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Penn Launches Bold Solutions: Dismantle Racism. Advance Health.

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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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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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ABC13 Eyewitness News: Police killings can have profound effects on mental health of Black Americans, expert says

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“In 2018, a study published in British journal The Lancet showed police killings had a profound effect on the mental health of black Americans in the days following those incidents. In fact, it accounted for an additional 1.7 days of poor mental health days for the black community annually. Dr. Atheendar Venkataramani, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, is a co-author of the study. ‘We’re just trying to understand that there’s this big mental health response which we did find, and having found that, I think that the take-home message is police killings are…

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Impact Our research team has conducted a number of impactful studies that have been translated into practice by a range of entities positively influencing health for millions of people. We have designed programs based on our findings that improve both the value and quality of care provided by health plans, employers and health systems. Health Plans & Consumer Companies Employers Health Systems Government & Policy Government & Policy Impact Story: Philadelphia Project: Sweetened Beverage Tax Director of the PEACH Lab Christina Roberto, PhD, published a significant study in JAMA showing that Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax led to a 38%...
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