Press Releases / June 22, 2020

Winners of the 26th Annual NIHCM Awards and $1 Million in Grants Announced

This year, NIHCM is delighted to hold a virtual celebration to honor our 2020 Award Winners. Our 26th Annual Awards continue NIHCM’s tradition of saluting exceptional journalists and researchers whose evidence-based work advances and transforms our knowledge of health care.

Looking toward the future, this year, we are also offering $1 million in grants — the largest amount in our history — to support journalism and research projects. “Now, more than ever, as our country and the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic and a rapidly evolving, worldwide movement to combat racism, we need the valuable insights and new ideas that often come from the work of journalists and researchers,” says Nancy Chockley, President and CEO of NIHCM.

Our 2020 NIHCM Award Winners are selected by independent panels of judges. We invite you to meet each winner on video and hear about their extraordinary work:

NIHCM 2020 Award Winners

  • Meg Anderson and Sean McMinn won the Digital Media Award for the articles: “Heat and Health in American Cities” and “Code Red: Baltimore’s Climate Divide,” a collaboration between NPR, The University of Maryland's Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and Capital News Service.
  • Christopher Weaver, Gabe Johnson and team won the Television and Radio Journalism Award for “Predator on the Reservation,” a joint piece from The Wall Street Journal and PBS News' Frontline.
  • Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times won the General Circulation Journalism Award for “Inside America’s High Deductible Revolution.
  • Caitlin Cox, TCTMD won the Trade Journalism Award for “Peripheral Vision: As office based practices proliferate, who is watching patients?”
  • Damon Jones, David Molitor and Julian Reif won the Research Award for “What Do Workplace Wellness Programs Do? Evidence from the Illinois Workplace Wellness Study” in The Quarterly Journal of Economics.
  • Zirui Song and Katherine Baicker also won the Research Award for “Effect of a Workplace Wellness Program on Employee Health and Economic Outcomes: A Randomized Clinical Trial” in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Our winners were selected from more than 400 entries. An essential principle of the NIHCM Awards is that all entries, winners and finalists are evaluated and chosen by independent panels of judges who are leaders in health care, journalism and research. Winners received awards of up to $20,000.

Congratulate our winners! Share their stories at #NIHCMAwards. Find social media materials here.


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