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

Population Health

  • Reveal and the Texas Tribune partnered to expose how tens of thousands along the Texas border still live without clean, safe water.

  • A NIHCM Foundation Journalism Grant is supporting the public engagement campaign for the documentary ALMOST SUNRISE to raise awareness of the concept of moral injury and contribute to the reduction of veteran suicides.

  • A NIHCM Foundation Journalism Grant will support in-depth reporting to advance understanding of the mental health needs of LGBTQ teens through reporting on the personal, familial and financial toll to be placed in a variety of local and national outlets.

  • The health care landscape is rapidly changing, and this focus on transformation opens exciting new opportunities to advance population health. Achieving the promise of greater community health and equity requires the know-how, innovations and commitment of a wide range of sectors and stakeholders.

  • 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.

  • In this essay, Dr. William Dietz outlines the range of obesity-reduction efforts developed during his 15 years at the CDC, stressing the importance of policy and environmental strategies designed to make the healthy choice the easier choice.

  • Technology has revolutionized consumerism, allowing us to make on-the-go purchasing decisions with user-friendly apps and easy access to product data. We're also increasingly sophisticated about monitoring our health, turning mobile devices into wellness tools with calorie trackers and fitness monitors. While the health care industry has largely lagged behind this transformation, more and more companies are finding ways to help consumers take charge of their health and make smart decisions about their health care.

  • Catherine Sager and her production team have been awarded the 5th Annual Television and Radio Journalism Award for the documentary "Autism: Coming of Age." This documentary, produced by Veritech Corporation, sponsored by MassMutual and distributed by American Public Television, provides a look inside the lives of three adults with autism, offering insights on the challenges people with autism face as they transition into adulthood and age out of the public education system.

  • 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.

  • This fact sheet describes the evidence and theory behind the Blue Zones Project and how stakeholders in 19 demonstration sites are working to make healthy lifestyles the local custom.

  • In the interest of helping to strengthen the evidence base for employee wellness programs and with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, NIHCM Foundation brought together nearly 40 experts in wellness and research methods to discuss the current state of the evidence and identify new directions for research.

  • This report intends to guide future research and other activities to encourage and assist employers to implement evidence-based wellness interventions.

  • 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.

  • The racial disparities in health service use among Medicaid beneficiaries with similar coverage have been well established. A study led by Gloria Bazzoli and colleagues and supported by a NIHCM research grant finds that integrated case management (ICM) reduces these racial disparities in the use of both primary care and emergency care. This one-page Research Insights reviews the key takeaways from the published Medical Care Research and Review article.

  • This webinar, hosted by USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism with support from NIHCM Foundation, gave an overview to end of life care, examined the issues around end-of-life care as well as insights for journalists on spurring more conversations about how we approach death in America.

  • 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.

  • Representatives from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Justice, and Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, participated in a screening and panel discussion of The Homestretch. The discussion focused on how to prevent youth homelessness and better coordinate federal funding streams so youth can access services when they need them, especially health and mental health services.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • In this video, Dr. Aaron Carroll explains how abuse of prescription opioids can lead to addiction and explores the impact of opioid abuse and addiction on Americans and our health care system. This video is part of a Healthcare Triage series on opioids supported by a NIHCM Journalism grant. 

  • In this video, Dr. Aaron Carroll explores the connection between easily accessible firearms and the suicide rate in the United States.

  • In this video, Dr. Aaron Carroll reviews the treatment options available to those addicted or dependent on opioids. He also highlights the importance of efforts to prevent addiction, such as the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts program to curb overprescription of opioids. This video is part of a Healthcare Triage series on opioids supported by a NIHCM Journalism grant.

  • With support from a NIHCM Foundation Journalism Grant, Healthcare Triage will produce an online video series on public health and safety, using data and evidence to educate consumers.

  • In this video, Dr. Aaron Carroll explores the evolution of opioids to treat pain, tracing the history of a growing epidemic as opioid medications became more powerful leading to our current crisis of addiction and overdose deaths. This video is part of a Healthcare Triage series on opioids supported by a NIHCM Journalism grant.

