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.

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  • 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.

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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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  • 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
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

Health Plan Approaches to Child Injury Prevention

EDC & NIHCM Foundation

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional injuries remain the leading cause of death among 0-19 year olds.1 Health plans can be important partners in the prevention of child injuries given their access to millions of Americans insured through both public and private insurance plans. Health plans can: inform health care professionals and families about the toll of injuries, encourage physicians to use Bright Futures and provide age-appropriate injury prevention guidance to families, support evidence-based prevention practices, and promote the use of and access to safety devices. Health plans can:

  • inform health care professionals and families about the toll of injuries,
  • encourage physicians to use Bright Futures and provide age-appropriate injury prevention guidance to families,
  • support evidence-based prevention practices, and
  • promote the use of and access to safety devices.

This issue brief presents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention (NAP); highlights the prevalence and cost of injuries; shares examples of current health plan child injury prevention activities; and offers opportunities for future action.

The National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention

Injuries and associated disability and death are preventable through education, environmental modification, effective policy-making, and en-forcement of evidence-based interventions. The CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) led an effort to develop the NAP to support solutions that will save lives and help children live to their fullest potential. The overall goals of the NAP are to lay out a vision to guide actions pivotal to reducing childhood injuries and provide a platform for organizing and implementing future child injury prevention activities.

The NAP seeks to:

  • increase awareness about the magnitude, risk factors, and effects of child injuries,
  • identify opportunities that draw attention to the preventability of child injury and unite stakeholders around a common set of goals and strategies,
  • create recommendations to accelerate child injury prevention efforts through improved data and surveillance, research, communication, education and training, health systems and health care, and policy, and
  • develop and mobilize actions to reduce child injuries.

Recognizing that health plans are important partners in reducing the burden of childhood injuries, the CDC funded the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) who subcontracted with the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation to explore the feasibility of implementing two strategies contained in the NAP. The two strategies are:

  • implement child unintentional injury prevention programs through community-based prevention programs and through Bright Futures, and
  • promote use of safety devices, such as child safety seats, as “durable medical equipment” so they can be prescribed and are reimbursable.

NIHCM and EDC utilized an environmental scan and two webinars with health plan and health plan foundation representatives to:

  • understand current health plan injury prevention activities,
  • raise awareness of the importance of child injury prevention (CIP), and
  • explore opportunities and challenges to implementing CIP activities.

Through the scan and during the webinars, health plans indicated a need for data and information to make the case for investing in CIP, identified CIP-related activities that are most feasible for them to implement, and offered specific examples of activities currently underway.

The sections that follow share data and highlight current and potential ways health plans can further the goals of the NAP by developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-informed practices to decrease the incidence and severity of injury.

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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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