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.
  • Data Insights

    Mental illness is increasingly common among young people but many are not receiving the treatment that they need. This Data Insights explores current trends in youth mental health and opportunities to improve outcomes.

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  • Grants

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

    Press Release All Journalism Grantees
  • Awards

    NIHCM Foundation is pleased to welcome Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Dr. Aaron E. Carroll and Eliza Barclay to the independent judges panel of the NIHCM Awards. All three bring considerable expertise to the prestigious panel.

    Press Release Judges Panels The NIHCM Awards
  • Grants

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

    Press Release All Research Grantees
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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.

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Events

February 24, 2020
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This webinar explored cross-sector strategies to prevent teen substance and suicide, as well as the role of school-based health services in providing behavioral health care.

January 27, 2020
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This webinar explored public and private sector efforts to improve health outcomes by addressing social determinants of health.

In the News

February 2020
Population Health Spotlight
newsletter-alcohol-deaths-v2

Rural Health in America: How Shifting Populations Leave People Behind

 

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About the Data Insights

This rural health infographic depicts how increasing urbanization leaves behind an older, sicker and poorer population in rural America, with corresponding health care challenges. It also summarizes promising tools to improve rural health.

In rural areas, 18.4% of the population is over 65 years of age compared to 14.5% in urban areas, and rates of obesity, diabetes and smoking are higher. Expanding local provider communities and using technology to increase access to providers and specialists can help rural Americans get the health care they need.


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Rural Statistics - Census Bureau, Rural America Interactive

1990: US Census data

2010: American FactFinder

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Age: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011–2015 American Community Survey, 5-year estimates; 2015 American Community Survey.

Over 65 statistic: Nathan Paluso, Zachariah Croll, Deborah Thayer, Jean Talbot, Andrew Coburn, “Residential Settings and Healthcare Use of the Rural "Oldest-Old" Medicare Population,” Maine Rural Health Research Center

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2018; September 2019, Report Number p60-266

  • Poverty Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2018 and 2019 Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC).
    "In 2018, the poverty line was $12,490 an individual and $25,100 for a family of four."

Income Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2018 and 2019 Annual Social and Economic Supplements.

Health Outcomes Citations:
Rural Health Data Explorer, Diagnosed Diabetes Prevalence. Original data from CDC Diabetes County Data Indicators.
Rural Health Data Explorer, Obesity Prevalence. Original data from CDC Diabetes County Data Indicators.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tobacco Use by Geographic Region

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Hospital statistic: NC Rural Health Research Program, The Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina

Maternal statistics: National Rural Health Association and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

PCP (2014), Dentist (2015) and Total Physician (2015) statistics: RHI Hub and HRSA Area Health Resource Files

Voter access to specialists: Bipartisan Policy Center & American Heart Association Rural Health Care Polling Presentation (June 2019)

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Telehealth statistic: NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Life in Rural America Part II

Rural residency: HRSA

National Health Service Corps: NHSC

Scope of Practice laws: Rural Health Information Hub, Scope of Practice

EMS: Rural Health Information Hub, Resources on Emergency Medical Services 

Doulas: Econometrica

FCC statistic of 21.3 million
Microsoft study of 162 million 

As urbanization increases, an older, sicker and poorer population remains in rural America. Despite the health care challenges posed by these changes, promising initiatives can improve rural health.

Events

February 24, 2020
Teen-Mental-Health-webinar-graphic

This webinar explored cross-sector strategies to prevent teen substance and suicide, as well as the role of school-based health services in providing behavioral health care.

January 27, 2020
SDOH-webinar-graphic-012720

This webinar explored public and private sector efforts to improve health outcomes by addressing social determinants of health.

In the News

February 2020
Population Health Spotlight
newsletter-alcohol-deaths-v2

Grants

Journalism GrantsJournalism Grant Program

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

Nine new grantees for the 2019-2020 funding cycle have been announced! We will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2020-2021 funding cycle in late spring 2020.

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Awards

Now Accepting Entries for the 26th Annual Research and Journalism Awards

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Submit your research or reporting published in 2019 by February 3, 2020 for a chance to win up to $20,000. Winners and finalists will be recognized at a dinner in Washington, D.C., in May 2020.

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