Press Releases / February 14, 2019

NIHCM Foundation Announces Over $250K in Journalism Grants

NIHCM Foundation has awarded ten grants for health care journalism including investigative reporting, public engagement campaigns for documentaries and educational opportunities for reporters.

“As journalists face increasing challenges, we are proud of our longstanding commitment of supporting quality journalism that improves our collective understanding of health care and informs solutions,” said NIHCM CEO Nancy Chockley.

This year’s grantees are:

  • PBS NewsHour
    The U.S. plays an important role in the global response for pandemics – are we ready for the next one? This series seeks to answer that question by exploring topics like animal-transmitted viruses and construction of biocontainment units across the country.
  • Unseen Enemy
    The next pandemic could be caused by the flu—and experts estimate it could kill 33 million people and cost trillions of dollars. This documentary hones in on the importance of improving flu vaccines and efforts to develop a universal flu vaccine.
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, MedPage Today & USA Today Network
    A growing number of Americans are taking immunosuppressant drugs. This investigation seeks to understand why and examines different issues with the drugs, their approval and usage.
  • Reentry
    Chronicling the stories of three women participating in a reentry program in Ohio, this documentary explores the unique perspective of the effects of opioid addiction and incarceration on mothers and their children.
  • The Oregonian & OregonLive
    A keystone piece of a statewide media partnership, this reporting project will investigate persistently high suicide rates in Oregon and the West, what can be done, and the implications for the increasing national suicide rate.
  • Broken Places
    By revisiting some of the abused and neglected children profiled decades ago, this documentary illustrates how some children experience lasting damage from early trauma while others are able to thrive.
  • No Small Matter
    This documentary explores how early childhood learning is tied to both short- and long-term health and wellness, and depicts the tragic health consequences of toxic stress.
  • USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Center for Health Journalism "Health Matters" Webinar Series
    These webinars bring in leading researchers and reporters to educate journalists on timely health care and public health topics and to share insights on how to cover these issues in their communities.
  • Alliance for Health Policy & Association of Health Care Journalists Webinar Series
    These webinars educate journalists on the nuances of emerging issues in health care policy from a variety of perspectives, including academia, advocacy, the media and the private sector.
  • The Health Coverage Fellowship – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation
    This fellowship is an intensive, residential training program followed by a year of mentorship for journalists to strengthen their understanding of health care issues.


NIHCM Foundation
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