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Alison Buttenheim, Daniel Polsky Appointed to National Committee on the Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccines

By CHIBEblog

Two CHIBE members have been appointed to an ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and the National Academy of Medicine to provide a framework for the equitable allocation of vaccines for the novel coronavirus. CHIBE Associate Director Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, and CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Daniel Polsky, PhD, MPP, are two of the 17 members of the committee. This committee will work together to develop guidance for policymakers in the domestic and global health communities when a COVID-19 vaccine has been created. Some of the questions the committee members will consider, according to…

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Behavioral Science-Informed Guide and Tip Sheets Support Response to COVID-19 in Low-and-Middle-Income Countries

By CHIBEblog

In many low- and middle-income countries, COVID-19 poses a major threat to health and economic outcomes. Many countries have limited health system capacity to cope with increased caseloads and fewer resources to protect against the impacts of lockdowns and a global economic slowdown. In South Africa and other countries with high HIV prevalence, the crisis also poses new challenges to ongoing efforts to combat HIV/AIDS. As part of their work with the nudge unit they have launched in South Africa (Indlela: Behavioural Insights for Better Health), CHIBE Associate Directors Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD; and Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA; and Project Managers…

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LA Times: Cause of Death: COVID-19, Police Violence or Racism?

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“Dr. Atheendar Venkataramani, an internist and health policy researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, has plumbed the power of despair to erode the health of specific American populations. He was part of a team that assessed changes in the mental health of Americans who lived in states where at least one unarmed black man had been killed by police. In the three months following these deaths, the team found a measurable drop in mental health among black Americans — and the more deaths there were, the greater the effect. Mental health did not suffer in cases when police killed a black person…

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