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.

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  • 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
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Expanding the Rural Health Care Workforce

September 2019, Population Health Spotlight

Expanding the Rural Health Care Workforce

While there are 33 providers for every 10,000 people in urban areas, rural areas only have 13 providers on average to serve the same number of people. One approach to expanding the rural health care workforce is to invest in rural residency programs, as residents who serve in rural areas are more likely to continue to practice there. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded $20 million to 27 organizations across 21 states to create new rural residency programs. Private payers are helping too - in Washington, Premera Blue Cross is granting $5.5 million to support rural residency programs across the state. An additional $5 million will help rural providers invest in needed medical technology and infrastructure.


Signs of Progress? New Data on Substance Use & Mental Health

In August, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released a new report summarizing key findings from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. One highlight: fewer people between the ages of 12 to 25 became new misusers of pain relievers than in 2015 and 2016. While this is perhaps a sign of progress emerging from the opioid crisis, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that there is room for improvement when it comes to opioid prescribing practices. CDC guidelines recommend prescribing overdose reversal drug naloxone along with high-dose opioid prescriptions, but in 2018, naloxone was only dispensed with 1 in every 69 high-dose opioid prescriptions. While experts think it may not be practical to get dispensing ratios down to 1 to 1, public health officials hope to see higher rates of naloxone prescribing.


The Opioid Crisis: An Interactive Look

Through a new series of interactive data visualizations, we depicted how the opioid crisis changed in character and in magnitude from 2000 to 2017. For the first time, we captured unduplicated counts of the number of overdose deaths involving specific combinations of prescription opioids, heroin and synthetic opioids. We also show the shifting demographics of the crisis, which increasingly affected a greater number of younger adults around the same time that use of synthetic opioids spiked.


Housing, Food Access & More: Investing in Social Determinants of Health

Where we live, where we work, and associated environmental factors are the biggest drivers of our health; not the medical care we receive. In recognition of the importance of social determinants to overall health, payers are increasingly investing in programs to address the whole health of their members and communities:

  • Florida Blue is hiring social workers at 25 Florida Blue Centers to help visitors navigate issues outside the scope of their health plan.
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is investing $1 million in housing through Chicago's Flexible Housing Pool, which helps the homeless to find permanent housing in addition to providing wraparound services.
  • In Ohio, Anthem is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Ohio and the Adam-Amanda Mental Health Rehabilitation Center to help people struggling with mental health as well as housing instability to find supportive housing and create a stable home environment.
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation is focusing on social determinants like healthy eating and physical activity to fight health inequity in the state by investing nearly $400,000 in 15 community partners.

Rural residency programs can help expand the health care workforce in rural America.

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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