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News All News

7th Annual Penn-CMU Roybal Center Retreat in Cape May

Source: LDI Health Economist, October 2, 2014

This year, the 7th annual Penn-CMU Roybal Center Retreat returned to Cape May, New Jersey on September 11th and 12th. The Roybal Retreat brings…

Scott Halpern Awarded a UH2/UH3 Grant to Study Default Palliative Care Consultations

Scott Halpern has been awarded a five-year, $3.17 grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to  conduct a pragmatic randomized trial among seriously ill patients admitted to nine electronically integrated…

Using "Temptation Bundling" to Build Better Habits

Source: Philly.com, September 28, 2014

A Philly.com article refers to Katherine Milkman's research on temptation bundling in an article about building better habits. Her research showed that students who were only…

Are Anti-Vaccination Beliefs Contagious?

Source: The Washington Post, September 22, 2014

In a recent Washington Post article, Alison Buttenheim sheds light on the disturbing trend of an increasing number parents opting out of vaccinating their…

"Too Young to Die, Too Old to Worry"

Source: The New York Times, Sept 20, 2014

Jason Karlawish, in an op-ed piece for The New York Times, asks "when should we set aside a life lived for the…

How the Fresh-Start Effect Creates a Clean Slate

Source: strategy+business, September 16, 2014

Strategy+business recently conducted a video interview with Wharton Professor Katherine Milkman about motivating people to achieve their goals. The key to achieving our goals throughout the…

Ongoing Research All Research

CDC Prevention Research Center

Directors: Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH; Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD

A five-year, $4,350,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established a Prevention Research Center (PRC) at the University of Pennsylvania. The PRC, one of 26 in the nation, will conduct innovative public health and disease management research aimed at preventing chronic disease and reducing health disparities in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This will be the first PRC in Philadelphia.

Among other initiatives, the PRC will conduct a workplace weight loss study to evaluate environmental change strategies and incentives for decreasing obesity and preventing cardiovascular disease in employees of the City of Philadelphia, Independence Blue Cross, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

Process Versus Outcomes Incentives for Lipid Management

Principal Investigators: Peter Reese, Kevin Volpp

Financial incentives have been shown to be effective at improving patient health behaviors including medication adherence in a wide variety of contexts. The delivery of such incentives has been enhanced by the recent development of new wireless technologies that facilitate the measurement of daily medication adherence and the provision of incentives in an automated fashion. However, the relative effectiveness of incentives based on process (e.g. statin adherence) versus outcome (e.g. improvements in LDL cholesterol) is unknown.This is a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the relative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of improving cholesterol levels among participants who are at high risk of CVD and who have elevated LDL cholesterol levels by testing process versus outcomes financial incentives. 

Funder: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Donor Registration Trial

Principal Investigator: Peter Reese

This Roybal pilot is a randomized, controlled trial to compare the effects of four interventions on the rate of organ donor registration by members of the general public who visit the DMV website for business unrelated to organ donor registration.

Funded by: Roybal P30 Pilot

A Pilot Intervention of an MI-Informed SMS Intervention For Poorly Controlled Type II Diabetes

Principal Investigators: Judith Long, Ilona Lorincz

This project will develop and pilot a three month randomized control trial (RCT) of a Motivational Interviewing (MI)‐informed SMS intervention tailored to patient level of activation in a population of patients with poorly controlled type II diabetes. The pilot will inform the development of a larger RCT, powered to detect a change in glycemic control.

Funded By: Roybal P30 Pilot

Events All Events

LDI/CHIBE Health Policy Seminar

Troy Brennan, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of CVS Caremark: "Tobacco Sales & Retail Pharmacies”Registration required by emailing maddene@wharton.upenn.edu

CHIBE Work-In-Progress Seminar

 Bradford Tuckfield: "TBD"

CHIBE Work-In-Progress Seminar

Matthew Ruby, Paul Rozin and Barbara Mellers: "Pervasive underestimation of adaptation: General incidence and individual differences"