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Two CHIBE Members Make Phillymag’s List of 76 Most Influential Philadelphians

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Congratulations to CHIBE’s Angela Duckworth, PhD, MA, MSc, and Kevin Mahoney, MBA, who were named two of Phillymag’s 76 most influential Philadelphians. Dr. Duckworth, the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology, is a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member, while Mr. Mahoney, University of Pennsylvania Health System CEO, serves on CHIBE’s Internal Advisory Board. Phillymag praised Dr. Duckworth’s work “unraveling the mystery of human behavior change” and her efforts advocating for equitable resources in public schools. In addition to the vast number of institutions and individuals under Mr. Mahoney’s purview, the health system CEO told Phillymag he was proud of Penn’s research…

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Dr. Peter Reese Awarded Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award

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Congratulations to CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Peter P. Reese, MD, MSCE, who has won the University of Pennsylvania’s Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award. In addition to his affiliation with CHIBE, Dr. Reese is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Perelman School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. “This is the highest award for the type of research that faculty in our department do, and reflects his outstanding contributions to extending the benefits of organ transplantation to ever-wider circles of patients who might not have benefited in the past,” Interim Chair of the…

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Dr. Judy Shea Wins Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

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Congratulations to Judy Shea, PhD, a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member and Professor of General Internal Medicine at Perelman School of Medicine, who has been awarded the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Penn. The Lindback is the University’s highest teaching honor. Dr. Shea also serves as the Associate Dean of Medical Education Research and co-Director of the Masters of Science in Health Policy Research. “She serves dual roles, working with faculty and fellows to design and evaluate research projects, and directing the evaluation of the medical school curriculum and faculty,” Penn Medicine stated. “Much of her…

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Dr. Venkataramani Launches Opportunity for Health Lab

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Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD, has launched the Opportunity for Health Lab, whose mission is to eliminate health disparities by bolstering economic opportunity. The lab seeks to understand how the American Dream affects America’s health and to identify and develop policies that improve access to the American Dream and boost population health. The team believes that “Economic opportunity—the extent to which one’s income does not depend on that of their parents’—is good for health.” Some of the topics the lab is exploring include social mobility; health consequences of a changing economy; structural racism and health disparities; immigration policy, opportunity, and health;…

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Dr. Amol Navathe Launches Payment Insights Team

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CHIBE Associate Director Amol Navathe, MD, PhD, has launched the Payment Insights Team, an interdisciplinary team of experts based in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that uses insights from economics and behavioral science to analyze existing policy effects and design, test, and evaluate financial and non-financial interventions that can improve care in pragmatic, real-world settings. The team collaborates with health insurer, health system, physician practice and policymaker partners to achieve organizational and societal goals of greater health care value and equity. “The Payment Insights Team is on a mission to make health care payment evidence-based and equitable,”…

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CHIBE Q&A with Kristin Linn, PhD, MStat

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Get to know Kristin Linn, PhD, MStat, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania, and a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member, through this CHIBE Q&A below. What projects are you working on right now? In my dissertation, I developed statistical methods for optimally tailoring interventions to individuals. Recently, I’ve been applying these methods to data from the STEP UP randomized trial (joint work with Mitesh Patel and Amol Navathe). Our goal is to develop a personalized decision rule that uses demographic, social support, and/or personality traits to assign participants to one of three interventions in a way that maximally increases…

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Atheen Venkataramani at PHS Workshop 2019

CHIBE and PAIR Host 2020 Roybal Mini-Symposium

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Penn’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) hosted its first-ever virtual, joint Roybal mini-symposium with the Palliative and Advanced Illness Center (PAIR) on October 1-2, 2020, with more than a dozen research presentations on a variety of topics like racism, COVID-19, financial incentives, and nudges. In prior years, CHIBE has hosted its annual retreat at places like the Hershey Hotel, the Skytop Lodge in the Poconos, and Congress Hall in Cape May, NJ, but CHIBE’s 12th annual retreat took place in our own faculty and staff’s homes, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “You have all been busy and…

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Kidney Stone Study at UPenn and CHOP

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Do you get kidney stones? Are you trying to drink more water? Volunteers are needed for a kidney stone research study at UPenn and CHOP. The purpose of the 2-year study is to help researchers find out if drinking more fluid can help prevent future kidney stone progression and reoccurrence. Participants are provided with a ‘smart’ water bottle that automatically logs daily water intake through a phone app. Half of the participants are given a daily fluid goal. At enrollment and at end of study, adult participants will get a CT scan and adolescent participants will get a renal ultrasound….

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CHIBE Assists State with COVID Alert PA App

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Penn’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) is assisting the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) with COVID Alert PA, a free app designed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. “The app uses Bluetooth to exchange anonymous IDs between phones in close proximity,” said CHIBE’s Erica Dixon, PhD. “If a person with the app tests positive for COVID, they can put in a code from PA DOH to alert those who were in close contact with them.” The app boosts traditional contact tracing efforts, casting a wider net beyond the people that an individual knows they spent time…

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Penn Launches Bold Solutions: Dismantle Racism. Advance Health.

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Penn has launched a new initiative called “Bold Solutions: Dismantle Racism. Advance Health.,” which aims to fight racism within the health care system. Those leading this effort include several Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) members: Raina Merchant, MD, MS Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD Eugenia South, MD, MS Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD, MPhil David Asch, MD, MBA Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA Rachel Werner, MD, PhD “It is incumbent upon us to do what we can to improve health by focusing on populations that have been subject to systemic racism,” CHIBE Director Dr. Volpp said. “This…

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