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.
  • Data Insights

    Mental illness has become more common over the last decade, particularly among 18- to 25-year-olds. This Data Insights looks at trends in mental health and their implications for the future.

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  • 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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  • Data Insights

    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.

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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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  • 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.

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Events

November 18, 2019
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Part of the Beyond the Beltway: Health Policy Webinars for Journalists series, this webinar will explore the current landscape of the long-term care delivery system.

November 13, 2019
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This webinar explored how leaders are leveraging the unique strengths of rural communities to develop and implement promising solutions.

In the News

November 2019
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Ending HIV Requires a Targeted Approach

June 2019, Population Health Spotlight

Ending HIV Requires A Targeted Approach

In 2016, 60% of new HIV infections were in black women even though black women represent 13% of the U.S. female population, and overall HIV infections among black women declined. This new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights how new HIV infections are increasingly concentrated in certain demographic groups, suggesting that targeted outreach will be necessary to end the HIV epidemic.

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Recognizing Health Discrimination & Social Inequities

Discrimination and poor social determinants have a real impact on health, but members of the public may underestimate their prevalence and power. A 2019 poll of Minnesotan residents by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota found that 83% of respondents agree that everyone deserves to live healthy, safe lives, but over 40% did not think that discrimination based on race influences individual health, and did not identify safe neighborhoods, living wage, or affordable housing as health determinants.

Tips for Teens: Understanding the Risks of Drug Use

Between exotic street names and urban legends, it is easy for misinformation about drugs to spread among teenagers. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is hoping to demystify myths about drug use through their accessible "Tips for Teens" posters discussing the risks of cigarettes, opioids, cocaine and other drugs, including physiological effects and the potential for addiction and fatal overdose.


NIHCM Webinar - Overcoming Opioids: Paths to Progress

Despite significant efforts to address the opioid crisis, our country continues to struggle due to the highly addictive nature of these drugs and barriers to treatment, including stigma and lack of access.

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

For more information on the opioid crisis, check out our new Data Insights with the latest CDC data.

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More on NIHCM's Defying Despair Series

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 Defying Despair series has delved into the research and explored innovative strategies and evidence-based solutions to lift our society from crisis. Videos of the first three segments are available on our website:

Part 1: The Science of Well-being & Why It Matters

Part 2: Turning the Tide on Mental Health Trends

Part 3: Communities for Change: Preventing Suicide


Nurses as Agents for Positive Change

Nurses fill a critical role in the health care delivery system, and their unique insights from managing cases and helping patients to navigate the system can inform approaches to improving health and health outcomes. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey recently created a Clinical Advisory Council of nurses to meet quarterly to discuss new and impactful trends in patient care.

Honoring Community Health Leaders

Florida Blue Foundation’s Sapphire Award recognizes leaders who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health. This year’s honorees were celebrated for their work in raising money for kidney disease research and treatment; delivering health care to underprivileged and low-income members of the community; using telehealth to expand access to mental health care; and providing stable housing and health services for the homeless.

New HIV infections are increasingly concentrated in certain demographic groups.

Events

November 18, 2019
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Part of the Beyond the Beltway: Health Policy Webinars for Journalists series, this webinar will explore the current landscape of the long-term care delivery system.

November 13, 2019
Rural-Health-Webinar-Graphic

This webinar explored how leaders are leveraging the unique strengths of rural communities to develop and implement promising solutions.

In the News

November 2019
Population Health Spotlight
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Grants

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We are no longer accepting letters of inquiry for the 2019-2020 round of grantmaking. NIHCM will notify grant winners in November 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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