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Dr. Buttenheim Provides Testimony to House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on Vaccine Science

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Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Associate Professor of Nursing and Health Policy and CHIBE’s Scientific Director, provided testimony on vaccine science to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on February 19, 2021. As part of her testimony, Dr. Buttenheim provided 5 science-based recommendations that she hoped Congress would endorse, fund, and promote: 1. “Embrace the dual goal of vaccinating efficiently and equitably.” “We have to be deliberate, intentional, and innovative in our approach to both tracking and achieving those complementary goals,” Dr. Buttenheim said. 2. “Fix the easy stuff.” While hesitancy is a barrier to vaccination,…

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Could Text-Based Nudges Boost Flu Vaccine Uptake?

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What kind of text — from your doctor’s office or your pharmacy — might nudge you to get your flu vaccine? This was a question explored in two new mega studies looking at text-based nudges by the Behavior Change for Good Initiative (BCFG) and the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, which both include CHIBE affiliates. One of the studies involved over 47,000 participants and tested 19 different nudges within Penn Medicine and Geisinger health systems. They found that certain texts that were sent prior to a visit to a primary care provider could increase vaccination rates by up to 11%. The…

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Vaccine Acceptance   Behavioral economic principles can help us to understand what makes individuals more or less likely to get vaccinated. CHIBE researchers have conducted studies and provided guidance related to COVID-19, HPV, flu, childhood vaccines, and more both in the United States and globally. Here's some of our work in the area of vaccines If you'd like to partner with CHIBE on vaccine project, email us here Strategies for National COVID Vaccine Program CHIBE researchers offered guidance for a national strategy to promote COVID-19 vaccines, using behavioral science and social marketing approaches to boost vaccine confidence and uptake. Read...
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The ASCO Post: Socially Distant Drive-by FluFIT Clinics May Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates Among Black Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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According to results presented by Washington et al at the AACR Virtual Meeting: COVID-19 and Cancer, administering colorectal cancer screening kits through a socially distant drive-by flu vaccination clinic increased access to colorectal cancer screening among Black Americans. “Black Americans are about 40% more likely to die from colorectal cancer,” said study author Carmen Guerra, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. While routine screening for colorectal cancer can improve survival, the COVID-19 pandemic—which has disproportionately impacted Black Americans—has led to a dramatic reduction in colorectal cancer screening due to economic hardships and…

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CHIBE’s Year in Review: 2020

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In 2020, CHIBE members used behavioral science to… *in no particular order* 1. Establish a first-of-its-kind nudge unit focused on HIV prevention in South Africa. Learn more about Indlela: Behavioural Insights for Better Health, which is developing and testing behavioral solutions that increase uptake of HIV testing, linkage to HIV care, and re-engagement in HIV care, with funding from the Gates Foundation. 2. Conduct the largest-ever study examining how text communications can boost vaccine uptake. The Penn Medicine Nudge Unit and Wharton’s Behavior Change for Good Initiative (both of which include several CHIBE leaders and affiliated faculty members) have partnered…

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Q&A with Richard Thaler, PhD

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What’s one common misconception about the field of behavioral economics that Richard Thaler, PhD, often tries to dispel? “That behavioral economists think that people are dumb. We don’t. We think the world is hard,” he said in our interview with him this December. The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics’ (CHIBE) hosted its 10th annual Behavioral Science and Health Symposium December 3-4, 2020, and the symposium’s final session was a thought leader interview with Dr. Thaler, the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the Chicago Booth School of Business, and…

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