We Are Dedicated to Positive Patient Outcomes

When it comes to health innovation, patient engagement, advocacy and medical research policy, HCM Strategists has the most effective strategic team dedicated to delivering results. We are advocates working for change; experts who have extensive experience in health regulatory and policy issues who provide our clients with the resources, guidance and leadership to implement strategies that advance public policy.

We are not just participants in the process, but thinkers and doers using policy to improve the health outcomes of patients. We are coalition builders in search of measurable change and individuals pursuing medical research beneficial to patients.

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We are effective because we know that patient engagement leads to positive outcomes. Our Health Innovation practice group offers solutions through the following areas of expertise. Click on each section of the wheel to learn more.

  • Communications
    Build awareness of patient needs and promote beneficial policy changes through:
    + Reports & Blogs.
    + Digital advocacy.
    + Infographics.
    + Op-eds / letters to the editor.
    + Petitions and sign-on letters.
    + Marketing campaigns to promote awareness of and secure participation in key events.
  • Strategic Planning
    + Conduct research landscapes.
    + Perform community mapping and analysis.
    + Provide strategic guidance to Boards and organizational leadership.
    + Identify unmet patient needs and develop programs to meet those needs.
  • Policy 
    + Draft legislation.
    + Increase support for legislation.
    + Host Congressional briefings.
    + Coordinate and facilitate local events.
    + Collect and share patient stories.
    + Conduct advocate trainings (in-person, via webinar).
    + Develop advocate toolkits.
  • Regulatory 
    Bring patient voice to regulators through:
    + Public workshops.
    + Patient videos.
    + Survey data (dissemination and analysis).
    + Advocate training for meetings and workshops.
  • Advocacy 
    + Create engagement opportunities for patients to weigh in on the key decisions that will affect their lives.
    + Develop tools, materials and trainings to advance client priorities.
    + Preserve and increase funding for research and prevention efforts.
    + Translate research and complex policy topics to lay audiences.
  • Coalition Building 
    + Identify and bring together non-traditional partners and leverage relationships.
    + Expertise in building, managing and running both virtual and formal coalitions.
    + Success in both identifying and defining issues around which people and organizations can collaborate.

Health Innovation

We Are Extensions of Our Clients

We work with a wide range of clients including industry partners, the federal government, academic centers and foundations. Our employees integrate seamlessly across our clients’ various dynamics and needs. We listen carefully and ask smart questions in order to understand our clients inside and out.

Always keenly aware of the political climate and client policy goals, we lead when appropriate and support as needed. Our team is creative and capable, instituting a combination of traditional and non-traditional methods to facilitate positive outcomes.

  • National Institutes of Health

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services External Web Site Policy , is the nation’s medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. Thanks in large part to NIH-funded medical research, Americans today are living longer and healthier. Life expectancy in the United States has jumped from 47 years in 1900 to 78 years as reported in 2009, and disability in people over age 65 has dropped dramatically in the past 3 decades. In recent years, nationwide rates of new diagnoses and deaths from all cancers combined have fallen significantly.

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  • Braeburn Pharmaceuticals

    Braeburn is developing long-acting medicines for treating opioid addiction. Opioid addiction, also known as opioid use disorder (OUD), is a medical condition requiring medical treatment. Together with counseling and support, Braeburn’s next generation medicines aim to support patients focusing on the reintegration of their lives with their families and communities.

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  • Planned Parenthood

    Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world.

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  • Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation

    The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

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Health Innovation
Case Studies
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  • Advancing Solutions to Address the Opioid Crisis

    Opioid addiction is the fastest-growing public health crisis in America today, carrying with it staggering costs for families, communities and the economy, from a rapidly rising death toll to billions of dollars in lost productivity. To combat this rapidly expanding issue, our clients support the “gold standard” of opioid addiction care—medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance abuse disorders.

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  • Aemerge RedPak: Sparking a Revolution on Clean Medical Waste Processing

    California-based Aemerge RedPak is revolutionizing medical waste treatment with technology that sustainably carbonizes and renders all waste unrecognizable, diverts 95% of treated medical waste away from landfills, recycles metals, and generates clean energy—all while reducing human contact with the waste itself.

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  • All of Us: Engaging Diverse Populations in Research

    A cornerstone of the federal government’s Precision Medicine Initiative is the All of Us Research Program. Led by the National Institutes of Health, All of Us is a historic effort to harness the power of data from one million or more Americans to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs and to help develop more individualized prevention and treatment strategies. HCM Strategists was selected by NIH to ensure that the All of Us volunteers reflect the diversity of the U.S., with significant participation by communities historically underrepresented in biomedical research.

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