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
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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
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Social Determinants of Mental Health

May 2019, Population Health Spotlight

Social Determinants of Mental Health

As mental illness and chronic health conditions become more common, leaders are looking at upstream solutions that can improve overall well-being by addressing social determinants of mental and physical health. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation is providing over $125,000 in grants for community organizations working with vulnerable populations, including children and adults suffering from mental illness, homeless adults and families that are struggling financially. Health plans including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey are integrating care to ensure people can access behavioral health treatment through their primary care providers.


Choosing the Right Medicare Plan

Enrolling in Medicare can be confusing for people who are newly eligible for the program, and even those who have been beneficiaries for a few years can have a hard time figuring out whether they should switch plans. Additionally, Medigap plans will be changing for the first time in ten years beginning on January 1, 2020. To provide more clarity around plan options, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina is offering free Medicare information sessions at three locations throughout the state and via a mobile retail center.


Focus on Food Insecurity

Food insecurity negatively impacts health and academic success, and health leaders across the country are looking at new ways to address hunger in their communities.

In New Hampshire, the nonprofit Blessings in a Backpack collaborated with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to donate 500 backpacks with nonperishable food for children who may not have enough to eat beyond free or reduced-price school lunches.

In North Carolina, Thrive NC will be presented by Blue Cross NC to bring together community leaders and members of the public to discuss solutions, work on service projects and raise funds to address food insecurity across the state.


Bringing Primary Care to the Classroom through Telehealth

Some parents lack access to pediatric care for their children, and others are unable to take time off from work to get their children to appointments. To address these problems, one North Carolina school participated in a pilot program to virtually connect children to care throughout the school day. In one year, the school observed over a 50% decrease in unnecessary emergency department visits for students seen via telehealth; over a 30% decrease in early dismissals from school due to illness compared to the previous academic year; and improved access to care. Given the program’s success, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is giving $750,000 over three years to expand virtual clinics to additional schools.

Healing the Healers

Faith leaders play an important role in helping communities recover from traumatic events like mass shootings, but where can faith leaders get support in shouldering the collective grief of a community alongside their own? Healing the Healers is a five-part video series that seeks to help meet this need, and to better understand how faith leaders are affected by mass trauma. Free resources are available on their website.


NIHCM Webinar - Communities of Change: Preventing Suicide

We lose someone to suicide every 12 minutes in the United States, and the suicide rate has increased almost 30% in the last two decades. Yet suicide is preventable with treatment and support.

The third part in our Defying Despair series, this webinar will delve deeper into the data on suicides and explore a range of initiatives designed to prevent suicide in different communities.

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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is hosting an event focused on strategies to prevent suicide on Monday, May 6, for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Join the live webcast from 3 - 4:30 pm EDT for a discussion of evidence-based practices with suicide prevention experts, senior government officials and members of a family affected by suicide.


Come Work With Us!

We are looking for an enthusiastic team player to join our collaborative office as a Research and Policy Analyst. Learn more and apply.

To address mental illness, leaders are focusing on social determinants and integration of behavioral and physical health care through primary care providers.

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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