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

Alison Buttenheim Briefs Congressional Baby Caucus on Vaccine Hesitancy

By | CHIBEblog

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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CHIBE, BCFG Discuss How to Create Habit Formation for Behaviors

By | CHIBEblog

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

By | CHIBEblog

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

By | CHIBEblog

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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The Atlantic: What Your Facebook Posts Say About Your Mental Health

By | In the News

Psychologists are discovering just how much information about our inner states can be gleaned from social media. For some people, posting to social media is as automatic as breathing. At lunchtime, you might pop off about the latest salad offering at your local lettucery. Or, late that night, you might tweet, “I can’t sleep, so I think I’m just going to have a glass of wine” without a second thought. Over time, all these Facebook posts, Instagram captions, and tweets have become a treasure trove of human thought and feeling. People might rarely look back on their dashed-off online thoughts,…

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CHIBE, UPenn Researchers Seek to Combat HIV in South Africa Using Behavioral Insights

By | CHIBEblog

Two CHIBE directors and University of Pennsylvania faculty members are leading a team that has proposed to use behavioral insights to end the world’s largest HIV epidemic. Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Interim Director of the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics, and Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, Associate Director of CHIBE, are vying for the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition, a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving one of the most critical problems of our time. The ambitious proposal was the University of Pennsylvania’s selection for the 100&Change competition and has been…

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