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

Prevention & Wellness

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 webinar, hosted by USC Annenberg’s Center for Health Journalism with support from NIHCM Foundation, provided an overview of the opioid epidemic, including the new geography of addiction, and offered approaches for reporters to cover this evolving crisis.

  • A NIHCM Foundation Journalism Grant provides support for a documentary, produced in collaboration with The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, examining the vitamins and supplements industry.

  • In this essay, Dr. Gruber reviews the rationales for and experience with sin taxes for cigarettes and alcoholic beverages, and offers his insights on using sin taxes to combat obesity.

  • Geeta Anand, Betsy McKay and Gautam Naik have been awarded an Honorable Mention in the 19th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award in the General Circulation category for their series from The Wall Street Journal “TB: A Menace Returns,” which examines the deadly spread of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis across India and beyond.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • One in five Americans say they feel lonely or socially isolated–and this lack of meaningful social connections can have life threatening consequences. This webinar explored strategies for addressing loneliness across age groups and considered its effect on health.

  • Upwards of 2 million Americans misused prescription opioids for the first time in 2016. This webinar got to the heart of the prevention question, exploring efforts across the health system to stop opioid abuse before it starts.

  • This NIHCM-funded study will collect information from officials in eight states on their policies aimed at reducing opioid pain reliever (OPR) abuse, examine inpatient and ED data and mortality records to characterize OPR complications, and empirically estimate the impact of state policies on complications. Results are expected to inform additional efforts to mitigate the incidence and consequences of OPR abuse.

  • Aaron Carroll, Mark Olsen and Stan Muller have been awarded the first Digital Media Award for their healthcare YouTube series “Healthcare Triage—Using Evidence to Inform Policy.” Their videos explore widely misunderstood policy issues through the lens of scientific evidence, translating important research for a broad audience.