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CHIBE Q&A with Deborah Cousins, MSPH, PMP

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Deborah Cousins, MSPH, PMP, is a project manager overseeing projects in Dr. Amol Navathe‘s portfolio. This portfolio includes projects related to alternative payment models, financial and non-financial incentive design to drive clinician practice change, and informatics to improve health care delivery. What do you find rewarding about working at CHIBE? The first thing that comes to mind is how great it is to interact and collaborate with CHIBE staff and faculty. Everyone, regardless of their role, is focused on our primary mission of informing health policy, improving health care delivery, and increasing healthy behavior. Knowing that we are all working together…

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Christina Roberto Paper Listed in JAMA’s Top 10 Most Talked About Articles in 2019

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Congratulations to Christina Roberto, PhD, whose paper on Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax made the list of JAMA’s most talked about articles of 2019. JAMA stated that its list was created using Altmetric, which provides a quantitative measure of the attention each scholarly article receives in traditional and social media. Read Dr. Roberto’s paper, Association of a Beverage Tax on Sugar-Sweetened and Artificially Sweetened Beverages With Changes in Beverage Prices and Sales at Chain Retailers in a Large Urban Setting, here.

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Rebekah Gee Named NYTimes’ 5 People Who Spread Hope in 2019

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CHIBE congratulates External Advisory Board member Rebekah Gee, MD, MPH, MHSPR, who was named one of five people who spread hope in 2019 by The New York Times. In addition to being part of CHIBE’s board, Dr. Gee is Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Gratis Assistant Professor, LSU Schools of Public Health & Medicine. See what The New York Times said about Dr. Gee below: Five Who Spread Hope in 2019 Dr. Rebekah Gee makes medicines affordable “Why couldn’t we change health care in this country?” Louisiana is doing two things no other state is doing about…

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CHIBE Q&A with Erica Dixon, PhD

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Erica Dixon, PhD, is a project manager working on research projects related to 1115 Medicaid waivers, health policy, and cognition and aging. Learn more about Dr. Dixon through this Q&A below: What projects are you currently involved in? I work primarily with Dr. Volpp and Dr. Venkataramani on an evaluation of Kentucky’s 1115 Medicaid waiver, most widely known for introducing community engagement/work requirements as a requirement for able-bodied adults on Medicaid. This waiver is currently on hold pending a DC Court of Appeals decision, which has made for some interesting times in trying to evaluate! I also work with Dr….

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Penn Hosts Fourth Annual Meeting of the Population Health Science Workshop

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From LDI: Academic scientists from Penn and two dozen other universities including Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Brown attended the Fourth Annual Population Health Science Research Workshop, December 5-6, 2019 at the University of Pennsylvania. Topics discussed were the broad decline in health across the U.S.; links between social isolation and health; sleep and health in low-income communities; gender disparities among health care professionals and their impact on patients; deploying genetics in population health research; hospital consolidation’s impact on community costs and care; and other areas of inquiry including how the stress of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign may have physically affected…

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Top 10 CHIBE Blog Posts in 2019

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Before we head into 2020, here’s a look back at CHIBE’s most popular blog posts from 2019. Our most frequented stories spanned from event coverage, to photos and video, to major accomplishments, Q&As, and awards. 1) 4th Annual Population Health Science Research Workshop This December, CHIBE and LDI hosted #PHS2019, which brought together scholars from economics, epidemiology, demography, sociology and related disciplines to present papers on topics related to population health. This event was convened by Atheendar Venkataramani, PhD, MD, MPhil; Jacob Bor, ScD, SM, and Willa Friedman, PhD. 2) The Evidence on Health Behavior Incentives in State Medicaid Programs…

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CHIBE Q&A with Jeffrey Kang, MD, MPH

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Jeffrey Kang, MD, MPH, is the Founding CEO of WellBe Senior Medical and a new member of CHIBE’s External Advisory Board. What do you admire about CHIBE, and why did you want to join our external advisory board? When “consumerism” in health care and individual behavior change was at its height, I was an admirer of CHIBE’s work and had the privilege of hearing Dr. Volpp speak several times. So many health care experts default to financial incentives (extrinsic motivators) as the solution to individual behavior change, whereas the historical literature and then all of CHIBE’s work point to the…

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CHIBE Hosts 2019 Behavioral Science and Health Symposium

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Sleep habits, commitment contracts, food choice, and e-cigarettes were some of the varied topics discussed at the ninth annual Behavioral Science and Health Symposium held at the Quorum in Philadelphia on November 21-22, 2019. (View photos here.) CHIBE’s symposium brings together top researchers and clinicians from around the country to discuss their latest research, develop new collaborations, and exchange ideas. The interdisciplinary nature of this symposium is part of the reason why this event is so special, Director of CHIBE Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, said in his opening remarks. This year’s event featured 14 research presentations on behaviorally informed topics…

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Alison Buttenheim meets with Representative Rosa DeLauro to talk about vaccine hesitancy

Alison Buttenheim Briefs Congressional Baby Caucus on Vaccine Hesitancy

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Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, was invited by Representative Rosa DeLauro to brief the Congressional Baby Caucus on December 4, 2019, on the topic of vaccine hesitancy as a threat to infant health. Rep. DeLauro (D-CT) chairs the Caucus and holds regular briefings for interested members of Congress and their staff on topics relevant to child health and welfare. Dr. Buttenheim spoke about state vaccine exemption policy, the origins of parental vaccine hesitancy, and interventions to close the vaccine coverage gaps that are leading to increased vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. Rep. DeLauro was particularly interested in how Congress, through the appropriations process,…

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