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
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

Preventing Early Childhood Obesity in North Carolina

Childhood obesity continues to be one of the largest public health crises in the nation. One-third of children and teens nationwide are overweight or obese,1 and more than half of obese children become obese at or before the age of two.2

Recent research indicating that lifelong health is largely determined during the formative years of early childhood3 points to the importance of establishing healthy lifestyle behaviors before children enter kindergarten. In North Carolina, 29 percent of low-income children ages two to four years attending a state-funded health clinic are overweight or obese.4

Thirty-four percent of North Carolina children under the age of six years spend all or part of their days in licensed child care centers5 where they consume up to two meals and two snacks a day.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation recognizes that these child care centers can influence healthy behaviors in young children and has been collaborating with early childhood experts for the past decade through investments in three programs:

  • Be Active Kids®, a BCBSNC Foundation signature program
  • Preventing Obesity by Design (POD), a program out of the Natural Learning Initiative from NC State University’s College of Design
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC), a program of the University of North Carolina’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

In order to truly impact early childhood obesity in North Carolina, the BCBSNC Foundation recognized a comprehensive approach was needed and built upon the successful aspects of each of these programs. In 2011, BCBSNC Foundation created Shape NC: Healthy Starts for Young Children, a three-year, $3 million collaboration with The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC). Based on the success of the first phase of the program, BCBSNC Foundation approved an additional $3 million for a three-year Shape NC extension (phase II).

A History of Collaboration

BCBSNC Foundation and NCPC have a strong history of working together on projects impacting healthy eating habits and active play for young children. The second $3 million grant allows the initiative to expand its work through NCPC and Smart Start, a network of 76 nonprofit local partnerships serving all 100 North Carolina counties. NCPC provides statewide governance to the Smart Start partnerships in addition to resources for local innovation. Smart Start’s dedication to quality early care and education, its broad reach across North Carolina, and its accessible, centralized leadership made it an ideal partner in this endeavor.

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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

Winners Announcment 2018 1

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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