  • In this video, Dr. Aaron Carroll explains the science behind how opioids relieve pain in the human body. This video is part of a Healthcare Triage series on opioids supported by a NIHCM Journalism grant.

  • 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.

  • Rick Young and his team have been awarded the 7th Annual Television and Radio Journalism Award for their FRONTLINE documentary “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria” on PBS. This investigation highlights the rise in deadly drug-resistant bacteria, including antibiotic overuse and the role drug companies play in the development of new antibiotics.

  • 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.

  • NIHCM Foundation and National Association of Black Journalists developed a panel to explore efforts to improve health literacy and access to coverage among African Americans since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The panel included speakers from Enroll America, CMS Office for Minority Health, NAACP and Health Care Service Corporation.

  • The current generation of children may be the first in U.S. history to live shorter, sicker lives than their parents. Already, more than half of Americans have at least one chronic disease. The majority of these conditions are preventable, but the scale of the problem necessitates interventions beyond the walls of the doctor’s office.

  • 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.

  • Nearly half of adults who died by suicide visited a primary care physician within a month before their deaths, according to an influential study. Primary care is on the front lines facing behavioral health crises like suicide and opioid abuse, yet studies show that primary care providers often lack the time and resources to treat mental health and substance use disorders. This webinar explored ways to bridge the gap between primary care and behavioral health care.

  • Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong have been awarded the 18th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award in the General Circulation category for their The Seattle Times series "Methadone and the Politics of Pain." This investigation looks at how Washington state is cutting costs by steering Medicaid recipients to methadone, a narcotic that costs less than a dollar a dose but has resulted in hundreds of deaths each year.

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

  • Sarah Varney, Margaret Slattery and Diane Weber have been awarded an honorable mention for the 21st Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award in the General Circulation category for their story “Mississippi Burned” in POLITICO Magazine. Their reporting examines the complex, systemic government failures in the first year of the Affordable Care Act in Mississippi, including rising uninsured rates and emergency room costs following the state’s decision to not expand Medicaid.

  • 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.

  • Americans spend more than $30 billion a year on vitamins and supplements. But how do we know these pills are safe? In Supplements and Safety, FRONTLINE, The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation team up to investigate the supplement industry, uncovering cases of contamination and serious health problems and raising important questions about federal oversight and marketing practices.

  • About half of Americans take a vitamin or supplement daily, despite issues concerning their safety. In "Supplements and Safety," FRONTLINE, The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation team up to investigate the supplement industry, uncovering cases of contamination and serious health problems and raising questions about federal oversight and marketing practices.

  • Between 1999 and 2013, the amount of prescription painkillers dispensed in the U.S. quadrupled. In roughly the same period, both painkiller-related deaths and heroin-related deaths quadrupled as well. The U.S. is facing an epidemic of opioid abuse, but promising interventions could turn the tide.

  • Al Jazeera America producer Sam Black and his team have been awarded the 8th Annual Television and Radio Journalism Award for their Fault Lines investigation “Opioid Wars.” This report spotlights troubling opioid prescribing practices, the rapid FDA approval process for painkillers, growing drug company profits and the rising rates of overdose.

  • 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

  • PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting co-hosted a Capitol Hill screening and panel discussion of The Homestretch, bringing together legislators and leaders from the fields of education, homeless youth, health and human resources, juvenile justice, foster care, and immigration.

  • Gary Schwitzer interviews patient advocate AnneMarie Ciccarella about her blog @chemobrainfog, and they discuss how celebrities’ stories about their own breast cancer experiences are often misleading and harmful.

  • This podcast introduces the story of Melissa Phipps, a breast cancer patient, to highlight how patients can be harmed by flawed news stories. Melissa shares her story of what it’s like to make treatment choices for yourself while hearing widespread news stories promoting treatment choices very different than what was recommended for you. As a journalist herself, she also offers advice to journalists about how to do a better job reporting on breast cancer.

  • 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.

  • Introducing NIHCM's new quarterly newsletter, Population Health Spotlight, featuring important events, research, community investments and programs to improve public health.

  • 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.