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2018 Hearst Health Prize Finalists

Hearst Health Prize

The 2018 finalists are listed below in alphabetical order.
The winner will be announced on March 20, 2018.

Cincinnati Children’s, (CCHMC)

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, reducing 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.


  • Fewer extreme preterm births and the fewest preterm deaths ever.
  • Three years without an extreme preterm birth in one high-risk neighborhood (Avondale).
  • 18 percent reduction in Avondale inpatient bed days.
  • Schools improved in passing grades on reading benchmark assessment from 43 percent to 61 percent.


The Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance, Inc. (MHSA)

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.


  • 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.
  • 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® (NFP)

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.


  • 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.