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New Job Opportunities at Penn (As of March 2022)

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Find a number of job opportunities below, available as of March 3, 2022: The Division of Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine is hiring a Research Project Manager A/B who will contribute to the successful planning, management and execution of research projects to reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk for Penn Medicine patients. These studies adapt existing behavioral science evidence as well as novel patient, provider and system approaches to identify, diagnose and treat patients at elevated ASCVD risk that will increase and sustain physical activity, improve hypertension management, and lower cholesterol. The Project Manager A/B will manage multiple rapid…

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Dr. Kessler Named Inaugural Howard Marks Endowed Professor by Wharton

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Judd Kessler, PhD, a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member, has been named the inaugural Howard Marks Endowed Professor at the Wharton School. This professorship is given to Wharton faculty involved in behavioral economics and behavioral investing. “It’s a phenomenal honor — and I am incredibly grateful — to be the inaugural Howard Marks Endowed Professor,” Dr. Kessler said. “As a scholar and specialist in experimental economics and market design innovation, Judd embodies Wharton’s commitment to preparing the next generation of great business leaders with the tools to translate theory into practice and drive meaningful change,” Wharton School Dean Erika James said in a…

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Drs. Buttenheim and Volpp Named to NASEM Consensus Committee on Behavioral Economics

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The new National Academies Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) consensus committee on “future directions for applying behavioral economics to policy” has appointed two University of Pennsylvania faculty members who are both part of CHIBE’s leadership team. CHIBE’s Scientific Director and Penn Associate Professor of Nursing Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, is serving as co-chair and CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, is a committee member. “It’s terrific to see CHIBE’s leadership in this space recognized with two committee appointments,” Dr. Buttenheim said. The committee seeks to review insights from behavioral economics to see how they could be leveraged in public policy…

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Paper Led By Dr. Delgado Named One of the “Best of 2021” by Annals of Internal Medicine

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Annals of Internal Medicine has selected a paper led by CHIBE Associate Director M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS, as one of its best articles published in 2021. The paper, “Comparative Effectiveness of an Automated Text Messaging Service for Monitoring COVID-19 at Home,” is the largest evaluation of a remote monitoring service for COVID in the United States, according to the authors. They found that enrollment in “COVID Watch” was associated with reduced mortality. The service offered twice-daily text message check-ins, as well as the ability to report worsening symptoms. Any escalating cases were handled by clinicians via telemedicine. The authors…

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Request for Proposals: Have an idea for a nudge to improve care delivery or patient outcomes?

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Do you have an idea for a nudge to improve care delivery or patient outcomes at Penn Medicine? If so, the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit wants to hear about it via its call for proposals! The Penn Medicine Nudge Unit leverages insights from behavioral economics and psychology to steer medical decision-making toward higher value practices and improved patient outcomes. They are launching a call for proposals in search of projects that use behavioral economics to improve patient outcomes in line with equitable, evidence-based care. All clinicians, care team members, research staff, and Penn affiliates are encouraged to submit their ideas using this…

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Penn and Tennessee Oncology Team Win Grant to Use Behavioral Economics, Predictive Analytics to Improve Palliative Care Use

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A University of Pennsylvania team and Tennessee Oncology have won a $600,000 2-year grant from the Emerson Collective for a project that will leverage behavioral economics and predictive analytics to improve oncology patient health outcomes. The project will be led by Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation’s (PC3I) Ravi Parikh, MD, MPP, FACP, (PI) and Justin Bekelman, MD, (Co-Investigator) who are both CHIBE-affiliated faculty members, along with Tennessee Oncology’s site PI Sandhya Mudumbi, MD, and Stephen Schleicher, MD, MBA. The issue they seek to address is that patients with advanced cancer often experience severe symptoms and poor quality of life,…

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CHIBE Q&A with Maeve Moran

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Read our CHIBE Q&A with Maeve Moran, MSc, a clinical research coordinator who works with the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics. What are you working on right now? I currently support two CHIBE projects, both within Dr. Kevin Volpp’s Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Initiative. The first, led by Dr. Volpp and Dr. Alexander Fanaroff, is a multisite study that aims to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention involving behavioral economics approaches – namely gamification and social support – to augment physical activity in Black and Hispanic breast and prostate cancer survivors. The second, led by Dr. Volpp and Dr….

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Philadelphia Citizen Names CHIBE Faculty as Citizens of the Year

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The Philadelphia Citizen recognized two CHIBE-affiliated faculty members as “Citizens of the Year” in 2021. The outlet described Eugenia South, MD, MS, and Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, and her Dear Pandemic colleagues as “some of the most dedicated Philadelphians who inspired us over the last year.” Dr. South, a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia, and Florencia Greer Polite, MD, a Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn, were recognized for their efforts to reduce COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Black health…

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