Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
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  • Data Insights

    Globally, outdoor air pollution is attributed to 4.2 million deaths every year. This infographic explores air pollution in America and the unequal impact it has on Black and Latinx communities. It also looks at the current solutions that are already available to improve air quality.

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  • Awards

    We are honored to announce the winners for the 26th Annual Health Care Research and Journalism Awards. This year’s awards are virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet we invite you to meet the winners and learn about their award-winning work. NIHCM is also announcing the largest grant program in our history — $1 million to support work in journalism and research.

    Meet the Winners Press Release
  • Data Insights

    This infographic highlights the health challenges faced by the homeless community and outlines short and long term solutions to improve the health and well-being of these individuals, through social, economic and housing interventions.

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  • Data Insights

    This new Data Insights highlights the rapid rise in overdose deaths involving cocaine and methamphetamine, illustrates the geographic variations in utilization and death rates, and quantifies the increasing burden that these drugs are placing on the hospital system.

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  • Data Insights

    This infographic delves into an emerging public health emergency involving rapidly rising rates of stimulant use and related overdose deaths, which has been occurring in the shadow of the opioid crisis.

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  • News

    NIHCM would like to provide you and your organizations with a list of resources concerning COVID-19 and vulnerable populations. We will continually update this list.

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Events

August 21, 2020
Environmental

This webinar will bring together experts to provide insights on air pollution and environmental injustice during a time of increased inequality.

August 11, 2020
Racism and Health Graphic

This webinar discussed how systemic racism harms health, and how solutions-based approaches at the state and community level are making a difference.

In the News

August 2020
Population Health Spotlight
August Newsletter

Missed Opportunities to Prevent Cervical Cancer: Strategies to Increase HPV Vaccination

Current State of HPV Vaccination

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccination rates for human papillomavirus (HPV) did not increase at all among adolescent girls from 2011 to 2012. Just one-third of girls aged 13-17 have been fully vaccinated against HPV despite the fact that the vaccine is included in adolescent vaccination recommendations and the fact that CDC safety monitoring data continue to indicate the vaccine is safe. In addition, research has shown that HPV vaccines currently available in the U.S. are nearly 100 percent effective in protecting against the viruses that cause 70 percent of cervical cancers. For each year that vaccination coverage levels fail to improve, an additional 4,400 women will develop cervical cancer.1

Following the release of the 2012 National Immunization Survey-Teen, CDC officials urged health care providers to increase the consistency and strength of their HPV recommendations. Research consistently shows that a provider’s recommendation is the single most persuasive factor for parents in deciding whether or not to vaccinate their child.2

Health plans are uniquely positioned to support providers in improving HPV vaccination rates. This fact sheet briefly reviews barriers to vaccination, the health and cost impact of HPV, and opportunities for health plans to support providers and educate members to increase HPV vaccination rates in the years ahead.

Why Aren't More Children Being Vaccinated?

Parents report:3

  • 19% “vaccine is not needed”
  • 14% “doctor did not recommend the vaccine”
  • 13% “concerns about the safety of the vaccine”
  • 13% “didn’t know about the vaccine or the disease”
  • 10% “daughter is not sexually active and therefore does not need the vaccine”

Providers report:4,5

  • Hesitance to discuss the vaccine if parents express mixed or negative opinions about the vaccine
  • More likely to strongly recommend the vaccine to older adolescents than to 11- and 12-year-old patients
  • Financial barriers related to the vaccine’s cost and reimbursement issues

Opportunities for Health Plans to Improve Vaccination Rates

Health plans can play a significant role in improving HPV vaccination rates by supporting in-network providers, educating their members and promoting the vaccine more broadly in their communities.

Health plans can support and reinforce providers’ efforts by:6,7

  • Increasing the consistency and strength of HPV vaccine recommendations
  • Recommending that HPV vaccine be offered at every health care encounter
  • Developing incentives based on HPV vaccination measures
  • Encouraging the reporting of HPV vaccinations to state or local immunization registries
  • Urging that reminder notices be sent to parents of patients who are due to receive the HPV vaccine

Provider Education Materials

Health plans can educate their members and their local communities about the importance of adolescent HPV immunization by disseminating educational materials via:8,9

  • Newsletters designed specifically for both adolescents and parents
  • Attendance at health fairs and community events
  • Fact sheets
  • Social media like Twitter, YouTube or Facebook
  • Segments on local television or radio stations
  • Email and letters to parents of members eligible for the HPV vaccine
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Events

August 21, 2020
Environmental

This webinar will bring together experts to provide insights on air pollution and environmental injustice during a time of increased inequality.

August 11, 2020
Racism and Health Graphic

This webinar discussed how systemic racism harms health, and how solutions-based approaches at the state and community level are making a difference.

In the News

August 2020
Population Health Spotlight
August Newsletter

Grants

Journalism GrantsJournalism Grant Program

The deadline for the 2020-2021 round of grant making has passed. NIHCM will notify the grant winners in the fall.

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Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Program

The deadline for the 2020-2021 round of grant making has passed. Finalists will be selected in the coming month.

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Awards

The 26th Annual Research and Journalism Awards

Winners Announcment 2018 1

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

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