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.
  • News

    To help you find answers to questions concerning COVID-19, NIHCM is providing you with links to expert sources that are frequently updated. We will continually update this list.

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  • Awards

    We are honored to announce the finalists for the 26th Annual Health Care Research and Journalism Awards. The winning entry in each category will be announced in late Spring and will receive a $15,000 to $20,000 cash prize.

    See the Finalists Press Release The NIHCM Awards
  • Data Insights

    Mental illness is increasingly common among young people but many are not receiving the treatment that they need. This Data Insights explores current trends in youth mental health and opportunities to improve outcomes.

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  • Grants

    NIHCM Foundation has awarded 14 grants for health care journalism including investigative reporting and educational opportunities for reporters.

    Press Release All Journalism Grantees
  • Grants

    NIHCM Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in grants to support nine investigator-initiated research studies.

    Press Release All Research Grantees
  • 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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  • 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
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Events

April 08, 2020
USC-covid19-webinar-040820

This webinar will highlight how a top reporter stays on top of the story every day, and will offer actionable tips that will bolster fellow journalists' coverage.

March 18, 2020
Alliance-covid19-webinar-image

This COVID-19 Webinar Miniseries synthesizes the information in the headlines to provide cohesive insight into the status of the response and remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed to limit the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

In the News

March 2020
Population Health Spotlight
newsletter rural urban new

More People Dying From Alcohol

February 2020, Population Health Spotlight

Why Are More People Dying From Alcohol?

Deaths related to alcohol more than doubled between 1999 and 2017 – and that only counts alcohol-related deaths documented in death certificates, which means the actual numbers could be much higher. While adults aged 45-74 had the highest rates of death related to alcohol, young adults aged 25-34 showed the biggest increases over time. Women also saw an 85% jump in alcohol-related deaths over the study period, compared to a 35% increase for men - closing what was once a large gap in alcohol use and harms between men and women. While many of the deaths resulted from liver disease, researchers attribute the raise in deaths among middle-aged adults to “deaths of despair,” including overdoses and suicides. 

Check out our Defying Despair webinar series for resources for people of all ages who are struggling with mental health or substance use and want to improve their overall health and well-being.

New Tools to Support a Healthy Lifestyle

More than 15% of adults in each state are physically inactive, meaning they self-reported that they had not participated in any physical activity outside of their regular job in the past month. New state-by-state maps from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show how physical inactivity varies geographically and by race/ethnicity. Across states, inactivity estimates ranged from a low of 17.3% in Colorado to a high of 47.7% in Puerto Rico. To help their members live healthy lifestyles, Independence Blue Cross is expanding its programs promoting fitness and nutrition. Through the GlobalFit Anywhere app, members can find the best prices for fitness classes and training sessions across multiple fitness providers. Additionally, through a partnership with MANNA, more Medicare Advantage members will have access to free, medically tailored meals delivered to their home, as well as free nutritional counseling.


Responding to the Opioid Crisis in the Workplace

In response to skyrocketing opioid overdose deaths, Together Arkansas was established to help employers cope with the opioid crisis, from where to refer their employees for treatment to establishing policies to keep the workplace drug-free. This opioid response initiative was developed through a partnership between the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, the nonprofit AFMC and Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Other organizations across the country have also recognized the need to address the opioid crisis at work. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts launched an opioid toolkit pilot program last year, sending naloxone kits to selected employers. Additionally, the National Safety Council published a free Opioids at Work Employer Toolkit last fall.


The Barbershop Approach to Diabetes Prevention

Of the 30 million Americans living with diabetes, roughly one quarter of them don’t know they have the disease. While diabetes can lead to serious complications if not controlled, early intervention gives people the opportunity to make lifestyle changes that can prevent, delay or better manage type 2 diabetes. That’s why researchers are exploring community-based approaches that screen people for diabetes closer to home. A new study evaluated a program conducting diabetes screening in barbershops, finding that one-third of the men approached were willing to do the screening. They also noted that the barbers were important health advocates as they encouraged some customers to get screened after they initially declined.

To help people make the lifestyle changes needed to prevent diabetes, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has awarded a $50,000 grant to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM). The NKFM will use this funding to enroll Medicaid-eligible participants from high-risk communities in their CDC-certified Diabetes Prevention Program.

Funding Opportunity-Behavioral Health

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for grants to expand Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics to increase access to and improve the quality of community mental health and substance use disorder treatment services.

Private foundations are also working to fill gaps in behavioral health care access. The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has awarded a $200,000 grant to the sole provider of emergency behavioral health services on Cape Cod. The funding will support follow-up services, outreach, and efforts to accelerate access to treatment for people with substance use disorder.

Come Work With Us!

We are looking for an enthusiastic team player to join our collaborative office as a Health Policy & Communications Specialist. Learn more and apply.

Public and private organizations are finding new ways to promote healthy lifestyles.

Events

April 08, 2020
USC-covid19-webinar-040820

This webinar will highlight how a top reporter stays on top of the story every day, and will offer actionable tips that will bolster fellow journalists' coverage.

March 18, 2020
Alliance-covid19-webinar-image

This COVID-19 Webinar Miniseries synthesizes the information in the headlines to provide cohesive insight into the status of the response and remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed to limit the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

In the News

March 2020
Population Health Spotlight
newsletter rural urban new

Grants

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NIHCM has announced its 2019 journalism grantees. We will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2020-2021 funding cycle in late spring 2020.

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Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Program

NIHCM has announced its 2019 research grantees. We will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2020-2021 funding cycle in late spring 2020.

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Awards

The 26th Annual Research and Journalism Awards

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We are honored to announce the finalists for the 26th Annual Health Care Research and Journalism Awards.

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