Penn Medicine News: Penn Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Launch Multi-Million Dollar Joint Initiative to Improve Health and Wellbeing in West and Southwest Philadelphia Neighborhoods with Greenspaces, Career Training, and Community Environmental Grants

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From Penn Medicine News: The Penn Urban Health Lab, along with 13 community and faith-based organizations, will launch Deeply Rooted, a community-driven program to promote health equity and environmental justice in Black and brown neighborhoods in West and Southwest Philadelphia. Named Deeply Rooted to convey the depth, strength, and scope of the work, this initiative will increase greenspace through greening of over 1,000 vacant lots, planting more than 1,000 trees and building miniparks designed by the community. In addition, it will provide community residents and organizations with mini-grants to promote environmental justice initiatives and support nature-based career development. Penn Medicine and Children’s…

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CHIBE hosts panel event with Humana

CHIBE and Humana Discuss Changing Care Models in the 21st Century

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Penn’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) hosted a webinar on March 29, 2022, with panelists from the University of Pennsylvania and Humana to discuss how health care is evolving and how we might optimize the value of care received to improve patient outcomes, address health equity concerns, and make care more affordable. See excerpts from the panel event, moderated by CHIBE Associate Director Dr. Amol Navathe, below, and watch the recording here. On the Evolution of Primary Care and What It Will Look Like in the Future Dr. Vivek Garg, Humana’s Chief Medical Officer, Primary Care Organization,…

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STAT: How To Fix the Two-Tier U.S. Health Payment System

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By Amol Navathe, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey and Joshua Liao for STAT How the U.S. pays for health care is neither efficient nor fair. Despite spending an astounding 20% of its economic output on health care, the U.S. ranks poorly among high-income countries in national health system performance. To make matters worse, the payment system for this care has ingrained systematic health inequities for historically marginalized groups like people of color and low-income Americans. Many individuals in these groups and their families are covered by public health insurance programs like Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. These often pay doctors and hospitals only a fraction of what private insurers…

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Philadelphia Magazine: This New Collaboration Aims to Improve Philly’s Health Inequities

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From Philadelphia Magazine: Erica Dixon, director of Accelerate Health Equity and project director at Penn Medicine, says that in the summer of 2020, healthcare systems and health-focused organizations across the region came together in conversations about the COVID-19 pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, and the impact all were having on Philadelphians. “The idea of collaborating, breaking down silos, working together — that was a concurrent evolution between many forces, including 13 Southeastern PA health systems declaring that racism is a public health crisis, plus the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s pledge to make meaningful…

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Philly Hospitals and Key Insurers Plan Novel Effort With the City To Improve Health Equity

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From the Philadelphia Inquirer: For the first time, the region’s largest health systems and its largest insurer are banding together to improve racial equity in health care in Philadelphia. The collaboration, called Accelerate Health Equity, will use pilot programs to try out different approaches and share what is learned. The project will focus on 16 areas, ranging from substance abuse, maternal and infant mortality, obesity/diabetes, and racism in medical settings to food access, housing and community violence. A steering committee with representatives from the 11 participating organizations is expected to meet every six weeks to coordinate and share lessons learned….

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