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Penn Proposal Advances to Top 100 in MacArthur Foundation’s $100 Million Grant Competition

By | CHIBEblog

Team seeks to shut down HIV transmission in South Africa A proposal spearheaded by the University of Pennsylvania has been named in the Top 100 in the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change competition, which offers a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world’s most critical social challenges. The collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), the Ezintsha unit of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and Discovery Vitality (part of South Africa’s largest private insurance company) seeks to implement interventions that will help to end South Africa’s HIV epidemic….

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Risa Lavizzo-Mourey Featured in ’25 Medical Pioneers to Celebrate This Black History Month’

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We’re proud that CHIBE Internal Advisory Board Member Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, has been named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s 25 medical pioneers to celebrate this Black History Month. Becker’s Hospital Review wrote: “Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA. First black female president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey has more than 30 years of experience as a medical practitioner, policymaker, professor and nonprofit executive. In 2003, she became the first black female president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of America’s largest philanthropic organizations devoted to public health and healthcare. Before joining the foundation, Dr….

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CHIBE Q&A: Jeffrey Rewley, PhD, MS

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Jeffrey Rewley, PhD, MS, is an advanced fellow in health services research, working with the Nudge Unit at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Philadelphia VA Medical center. What projects are you working on now? I’m currently involved in two secondary analyses of the STEP UP trial completed by the Nudge Unit last September. The first examines how team diversity affects participants’ response to the gamification intervention. The second uses a natural experiment within the intervention to assess participants’ loss aversion in the face of gamification rewards. What research area…

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Mirage News: Patients Stick with Smartphone Activity Trackers Longer Than Wearable Devices

By | In the News

“Doctors who want to track their patients’ physical activity might have more luck doing it with smartphones than wearable fitness devices, according to a new Penn Medicine study. The data showed that patients who used smartphones were 32 percent more likely to send in their daily step counts six months after being discharged from the hospital than those who used a wearable fitness tracker. Since smartphones have become near-ubiquitous, these findings — published in JAMA Network Open — signaled to researchers that it is possible to track physical activity on a wider level, which could improve efforts to remotely monitor…

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The Philadelphia Inquirer: To Increase Disposal Of Leftover Opioids, Give Parents A Bag Of … Coffee Grounds?

By | In the News

“The idea — validated by a University of Michigan study — is that parents will be nudged to trash, rather than stash, leftover opioid pills that could tempt misuse among teens or even tots. All the parents have to do is mix the pills with the coffee grounds, then throw the baggie in the garbage, as public health officials recommend. A third of parents who were given a baggie along with the prescription promptly disposed of leftover pills (and emailed a photo to prove it), compared with 19% of parents who went home without a baggie, the Michigan researchers found….

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Times Now: Discussing Smoking-risks With Network Boosts Intent To Quit, Suggests Study

By | In the News

“In a study based involving a group of smokers and non-smokers, researchers have found that awareness among smokers and their assessment of smoking’s risks became more accurate by discussing their ideas with other people. The study was conducted by doctoral candidate Douglas Guilbeault and Professor Damon Centola who found that most people, smokers and non-smokers alike, were nowhere near accurate in their answers to the question, how many people will die from tobacco use in developed countries in 2030? And other questions about smoking’s health effects. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.” Read more at Times Now

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Philly Voice: Looking To Begin Tracking Your Physical Activity? Choose A Smartphone Over A Wearable, Penn Researcher Says

By | In the News

“To anyone looking to begin tracking their physical activity: Hold off on purchasing a wearable device. Just go with a smartphone. That’s the advice of Dr. Mitesh Patel, director of Penn Medicine’s Nudge Unit, a behavioral design team that examines the ways behavioral economics and psychology can be used to improve health care outcomes.” Read more at Philly Voice, PennMedicine News, Beckers Hospital Review, News-Medical.Net, MedicalXpress

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Scott Halpern Named John M. Eisenberg Professor in Medicine

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Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, a member of CHIBE’s leadership team, has been named the inaugural John M. Eisenberg Professor in Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Halpern, also a Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and of Epidemiology, is the founding Director of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center, a Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), and a practicing critical care physician at HUP. After graduating from Duke University, Dr. Halpern completed medical school, graduate school, residency in Internal Medicine, and fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine all at Penn. He…

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