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CHIBE Q&A: Damon Centola, PhD

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Damon Centola, PhD, is Professor of Communication, Sociology and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Network Dynamics Group. Dr. Centola is also a Senior Fellow at LDI and affiliated faculty member with the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE). He just published a book called Change: How to Make Big Things Happen, which you can learn more about on his website. Learn more about Dr. Centola in our Q&A below. What made you want to write Change: How to Make Big Things Happen? I am a sociologist who studies the way that beliefs and…

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Congratulations to Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, On Her Retirement

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Penn’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) honors and congratulates Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, on her retirement on January 31, 2021. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey has been a tremendous force for good—and a voice for people—for our Center, the University, and the world. The impact she has had over the course of her career through her scholarship, leadership, mentorship, and example has been unparalleled. She is not finished her good work, and we are thrilled that Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey will join CHIBE’s External Advisory Board. She will also be moving to emeritus status with the Department of Medical Ethics and Health…

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Ravi Parikh Wins David Yurman-PCF VAlor Young Investigator Award

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Congratulations to CHIBE affiliate Ravi B. Parikh, MD, MPP, FACP, who has won the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s 2020 David Yurman-PCF VAlor Young Investigator Award. Dr. Parikh was celebrated for “developing new clinical biomarker tests that can identify which patients undergoing hormonal therapy are at risk for developing bone fractures, and should be prescribed early bone maintenance therapies. “This will significantly improve quality-of-life for patients with advanced prostate cancer, starting with the Veteran population,” the foundation stated. Learn more here on the Prostate Cancer Foundation site.

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Online Courses with CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp

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For those interested in learning more about behavioral economics from the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, see two offerings below from the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy’s Online Education team. February 2 – March 1, 2021 Foundations of Behavioral Economics Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD Noncredit, professional development course Clinicians, care teams, administrators, payers, digital health teams, entrepreneurs, and researchers may benefit from this professional development opportunity. Learn more and enroll here! ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Penn faculty, staff, and graduate and professional students are also invited to take this online, master’s-level course…

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CHIBE Members Author Some of Health Affairs’ Top Articles of 2020

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Congratulations to the following CHIBE-affiliated faculty members for authoring two of Health Affairs’ 20 most-read articles of 2020: Atheendar Venkataramani, PhD, MD, MPhil Judith Long, MD David Asch, MD, MBA Dr. Venkataramani was an author on “Mortality Rates From COVID-19 Are Lower In Unionized Nursing Homes,” alongside Adam Dean, PhD, MsC, and Simeon Kimmel, MD, MA. Drs. Long and Asch were authors on “Evidence-Based Community Health Worker Program Addresses Unmet Social Needs And Generates Positive Return On Investment,” alongside Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP; Nandita Mitra, PhD; and David Grande, MD, MPA. See the full list of Health Affairs top articles…

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CHIBE Q&A: Victor Lei, PharmD, MSHP

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Learn more about Victor Lei, PharmD, MSHP, a Senior Research Scientist at CHIBE. What projects are you working on these days? I work under Amol Navathe, MD, PhD, where my main effort is currently focused on helping a collaborator (Hawaii Medical Service Association) understand their high cost member populations to develop new care models and interventions. Over the past few months, we have been particularly interested in patients with serious illnesses (i.e. conditions that have high risk of mortality and either negatively impacts a patient’s daily function or quality of life). We believe such patients would benefit from earlier palliative…

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In Memoriam: Sandy Vanderslice

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CHIBE would like to remember our beloved friend and colleague Sandra Vanderslice. Sandy was an integral member of our community, who never hesitated to help others. While Sandy was a superb employee for us since 2017, she was much more than that to us. She filled a special role within our department — she was someone who was always available to provide sage advice or a friendly smile. She provided levity when needed, comfort when it was sought, and a sense of camaraderie to pull us together as a team. Here you’ll find messages from our Center about our dear…

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Scott Halpern Elected Hastings Center Fellow

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Congratulations to Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, MBE, John M. Eisenberg Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, who has been elected as a new Hastings Center fellow. Dr. Halpern joins more than 200 fellows whose work has “informed scholarship and public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, science, and technology.” According to the Hastings Center website, the fellows’ “common distinguishing feature is uncommon insight and impact in areas of critical concern to the Center–how best to understand and manage the inevitable values questions, moral uncertainties, and societal effects that…

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CHIBE’s Year in Review: 2020

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In 2020, CHIBE members used behavioral science to… *in no particular order* 1. Establish a first-of-its-kind nudge unit focused on HIV prevention in South Africa. Learn more about Indlela: Behavioural Insights for Better Health, which is developing and testing behavioral solutions that increase uptake of HIV testing, linkage to HIV care, and re-engagement in HIV care, with funding from the Gates Foundation. 2. Conduct the largest-ever study examining how text communications can boost vaccine uptake. The Penn Medicine Nudge Unit and Wharton’s Behavior Change for Good Initiative (both of which include several CHIBE leaders and affiliated faculty members) have partnered…

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CHIBE Leadership Additions and Promotions

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The past year has been a great period of productivity and impact for CHIBE. Our Center has made some changes to  the CHIBE leadership team to further strengthen our center and to bring emerging leaders on to the team. Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, will take on a new leadership role as CHIBE’s Scientific Director. Dr. Buttenheim is an Associate Professor and Silverstein Chair in Global Women’s Health at the School of Nursing, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine. She is also the Director of Engagement at the…

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