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.

    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
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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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

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
in-the-news 2

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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