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CHIBE Q&A: Lizzie Bair, MS

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Read our Q&A to get to know CHIBE’s statistical analyst Lizzie Bair, MS. What projects are you working on now? I’m working on a series of retrospective studies for Dr. Venkataramani that look at how fluctuations in economic opportunity – employment booms and busts – affect health and mortality. I’m also working on a clinical trial looking at the impact of HIV self-tests among high-risk Kenyan women run by Dr. Thirumurthy. And finally, I’m involved in the Kentucky 1115 Waiver evaluation. It’s a lot of fun because they’re all very different projects! What do you wish more people knew about…

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CHIBE Faculty Weigh in on Coronavirus

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CHIBE faculty have been tapped to weigh in on the impact of COVID-19. Read recent media coverage involving some of our experts. Vice: Coronavirus will hit American hourly workers extra hard (Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD) The Philadelphia Inquirer: The government should pay Americans to take coronavirus tests. Here’s why. (Mark Pauly, PhD) The Atlantic: The Dos and Don’ts of ‘Social Distancing’ (Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD) WHYY: Fear and the coronavirus (Sudeep Bhatia, PhD) The Philadelphia Inquirer: Coronavirus has shut down schools and events. Here’s why that helps, short- and long-term. (Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD and Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA) WTTW: The psychology of…

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

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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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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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CHIBE To Establish First-of-its-Kind HIV ‘Nudge Unit’ in South Africa

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Two CHIBE directors have received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to establish a first-of-its-kind nudge unit focused on HIV prevention in South Africa. With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the University of Witwatersrand’s Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE²RO) and CHIBE are launching Indlela: Behavioural Insights for Better Health. (“Indlela” means “the way” or “the path” in Zulu.) Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, Associate Director of CHIBE, and Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Associate Director of CHIBE, will co-lead this three-year initiative with their colleagues at HE²RO. In the past decade, a number of governments…

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