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ABC13 Eyewitness News: Police killings can have profound effects on mental health of Black Americans, expert says

By | In the News

“In 2018, a study published in British journal The Lancet showed police killings had a profound effect on the mental health of black Americans in the days following those incidents. In fact, it accounted for an additional 1.7 days of poor mental health days for the black community annually. Dr. Atheendar Venkataramani, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, is a co-author of the study. ‘We’re just trying to understand that there’s this big mental health response which we did find, and having found that, I think that the take-home message is police killings are…

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NCCN Foundation Awards Shivan Mehta a Grant for Colorectal Cancer Screening Research

By | CHIBEblog

Congratulations to Shivan Mehta, MD, MBA, MSHP, who has received funding for a research grant that will evaluate choice architecture for colorectal cancer screening outreach at a community health center in Pottstown, PA. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Foundation’s annual Young Investigator Awards, which is what Dr. Mehta has won, are granted to “top early-career researchers from leading cancer centers seeking tomorrow’s cures.” “It is an honor to receive this award and to be nominated by the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania,” Dr. Mehta said. This funding will provide support for a project at a community…

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Mitesh Patel Wins SGIM’s Quality and Practice Innovation Award

By | CHIBEblog

Congratulations to Director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS, who has received the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Quality and Practice Innovation Award. This award recognizes “general internists and their organization that have successfully developed and implemented innovative role model systems of practice improvement in ambulatory and/or inpatient clinical practice,” according to a SGIM press release. Watch Dr. Patel’s acceptance video here. Dr. Patel, who is a member of CHIBE’s leadership team, was honored for improving care within the quality domains of the 2000 IOM Crossing the Quality Chasm report: “safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, timeliness,…

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Dr. Christina Roberto Earns Tenure

By | CHIBEblog

Congratulations to Christina Roberto, PhD, the Mitchell J. Blutt and Margo Krody Blutt Presidential Associate Professor of Health Policy, member of CHIBE’s leadership team, and Director of the PEACH Lab, who has earned tenure. “In the short time since she has arrived at Penn, Dr. Roberto has created a remarkable body of scholarship on the epidemiological and behavioral aspects of food as well as on the effects of policy changes on how people eat,” Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy Chair Steven Joffe, MD, MPH, said. “She has established herself as a true international leader in these areas. I’m…

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Pamela Shaw Named American Statistical Association Fellow

By | CHIBEblog

Congratulations to Pamela Shaw, PhD, a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member and Associate Professor of Biostatistics, who has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). According to the ASA website, those selected as fellows must have an “established reputation and have made outstanding contributions to statistical science.” In addition, the designation of ASA fellow has been an honor for nearly 100 years. Read Dr. Shaw’s bio here.    

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CHIBE Q&A: Kristen Daskilewicz, MPH

By | CHIBEblog

Read our Q&A to get to know Kristen Daskilewicz, MPH, project manager for the PEACH Lab. What projects are you working on right now? The PEACH Lab is currently implementing three R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health. COVID-19 has been a big challenge, as our grants involve extensive fieldwork. While these circumstances are deeply unfortunate, it’s been exciting to see the creative methods our team has come up with to continue our work safely in this “new normal.” We are currently gearing up to transform our Food Pantry project to involve a contactless food delivery component. This will…

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May 6: Weekly Roundup of COVID-19 Coverage from CHIBE Faculty

By | In the News

Find selected coronavirus coverage from CHIBE-affiliated faculty members here: The Philadelphia Inquirer: The death rate from coronavirus is lower than we think. That’s bad news (Mark Pauly) Eyewitness News: Coronavirus tracing could be the key to re-opening the economy (Rebekah Gee) Eyewitness News: ‘I don’t think we’re going to pack stadiums with 100,000 people’ (Rebekah Gee) The AP: For sports, coronavirus testing remains a major hurdle (Rebekah Gee) Medpage Today: COVID-19 Killing African Americans at Shocking Rates (Rebekah Gee)

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April 29: Weekly Roundup of COVID-19 Coverage from CHIBE Faculty

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Find selected coronavirus coverage from CHIBE-affiliated faculty members here: MarketWatch: These policy options could help businesses avoid layoffs more effectively than those cumbersome SBA loans (Iwan Barankay) Yahoo: Louisiana’s former health chief on COVID-19 testing: we’re nowhere near where we need to be (Rebekah Gee) The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate: Contact tracers: Workers vital to prevent virus resurgence (Rebekah Gee) Financial Post: Well Living Lab, Delos, Cushman & Wakefield and Hines Align to Advance Return-to-Workplace Guidelines in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (Risa Lavizzo-Mourey) The Philadelphia Inquirer: As coronavirus shut down support systems, the struggles of dementia patients…

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Behavioral Science Tips for Physical Distancing

By | CHIBEblog

CHIBE Associate Directors Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, and Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, worked with ideas42, the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, and Indlela Behavioural Insights for Better Health, to develop a tipsheet with behavioral science tips for physical distancing. This one-pager offers concrete tips for how local and national governments and other institutions can use behavioral design to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in communities in low and middle-income countries around the world while facilitating social cohesion and the provision of essential services. Find the tipsheet here.

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April 22: Weekly Roundup of COVID-19 Coverage from CHIBE Faculty

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Find selected coronavirus coverage from CHIBE-affiliated faculty members here: Human Resource Executive: Number of the day: Coronavirus stress (Sally Welborn) Forbes: How College Campus Closings Are Affecting Graduating Seniors (George Loewenstein) KLFY: LSU and K Health team up to provide Louisiana residents free access to doctors (Rebekah Gee) Daily Signal: Problematic Women: Saving Lives and Livelihoods of Equal Importance in COVID-19 Fight (Gail Wilensky) The Philadelphia Inquirer: Coronavirus is separating dying patients from their families. Now, healthy people are making sure end-of-life wishes are known (Scott Halpern) People: Worried About Your Kids During Quarantine? Don’t Worry, Says an Expert: ‘Most…

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