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Three Finalists Named for the 2018 $100,000 Hearst Health Prize in Partnership with the Jefferson College of Population Health

Three Finalists Named For The 2018 $100,000 Hearst Health Prize In Partnership With The Jefferson College Of Population Health

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:

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/

About Hearst Health
The Hearst Health network includes FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health, MCG, Homecare Homebase, MedHOK, Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab (www.hearsthealth.com). Hearst also holds a minority interest in the precision medicine and oncology analytics company M2Gen. The mission of Hearst Health is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from Hearst Health reaches 85 percent of discharged patients, 205 million insured individuals, 70 million home health visits and 3.2 billion dispensed prescriptions.

About the Jefferson College of Population Health
Established in 2008, JCPH is part of Jefferson University (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), a leader in transdisciplinary, professional education, and home of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce. JCPH is dedicated to exploring the policies and forces that define the health and well-being of populations. Its mission is to prepare leaders with global vision to examine the social determinants of health and to evaluate, develop and implement health policies and systems that will improve the health of populations and thereby enhance the quality of life. JCPH provides exemplary graduate programming in population health, public health, health policy, healthcare quality and safety, and applied health economics and outcomes research. Its educational offerings are enhanced by research, publications and continuing education and professional development offerings in these areas.

Media Contacts:

Paul Luthringer, Hearst, 212-649-2540, paul@hearst.com

Lydia Rinaldi, Hearst Business Media, 212-649-2398, lrinaldi@hearst.com

Business Contacts:

Rochelle Abbott, Hearst Health, 310-954-5675, rabbott@hearst.com

Alexandria Skoufalos, Jefferson College of Population Health, 215-955-2822, alexis.skoufalos@jefferson.edu

Marc Ryan

Marc S. Ryan serves as MedHOK’s Chief Strategy and Compliance Officer. During his career, Marc has served a number of health plans in executive-level regulatory, compliance, business development, and operations roles. He has launched and operated plans with Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial and Exchange lines of business. Marc was the Secretary of Policy and Management and State Budget Director of Connecticut, where he oversaw all aspects of state budgeting and management. In this role, Marc created the state’s Medicaid and SCHIP managed care programs and oversaw its state employee and retiree health plans. He also created the state’s long-term care continuum program. Marc was nominated by then HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson to serve on a panel of state program experts to advise CMS on aspects of Medicare Part D implementation. He also was nominated by Florida’s Medicaid Secretary to serve on the state’s Medicaid Reform advisory panel.

Marc graduated cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service. He received a Master of Public Administration, specializing in local government management and managed healthcare, from the University of New Haven. He was inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, a national honor society for business, management, and administration.

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