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

    As individuals around the world practice physical distancing and quarantine, some may begin to feel increased levels of loneliness and social isolation. This new Data Insights explores the risk factors and identifies key strategies to combat loneliness and social isolation. 

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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.

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Events

April 15, 2020
USC-covid19-webinar-041520

In this webinar, speakers will discuss what questions journalists should ask providers and health systems to gauge their plans and preparedness and to understand the hard calls they are making on rationing care.

April 08, 2020
USC-covid19-webinar-040820

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

In the News

March 2020
Population Health Spotlight
newsletter rural urban new

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

April 15, 2020
USC-covid19-webinar-041520

In this webinar, speakers will discuss what questions journalists should ask providers and health systems to gauge their plans and preparedness and to understand the hard calls they are making on rationing care.

April 08, 2020
USC-covid19-webinar-040820

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

In the News

March 2020
Population Health Spotlight
newsletter rural urban new

Grants

Journalism GrantsJournalism Grant Program

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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