CHIBEblog

cancer ribbon

CHIBE Members Win $4.9 Million Grant to Use Behavioral Economics, Implementation Science in Cancer Care

By | CHIBEblog

A $4.9 million grant has been awarded to the Perelman School of Medicine to use behavioral economics and implementation science to improve cancer care, and CHIBE is proud that two CHIBE-affiliated faculty members Rinad Beidas, PhD, and Justin Bekelman, MD, will serve as PIs alongside Robert A. Schnoll, PhD, on this program. The National Cancer Institute is funding the work through a P50 grant over five years. This team (which also includes CHIBE’s Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, David Asch, MD, MBA, Frank Leone, MD, MS, Brian Jenssen, MD, MSHP, and Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS) will seek out ways to…

Read More
vaccine graphic

Alison Buttenheim, Daniel Polsky Appointed to National Committee on the Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccines

By | CHIBEblog

Two CHIBE members have been appointed to an ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and the National Academy of Medicine to provide a framework for the equitable allocation of vaccines for the novel coronavirus. CHIBE Associate Director Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, and CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Daniel Polsky, PhD, MPP, are two of the 17 members of the committee. This committee will work together to develop guidance for policymakers in the domestic and global health communities when a COVID-19 vaccine has been created. Some of the questions the committee members will consider, according to…

Read More
David Asch headshot

AcademyHealth Recognizes CHIBE Members in Annual Awards

By | CHIBEblog

Congratulations to David Asch, MD, MBA, who has won AcademyHealth’s Distinguished Career Award. AcademyHealth’s highest career award recognizes “leaders who have made significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research through advancement of science and methods, leadership, mentorship, scholarship and teaching, and the application of health services and policy evidence to improve health and health care.” Dr. Asch was also the PI for the study that won AcademyHealth’s Publication-of-the-Year Award. The NEJM article “Patient Safety Outcomes Under Flexible and Standard Resident Duty-Hour Rules” was authored by (CHIBE members in bold): Jeffrey H. Silber, Lisa M. Bellini, Judy…

Read More
Ravi Parikh headshot

National Palliative Care Research Center Awards Grant to Dr. Ravi Parikh

By | CHIBEblog

The National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) has named CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Ravi Parikh, MD, MPP, a Kornfeld Scholars Program 2020 Grantee. This career development award, according to NPCRC, is given to junior faculty to allow for protected time to develop and conduct the pilot research necessary to be competitive for larger, extramurally funded awards. Dr. Parikh’s project is on machine learning approaches to improve serious illness communication among patients with advanced cancer. The long-term goal of his research program is to “design and evaluate technology-focused interventions to improve palliative care delivery for patients with cancer.” Learn more about the…

Read More
Eugenia (Gina) South

CHIBE Q&A: Eugenia South, MD, MS

By | CHIBEblog

Read CHIBE’s Q&A with Eugenia C. South, MD, MS, Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. How would you describe your work environment right now as an emergency medicine physician during the COVID-19 pandemic? Emergency medicine physicians were trained for a time such a COVID-19. Everyday, we work in a sort of organized chaos. We take care of critically ill patients, often with little background or knowledge about their history. We make quick, life-saving decisions. And everyday we see the downstream effects of structural barriers to health. I was incredibly proud to see our…

Read More
black lives matter sign

A Note From CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp

By | CHIBEblog

Black Lives Matter. The Black community is suffering from the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 and from police violence on top of centuries of pervasive and systemic racism. Those of us at CHIBE seek to determine how to help our society heal and address some of the important challenges that are in front of us. While I am not a member of the groups who have been targeted by racism and police violence, and I cannot truly know what people from the communities that are most directly affected are experiencing, I recognize the pain and the hurt and the need for…

Read More
doctor graphic

Behavioral Science-Informed Guide and Tip Sheets Support Response to COVID-19 in Low-and-Middle-Income Countries

By | CHIBEblog

In many low- and middle-income countries, COVID-19 poses a major threat to health and economic outcomes. Many countries have limited health system capacity to cope with increased caseloads and fewer resources to protect against the impacts of lockdowns and a global economic slowdown. In South Africa and other countries with high HIV prevalence, the crisis also poses new challenges to ongoing efforts to combat HIV/AIDS. As part of their work with the nudge unit they have launched in South Africa (Indlela: Behavioural Insights for Better Health), CHIBE Associate Directors Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD; and Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA; and Project Managers…

Read More
shivan mehta

NCCN Foundation Awards Shivan Mehta a Grant for Colorectal Cancer Screening Research

By | CHIBEblog

Congratulations to Shivan Mehta, MD, MBA, MSHP, who has received funding for a research grant that will evaluate choice architecture for colorectal cancer screening outreach at a community health center in Pottstown, PA. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Foundation’s annual Young Investigator Awards, which is what Dr. Mehta has won, are granted to “top early-career researchers from leading cancer centers seeking tomorrow’s cures.” “It is an honor to receive this award and to be nominated by the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania,” Dr. Mehta said. This funding will provide support for a project at a community…

Read More
Mitesh Patel headshot

Mitesh Patel Wins SGIM’s Quality and Practice Innovation Award

By | CHIBEblog

Congratulations to Director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS, who has received the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Quality and Practice Innovation Award. This award recognizes “general internists and their organization that have successfully developed and implemented innovative role model systems of practice improvement in ambulatory and/or inpatient clinical practice,” according to a SGIM press release. Watch Dr. Patel’s acceptance video here. Dr. Patel, who is a member of CHIBE’s leadership team, was honored for improving care within the quality domains of the 2000 IOM Crossing the Quality Chasm report: “safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, timeliness,…

Read More
christina roberto headshot

Dr. Christina Roberto Earns Tenure

By | CHIBEblog

Congratulations to Christina Roberto, PhD, the Mitchell J. Blutt and Margo Krody Blutt Presidential Associate Professor of Health Policy, member of CHIBE’s leadership team, and Director of the PEACH Lab, who has earned tenure. “In the short time since she has arrived at Penn, Dr. Roberto has created a remarkable body of scholarship on the epidemiological and behavioral aspects of food as well as on the effects of policy changes on how people eat,” Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy Chair Steven Joffe, MD, MPH, said. “She has established herself as a true international leader in these areas. I’m…

Read More