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Behavioral Science Tips for Physical Distancing

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CHIBE Associate Directors Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, and Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, worked with ideas42, the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, and Indlela Behavioural Insights for Better Health, to develop a tipsheet with behavioral science tips for physical distancing. This one-pager offers concrete tips for how local and national governments and other institutions can use behavioral design to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in communities in low and middle-income countries around the world while facilitating social cohesion and the provision of essential services. Find the tipsheet here.

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CHIBE Q&A: Christianne Sevinc, MPH

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Read our Q&A to get to know the Product Owner of Way to Health Christianne Sevinc, MPH What is the Way to Health team working on right now to address COVID-19? Way to Health is working on a variety of initiatives to support patient care due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most notably this includes COVID-19 Watch, which is a program that enables patients of low to moderate risk to be monitored at home, with escalation to hands-on care when necessary. The program seeks to reduce call center volume, decrease the risk of exposure for patients and health care providers, and offer patients…

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COVID-19: How CHIBE Is Making A Difference

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CHIBE faculty and staff have been busy working on a variety of projects to help patients, clinicians, and health systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are just a few of the projects they are involved in: A COVID-19 Chatbot for FAQs A Penn team led by CHIBE’s Roy Rosin, MBA, and Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, and a team from Google have created an AI chatbot to help answer common questions related to COVID-19. This chatbot helps offload call volume from Penn Medicine’s phone lines to unburden our clinicians and shorten wait times for patients, while also making it faster and…

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CHIBE Q&A: Lizzie Bair, MS

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Read our Q&A to get to know CHIBE’s statistical analyst Lizzie Bair, MS. What projects are you working on now? I’m working on a series of retrospective studies for Dr. Venkataramani that look at how fluctuations in economic opportunity – employment booms and busts – affect health and mortality. I’m also working on a clinical trial looking at the impact of HIV self-tests among high-risk Kenyan women run by Dr. Thirumurthy. And finally, I’m involved in the Kentucky 1115 Waiver evaluation. It’s a lot of fun because they’re all very different projects! What do you wish more people knew about…

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CHIBE Faculty Weigh in on Coronavirus

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CHIBE faculty have been tapped to weigh in on the impact of COVID-19. Read recent media coverage involving some of our experts. Vice: Coronavirus will hit American hourly workers extra hard (Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD) The Philadelphia Inquirer: The government should pay Americans to take coronavirus tests. Here’s why. (Mark Pauly, PhD) The Atlantic: The Dos and Don’ts of ‘Social Distancing’ (Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD) WHYY: Fear and the coronavirus (Sudeep Bhatia, PhD) The Philadelphia Inquirer: Coronavirus has shut down schools and events. Here’s why that helps, short- and long-term. (Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD and Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA) WTTW: The psychology of…

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Penn Proposal Advances to Top 100 in MacArthur Foundation’s $100 Million Grant Competition

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Team seeks to shut down HIV transmission in South Africa A proposal spearheaded by the University of Pennsylvania has been named in the Top 100 in the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change competition, which offers a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world’s most critical social challenges. The collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), the Ezintsha unit of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and Discovery Vitality (part of South Africa’s largest private insurance company) seeks to implement interventions that will help to end South Africa’s HIV epidemic….

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Risa Lavizzo-Mourey Featured in ’25 Medical Pioneers to Celebrate This Black History Month’

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We’re proud that CHIBE Internal Advisory Board Member Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, has been named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s 25 medical pioneers to celebrate this Black History Month. Becker’s Hospital Review wrote: “Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA. First black female president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey has more than 30 years of experience as a medical practitioner, policymaker, professor and nonprofit executive. In 2003, she became the first black female president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of America’s largest philanthropic organizations devoted to public health and healthcare. Before joining the foundation, Dr….

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CHIBE Q&A: Jeffrey Rewley, PhD, MS

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Jeffrey Rewley, PhD, MS, is an advanced fellow in health services research, working with the Nudge Unit at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Philadelphia VA Medical center. What projects are you working on now? I’m currently involved in two secondary analyses of the STEP UP trial completed by the Nudge Unit last September. The first examines how team diversity affects participants’ response to the gamification intervention. The second uses a natural experiment within the intervention to assess participants’ loss aversion in the face of gamification rewards. What research area…

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