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How CHIBE Researchers Use Behavioral Economics With Their Kids and Family

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CHIBE researchers spend their days experimenting with the best ways to encourage patients and clinicians to make decisions that are in their best interest. How can we nudge patients to take their medication every day? How can we encourage physical activity? What helps people quit smoking? What might deter clinicians from overprescribing opioids? But what about in their own families? Do CHIBE members hang up their proverbial behavioral economics hat when they enter their own house? Or do they take some of the principles from their field and apply it to tooth brushing or tantrums? Hear from some of our…

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Dr. Milkman Wins 2022 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

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Congratulations to CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Dr. Katy Milkman on winning the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. A reception honoring the recipients was held on April 25, 2022. See all recipients of the Lindback Award, the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence by Non-Standing Faculty, and the Provost’s Award for Distinguished PhD Teaching and Mentoring in the University of Pennsylvania Almanac.

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Apply to Penn’s Online Master of Health Care Innovation Program

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Apply to the University of Pennsylvania’s online Master of Health Care Innovation (MHCI) degree, the program that forges a diverse network of innovative thinkers and leaders passionate about improving health care. Students in the 20-month program build a foundation of behavioral economics, policy, operations, and innovation. They apply lessons and methods to their workplace and develop innovation and leadership skills to face urgent needs and long-term challenges. LEARN from expert faculty NETWORK with professionals from across health care INNOVATE in your workplace and career The MHCI is based in the Perelman School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy….

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Dr. Rinad Beidas Wins Research Pioneer Award from AIHI

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Congratulations to CHIBE Associate Director Rinad Beidas, PhD, who has won the Research Pioneer Award from Acenda Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI). This award is part of AIHI’s inaugural “Momentum Awards,” which celebrate individuals and organizations who are paving the way for the future of behavioral health care delivery. “Dr. Beidas has leveraged the strength of data and research to not only propel development and innovation within the sector, but to also demonstrate a true commitment to ensuring high-quality care for vulnerable communities,” AIHI said in a press release. “She and her team exemplify how the intersection of data and…

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CHIBE and Humana Discuss Changing Care Models in the 21st Century

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Penn’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) hosted a webinar on March 29, 2022, with panelists from the University of Pennsylvania and Humana to discuss how health care is evolving and how we might optimize the value of care received to improve patient outcomes, address health equity concerns, and make care more affordable. See excerpts from the panel event, moderated by CHIBE Associate Director Dr. Amol Navathe, below, and watch the recording here. On the Evolution of Primary Care and What It Will Look Like in the Future Dr. Vivek Garg, Humana’s Chief Medical Officer, Primary Care Organization,…

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Dr. Thirumurthy Promoted to Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy

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Congratulations to CHIBE Associate Director Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, on his promotion to Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, effective July 1, 2022. Dr. Thirumurthy’s promotion recognizes his extensive and impactful scholarly contributions as an economist and behavioral scientist working to improve health outcomes for people in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Africa. His work has focused in particular on evaluation of large-scale health initiatives that address high-burden diseases such as HIV and malaria as well as on behavioral interventions to improve HIV testing and access to care. He has published his research extensively in high-impact journals and has…

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A University of Pennsylvania team, in partnership with the Family Heart Foundation, has received a $2 million National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) grant to test two promising approaches to implement cascade screening in individuals with familial hypercholesterolemia

Team Wins $2 Million Grant to Test New Approaches to Improve Familial Hypercholesterolemia Screening

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A University of Pennsylvania team, in partnership with the Family Heart Foundation, has received a $2 million National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) grant to test two promising approaches to implement cascade screening in individuals with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), a genetic disorder that affects 1 in 250 people. FH is one of only three genetic conditions that the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has prioritized for cascade screening. Cascade screening involves contacting and screening first-degree biological relatives of an individual diagnosed with FH. Family screening is rarely performed in a health care setting despite the fact that each…

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Accelerate Health Equity Initiative Seeks to Dismantle Racism, Advance Health

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Members of CHIBE are co-leading an initiative with a bold ambition: to identify structural and institutional causes of health inequities and racism, transform those practices, and significantly improve health equity in the City of Philadelphia. This initiative, called Accelerate Health Equity, is led by Penn Medicine and Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and brings together many other organizations including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Temple, Drexel, Jefferson/Einstein, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Keystone First, Trinity, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, who are committed to combatting health inequity in the city. Co-leading Accelerate Health Equity are: Director of the Penn Medicine...
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Best Behavioral Economics Books for Beginners

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Interested in learning more about behavioral economics? Members of the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) leadership team share their recommendations for some of their favorite behavioral economics books for beginners. Click through this gallery to see book suggestions on topics like behavior change, the science of scaling, the birth of behavioral economics as a field, the science of motivation, and more. “ “If you want to learn about the latest research in behavior change, I’d recommend 'Get it Done' by Ayelet Fischbach and 'How to Change' by Katy Milkman. Both of these books offer strategic methods for...
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Dr. Mehta Awarded NIH Grant to Test Behavioral Economic Approaches for Colorectal Cancer Screening

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CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Shivan Mehta, MD, MBA, has been awarded a 5-year grant totaling $3.25 million from the NIH’s National Cancer Institute to use behavioral economic approaches to increase population-based colorectal cancer screening. This 3-year trial will involve a multi-level intervention focused on clinicians and patients and will test different approaches for offering two types of screening: colonoscopy or fecal immunochemical testing (FIT). Today, most practices rely on primary care providers recommending colonoscopies to patients when they come into the office. Previous research has shown that clinician-directed strategies and patient-directed outreach can help increase screening rates, but the interventions have…

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