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
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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. 23

News from NIHCM

Upcoming Webinar! - The NIHCM Foundation will host a webinar on April 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM (EDT) - Bullying remains an epidemic in the United States with one in three children affected. This webinar will share how the Highmark Foundation spearheaded the creation of a coalition of experts to implement the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) in the largest statewide bullying prevention initiative in the country and how other stakeholders around the country can replicate this unique, model program. We will discuss new cost-benefit-analysis data along with the positive results of Highmark’s efforts to create safer school climates and healthier, happier children.

The Association for Community Health Improvement held their annual conference in Denver, CO March 14-March 16 to share knowledge among conference attendees and enhance their performance in achieving community health goals. Kathryn Santoro, NIHCM Foundation’s Director of Policy & Development and Claire Speedling, NIHCM Foundation’s Research and Policy Analyst presented the Foundation’s recent issue brief on adolescent health literacy. Susan Zimny, a Senior Manager at Health Care Service Corporation and Peter Komendowski, President of The Partnership for a Drug Free Iowa, presented alongside Kathryn and Claire at the conference and shared more details about their efforts to promote adolescent health literacy.

The Southern Sociological Society held its annual conference March 21-March 24 focusing on shifting social contracts. Kathryn Santoro presented NIHCM Foundation’s adolescent health literacy work as part of an esteemed panel focused on health literacy.

Summaries of Recent MCH News

Promising Practices in MCH

NIHCM Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of our Promising Practices in Maternal & Child Health 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 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. 

NIHCM Foundation’s Promising Practices in Maternal and Child Health fact sheets highlight and recognize emerging and promising collaborations between health plans and other MCH stakeholders. Each quarter, NIHCM selects one partnership success story to highlight in a NIHCM fact sheet. NIHCM’s first fact sheet, published in September 2011, highlighted health plan partnerships with the text4baby program.

Health Plan Initiatives to Improve MCH

The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas has awarded over $1.5 million in grants to 21 organizations focused on improving the health of the citizens of Arkansas. Grantees include the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, to extend a dental sealant program to an additional 1200 kids; Monticello School District, to support compliance with USDA school meal guidelines; Community Clinic at St. Francis House, to offer primary care and integrated behavioral health services to an additional 1500 children; and Arkansas Children’s Trust Fund, to provide home safety kits to young, expectant mothers and car seats to teen parents.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) Foundation has provided ChildhoodObesity180 with a $125,000 grant to support the Active Schools Acceleration Project's Innovation Competition. This contest rewards innovative technologies and impactful school-based programs that encourage physical activity. The grant is part of BCBSF Foundation’s long-term Embrace a Healthy Florida initiative, which has awarded more than $4 million to support childhood obesity prevention.

BCBSF Foundation has announced the honorees for the 2012 Sapphire Award for excellence in community health programming and leadership. Two of this year’s honorees are focused on improving adolescent health: the PACE Center for Girls, an education, counseling and advocacy program; and Teen Xpress, a mobile health unit for at-risk youth through the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Since 2005, the BCBSF Foundation has awarded $2.2 million to 37 health-related non-profits through the Sapphire Award.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation has launched a new website called Inspired that highlights the work of local non-profits focused on improving the health of North Carolinians. Each time an Inspired story is shared via email or social media, BCBSNC Foundation will donate $1 to the featured organization up to $100,000. Among the nine featured organizations are the North Carolina PTA, advocating for healthier school environments; the Appalachia Sustainable Agriculture Project, to train teachers to facilitate farm-to-school activities; and several other non-profits that advance MCAH.

BCBSNC is calling on innovative North Carolinians to offer up their best ideas for reducing obesity within the state. The 2012 Health Innovation Challenge will award $20,000 and provide mentoring support to help implement up to three winning proposals. The competition is open for submissions through April 16.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation has released short videos spotlighting five organizations that are making strides to improve the health and well being of Minnesotans. Featured organizations include the Mankato Area United Way’s First Steps Collaborative, which provides resources to first-time parents; Healthy Homes Healthy Kids, a project of Preventing Harm Minnesota that works to improve the quality of rental housing in Minneapolis; and the Carlton County Collaborative’s Jump Start 4 Kindergarten, a data collection and program improvement initiative aimed at better preparing children for kindergarten.

Partner Spotlight

Child Trends, through a partnership with the National Adolescent Young Adult Health Information Center, has published a brief entitled “What Works to Prevent or Reduce Internalizing Problems or Socio-Emotional Difficulties in Adolescents.” This brief analyzes programs designed to prevent or treat internalizing problems and identifies best practices.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its recommendations for childhood immunizations with new immunization schedules for children from birth to 6 years of age and adolescents aged 7 to 18 years, as well as a catch-up schedule. The AAP’s healthychildren.org also offers a printable worksheet to help parents keep track of their children’s immunizations.

The AAP published a new policy statement entitled “Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk.” In this statement, the AAP reaffirms its recommendations for duration of breastfeeding—six months of exclusively breast milk and continued breastfeeding in combination with other foods throughout the first year—and emphasizes the role of the health care community in improving maternal and child health by supporting breastfeeding.

The Commonwealth Fund and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs co-authored a new issue brief called “New Opportunities for Integrating and Improving Health Care for Women, Children, and Their Families.” This brief explores state efforts to coordinate private and public delivery of health care services for low-income women and children.

In observation of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 9, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration is encouraging the MCH community to share data about trauma and resilience in children via email signatures, social media networks or blogs. Twitter users should include the hashtag #HeroesofHope.

 

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

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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

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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