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CHIBE Q&A with Dr. Emily Largent

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Get to know Emily Largent, JD, PhD, RN, the newest affiliated faculty member at the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE). Dr. Largent is the Emanuel and Robert Hart Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. She holds a secondary appointment at Penn Law, and she is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. What projects are you working on right now? Much of my work is focused on understanding how scientific advances in our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease are changing the lived experiences of patients and their families. How does the…

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Dr. Beidas Advocates for Implementation Research and Mental Health Services in Congressional Briefing

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Associate Director of CHIBE Dr. Rinad Beidas was invited by the Friends of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) coalition to participate in a congressional briefing to share information about mental health services and implementation research this July. The title of her talk was: “Investing in implementation science to maximize the impact of scientific discovery: Lessons learned and the way forward.” Dr. Beidas spoke about what implementation science is and why it is important, gave some examples from her team’s NIMH-funded work, and discussed future opportunities. Implementation science offers a set of tools—such as frameworks, methods, and outcomes—that must…

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CHIBE Q&A with Dr. Vivian Lee

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Get to know Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, President of Health Platforms at Verily Life Sciences and a member of the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics’ (CHIBE) External Advisory Board through our Q&A! You recently came out with a book called: “The Long Fix: Solving America’s Health Care Crisis with Strategies that Work for Everyone.” If you could snap your fingers and make one change to improve the US health care system, what would you do? With a snap of my fingers, states and the federal government would unite in a shared vision to declare the fixing of…

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Dr. Katy Milkman Offers Congressional Testimony During Hearing of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis

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CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Dr. Katy Milkman offered her expertise as a behavioral scientist during a hearing of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on July 1, 2021. The hearing was on “Building Trust and Battling Barriers: The Urgent Need to Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy.” Find the video here and embedded below: In her opening statement, Dr. Milkman focused on how behavioral science can be used to increase uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine (including finding ways to make the vaccine “radically convenient”). One suggestion she made was to pre-arrange vaccine appointments for patients, instead of simply informing patients how to…

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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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