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Q&A with Dr. Katy Milkman, Author of New Book ‘How to Change’

By CHIBEblog

Katherine L. Milkman, PhD, James G. Dinan Professor at the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, is Co-Director of The Behavior Change for Good Initiative and a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member. Read our Q&A to learn more about Dr. Milkman’s new book called How to Change, which was released on May 4, 2021. How might this book be helpful for those in the health care field who are trying to encourage patients to have healthier habits? I’m optimistic that anyone who’s interested in encouraging healthy habits will find my book packed with strategic advice. How to Change covers everything from…

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WV Public Broadcasting: Monetary Incentives Could Work For COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout, But Does W. Va.’s Plan Make Sense?

By In the News

When Gov. Jim Justice offered to dole out $100 savings bonds to those 35 and younger as incentive to take a COVID-19 vaccine, it came out of nowhere. No other governor had made such a promise. He said a bold, creative solution would be necessary for West Virginia to reclaim its former title as a leader in the nation’s vaccine rollout. Dr. Kevin Volpp, the director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, said bonds aren’t a bad idea. He worries more that people won’t have their bond in hand soon enough. “If it’s the…

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Financial Times: Covid has shown the subjective nature of risk perception

By In the News

Despite many countries having since restricted the AstraZeneca vaccine, polling suggests it has had little impact on the way Britons perceive the risk of taking it. A YouGov/Times poll this month found 75 per cent still consider it to be “very” or “somewhat” safe — just two percentage points lower than the 77 per cent who felt this way in mid-March, before Britain advised under-30s to take an alternative vaccine. That is in stark contrast to the way the jab is now perceived in European countries. Such a notion might be difficult to prove. But the idea that emotions play…

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Fox 29: Are vaccine incentives and mandates the right approach?

By In the News

On Wednesday, President Biden announced another new tax credit for small and medium-sized businesses that give employees time off to get the shot. Krispy Kreme is offering a free donut a day to anyone who shows their vaccination card and the NFL Network talking vaccine incentives at the NFL draft next week. Fans who are vaccinated may be invited to view the draft from the exclusive “inner circle” in Cleveland. But is this an effective approach from a public health standpoint? Harald Schmidt, assistant professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, says no. He says access and trust are…

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New York Times: What Do Women Want? For Men to Get Covid Vaccines.

By In the News

As the Biden administration seeks to get 80 percent of adult Americans immunized by summer, the continuing reluctance of men to get a shot could impede that goal. Women are getting vaccinated at a far higher rate — about 10 percentage points — than men, even though the male-female divide is roughly even in the nation’s overall population. The trend is worrisome to many, especially as vaccination rates have dipped a bit recently. The gap exists even as Covid-19 deaths worldwide have been about 2.4 times higher for men than among women. And the division elucidates the reality of women’s disproportionate role in caring for others in American…

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Live Mint: A sensory strategy to help us avert a third wave of covid

By In the News

We must convey a realistic sense of pandemic uncertainty for people to adopt appropriate behavior. News about patients flooding hospitals and crematoriums overfilled with the dead have once again raised the danger signals on covid. But the big question is: How long will this heightened level of caution last? To answer that question, we should first understand why our population became so complacent vis-a-vis the pandemic in the few months preceding the second wave’s rise. In a much-cited article ‘Risk As Feelings’ by George Loewenstein, Elke U. Weber and Christopher K. Hsee, published in Psychological Bulletin, the authors remind us that…

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MSNBC: The importance of keeping an open mind in a changing world

By In the News

If the fight against COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that changing minds means saving lives, especially as it relates to the misinformation that has surrounded the pandemic. NBC’s Joshua Johnson discussed this theory with Adam Grant, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and author of the book “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know.” Watch the talk at MSNBC.

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Washington Post: Vaccine etiquette – A guide to politely navigating this new phase of the pandemic

By In the News

For the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has defined our daily life, determining how we learn, work, eat, travel and socialize. But those parameters are changing, as millions of vaccinated Americans mingle with the millions waiting for their turn and the millions who remain reluctant to get the shots. That means the rules of etiquette are changing, as well. If you see something that disturbs you on social media, it could be that someone shared an article without knowing it was misleading, or did not realize their behavior was unsafe. If it is the latter, try to understand their motivations and privately offer some safer…

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LAist: Many Firefighters Are Still Declining The Vaccine As A Brutal Fire Season Looms

By In the News

Last fall, L.A. County Fire and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health surveyed the organization’s 4,900 employees and found that roughly 45% of them didn’t want to get the vaccine. That was similar to nationwide numbers from around that time. L.A. County’s Kazan and his colleagues knew that if they wanted to convince their people to get protected they had to break through the misinformation. If a firefighter wanted to refuse the vaccine, L.A. County Fire made it so they couldn’t just not show up, or casually check off a box online. The firefighters instead would have to leave the bubble of…

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