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.
  • 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.

    Press Release Advisory Board
  • 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.

    Press Release All Journalism Grantees Apply for Funding
  • 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

June 13, 2019
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The final part in our four-part Defying Despair series, this webinar discussed ongoing efforts to increase access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder and guide people on a path to recovery.

May 16, 2019
Alliance-Rx-Patent-Webinar-052019

Manufacturer practices under the current patent system have come under scrutiny for blocking or delaying the entry of generic or biosimilar drugs into the market. During this webinar, panelists explored the relationship between patents, prices and patient access.

In the News

July 2019
Population Health Spotlight
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Maternal & Child Health Newsletter, Iss. 30

News from NIHCM

Webinar ArchiveExpanding Nutritional Counseling to Prevent Childhood Obesity – On December 12th NIHCM Foundation held a webinar on opportunities for improving access to nutritional counseling for children through primary care providers and registered dieticians. The event featured Dr. Michael Lu, Associate Administrator for HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, who shared remarks on the importance of proper nutrition. 

NIHCM Foundation staff gave two presentations at the American Public Health Association annual meeting on November 6th. Kathryn Santoro, Director of Policy and Development, discussed NIHCM’s collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Children’s Safety Network on childhood unintentional injury prevention. Ms. Santoro and Claire Rudolph, Research and Policy Analyst, presented NIHCM’s 2012 issue brief on health plan and health plan foundation investments in the future health care workforce.

The New York Times recently published an in-depth series following a young family in New York City through the day-to-day struggles of homelessness. Housing instability can have major health consequences for kids. Children who are homeless are sick four times as often as their peers and are more likely to suffer from acute and chronic illnesses. NIHCM Foundation has worked on strategies for the health system to help stabilize housing and improve health care for homeless youth. See our webinar archive and fact sheet for more information.

Promising Practices in MCH

We continue to update our Promising Practices in MCH searchable database, a collection of emerging and promising health plan programs and collaborations. This database allows you to learn more about the MCH activities and priorities of health plans and foundations from across the country with a goal of facilitating program replication and fostering new collaborations between health plans and other MCH stakeholders, especially those working in communities and in the public sector. We invite you to submit your public-private partnership success stories for inclusion in the Promising Practices in MCH database.

Health Plan Initiatives to Improve MCH

The Blue Zones Project, an innovative population health program supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, continues to make progress in Iowa. Spencer, IA was recently named the first certified Blue Zones community, recognizing the city’s efforts to improve the well being of all its citizens through sustainable environmental changes. For more information on the project, see NIHCM Foundation’s fact sheet highlighting Wellmark’s efforts to bring Blue Zones to Iowa.

The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas recently awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to 42 communities throughout the state. The grants are designed to bring communities together in healthy ways. Grantees include the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, to implement physical activity breaks in public schools, and the Save the Children Federation, Inc., to provide nutrition education and activities to children across the state.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas has recently announced more than $1.6 million in grant funding to 38 organizations throughout the state. As part of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative, these grants aim to engage children and families in nutritious eating, increasing physical activity, improving immunization rates and promoting safe environments. Grantees include the YWCA of Fort Worth, Texas Children’s Hospital Foundation, Family Promise of Odessa and more.

Florida Blue has teamed up with Marvel Custom Solutions to create a comic book designed to convey positive messages about healthy lifestyles. The comic book shows readers that even superheroes need to make healthy choices every day. The book includes a training guide and will be available in English and Spanish. Florida Blue is hosting statewide events to promote the comic book, and children will have the opportunity to meet characters from the book.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), Walgreens and the Boston Public Health Commission are working together to increase flu vaccinations among Boston residents this season. A donation from BCBSMA will support free vaccinations for children, Walgreens will provide 2500 free vaccination vouchers for adults, and a media campaign will concentrate outreach in areas of Boston that traditionally see higher-than-average rates of flu-like illness.

Partner Spotlight

The California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative is co-hosting a networking reception and forum, Innovation for Mom’s Minds & Hearts, on January 23, 2014 with the L.A. County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The event will focus on improving birth outcomes and mental health, with topics including disparities in reproductive health, preterm birth, maternal depression and preconception health.

The Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital released a study on injuries resulting from high chairs and booster seats. The study finds that 24 children are treated at emergency departments for high chair-related injuries each day in the U.S. and that nearly all injuries involve a fall. The report also includes tips for keeping children safe in high chairs.

Children’s Safety Network recently released an infographic on child pedestrian safety. The infographic illustrates statistics on deaths and risk factors for child pedestrians. It shows that more than 67,000 child pedestrians are injured each year and highlights injury risk factors, which include age, gender, location and race.

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) released an issue brief on screening for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD). The brief builds on recommendations from a February 2013 meeting attended by AMCHP, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state newborn screening and birth defect program representatives. The brief highlights key components and best practices for CCHD screening, as well as successful collaborations and state programs.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) published an issue brief that describes the current landscape of potential maternal, child and adolescent health partnerships for local health departments. Findings from the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health 2012 Survey are also presented. The goal of the brief is to provide insight on the existing collaborations with these partners and possibilities for maintaining or expanding these collaborations.

Events

June 13, 2019
opioids-2019-webinar-graphic

The final part in our four-part Defying Despair series, this webinar discussed ongoing efforts to increase access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder and guide people on a path to recovery.

May 16, 2019
Alliance-Rx-Patent-Webinar-052019

Manufacturer practices under the current patent system have come under scrutiny for blocking or delaying the entry of generic or biosimilar drugs into the market. During this webinar, panelists explored the relationship between patents, prices and patient access.

In the News

July 2019
Population Health Spotlight
ALZ-panel1-June2019

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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