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.

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  • 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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Preventing Early Childhood Obesity in North Carolina

Childhood obesity continues to be one of the largest public health crises in the nation. One-third of children and teens nationwide are overweight or obese,1 and more than half of obese children become obese at or before the age of two.2

Recent research indicating that lifelong health is largely determined during the formative years of early childhood3 points to the importance of establishing healthy lifestyle behaviors before children enter kindergarten. In North Carolina, 29 percent of low-income children ages two to four years attending a state-funded health clinic are overweight or obese.4

Thirty-four percent of North Carolina children under the age of six years spend all or part of their days in licensed child care centers5 where they consume up to two meals and two snacks a day.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation recognizes that these child care centers can influence healthy behaviors in young children and has been collaborating with early childhood experts for the past decade through investments in three programs:

  • Be Active Kids®, a BCBSNC Foundation signature program
  • Preventing Obesity by Design (POD), a program out of the Natural Learning Initiative from NC State University’s College of Design
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC), a program of the University of North Carolina’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

In order to truly impact early childhood obesity in North Carolina, the BCBSNC Foundation recognized a comprehensive approach was needed and built upon the successful aspects of each of these programs. In 2011, BCBSNC Foundation created Shape NC: Healthy Starts for Young Children, a three-year, $3 million collaboration with The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC). Based on the success of the first phase of the program, BCBSNC Foundation approved an additional $3 million for a three-year Shape NC extension (phase II).

A History of Collaboration

BCBSNC Foundation and NCPC have a strong history of working together on projects impacting healthy eating habits and active play for young children. The second $3 million grant allows the initiative to expand its work through NCPC and Smart Start, a network of 76 nonprofit local partnerships serving all 100 North Carolina counties. NCPC provides statewide governance to the Smart Start partnerships in addition to resources for local innovation. Smart Start’s dedication to quality early care and education, its broad reach across North Carolina, and its accessible, centralized leadership made it an ideal partner in this endeavor.

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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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