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This annual $100,000 award is given in recognition of an organization’s or individual’s outstanding achievement in managing or improving health in the U.S.

NEW YORK AND PHILADELPHIA, January 25, 2018 – Hearst Health, a division of Hearst, and the Jefferson College of Population Health, part of Jefferson University, today announced three finalists for the 2018 Hearst Health Prize. This annual $100,000 award is given in recognition of an organization’s or individual’s outstanding achievement in managing or improving health in the U.S. The announcement was made by Gregory Dorn, MD, MPH, president of Hearst Health, and David B. Nash, MD, MBA, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, who is also one of the judges.  

The finalists are as follows, in alphabetical order, with a video in which they describe their programs:

·       Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center [watch video]
·       Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance [watch video]
·       Nurse-Family Partnership [watch video]

The winner of the $100,000 award will be announced on March 20 at the 18th annual Population Health Colloquium. This year, for the first time, the other two finalists will each receive $25,000.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center: The All Children Thrive (ACT) Learning Network is focused on Cincinnati’s 66,000 children and, in particular, the needs of the city’s highest risk children living in poverty. The population-based improvements are aimed at reducing infant mortality and days that children spend in the hospital, and ensuring that children thrive by being school-ready at age five and reading proficiently by the third grade.

Impact:

·       Fewer extreme preterm births and the fewest preterm deaths ever.

·       Three years without an extreme preterm birth in one high-risk neighborhood (Avondale).

·       An 18 percent reduction in Avondale inpatient bed days.

·       Schools improved in passing grades on reading benchmark assessment from 43 percent to 61 percent.

Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance: Housing is a social determinant of health. The Home and Healthy for Good program is a permanent supportive housing program addressing chronic homelessness, overutilization of acute care and emergency care by removing barriers to housing. Individuals are provided with their own home where they can maintain sobriety, find employment, and achieve other health and life goals. Tenants live in leased, independent apartments or shared living arrangements that are integrated into the community. They have access to a broad range of comprehensive, community-based services, including medical and mental health care, substance abuse treatment, case management, and vocational and life skills training.

Impact:

·       A 78 percent reduction in utilization of emergency services within the first six months of housing; there is an increased utilization of mainstream systems of preventive and primary care.

·       Prior to entering the Home and Healthy for Good program, 29 percent of the participants were satisfied with their health. After housing, 63 percent of the participants reported satisfaction with health.

·       Since its founding, 981 adults experiencing chronic homelessness have been placed in permanent housing across Massachusetts.

·       A 66 percent of the total Home and Healthy for Good population is either still housed or left the program to move on to another type of permanent housing.

Nurse-Family Partnership: This national maternal and child health program changes outcomes for the most vulnerable moms and babies in poverty. Nurse-Family Partnership serves close to 33,000 first-time moms and their families. Nurse-Family Partnership provides each expectant mom with a personal nurse to help her have a healthy pregnancy, improve her child’s health and development, and set goals to become economically self-sufficient.

 

Impact:

·       Nurse-Family Partnership clients show significantly lower incidence of preterm births. A recent study showed Nurse-Family Partnership moms had a decrease by 18 percent in preterm deliveries.

·       According to a 2005 RAND Corporation study, every $1 invested in the highest-risk families participating in Nurse-Family Partnership returned $5.70.

The Hearst Health Prize applications were evaluated based on the program's population health impact or outcome, demonstrated by measurable improvement; use of evidence-based interventions and best practices to improve the quality of care; promotion of communication, collaboration and engagement; scalability and sustainability; and innovation. The finalists were the highest scoring in these criteria based on evaluation by a distinguished panel of judges.

 “The quality and the breadth of programs applying for the Hearst Health Prize this year were exceptional,” Dorn said. “We are delighted that by expanding the Prize, we will reward all three of the finalists who are improving the health of vulnerable populations: children living in poverty, adults experiencing homelessness and low-income, first-time mothers.”

 “In this third year of the Hearst Health Prize, what really stood out is the way these programs illustrated the power of building strong partnerships with diverse stakeholders to create tangible health benefits in a community,” Nash said. “It is a hallmark of all three of the finalists, who are doing such meaningful work and are making an impact on their communities.”

 For additional information about the Hearst Health Prize, please go to www.jefferson.edu/HearstHealthPrize or visit the Hearst Health booth #2121 at HIMSS18, March 6-8, 2018, in Las Vegas.

 For more information about the individual finalists, please visit their websites:

https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/

http://www.mhsa.net/

https://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/