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.
  • Awards

    NIHCM Foundation is pleased to welcome Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Dr. Aaron E. Carroll and Eliza Barclay to the independent judges panel of the NIHCM Awards. All three bring considerable expertise to the prestigious panel.

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  • Data Insights

    Mental illness has become more common over the last decade, particularly among 18- to 25-year-olds. This Data Insights looks at trends in mental health and their implications for the future.

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  • 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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  • 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

January 27, 2020
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This webinar will explore public and private sector efforts to improve health outcomes by addressing social determinants of health.

December 19, 2019
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Part of the Beyond the Beltway: Health Policy Webinars for Journalists series, this rapid response webinar explained the December 18th ruling from the Fifth Circuit on the Affordable Care Act.

Watch the Recording

In the News

January 2020
Population Health Spotlight
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Preventing Childhood Obesity in Michigan's Classrooms

Obesity rates have more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. 1,2 In Michigan, 32.6 percent of children ages 0 to 17 are overweight or obese, compared to a national average of 31.3 percent. 3 In addition to the short- and long-term health consequences, overweight or obese children are also more likely to have lower academic achievements and score poorly in math than their non-overweight peers. 4 To address the childhood obesity epidemic in Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) launched Building Healthy Communities (BHC), a school-based prevention program to help children adopt healthy habits at a young age. BHC targets children where they spend a large percentage of their time, in schools, and aligns with “The Michigan Health & Wellness 4 x 4 Plan.” 5

BHC focuses on two key healthy behaviors outlined in the health and wellness program—maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in regular exercise. By providing access to healthy food, health education, physical education and physical activity programs, BHC helps children lead and maintain healthy and active lives.

Building Healthy Communities

BHC is a comprehensive, school-wide network of physical activity and healthy eating curricula and programs. BCBSM has invested more than $5.6 million in BHC since 2009, and more than 390 schools and 180,000 students have participated in the program. 6 While the program initially began in 17 elementary schools, BHC now includes programs for elementary, middle and high school students across the state. This expansion was possible through collaborations with key health and wellness leaders, including the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Fitness Foundation, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Team Nutrition, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, University of Michigan, Wayne State University’s Center for School Health and Action for Healthy Kids. Partnering organizations have pooled funding, resources and expertise to expand the program. Participating schools are selected based on a demonstrated commitment and administrative support to implement the program and sustain it in future school years.

Engaging Elementary Schools Through Partnership 7

BCBSM, MDHHS, the Center for School Health at Wayne State University, Michigan Fitness Foundation and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan have joined together to offer the “Building Healthy Communities: Engaging elementary schools through partnership” program. To date, the elementary school program has reached 188 schools and more than 75,000 students. Participating schools enact six core components during their healthy school transformation:

  1. School principals, support teachers, staff and students are fully engaged.
  2. Classroom teachers integrate brief nutrition lessons aligned with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (UDSA) Dietary Guidelines for Americans, conduct short physical activity breaks and share resources with parents.
  3. Physical educators implement the Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum, developed by the Michigan Fitness Foundation.
  4. Schools promote active recess by providing physical activity equipment and play guidance.
  5. Schools use student leadership to implement “Fuel Up to Play 60,” with additional support from the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Fuel Up to Play 60” is the nation’s largest in-school nutrition and physical activity program, launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives. 8
  6. Schools create healthy kids clubs by initiating a new weekly after-school program or enhancing the activity offerings in existing programs.

Each school works with a hands-on coordinator provided by BHC to establish its program and ensure its success and sustainability. They also receive all program materials and training necessary for full implementation as well as ongoing support during the transition to a healthy school environment. Caryl Dazer, a physical education teacher at Cleveland Elementary School in Livonia, has seen a difference in the children’s faces: “they seem to be more engaged, more excited to come to physical education. There’s a ball for every student—no one’s waiting around anymore to get active.” Dazer hopes students take home what they learn at school about food and fitness and encourage their families to be healthy as well.

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Events

January 27, 2020
SDOH-webinar-graphic-012720

This webinar will explore public and private sector efforts to improve health outcomes by addressing social determinants of health.

December 19, 2019
shutterstock_560761723_1

Part of the Beyond the Beltway: Health Policy Webinars for Journalists series, this rapid response webinar explained the December 18th ruling from the Fifth Circuit on the Affordable Care Act.

Watch the Recording

In the News

January 2020
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

Nine new grantees for the 2019-2020 funding cycle have been announced! We will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2020-2021 funding cycle in late spring 2020.

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Awards

Now Accepting Entries for the 26th Annual Research and Journalism Awards

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Submit your research or reporting published in 2019 by February 3, 2020 for a chance to win up to $20,000. Winners and finalists will be recognized at a dinner in Washington, D.C., in May 2020.

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