Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

Maternal & Child Health

  • Adolescents and young adults are more likely to be uninsured than any other age group. Implementation of health reform and the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIPRA) are expected to change this reality by improving affordability and expanding both public and private coverage. However, as more young adults are able to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans, ensuring access to confidential services, especially reproductive health care, will become even more important.

  • Nearly half of the 20 million new STD infections in the U.S. each year are among 15-24 year olds. Yet many teens are not routinely tested for STDs as the CDC recommends, delaying possible diagnosis and treatment and undermining prevention efforts. Given that STDs are associated with life-long poor health outcomes and health care costs of more than $16 billion per year, it is critical that providers and health plans work to reduce the disproportionate impact of STDs on youth.

  • This webinar explored what’s behind the disturbingly high U.S. maternal mortality rates, looking for solutions in California, a state that has become a national leader in efforts to reduce deaths and improve pregnancy outcomes.

  • This Health Matters webinar, hosted by USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism with support from NIHCM Foundation, provided context for chronicling the threat posed by lead in communities nationwide, identifed potential policy solutions, and highlighted leaders who are ahead of the curve on minimizing exposure.

  • This brief highlights strategies for public and private collaboration around education and payment reforms to put an end to unnecessary and dangerous early deliveries.

  • Bullying remains a common experience for many children and is a serious public health problem since it adversely affects both the mental and physical health of children and youth. Bullying has received heightened exposure in the media recently due to a surge in bullying incidents and tragedies nationwide, calling attention to the need for collaborative efforts to implement evidence-based programs in our nation’s schools.

  • This fact sheet lays out the structure of the project, including how project partners identify and communicate with providers, the promising results, and the scalability of this approach.

  • This fact sheet looks at how a community-driven approach has allowed the Florida Blue Foundation to target efforts based on the specific needs and opportunities facing a diverse state.

  • NIHCM Foundation, in collaboration with the Partners in Program Planning for Adolescent Health (PIPPAH) initiative, is pleased to release a series of print interviews on adolescent health.

  • One in three children is affected by bullying in U.S. schools today, and this epidemic presents immense health, economic and societal consequences. Recognizing the need for a multi-faceted public health approach to the problem, the Highmark Foundation launched the Bullying Prevention Institute to enable implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) in more than 240 schools across the Foundation’s Pennsylvania service region.

  • The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has been awarded the 20th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award in the General Circulation category for the investigation “Deadly Delays,” by Ellen Gabler, Mark Johnson, John Fauber, Allan James Vestal, and Kristyna Wentz-Graff. This story looks into the nation's newborn screening programs, uncovering dangerous and deadly delays in the programs used to detect and save babies from rare diseases.

  • This fact sheet highlights how the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation has developed partnerships with innovative organizations that are making headway in improving maternal and infant health.

  • 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.

  • With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Academy for State Health Policy and the NIHCM Foundation hosted a webinar that explored strategies to promote implementation of the Bright Futures guidelines for pediatric preventive care.

  • Efforts to improve children’s nutrition have been gaining momentum, with new standards for school lunches in effect this year and community gardens in harvest across the country. Yet for many, the annual well-child visit continues to be a missed opportunity to address poor eating habits.

  • This fact sheet considers how health plans and their foundations can contribute to improving housing and health care for homeless and at-risk children, providing examples and resources to guide health plan efforts.

  • According to a 2010 study, there are 1.6 million homeless children in the U.S. each year—that’s 1 in 45 kids. Not surprisingly, children with inadequate or unstable housing situations have disproportionately high rates of chronic disease, asthma, hunger, traumatic stress, and emotional and behavioral problems. Strategies to stabilize housing for children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless are important for diminishing the health risks facing this vulnerable population.

  • This issue brief details a collaboration between Anthem Foundation and March of Dimes to scale up interventions proven to reduce premature birth rates, from group prenatal care and smoking cessation programs, to outreach aimed at reducing early elective deliveries. 

  • Nearly one million children gained health care coverage in 2014, and the extension of CHIP earlier this year preserved coverage for millions more. Yet there are still many challenges in keeping kids covered, including variations in state Medicaid policies and funding for CHIP beyond 2017.

  • This brief presents the latest evidence on the prevalence and cost of unintentional injuries, and it highlights health plan injury prevention activities and other potential interventions.

  • This brief outlines the innovative ways health plans and their foundations are reaching women of childbearing age, and it suggests strategies for direct and cost-effective outreach programs.

  • When parents and communities are squeezed, their young children pay the price. How can we do better? The acclaimed new documentary series The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation shows how a strong start for all our kids leads to a healthier, more prosperous and more equitable nation. Watch the opening signature hour and more on Video on Demand, order the DVD, or check your local public TV listings to see when it is airing in your area.

  • The brief provides recommendations and tools for health care providers to identify and treat maternal depression and shares opportunities for health plans to promote a comprehensive approach to early identification and treatment of maternal depression.

  • This issue brief explores how oral health practices and utilization of dental care among pregnant women may affect a woman’s overall health, her birth outcome, and the oral health of her children.

