Penn Today: How Health Systems Can Build a Culture of Anti-Racism

By In the News

Given recent events, health systems spoke out against racism and released unprecedented statements of solidary with the African-American community. “Statements are great but if they’re not backed up with actual action, then they’re meaningless,” says Eugenia C. South, an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and faculty director of the Penn Urban Health Lab. South says there is a “segregated way of providing care, across all health systems,” borne from the insurance-driven nature of the health care industry. In primary care, resident clinics often serve people with Medicaid or those who are uninsured or under-insured, while faculty clinics…

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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]

By CHIBEblog

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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The Daily Pennsylvanian: New initiative from Penn researchers aims to advance anti-racist healthcare models

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Eight Penn healthcare researchers created a new initiative, Bold Solutions: Dismantle Racism. Advance Health., aiming to combat racism within the U.S. health system by providing solutions to racism in healthcare and advance antiracist health care delivery models. Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics is funding a program of pilot grants to start Bold Solution’s first research projects. Bold Solutions plans to partner with Black faculty, students, and businesses to investigate issues such as financial health, payment models, and economic opportunity. Bold Solutions researcher and director of the Penn Urban Health Lab, Eugenia South, said that the COVID–19 pandemic is…

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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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New York Times: Why a Hospital Might Shun a Black Patient

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By Amol S. Navathe and Harald Schmidt for The New York Times Opinion Doctors like to do good. They also like to make money. Technically, the ways in which physicians are paid are “colorblind.” Despite this, they contribute to inequality. It’s time to fix payment models that don’t address Covid-19’s disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minorities and don’t align with broader efforts to make health care fair. Research shows that doctors are more likely to choose procedures and treatments that are more profitable for them, whether these are better for patients or not. For example, cancer doctors frequently recommend…

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Penn Launches Bold Solutions: Dismantle Racism. Advance Health.

By CHIBEblog

Penn has launched a new initiative called “Bold Solutions: Dismantle Racism. Advance Health.,” which aims to fight racism within the health care system. Those leading this effort include several Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) members: Raina Merchant, MD, MS Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD Eugenia South, MD, MS Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD, MPhil David Asch, MD, MBA Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA Rachel Werner, MD, PhD Christina Roberto, PhD Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, MBE “It is incumbent upon us to do what we can to improve health by focusing on populations that have been subject to…

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The Atlantic: 5 Ways the Health-Care System Can Stop Amplifying Racism

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By Risa Lavizzo-Mourey and Ezekiel J. Emanuel for The Atlantic In recent months, the health disparities among Americans are more apparent than ever. But, it is not the coronavirus pandemic that created the disparaties. Rather, the pandemic has exposed the problem even more. Black and Latino patients are two to three times as likely as white patients to be diagnosed with COVID-19, and more than four times as likely to be hospitalized for it. Black patients are more than twice as likely to die from the virus. They also die from it at younger ages. COVID-19 has exacerbated long-standing trends:…

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

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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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