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

    NIHCM Foundation is pleased to welcome Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Dr. Aaron E. Carroll and Eliza Barclay to the independent judges panel of the NIHCM Awards. All three bring considerable expertise to the prestigious panel.

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  • 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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  • 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

January 27, 2020
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This webinar will explore public and private sector efforts to improve health outcomes by addressing social determinants of health.

December 19, 2019
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Part of the Beyond the Beltway: Health Policy Webinars for Journalists series, this rapid response webinar explained the December 18th ruling from the Fifth Circuit on the Affordable Care Act.

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In the News

January 2020
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Alleviating Loneliness Through Social Connection

January 2020, Population Health Spotlight

Alleviating Loneliness Through Social Connection

Last month, one woman’s plea to join a family for Christmas drew national attention to the problem of loneliness, which can be particularly acute around the holidays. More than 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. report they are lonely and feel isolated from others, according to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Loneliness is a public health concern because it is linked to lower levels of mental, physical and financial well-being.

All of us can help address this problem in the new year by reaching out to people in our lives who might feel lonely or isolated. Be aware that some people may be socially connected but still feel lonely, perhaps due to a personal struggle, whereas other people who are socially isolated may not perceive themselves as lonely. In reaching out to others, you’ll also improve your own well-being – research shows that social connection plays a big role in happiness.

To better understand the impact of social connection, including the role of social media in helping or hindering connection, the National Institutes of Health is offering funding for research in 2020 and 2021. Additionally, to address concerns about social isolation among aging adults, Florida Blue is partnering with Papa to connect college students to seniors for companionship and assistance.

New Study Finds Opportunities to Improve Suicide Prevention

People who go to the emergency room reporting deliberate self-harm or suicidal ideations are much more likely than their peers to commit suicide in the year after being discharged from the hospital, according to a new study. These findings reveal an opportunity to intervene by screening ER patients for suicide risk and connecting them to the support services they need to prevent suicide.

To make it easier for people to get help, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is working to designate 988 as a new nationwide number for a suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. The 988 hotline would connect callers to the existing National Suicide Prevention Hotline, which can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


Treating Substance Use Disorder in Rural Areas

A new study on substance use disorder treatment for veterans found that use of specific services like medication-assisted treatment - which has proven effective in treating opioid use disorder - was lower in rural areas than urban areas.

The report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) faces similar challenges to providing health care in rural areas as civilian health care organizations, including lack of transportation for patients and shortages of qualified health care providers.

Like civilian health care systems, the VA is looking to telehealth as a potential approach to expanding access to medication-assisted treatment, though some VA officials told GAO that expanding these services will require a cultural change among providers.


Improving Child Health in Tribal Communities

In collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Indian Health Service (IHS) released clinical recommendations to help IHS facilities improve identification, care and outcomes for infants at risk for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS). Infants exposed to opioids in utero are at risk for NOWS, and its symptoms vary in severity depending on the timing of exposure before delivery, the type of opioid, maternal health and maternal and infant metabolism.

Separately, the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota awarded funding to two Tribal Nations in Minnesota to address adverse childhood experiences in their communities. This funding is part of a broader effort to advance health equity and community capacity in the state.

Podcast Fights Stigma of Opioid Crisis through Storytelling

Reflecting on the power of storytelling to combat stigma around opioid use disorder, researcher Dr. Glenn Sterner and host Heather Major share how they have been personally impacted by their work for the Someone You Know campaign in the season recap of the Facing the Opioid Crisis Together podcast. Dr. Sterner shares how he was inspired to lift up the stories of people affected by addiction when he met a woman who felt like she couldn't talk to her friends and family about her son's addiction and resulting incarceration. Throughout the season, the podcast by Independence Blue Cross Foundation featured diverse perspectives including people in recovery, medical professionals, local journalists and more.

Come Work With Us!

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

Public and private organizations are finding new ways to bring people together to fight loneliness and social isolation.

Events

January 27, 2020
SDOH-webinar-graphic-012720

This webinar will explore public and private sector efforts to improve health outcomes by addressing social determinants of health.

December 19, 2019
shutterstock_560761723_1

Part of the Beyond the Beltway: Health Policy Webinars for Journalists series, this rapid response webinar explained the December 18th ruling from the Fifth Circuit on the Affordable Care Act.

Watch the Recording

In the News

January 2020
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

Nine new grantees for the 2019-2020 funding cycle have been announced! We will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2020-2021 funding cycle in late spring 2020.

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Awards

Now Accepting Entries for the 26th Annual Research and Journalism Awards

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Submit your research or reporting published in 2019 by February 3, 2020 for a chance to win up to $20,000. Winners and finalists will be recognized at a dinner in Washington, D.C., in May 2020.

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