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CHIBE Q&A with Rachel Nugent, PhD

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Learn more about CHIBE’s newest External Advisory Boardmember Rachel Nugent, PhD, Vice President and Director of Global Noncommunicable Diseases, RTI International. What made you want to be a part of CHIBE’s external advisory board? I was pleased to be invited to join CHIBE’s external advisory board largely because of the high impact that CHIBE has demonstrated in influencing public policy through strong economic evidence, and also to bring that kind of rigorous economic analysis to lower-resourced countries that have many similar health challenges as the United States, but don’t have the behavioral economic training and skills to find innovative ways…

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CHIBE Hosts 2020 Behavioral Science & Health Symposium

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Healthy eating, CEO aging and death, handwashing habits, and behavioral responses to COVID-19 testing were just a few of the varied topics discussed at the 10th annual Behavioral Science and Health Symposium held virtually this year December 3-4, 2020. Each year, the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) symposium brings together top researchers and clinicians from around the country and the globe to discuss their latest research, develop new collaborations, and exchange ideas. This year’s event featured two keynote presentations: Emily Oster, PhD, Professor of Economics at Brown University, spoke with us about selection and…

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Q&A with Richard Thaler, PhD

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What’s one common misconception about the field of behavioral economics that Richard Thaler, PhD, often tries to dispel? “That behavioral economists think that people are dumb. We don’t. We think the world is hard,” he said in our interview with him this December. The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics’ (CHIBE) hosted its 10th annual Behavioral Science and Health Symposium December 3-4, 2020, and the symposium’s final session was a thought leader interview with Dr. Thaler, the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the Chicago Booth School of Business, and…

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Team to Evaluate Health Outcomes Following Philly Beverage Tax

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Congratulations to CHIBE Associate Director Christina Roberto, PhD, and CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Laura Gibson, PhD, who have received an NIH R01 to continue their research evaluating the Philadelphia beverage tax. While there is evidence that taxes on sugary-sweetened beverages can lead to drops in purchases of these drinks, there is still a need to find out if this policy can lead to improvements in health outcomes, such as weight, type 2 diabetes status, and oral health. Their specific aims, according to their project summary, are to: “Evaluate the effectiveness of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on preventing weight gain among youth…

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Dr. Werner Appointed to NASEM Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes

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Congratulations to CHIBE Internal Advisory Board member Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, who has been appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes. According to NASEM’s website, this committee will “examine how our nation delivers, regulates, finances and measures quality of nursing home care, including the long-standing challenges brought to light by the COVID-19 pandemic.” Read more on the NASEM website or LDI’s coverage.

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CHIBE Q&A: J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, APN, RN, FAAN

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Learn more about one of our newest CHIBE-affiliated faculty members J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, APN, RN, FAAN, an Associate Professor of Nursing and Africana Studies and a Senior Fellow and Researcher in the Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. What projects are you working on now? Most recently, our research team is working to address the disproportionate risk borne by low-income individuals with multiple chronic conditions who are transitioning to home from hospitals. While social conditions such as inadequate housing and food insecurity impact post-hospitalization recovery, so too does system issues such as…

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Team to Look at Racial Bias in a VA Algorithm for High-Risk Veterans [Corrected]

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A team involving several CHIBE members recently had a VA Merit (R01) grant selected for funding: “Racial Bias in a VA Algorithm for High-Risk Veterans.” The team members involved are: Amol Navathe, MD, PhD, (PI); Kristin Linn, MStat, PhD; Ravi Parikh, MD, MPP, FACP; Helen (Jiali) Yan, MS; Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD; Sumedha Chhatre, PhD; and Matt Maciejewski, PhD. This project looks at how VA clinical risk scores may systematically underestimate risk for Black veterans, and it aims to develop approaches to mitigate this risk including incorporating social determinants of health into these metrics. “Clinical predictive scores are used in many health care settings outside of the…

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Team to Study Implementation of Behavioral Intervention for HIV Care in Philly Clinics

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Congratulations to Florence Momplaisir, MD, MSHP, FACP; Robert Gross, MD, MSCE; and CHIBE Associate Director Rinad Beidas, PhD; who recently received an R01 as Multi-PIs from the National Institute on Nursing Research to study the implementation of the Managed Problem Solving (MAPS) behavioral intervention in Philadelphia clinics serving people living with HIV. “I’m very excited to pursue this work in collaboration with my MPI partners Drs. Momplaisir and Gross, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and clinics serving people living with HIV in Philadelphia, given the national efforts to end the HIV epidemic,” Dr. Beidas said. “This represents an expansion…

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Dr. Katy Milkman Named Habit Weekly’s Content Person of the Year

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Congratulations to CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Katy Milkman, PhD, who was named Habit Weekly’s Content Person of the Year. Habit Weekly is a behavioral design newsletter by Samuel Salzer. Salzer asked his audience to vote on the best content creators of the year — who created the best podcast, publication, YouTube channel, book, organization, and content person. This Content Person of the Year award is given to an individual who has been “the best at sharing insights and making positive content contributions to the field during the past year,” according to Habit Weekly. Dr. Milkman is the Evan C. Thompson Endowed…

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Drs. Milkman and Buttenheim Make Forbes’ List of 10 Behavioral Scientists You Should Know

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Congratulations to CHIBE’s Katy Milkman, PhD, and Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, who made Forbes‘ list of 10 behavioral scientists people should know. “These 10 behavioral scientists are shining examples of impact in health, their work spanning from experimentation to implementation,” author Aline Holzwarth wrote. “…[T]hese leading behavioral scientists are making the change they want to see in the world.” The Forbes article stated that “Alison Buttenheim combines her interest in behavioral economics with a focus on improving child health on a global level. Her work provides new insights to help parents make better choices for their children, and to improve…

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