  • Women who are insured during pregnancy have better access to prenatal care and early screenings and are less likely to face preterm birth and low birth weight. These are good reasons to celebrate the recent coverage gains among women.

  • The issue brief reviews recommendations and tools for primary care providers to identify and treat adolescent depression and shares opportunities for health plans to support providers in identifying and treating adolescent depression.

  • One in five American kids lives below the federal poverty line—a start that leads to health disparities and life-long achievement gaps. Services like home visits for new mothers have been proven to mitigate the impact of poverty on young kids, and a new model is shaking up the way these services are financed.

  • According to the Institute of Medicine, premature births cost the U.S. $26 billion each year and represent 35 percent of total U.S. spending on health care for infants. Three randomized controlled trials (RCT) have shown that adopting the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) model, a home visiting program connecting low-income first-time parents and their children with registered nurses, reduces the incidence of premature births and provides significant benefits for children and parents.

  • This brief highlights several of these efforts and outlines strategic opportunities for health plan foundations to have even greater impact in the future.

  • This fact sheet shows how BCBSMA’s highly tailored approach to meeting community needs and strategic deployment of staff talents ensured a successful collaboration that promises to expand access to important youth empowerment activities for years come.

  • NIHCM Foundation’s quarterly Maternal & Child Health Newsletter highlights recent news from NIHCM as well as health plan initiatives and public sector strategies to improve maternal and child health.

     
  • NIHCM Foundation’s quarterly Maternal & Child Health Newsletter highlights recent news from NIHCM as well as health plan initiatives and public sector strategies to improve maternal and child health.

     
  • NIHCM Foundation’s quarterly Maternal & Child Health Newsletter highlights recent news from NIHCM as well as health plan initiatives and public sector strategies to improve maternal and child health.

  • NIHCM Foundation’s quarterly Maternal & Child Health Newsletter highlights recent news from NIHCM as well as health plan initiatives and public sector strategies to improve maternal and child health.

     
  • NIHCM Foundation’s quarterly Maternal & Child Health Newsletter highlights recent news from NIHCM as well as health plan initiatives and public sector strategies to improve maternal and child health.

     
  • NIHCM Foundation’s quarterly Maternal & Child Health Newsletter highlights recent news from NIHCM as well as health plan initiatives and public sector strategies to improve maternal and child health.

     
  • NIHCM Foundation’s quarterly Maternal & Child Health Newsletter highlights recent news from NIHCM as well as health plan initiatives and public sector strategies to improve maternal and child health.

     
  • NIHCM Foundation’s quarterly Maternal & Child Health Newsletter highlights recent news from NIHCM as well as health plan initiatives and public sector strategies to improve maternal and child health.

     
  • NIHCM Foundation’s quarterly Maternal & Child Health Newsletter highlights recent news from NIHCM as well as health plan initiatives and public sector strategies to improve maternal and child health.

     
  • NIHCM Foundation’s quarterly Maternal & Child Health Newsletter highlights recent news from NIHCM as well as health plan initiatives and public sector strategies to improve maternal and child health.

     
  • NIHCM Foundation’s quarterly Maternal & Child Health Newsletter highlights recent news from NIHCM as well as health plan initiatives and public sector strategies to improve maternal and child health.

  • Florida Blue teamed up with Marvel Custom Solutions to create a comic book designed to convey positive messages about healthy lifestyles. The Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital released a study on injuries resulting from high chairs and booster seats. Read about these topics and more in the December 2013 edition of the Maternal & Child Health Newsletter.

  • NIHCM Foundation’s quarterly Maternal & Child Health Newsletter highlights recent news from NIHCM as well as health plan initiatives and public sector strategies to improve maternal and child health.

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation gives $1M to construct a neonatal abstinence syndrome treatment center. The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council call attention to the surprisingly poor health profile of young adults. Read about these initiatives and more in the November 2014 edition of the Maternal & Child Health Newsletter.

  • HealthNow New York is sponsoring a program to bring professional athletes into schools to demonstrate the importance of physical fitness. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has released survey results showing that e-cigarette use is high among teens. Read about these projects and more in the April 2015 edition of the Maternal & Child Health Newsletter.

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has published a report evaluating the evidence base for interventions to address the social determinants of health. A new study from the CDC finds disparities between treatment practices for preschoolers with ADHD and the latest clinical practice guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Read about these topics and more in the July 2015 edition of the Maternal & Child Health Newsletter.

  • Premera Blue Cross has a new resource for parents on encouraging teens to take responsibility for their own health and preventive care. The CDC has updated its free online course on preventing teen dating violence. Read about these programs and more in this latest issue.

  • Nearly half of all U.S. counties lack a practicing OB-GYN, and the shortage is expected to grow, with projections showing as many as 8,800 fewer OB-GYNs practicing than will be needed in 2020. This webinar explored what’s driving shortages and share promising solutions.

  • This fact sheet lays out barriers to HPV vaccination and highlights strategies health plans can use to improve uptake of the vaccines.

