The Healthy Nudge
Attendees at the PHS Conference engage in a poster presentation in December 2019.
January 2020
Welcome to The Healthy Nudge . Each month, we'll get you up to speed on the latest developments in policy-relevant health behavioral economics research at CHIBE. Want more frequent updates? Follow us on Twitter @PennCHIBE and visit our website .
CHIBE Members Make Top 10 Lists of 2019
CHIBE External Advisory Board member Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP , CEO and President of AcademyHealth, authored a piece for HealthAffairs that was one of the most-read blog posts of 2019. Read Three Hot Topics For The Health Policy Research Community In 2019.

Rebekah Gee, MD, MPH, MHSPR, another CHIBE External Advisory Board member and Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, was named one of The New York Times' Five People Who Spread Hope in 2019 for her work on treating Hepatitis C in Louisiana.

Congratulations also to Christina Roberto, PhD , whose paper on Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax made the list of JAMA’s most talked about articles of 2019. Check out Dr. Roberto's Association of a Beverage Tax on Sugar-Sweetened and Artificially Sweetened Beverages With Changes in Beverage Prices and Sales at Chain Retailers in a Large Urban Setting.
CHIBE, LDI Host Population Health Science Research Workshop
CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Atheendar Venkataramani, PhD, MD, MPhil, convened the fourth annual Population Health Science Research Workshop here at Penn, alongside fellow conveners Jacob Bor, ScD, SM, from Boston University, and Willa Friedman, PhD, from the University of Houston. Topics at the workshop (hosted by CHIBE and LDI) ranged from the spillover effects of a husband's retirement on a woman's health, to the broad decline in health and human capital of Americans born after 1947, to an increase in preterm births among Latinas associated with the 2016 election. Read LDI's coverage here.
Leveraging Incentives to Increase HIV Testing Uptake
Can incentives help provide a behavioral “cue to action” to encourage men to get tested for HIV? See what CHIBE Associate Director Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, found in this BMC Public Health study, which offers qualitative insights from rural Uganda.
CHIBE Profile: Deborah Cousins, MSPH, PMP
Deborah Cousins, MSPH, PMP, is a project manager overseeing projects in Dr. Amol Navathe 's portfolio. This portfolio includes projects related to alternative payment models, financial and non-financial incentive design to drive clinician practice change, and informatics to improve health care delivery. 
What do you find rewarding about working at CHIBE?
The first thing that comes to mind is how great it is to interact and collaborate with CHIBE staff and faculty. Everyone, regardless of their role, is focused on our primary mission of informing health policy, improving health care delivery, and increasing healthy behavior. Knowing that we are all working together toward such important goals has had a positive impact on my work satisfaction. 
Another rewarding aspect of working at CHIBE is the opportunity for life-long learning. CHIBE has demonstrated a commitment to maintaining an educated and engaged workforce by encouraging staff to acquire proficiency in behavioral economics techniques and concepts. CHIBE sponsors an array of lectures and talks led by researchers in the field of behavioral economics from Penn and other institutions. Also, last semester I was fortunate to participate in a behavioral economics class led by CHIBE's Associate Director Dr. Allison Buttenheim

What's something that people may not know about you?
Many people would not know that I am a published singer-songwriter. When I have time, which is more and more difficult with family demands, I sometimes perform these songs in public as a solo artist or in a duet/trio. 
Event: ALACRITY Center Winter Retreat
Penn’s P50 ALACRITY Center is hosting its annual winter retreat with partners from the Center for Mental Health , CHIBE , and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services ( DBHIDS ) on Monday, February 10, from 12-5 PM . In this dynamic event, we will brainstorm behavioral solutions to the biggest problems facing the city’s public behavioral health system. To learn more, see last year’s write-up . Click here to RSVP or contact Jacqueline Buck ( ).
Event: Research Seminar with Courtney Boen
January 23, 12 PM
1104 Blockley, 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA

Courtney Boen, PhD, MA, MPH, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Axilrod Faculty Fellow of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, will speak about Patterns and Determinants of Racial Disparities in Health and Aging. Learn more here.
CHIBE In the News
New Publications
The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) at the University of Pennsylvania conducts behavioral economics research aimed at reducing the disease burden from major U.S. public health problems. Originally founded within the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics , our mission is to inform health policy, improve health care delivery, and increase healthy behavior.