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.
  • 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 will explore 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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Children's Asthma Management: Partnering to Improve Clinical Training

Asthma is the most prevalent chronic illness among children and the leading cause of school absenteeism.1 It is also a costly condition, with total annual spending for children’s asthma-related hospital visits coming in at over $300 million.2 Even among children with health care coverage and access to primary care, managing the disease to prevent asthma emergencies has proven difficult.3

The Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma Project, a partnership between Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest (ALAUM), aims to improve health outcomes for children with asthma by supporting the implementation of nationally recognized asthma-care guidelines at primary care health centers with high-risk patients, including physician offices, federally qualified community health centers, school-based clinics and other primary care clinics.

Establishing Collective Focus

The asthma project was developed as a part of HCSC’s signature health and wellness initiative, Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® (HKHF). This initiative began in 2011 in an effort to leverage the strong ideas and relationships of HCSC’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Each state health plan has a history of awarding community-based grants to local population health programs with similar objectives. Healthy Kids, Healthy Families introduced a new structure for grant-making that enables the health plans to band together, share best practices and expand successful partnerships across all four states to maximize impact.

Through Healthy Kids, Healthy Families, the health plans in each of the four states award grants on a local level in four pillar focus areas:

  • nutrition
  • physical activity
  • managing and preventing disease
  • supporting safe environments

HCSC also selects a key nonprofit partner(s) in each focus area to function as a pillar partner, working across the four states to implement a consistent program. These partners and programs are selected for their ability to implement sustainable, measurable programs with a strong emphasis on outcomes.

While HKHF initially launched with the goal of improving the health and wellness of over one million children within three years, the initiative has reached well over seven million children in that period and is no longer a time-bound initiative. Rather, HKHF is now part of HCSC’s ongoing commitment to improving community health and is being expanded to include HCSC’s newest health plan, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana.

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Events

November 18, 2019
alliance-image-111819

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 will explore 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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