been extended to July 20, 2020.

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Awards

The 26th Annual Research and Journalism Awards

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

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