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Penn Researchers Awarded Nearly $10 Million to Study Health Effects of Investment in Black Neighborhoods to Address Structural Racism

By CHIBEblog

A research team led by CHIBE-affiliated faculty members and PIs Eugenia South, MD, MS, and Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD, MPhil, has been awarded nearly $10 million from the NIH to conduct a randomized controlled trial of concentrated investment in Black neighborhoods in Philadelphia to address structural racism as a fundamental cause of poor health. Previous research in Philadelphia has shown that life expectancy for people living in poor, predominantly Black neighborhoods, such as around Strawberry Mansion, is 20 years lower than for people living in the nearby affluent, predominantly White neighborhoods of Old City and Society Hill in the City….

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WFMZ: Researchers from CHOP, Penn receive $5.3 million grant to reduce unnecessary hospital monitoring practices

By In the News

From WFMZ: Researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania have received a $5.3 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to conduct the Eliminating Monitor Overuse (EMO) clinical trial, seeking to discover how best to reduce the overuse of unnecessary monitoring strategies for infants who have a common lung infection called bronchiolitis. The goal is to reduce these commonplace practices that are currently unsupported by evidence, save patients and hospitals from the burden of unnecessary expenses, and focus on more effective methods of monitoring pediatric health. Deimplementation studies seek to reduce practices that are overused by clinicians, especially…

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VAntage Point: VA doctors seek to harness artificial intelligence to target care for sicker Veterans

By In the News

From VAntage Point: A few groups of VA researchers are using artificial intelligence (AI) to identify Veterans at high risk of hospitalization or death. That can help ensure these Veterans get the best care possible. One potential approach was described in a recent article in the journal PLOS ONE. The research pinpointed subgroups of high-risk Veterans. The idea was to match patients with the right types of care, explains the study’s lead author, VA cancer physician and investigator Dr. Ravi Parikh. His colleague, lead investigator Dr. Amol Navathe, a VA internal medicine physician and health economist, said, “Not only can this understanding of…

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christina roberto wins NAM honor

National Academy of Medicine Recognizes Dr. Roberto as a 2021 Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine Scholar

By CHIBEblog

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has recognized Christina Roberto, PhD, CHIBE Associate Director and the Mitchell J. Blutt and Margo Krody Blutt Presidential Associate Professor of Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, as one of 10 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars. The Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Program is an initiative that allows scholars to “collaborate with the NAM and its members across fields of expertise to advance science, combat persistent challenges in health and medicine, and spark transformative change to improve health for all,” according to a NAM press release. Dr. Roberto and the…

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The Washington Post: Why is having too much free time as bad for you as having too little?

By In the News

From The Washington Post: Have you ever had one of those days — that turned into weeks — when you had approximately 645 things to do and not a single minute for leisure time? According to study results published earlier this month in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, an individual’s well-being increases in correlation with their free time — but only to a certain point. While having too little free time isn’t healthy, having too much also diminishes well-being. “What we found is that a moderate amount of free time or discretionary time is kind of the sweet spot that…

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Penn Medicine News: Gun Violence Exposure Associated with HIgher Rates of Mental Health-Related ED Visits by Children

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From Penn Medicine News: Exposure to neighborhood gun violence is associated with increased odds of mental health-related pediatric Emergency Department (ED) visits among children living within four to five blocks of a shooting, according to research by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, published today in JAMA Pediatrics. The study revealed a significant increase in pediatric mental-health related ED visits following incidents of neighborhood gun violence, most pronounced in the two weeks after the shooting, among children residing closest to where the violence occurred, and among children exposed to multiple shootings. Of…

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Knowledge at Wharton: How Language Boosts Customer Satisfaction

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From Knowledge @ Wharton: Great customer service is the holy grail of sales. When customers feel satisfied, they spend more money and are more likely to come back. Happy customers write positive reviews online and share their experiences through word of mouth. But great customer service is also really hard. Shoppers complain that sales associates aren’t listening to them or are just going through the motions. There is a simple and cost-effective way to fix that, and Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger has new research that explains how. He found that when sales agents use concrete language, they make customers feel seen,…

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The Philadelphia Inquirer: Guess which states are best at requiring vaccines? Not the ones you might think

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From The Philadelphia Inquirer: The term mandate may sound clear-cut, with no wiggle room. But the success of such policies can vary widely depending on how they are implemented, said Alison Buttenheim, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, who studies the behavioral aspects preventing infectious diseases. And as the showdown in New Jersey illustrated, the vaccine issue transcends party lines. The state’s Democratic lawmakers generally supported the move to eliminate religious exemptions and Republicans opposed it, but there were exceptions. And each year, New Jersey and many other blue states fall well short of getting…

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Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey wins Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care from National Academy of Medicine

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Congratulations to Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, on winning the Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care from the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey is a member of the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics’ External Advisory Board. The award — a medal and $40,000 — recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in improving health care services in the United States. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey will receive the award October 18, 2021, at NAM’s annual meeting. “Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey’s pioneering work has truly shifted the paradigm of health and health care access in the US, as she recognized that creating…

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The Daily Pennsylvanian: ‘Warming is human activity’: Penn experts urge climate action on campus and beyond

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From The Daily Pennsylvanian: Penn experts on climate action, some of whom contributed to the groundbreaking Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published this summer, are emphasizing the urgency of climate action and reaching net-zero carbon emissions, particularly after the recent severe flooding and tornadoes that tore through Philadelphia. Howard Kunreuther, ​​a professor in The Wharton School who also serves as co-director of Wharton’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, identified three major takeaways from the report. First, he said humans are witnessing climate change and carbon emissions creating more serious problems than anyone had anticipated even one or two years ago. Second, he advised…

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