  • With the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse and related increase in heroin dependence, the health system is facing an alarming rise in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). NAS afflicts newborns exposed to drugs, most commonly opioids, while in utero. These infants may experience withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, weight loss, hypersensitivity to light and sound, seizures, and potential long-term developmental effects.

  • Due to provisions in the Affordable Care Act, more women than ever have access to coverage for preventive screenings without co-payments or deductibles, including chlamydia screening. However, research indicates that coverage does not necessarily result in higher screening rates. In fact, health care providers and patients report barriers to chlamydia screening beyond coverage or access to care.

  • Adolescents in the U.S. are an increasingly diverse population and, as a result, are facing significant healthcare inequities. Given the economic burden of health disparities and premature death – over $1.24 trillion in direct and indirect costs between 2003 and 2006 – adolescence is a critical time period to arm youth with appropriate health information and ensure they have an opportunity to grow up in healthy and safe communities.

  • In this fact sheet, NIHCM Foundation highlights how health plans and health plan foundations support text4baby and suggests ways plans and foundations can partner with state and local governments and community organizations.

  • Most children’s health system experience is limited to the pediatrician’s office, but those with chronic or complex medical needs often deal with care that is fragmented, duplicative and crisis-driven. This leads to stress on families and wasteful utilization

  • Read about important events, research, community investments and programs to improve public health in NIHCM's newsletter, Population Health Spotlight.

  • Read about important events, research, community investments and programs to improve public health in NIHCM's newsletter, Population Health Spotlight.

  • Read about important events, research, community investments and programs to improve public health in NIHCM's newsletter, Population Health Spotlight.

  • Read about important events, research, community investments and programs to improve public health in NIHCM's newsletter, Population Health Spotlight.

  • Read about important events, research, community investments and programs to improve public health in NIHCM's newsletter, Population Health Spotlight.

  • Read about important events, research, community investments and programs to improve public health in NIHCM's newsletter, Population Health Spotlight.

  • Read about important events, research, community investments and programs to improve public health in NIHCM's newsletter.

  • This webinar, co-hosted by NIHCM Foundation and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, explored ways to connect women to dental coverage and care during pregnancy, including the impact of the ACA on dental insurance options; strategies to integrate dental screenings and referrals into prenatal care; and efforts to educate pregnant women on dental care.

  • This issue brief, produced jointly with the Children’s Safety Network, highlights the prevalence, consequences and costs of adolescent injuries to explain why health plans should want to invest in injury prevention.

  • This fact sheet calls attention to the dynamics that ensured a successful partnership, such as building upon the established work of coalition members and supporting ongoing evaluation.

  • This fact sheet details how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and a powerful coalition of stakeholders launched a series of school-based obesity prevention programs designed to help schools with different sets of needs and resources.

  • Chronic diseases touch one of every two U.S. adults and account for 86 percent of our nation’s health spending. This webinar explored strategies for preventing chronic diseases and consider the drivers of poor health.

  • This fact sheet highlights the early success of Shape NC and details plans to expand the initiative, to refine the way outcomes are measured and to deploy a new evidence-informed framework for community-led systems change.

  • Over the past two decades, the rate of preterm births has increased by 36 percent with preterm births now accounting for 12.5 percent of all live births. Contributing to this increase is a rise in elective inductions and cesarean deliveries prior to 37 weeks gestation, despite evidence and guidelines recommending against elective deliveries before 39 weeks without clinical indication.

  • This issue brief reviews the legal protections in place to ensure confidential care delivery for adolescents and young adults and the effect of privacy and confidentiality concerns on the use of health services.

  • Since 2000, the number of babies born dependent on opioids due to maternal drug use has increased 5-fold nationally and 16-fold in the state of Tennessee. This brief describes BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation's efforts to address this growing problem.

  • Nearly 300,000 babies were born to teen mothers in 2013, with substantial immediate and long-term health, social and economic costs associated with each pregnancy.

  • The health benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby are well known—breast milk is ideally suited to meet the nutritional needs of infants, and it contains disease-fighting antibodies that protect both mothers and infants. Studies demonstrate that children who are breastfed are less likely to become obese during childhood and adolescence.

  • This issue brief shares recent strategies proposed by the federal government to achieve health equity and improve health literacy, including specific strategies relevant to health plans and foundations.

  • Children in foster care face dramatic health inequities: nearly 60 percent have at least one chronic disease, and nearly 70 percent have moderate to severe mental health disorders. Relative to other non-disabled Medicaid beneficiaries, children in foster care use more medical services with higher associated costs. Yet the most recent Federal Child and Family Services Review found that about 25 percent of children in foster care have unmet health care needs.

  • A NIHCM Foundation Journalism Grant is supporting outreach and community engagement for "The Homestretch," a Kartemquin Films & Spargel Productions documentary that explores broad social issues, including mental health, through the stories of three homeless teens.

  • A NIHCM Foundation Journalism Grant is supporting the national public engagement campaign for The Raising of America documentary series. The Raising of America is the first national, fully integrated media-public engagement project that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development.