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.

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  • 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

Giving More Babies a Healthy Start in Life: An Anthem Foundation & March of Dimes Collaboration to Reduce Preterm Birth

One in every 10 babies born in the United States is born prematurely,1 and prematurity is the leading cause of death for newborns.2  Babies born prematurely—before 37 weeks gestation—can face numerous short- and long-term health issues, including breathing problems, difficulty with feedings, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and vision and hearing impairments.3 

Following eight years of steady decline,4 the U.S. preterm birth rate rose in 2015 to 9.6 percent.5 Racial and ethnic disparities and geographical variations in these preterm births are widespread.5 Black women experience higher rates of preterm births than the national average.5 The Pacific Northwest has the lowest preterm birth rate, while southern states have the highest rates. In addition to the unfair toll on babies and their families, premature birth accounts for more than $26 billion annually in avoidable medical and societal costs.6 

Investing in Healthy Maternal Practices

Anthem Foundation—the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc.—is an active partner in the fight to improve public health through its Healthy Generations program, a multigenerational initiative to provide charitable contributions to improve public health and produce measurable impact. The Foundation used their state-by-state compilation of public health measures to identify key focus areas that were in need of charitable giving and attention. After selecting maternal and newborn health as one of the key areas, Anthem Foundation began working to reduce low birth weight and preterm births across 15 of the markets where Anthem, Inc. does business.

Since 2010, the Anthem Foundation has provided more than $4.3 million in grant funding to the March of Dimes to scale up and implement several programs that encourage and facilitate first trimester prenatal care and help at-risk mothers commit to behaviors that reduce the numbers of low-birthweight babies. These programs include a group prenatal care model called CenteringPregnancy® (CP), smoking cessation programs, quality improvement initiatives related to the elimination of early elective deliveries, and Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait Community Programs®.

Prenatal Care with Peer Support

CenteringPregnancy® (CP) is a group prenatal care model that has demonstrated positive maternal and infant outcomes, including lower preterm birth rates, higher satisfaction with care and higher breastfeeding rates, compared to traditional prenatal care.7 The program brings together 8 to 10 women with similar due dates, and from all races, ages and socio-economic backgrounds.

Women receive the recommended 10 prenatal visits,8 however each visit can last between 90 minutes and 2 hours, allowing participants 10 times more face-time with their providers than traditional prenatal care.8 Women participate in their health assessments by taking their own blood pressure and weight. After individual health assessments and consultations are complete, the women “circle up” with providers and support staff to form an interactive and facilitated discussion group. Discussion topics and educational material can range from nutrition and common discomforts during pregnancy, to labor and delivery, to breastfeeding and infant care post-delivery.

Studies have demonstrated the program's benefits including a recent 5-year retrospective study from the University of South Carolina that found a CP pilot program in South Carolina reduced premature births by 36 percent and reduced NICU stays by 28 percent.9 The study also highlighted the potential cost-savings of the program: $22,667 for every premature birth prevented.

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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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