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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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CHIBE Assists State with COVID Alert PA App

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Penn’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) is assisting the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) with COVID Alert PA, a free app designed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. “The app uses Bluetooth to exchange anonymous IDs between phones in close proximity,” said CHIBE’s Erica Dixon, PhD. “If a person with the app tests positive for COVID, they can put in a code from PA DOH to alert those who were in close contact with them.” The app boosts traditional contact tracing efforts, casting a wider net beyond the people that an individual knows they spent time…

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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 “It is incumbent upon us to do what we can to improve health by focusing on populations that have been subject to systemic racism,” CHIBE Director Dr. Volpp said. “This…

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Unveiling the CHIBE Annual Report 2019-2020

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The Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) is pleased to share our 2019-2020 Annual Report. In this report, you’ll find some of our top publications and news articles from the year, information about our COVID-19 research and projects, impact stories, CHIBE signature programs, awards, funding portfolio, partners, and CHIBE leadership, and our external and internal advisory boards. Read CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp’s opening letter below. 2020 will be a year we never forget. In addition to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States is also facing a long-overdue reckoning of its current and historical treatment…

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Team Wins 2 Grants from NIA to Look at Tailoring Nudges to Improve Vaccination and Cancer Screening

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A team involving several CHIBE members has won two grants from the National Institute on Aging to study nudges in cancer care and vaccination. Congratulations to the four investigators: Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, a member of CHIBE’s leadership team and Director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit; Amol Navathe, MD, PhD, CHIBE Associate Director and Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine; Kristin Linn, PhD, CHIBE-affiliated faculty member and Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Penn; and Joshua Liao, MD, MSc, Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine and an Adjunct Senior Fellow…

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