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Dr. Venkataramani Wins Milbank Quarterly Early Career Award in Population Health

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Congratulations to Penn Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Medicine Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD, for receiving the 2021 Milbank Quarterly Early Career Award in Population Health from the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS). “I’m really thrilled to receive this award, mainly because it reflects the sum work of the great mentors, collaborators, and trainees I’ve gotten to work with,” Dr. Venkataramani said. “The Milbank Quarterly Early Career Award in Population Health emphasizes contributions that integrate insights from multiple disciplines contributing distinct bodies of knowledge to the challenge of understanding and addressing population health issues,” according to the IAPHS…

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BCFG and CHIBE Help Philadelphia Launch the Philly Vax Sweepstakes 

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Penn’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) and Wharton’s Behavior Change for Good Initiative (BCFG) have helped Philadelphia launch the Philly Vax Sweepstakes, an incentive program to help boost COVID-19 vaccination rates among Philadelphia residents. In a press conference on June 7, 2021, Philadelphia City Mayor Jim Kenney announced the incentive program, which is a series of three drawings over a six-week period with prizes ranging from $1,000 to $50,000. All Philadelphia residents 18 or older are eligible to win, and 36 individuals (who can prove their vaccination status) will win these financial rewards totaling around $400,000. There…

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Dr. Mitesh Patel to Join Ascension Health

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The Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) bittersweetly announces that Penn Medicine Nudge Unit Director and CHIBE Associate Director Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS, will be moving on to a new position with Ascension Health in June. CHIBE has been lucky to call Dr. Patel a member of our community since 2012 when he first joined as a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. Since then, Dr. Patel has earned countless accolades, contributed incredible research with major real-world impact, and in 2016, he was named the inaugural Director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit,…

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Q&A with Dr. Katy Milkman, Author of New Book ‘How to Change’

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Katherine L. Milkman, PhD, James G. Dinan Professor at the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, is Co-Director of The Behavior Change for Good Initiative and a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member. Read our Q&A to learn more about Dr. Milkman’s new book called How to Change, which was released on May 4, 2021. How might this book be helpful for those in the health care field who are trying to encourage patients to have healthier habits? I’m optimistic that anyone who’s interested in encouraging healthy habits will find my book packed with strategic advice. How to Change covers everything from…

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Dr. Ravi Parikh’s Proposal Wins Funding from NCCN Foundation

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Congratulations to Ravi Parikh, MD, MPP, FACP, whose proposal on machine learning and behavioral nudges to improve palliative care utilization in advanced cancer has won funding from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Foundation Young Investigator Awards Committee. “This award is critical to taking the next step in using algorithms to improve patient-centric care and symptom management for patients with cancer,” Dr. Parikh said. “We are thankful to the NCCN Foundation for this honor.” Find some of Dr. Parikh’s and colleagues’ work in this area below: ·       JAMA Oncology: Effect of Integrating Machine Learning Mortality Estimates With Behavioral Nudges to Clinicians on Serious Illness…

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CHIBE Q&A with Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP, FAHA

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Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP, FAHA, is Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health. She is also an Associate Vice President at Penn Medicine and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She has secondary appointments in the Department of Internal Medicine, the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Division of Health Policy, and she serves as Co-Director of the Penn National Clinician Scholars Program. Dr. Merchant recently became a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member as well. Read our CHIBE Q&A to learn more about her. What projects are you working on right now? Much…

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Dr. Karen Glanz Named to NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Integration Working Group

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Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, George A. Weiss University Professor and a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member, has been named to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) Integration Working Group. “Most of the leading public health issues facing our nation— including cancer, addiction, heart disease, mental illness, diabetes, violence, and AIDS—are rooted in individual and social behavior, yet behavioral science is decentralized across NIH’s Institutes and Centers, and the NIH commitment to manage and directly fund this important research is limited,” the NIH stated. “The Committee directs the Director to convene a special advisory panel of behavioral…

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CHIBE Q&A with Silvia Saccardo on “Lifestyle and Mental Health Disruptions During COVID-19”

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Silvia Saccardo, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University and a CHIBE affiliated-faculty member. She recently published a paper on “Lifestyle and mental health disruptions during COVID-19.” (Authors: Osea Giuntella, PhD; Kelly Hyde, MA; Silvia Saccardo, PhD; and Sally Sadoff, PhD, MA.) Read our Q&A with Dr. Saccardo to learn more about this work. Your study revealed major lifestyle and mental health disruptions among University of Pittsburgh students during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, you found that 61% of the participants were at risk for depression, which was a 90%…

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Vote for Penn Project in 2021 STAT Madness Competition

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Vote in the STAT Madness competition for best innovations in biomedicine for a University of Pennsylvania project (Matchup 18) involving several CHIBE members! The project, which is titled “AI Prompts Critical Conversation” in the competition, is about Penn’s work using machine learning and behavioral nudges to prompt clinicians to start serious illness conversations among patients with cancer. Read the JAMA Oncology paper here: “Effect of Integrating Machine Learning Mortality Estimates With Behavioral Nudges to Clinicians on Serious Illness Conversations Among Patients With Cancer.” STAT Madness describes the project: “Many cancer patients die without having talked to their doctor about their…

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Dr. Buttenheim Provides Testimony to House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on Vaccine Science

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Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Associate Professor of Nursing and Health Policy and CHIBE’s Scientific Director, provided testimony on vaccine science to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on February 19, 2021. As part of her testimony, Dr. Buttenheim provided 5 science-based recommendations that she hoped Congress would endorse, fund, and promote: 1. “Embrace the dual goal of vaccinating efficiently and equitably.” “We have to be deliberate, intentional, and innovative in our approach to both tracking and achieving those complementary goals,” Dr. Buttenheim said. 2. “Fix the easy stuff.” While hesitancy is a barrier to vaccination,…

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