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.
  • News

    To help you find answers to questions concerning COVID-19, NIHCM is providing you with links to expert sources that are frequently updated. We will continually update this list.

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  • Awards

    We are honored to announce the finalists for the 26th Annual Health Care Research and Journalism Awards. The winning entry in each category will be announced in late Spring and will receive a $15,000 to $20,000 cash prize.

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  • Data Insights

    As individuals around the world practice physical distancing and quarantine, some may begin to feel increased levels of loneliness and social isolation. This new Data Insights explores the risk factors and identifies key strategies to combat loneliness and social isolation. 

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  • Grants

    NIHCM Foundation has awarded 14 grants for health care journalism including investigative reporting and educational opportunities for reporters.

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  • Grants

    NIHCM Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in grants to support nine investigator-initiated research studies.

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  • Briefing

    NIHCM Foundation led a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss social determinants of health and the opioid crisis with Founding President and CEO Nancy Chockley, former CMS Administrator Don Berwick, Curtis Barnett of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Craig Samitt of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and Grant Baldwin from the CDC.

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Events

April 08, 2020
USC-covid19-webinar-040820

This webinar will highlight how a top reporter stays on top of the story every day, and will offer actionable tips that will bolster fellow journalists' coverage.

March 18, 2020
Alliance-covid19-webinar-image

This COVID-19 Webinar Miniseries synthesizes the information in the headlines to provide cohesive insight into the status of the response and remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed to limit the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

In the News

March 2020
Population Health Spotlight
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Effective Government & Private Sector Initiatives to Address Childhood Obesity

September 09, 2010 | 09:00 AM
10:30 AM ET

Nearly one in three children in the U.S. are overweight or obese (1). These children face immediate health consequences and are also more likely to be obese as adults. Overweight children are estimated to incur $3 billion in medical expenses on an annual basis and medical spending on obese adults was estimated to be $147 billion in 2008 (2,3).

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative and the commitment to end the epidemic within a generation have brought new attention and momentum to the fight against childhood obesity. As the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity wrote in its report to the President, “multi-sectoral approaches are needed to address the many behavioral risk factors associated with obesity.” This webinar will bring together various sectors that interact with children and their parents -- including health plans, primary care providers, government leaders and community organizations -- to share innovative programs and explore multi-sectoral strategies to address the childhood obesity epidemic.

Sponsored by grants from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and WellPoint, Inc.

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Speakers

William H. Dietz
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sandra G. Hassink
A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children; American Academy of Pediatrics Board of Directors
Victoria W. Rogers
Maine Medical Center
Harvinder Sareen
Wellpoint, Inc.

Additional Resources

Federal & State:

Foundations and Nonprofit Resources:

Multi-sectoral:

  • Childhood Obesity: The Role of Health Policy. Report to the Second National Childhood Obesity Congress, Miami, FL, 2008. From NICHQ & the Child Policy Research Center
  • Let’s Go! Initiative, a community-based initiative to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children, youth and families in 12 communities in the state of Maine. Includes resources for schools, after school programs, child care providers, community based programs, healthcare professionals, employers and parents.
  • The Partnership for a Healthier America. As partner to the Let’s Move campaign, the Partnership for a Healthier America is linking and mobilizing the private sector, foundations, thought leaders, media and local communities to action and further the goals of curbing childhood obesity.

Private Sector:

Recent Research:

  • Health Affairs: The March 2010 issue of Health Affairs describes the root causes of obesity in children and offers prescriptions for a healthier future.  Topics include the state of childhood obesity in America, the role of agriculture policy and food marketing and distribution in reducing childhood obesity, fighting obesity in schools, lessons from states and localities, the effects of environments on childhood obesity, and the impact of childhood obesity on employers.
  • National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research  webpage. A collaborative of leading research funders addressing the problem of childhood obesity in America.
  • Obesity in Children, Information from MedLine Plus, a service of the National Library of Medicine at the NIH.

Highlight: Physical Activity & Safety:

  • AAP’s* 2010 Sports Injury Prevention Tip Sheet.
  • CDCSports Injuries page: includes fact sheets and prevention tips.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Child Safety page. Introduces “Kidd Safety” and a variety of publications and interactive games for children to prevent unreasonable risks of injuries associated with consumer products.
  • Safe Kids USA webpage. A nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury.

NIHCM Publications on Childhood Obesity:

* Denotes Alliance for Information on Maternal and Child Health (AIM) Partner. AIM is a collaborative of national membership organizations and MCHB.

Events

April 08, 2020
USC-covid19-webinar-040820

This webinar will highlight how a top reporter stays on top of the story every day, and will offer actionable tips that will bolster fellow journalists' coverage.

March 18, 2020
Alliance-covid19-webinar-image

This COVID-19 Webinar Miniseries synthesizes the information in the headlines to provide cohesive insight into the status of the response and remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed to limit the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

In the News

March 2020
Population Health Spotlight
newsletter rural urban new

Grants

Journalism GrantsJournalism Grant Program

NIHCM has announced its 2019 journalism grantees. We will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2020-2021 funding cycle in late spring 2020.

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Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Program

NIHCM has announced its 2019 research grantees. We will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2020-2021 funding cycle in late spring 2020.

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Awards

The 26th Annual Research and Journalism Awards

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We are honored to announce the finalists for the 26th Annual Health Care Research and Journalism Awards.

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