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.

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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.

    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.

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  • 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
Early-Childhood-Webinar-Graphic

This webinar explored 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.

August 28, 2019
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During this webinar, experts shared their thoughts on what health care policy activity might be expected before the end of 2019.

In the News

September 2019
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Expanding the Rural Health Care Workforce

September 2019, Population Health Spotlight

Expanding the Rural Health Care Workforce

While there are 33 providers for every 10,000 people in urban areas, rural areas only have 13 providers on average to serve the same number of people. One approach to expanding the rural health care workforce is to invest in rural residency programs, as residents who serve in rural areas are more likely to continue to practice there. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded $20 million to 27 organizations across 21 states to create new rural residency programs. Private payers are helping too - in Washington, Premera Blue Cross is granting $5.5 million to support rural residency programs across the state. An additional $5 million will help rural providers invest in needed medical technology and infrastructure.


Signs of Progress? New Data on Substance Use & Mental Health

In August, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released a new report summarizing key findings from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. One highlight: fewer people between the ages of 12 to 25 became new misusers of pain relievers than in 2015 and 2016. While this is perhaps a sign of progress emerging from the opioid crisis, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that there is room for improvement when it comes to opioid prescribing practices. CDC guidelines recommend prescribing overdose reversal drug naloxone along with high-dose opioid prescriptions, but in 2018, naloxone was only dispensed with 1 in every 69 high-dose opioid prescriptions. While experts think it may not be practical to get dispensing ratios down to 1 to 1, public health officials hope to see higher rates of naloxone prescribing.


The Opioid Crisis: An Interactive Look

Through a new series of interactive data visualizations, we depicted how the opioid crisis changed in character and in magnitude from 2000 to 2017. For the first time, we captured unduplicated counts of the number of overdose deaths involving specific combinations of prescription opioids, heroin and synthetic opioids. We also show the shifting demographics of the crisis, which increasingly affected a greater number of younger adults around the same time that use of synthetic opioids spiked.


Housing, Food Access & More: Investing in Social Determinants of Health

Where we live, where we work, and associated environmental factors are the biggest drivers of our health; not the medical care we receive. In recognition of the importance of social determinants to overall health, payers are increasingly investing in programs to address the whole health of their members and communities:

  • Florida Blue is hiring social workers at 25 Florida Blue Centers to help visitors navigate issues outside the scope of their health plan.
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is investing $1 million in housing through Chicago's Flexible Housing Pool, which helps the homeless to find permanent housing in addition to providing wraparound services.
  • In Ohio, Anthem is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Ohio and the Adam-Amanda Mental Health Rehabilitation Center to help people struggling with mental health as well as housing instability to find supportive housing and create a stable home environment.
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation is focusing on social determinants like healthy eating and physical activity to fight health inequity in the state by investing nearly $400,000 in 15 community partners.

Rural residency programs can help expand the health care workforce in rural America.

Events

August 29, 2019
Early-Childhood-Webinar-Graphic

This webinar explored 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.

August 28, 2019
Allliance-Webinar-Aug2019

During this webinar, experts shared their thoughts on what health care policy activity might be expected before the end of 2019.

In the News

September 2019
Population Health Spotlight
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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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