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Racial Bias in a VA Algorithm for High-Risk Veterans

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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Two CHIBE Members Make Phillymag’s List of 76 Most Influential Philadelphians

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Congratulations to CHIBE’s Angela Duckworth, PhD, MA, MSc, and Kevin Mahoney, MBA, who were named two of Phillymag’s 76 most influential Philadelphians. Dr. Duckworth, the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology, is a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member, while Mr. Mahoney, University of Pennsylvania Health System CEO, serves on CHIBE’s Internal Advisory Board. Phillymag praised Dr. Duckworth’s work “unraveling the mystery of human behavior change” and her efforts advocating for equitable resources in public schools. In addition to the vast number of institutions and individuals under Mr. Mahoney’s purview, the health system CEO told Phillymag he was proud of Penn’s research…

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Dr. Peter Reese Awarded Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award

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Congratulations to CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Peter P. Reese, MD, MSCE, who has won the University of Pennsylvania’s Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award. In addition to his affiliation with CHIBE, Dr. Reese is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Perelman School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. “This is the highest award for the type of research that faculty in our department do, and reflects his outstanding contributions to extending the benefits of organ transplantation to ever-wider circles of patients who might not have benefited in the past,” Interim Chair of the…

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Dr. Judy Shea Wins Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

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Congratulations to Judy Shea, PhD, a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member and Professor of General Internal Medicine at Perelman School of Medicine, who has been awarded the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Penn. The Lindback is the University’s highest teaching honor. Dr. Shea also serves as the Associate Dean of Medical Education Research and co-Director of the Masters of Science in Health Policy Research. “She serves dual roles, working with faculty and fellows to design and evaluate research projects, and directing the evaluation of the medical school curriculum and faculty,” Penn Medicine stated. “Much of her…

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Atheen Venkataramani at PHS Workshop 2019

Dr. Venkataramani Launches Opportunity for Health Lab

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Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD, has launched the Opportunity for Health Lab, whose mission is to eliminate health disparities by bolstering economic opportunity. The lab seeks to understand how the American Dream affects America’s health and to identify and develop policies that improve access to the American Dream and boost population health. The team believes that “Economic opportunity—the extent to which one’s income does not depend on that of their parents’—is good for health.” Some of the topics the lab is exploring include social mobility; health consequences of a changing economy; structural racism and health disparities; immigration policy, opportunity, and health;…

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Dr. Amol Navathe Launches Payment Insights Team

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CHIBE Associate Director Amol Navathe, MD, PhD, has launched the Payment Insights Team, an interdisciplinary team of experts based in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that uses insights from economics and behavioral science to analyze existing policy effects and design, test, and evaluate financial and non-financial interventions that can improve care in pragmatic, real-world settings. The team collaborates with health insurer, health system, physician practice and policymaker partners to achieve organizational and societal goals of greater health care value and equity. “The Payment Insights Team is on a mission to make health care payment evidence-based and equitable,”…

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CHIBE Q&A with Kristin Linn, PhD, MStat

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Get to know Kristin Linn, PhD, MStat, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania, and a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member, through this CHIBE Q&A below. What projects are you working on right now? In my dissertation, I developed statistical methods for optimally tailoring interventions to individuals. Recently, I’ve been applying these methods to data from the STEP UP randomized trial (joint work with Mitesh Patel and Amol Navathe). Our goal is to develop a personalized decision rule that uses demographic, social support, and/or personality traits to assign participants to one of three interventions in a way that maximally increases…

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