top100 for 100andchange

Penn Proposal Advances to Top 100 in MacArthur Foundation’s $100 Million Grant Competition

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Team seeks to shut down HIV transmission in South Africa A proposal spearheaded by the University of Pennsylvania has been named in the Top 100 in the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change competition, which offers a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world’s most critical social challenges. The collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), the Ezintsha unit of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and Discovery Vitality (part of South Africa’s largest private insurance company) seeks to implement interventions that will help to end South Africa’s HIV epidemic….

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Atheen Venkataramani at PHS Workshop 2019

Penn Hosts Fourth Annual Meeting of the Population Health Science Workshop

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From LDI: Academic scientists from Penn and two dozen other universities including Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Brown attended the Fourth Annual Population Health Science Research Workshop, December 5-6, 2019 at the University of Pennsylvania. Topics discussed were the broad decline in health across the U.S.; links between social isolation and health; sleep and health in low-income communities; gender disparities among health care professionals and their impact on patients; deploying genetics in population health research; hospital consolidation’s impact on community costs and care; and other areas of inquiry including how the stress of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign may have physically affected…

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Alison Buttenheim meets with Representative Rosa DeLauro to talk about vaccine hesitancy

Alison Buttenheim Briefs Congressional Baby Caucus on Vaccine Hesitancy

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Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, was invited by Representative Rosa DeLauro to brief the Congressional Baby Caucus on December 4, 2019, on the topic of vaccine hesitancy as a threat to infant health. Rep. DeLauro (D-CT) chairs the Caucus and holds regular briefings for interested members of Congress and their staff on topics relevant to child health and welfare. Dr. Buttenheim spoke about state vaccine exemption policy, the origins of parental vaccine hesitancy, and interventions to close the vaccine coverage gaps that are leading to increased vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. Rep. DeLauro was particularly interested in how Congress, through the appropriations process,…

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WW roundtable discussion group photo

CHIBE, BCFG Discuss How to Create Habit Formation for Behaviors

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Between 40-50% of premature deaths in the United States are due to behaviors we could change, said Katy Milkman, PhD, at a roundtable discussion on creating habit formation for behaviors. “This means what we’re doing in this room is really important and can have a really big impact,” said Dr. Milkman, who is co-director of the Behavior Change for Good (BCFG) Initiative. This roundtable, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) and BCFG, was sponsored by WW and was designed to form new collaborations and spark new ideas on how to create healthy…

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Christina Roberto soda tax video from Bloomberg

Sweetened Beverage Taxes: A Policy That Works

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In this video shown at the Bloomberg American Health Summit in Baltimore, November 12-13, 2019, Christina Roberto, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine, member of CHIBE, and Director of the PEACH Lab, discusses the dangers of sugary drinks and their effects on obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay. This video details some of the work Dr. Roberto conducted into Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax. After one year of its implementation, the research team found that purchases of the unhealthy drinks dropped by 38%. Read the JAMA study here. Credits: Johns Hopkins…

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Kevin Volpp and Scott Halpern Roybal Center chat

CHIBE, PAIR Awarded 2 Roybal Centers

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The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has awarded Roybal Centers to CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, and Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, MBE, Director of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center. The goal of the Roybal Center program, according to the NIA’s website, is “the translation and integration of basic behavioral and social research findings into interventions to improve the lives of older people and the capacity of institutions to adapt to societal aging.” “Our goal is to reduce premature aging among Americans,” Dr. Volpp said. “There are lots of different areas in which important work remains to…

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