Population Health Spotlight - September 2016
Pregnancy & Oral Health in the ACA Era: How Are Expectant Moms Faring?
The Future of Health Care in America—Upcoming Capitol Hill Briefing
NIHCM Foundation will be hosting an in-person briefing on Capitol Hill on October 5, 2016 to bring together leaders who have served in Democratic and Republican Administrations, led and advised major health care companies, and spurred improvements in health policy for many decades.
Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Primary Care
NIHCM Foundation hosted a webinar on ways to bridge the gap between primary care and behavioral health care, including public- and private-payer support for the "Collaborative Care” model, which embeds behavioral health professionals in primary care facilities or connects them virtually.
Investing in Children’s Health
NIHCM Foundation hosted a webinar on a new financing model called Pay for Success and its advantages in expanding access to high-ROI early childhood interventions that improve outcomes for kids while reducing government spending.
Tracking Lead’s Toxic Threat
USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism hosted a webinar, with support from a NIHCM Foundation journalism grant, providing essential context, resources and ideas for chronicling the threat posed by lead in communities nationwide.
Research & Analysis
The Health Care Safety Net: Community Health Centers
NIHCM Foundation recently released an Expert Voices essay, written by Peter Shin, PhD, MPH, on how community health centers are faring post-ACA, including challenges faced in non-Medicaid expansion states and the approaching expiration of ACA funding streams.
Investigation Finds Genetic Counselors Downplay False Alarms
The Boston Globe published a front-page story on the genetic counseling industry, exposing conflicts of interest, lack of regulation and a high incidence of inaccurate results for some prenatal tests. This ongoing NECIR investigation is supported by a NIHCM grant.
What Consumers Need to Know About Opioids
In a Healthcare Triage YouTube series funded by NIHCM Foundation, Dr. Aaron Carroll explains the current opioid crisis and how we got here in four short, consumer-friendly videos that explore the history of the epidemic, the science behind how opioids relieve pain, the impact of abuse and addiction, and the current treatment options.
Reducing Teen Exposure to E-cigarette Ads
A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs report shows that e-cigarette ads reach nearly 7 in 10 middle school and high school students and outlines ways states, communities, health care providers and parents can reduce exposure to ads and, ultimately, e-cigarette use.
Evaluating Behavioral Health Programs in Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation recently released an evaluation from the first year of its program Fostering Effective Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care in Massachusetts—an initiative to fund 10 primary care and behavioral health organizations with established integration programs to identify success factors, barriers, challenges and opportunities for change.
How Safe Are Your Supplements?
FRONTLINE investigates the supplement industry in a documentary supported by a NIHCM journalism grant called “Supplements and Safety.” The reporting uncovers cases of contamination and serious health problems and raises important questions about federal oversight and marketing practices.
Healthier Smiles for Arkansans
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Blue & You Foundation recently awarded $2.9M in grants to 40 health-improvement programs across Arkansas. Several grants are focused on improving access to dental care: Healthy Connections will provide emergency dental care and education, and the Washington Regional Medical Foundation will implement a mobile dental unit to reach uninsured and low-income individuals.
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Flint, Michigan
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan recently announced funding for salad bars in 15 schools in Flint, MI to increase students’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables as part of the national Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative.
Advancing Health Equity & Reducing Tobacco Use Across Minnesota
The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has awarded approximately $4 million in funding over the next three years to support two new initiatives—the Communities Eliminating Tobacco Inequities initiative to support the development of culturally specific educational materials and the Health in All Policies initiative to promote collaboration between health care and other sectors.
Addressing South Carolina’s Opioid Epidemic
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Foundation awarded nearly $5 million in 13 projects including a grant to the South Carolina Pharmacy Foundation Inc. to increase public awareness of medication safety and educate providers on proper management of opioid addiction to decrease overprescribing.
Kids Are Breathing More Easily Across New Jersey
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey gave 128 grants totaling $5.2 million to community projects in 2015, including a $600,000 grant to the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey to implement the Breathe Easier with Asthma Management (BEAM) initiative. BEAM raises awareness and educates parents and youth about childhood asthma in order to improve the quality of life of asthma sufferers, increase disease management and help control unnecessary health costs.
Preventing Childhood Obesity in Michigan’s Classrooms
NIHCM Foundation recently released a fact sheet on efforts to address the childhood obesity epidemic in Michigan through Building Healthy Communities, a school-based prevention program.
Improving Clinical Training on Pediatric Asthma Care
Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest extended the “Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma” project for an additional two years following decreases in hospitalizations and emergency room visits for high risk, pediatric asthma patients. Learn more about the initiative through a Q&A and read the NIHCM fact sheet on the program.
Increasing HPV Vaccination Rates
The American Cancer Society recently launched an HPV Vaccination Resource Clearinghouse to support the implementation of strategies to increase HPV vaccination awareness and uptake. Resources include printable educational materials, vaccine information statements, toolkits, and multimedia.
A HEADS UP on Concussion Safety
The CDC is now offering an option to customize the tools and resources available through its concussion safety HEADS UP program that helps teams, schools and organizations to recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.
Can an App Reduce Childhood Obesity?
Anthem Blue Cross partnered with San Benito Medical Associates to launch a pilot program with Kurbo Health, a mobile/online and weight management program, to provide expert coaching and a smartphone app to young members and their families in an effort to reduce childhood obesity and promote healthy behaviors for the entire family.
Partnering to Prevent Diabetes
Anthem Blue Cross is partnering with national and community organizations to launch a year-long diabetes prevention program to educate, treat and support its members who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Members are offered healthy lifestyle coaching and weekly classes.
Quizzing Kids on Health & Wellness in Western NY
As part of its larger “Healthy Zone” initiative, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York recently introduced The Healthy Zone Game Show, a 30-minute trivia game show pits student-based teams against each other and features questions and answers on topics of health and wellness. BCBSWNY also gave interactive kits to Buffalo Public School classrooms that contained healthy activities, including nutrition charts, fitness dice, jump ropes and pedometers.
Interactive Community Health & Wellness Center in Philadelphia
Independence Blue Cross recently announced the official opening of Independence LIVE, a new 10,000-square-foot state-of-the-art customer and community health and wellness center that includes a full kitchen with healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, and licensed agents to help with claims and enrollment questions.