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.
  • Infographics

    Since 2000, the opioid crisis has both grown in magnitude and changed in character. This new series of interactive data visualizations depicts these evolving trends.

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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
  • 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.

    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

August 29, 2019
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This webinar will explore how high-quality early childhood education (ECE) has an enormous positive impact on lifelong health, serving as a protective factor against adult disease and disability.

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.

In the News

August 2019
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Helping Schools Support Student Health

August 2019, Population Health Spotlight

Health & Wellness Resources for Schools

Schools play an important role in screening for student health and providing critical support, but they often lack the capacity to best serve all students in need. Two federal agencies - the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - partnered up to develop this guide for schools regarding options within and beyond Medicaid to get funding for mental health and substance use services for students. In addition, The Trevor Project has developed a Model School District Policy for Suicide Prevention to help schools prevent, assess, intervene in and respond to suicidal behavior.


Millenials: Not As Healthy as You Think 

Though 83% of millennials consider themselves to be in good or excellent health, millennials overall are not as healthy as the previous generation, according to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index. Older millennials (age 34-36) have higher rates for the top 10 health conditions than Generation Xers did at their age, and 6 of the top 10 conditions are behavioral health conditions. Due to the higher than average rates of depression among millennials in their member states, Wellmark convened a forum to identify barriers to solving this issue. Participants highlighted stigma, lack of an identified primary care doctor and pressure to exceed expectations as challenges for millennials in managing their behavioral health.


The Opioid Crisis: Partnerships & Progress

This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the number of Americans killed by a drug overdose dropped for the first time in two decades.

Though this is a small sign of progress, substance use remains a persistent problem throughout the U.S. Public and private sector leaders continue to implement programs designed to help people recover from substance use disorder and its effects. Renew Recovery is a Kentucky-based program now covered by Anthem that allows people to receive treatment in their own home, so they can continue to go to work and spend time with their loved ones while undergoing treatment. In North Carolina, Blue Cross NC is supporting a story-telling campaign that will raise awareness of and share information about the opioid crisis.


Community Investments in Social Determinants

In a month in which Congress introduced its first bill focused on social determinants of health, a number of health care leaders are making investments to raise awareness, advance progress and develop solutions to address the social factors that impact our health.

  • The Block by Block Food Insecurity Challenge asks entrepreneurs, nonprofits and innovators to pitch their best ideas to ending food insecurity in Florida.
  • Through rain-activated messages on sidewalks, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is sharing messages about social inequity. Their Foundation is backing up their words with grants to 23 nonprofits working to build more connected, resilient and inclusive communities.
  • In Texas, Blue Cross is providing grants to target challenges like coordinating behavioral and physical health and expanding services for people with special needs.
  • Feeding America has partnered with Anthem to connect food banks and hospital systems as part of a program to conduct universal food insecurity screenings and interventions. 

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Schools play an important role in screening for student health and providing critical support, but they often lack the capacity to best serve all students in need.

Events

August 29, 2019
Early-Childhood-Webinar-Graphic

This webinar will explore how high-quality early childhood education (ECE) has an enormous positive impact on lifelong health, serving as a protective factor against adult disease and disability.

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.

In the News

August 2019
Population Health Spotlight
student-health-Aug2019

Grants

Journalism GrantsJournalism Grant Program

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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