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Dr. Thirumurthy Promoted to Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy

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Congratulations to CHIBE Associate Director Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, on his promotion to Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, effective July 1, 2022. Dr. Thirumurthy’s promotion recognizes his extensive and impactful scholarly contributions as an economist and behavioral scientist working to improve health outcomes for people in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Africa. His work has focused in particular on evaluation of large-scale health initiatives that address high-burden diseases such as HIV and malaria as well as on behavioral interventions to improve HIV testing and access to care. He has published his research extensively in high-impact journals and has…

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A University of Pennsylvania team, in partnership with the Family Heart Foundation, has received a $2 million National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) grant to test two promising approaches to implement cascade screening in individuals with familial hypercholesterolemia

Team Wins $2 Million Grant to Test New Approaches to Improve Familial Hypercholesterolemia Screening

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A University of Pennsylvania team, in partnership with the Family Heart Foundation, has received a $2 million National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) grant to test two promising approaches to implement cascade screening in individuals with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), a genetic disorder that affects 1 in 250 people. FH is one of only three genetic conditions that the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has prioritized for cascade screening. Cascade screening involves contacting and screening first-degree biological relatives of an individual diagnosed with FH. Family screening is rarely performed in a health care setting despite the fact that each…

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Accelerate Health Equity Initiative Seeks to Dismantle Racism, Advance Health

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Members of CHIBE are co-leading an initiative with a bold ambition: to identify structural and institutional causes of health inequities and racism, transform those practices, and significantly improve health equity in the City of Philadelphia. This initiative, called Accelerate Health Equity, is led by Penn Medicine and Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and brings together many other organizations including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Temple, Drexel, Jefferson/Einstein, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Keystone First, Trinity, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, who are committed to combatting health inequity in the city. Co-leading Accelerate Health Equity are: Director of the Penn Medicine...
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Best Behavioral Economics Books for Beginners

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Interested in learning more about behavioral economics? Members of the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) leadership team share their recommendations for some of their favorite behavioral economics books for beginners. Click through this gallery to see book suggestions on topics like behavior change, the science of scaling, the birth of behavioral economics as a field, the science of motivation, and more. “ “If you want to learn about the latest research in behavior change, I’d recommend 'Get it Done' by Ayelet Fischbach and 'How to Change' by Katy Milkman. Both of these books offer strategic methods for...
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Dr. Mehta Awarded NIH Grant to Test Behavioral Economic Approaches for Colorectal Cancer Screening

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CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Shivan Mehta, MD, MBA, has been awarded a 5-year grant totaling $3.25 million from the NIH’s National Cancer Institute to use behavioral economic approaches to increase population-based colorectal cancer screening. This 3-year trial will involve a multi-level intervention focused on clinicians and patients and will test different approaches for offering two types of screening: colonoscopy or fecal immunochemical testing (FIT). Today, most practices rely on primary care providers recommending colonoscopies to patients when they come into the office. Previous research has shown that clinician-directed strategies and patient-directed outreach can help increase screening rates, but the interventions have…

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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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