The Healthy Nudge
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 .
Celebrating Ten Years
In celebration of our tenth anniversary, CHIBE's annual report showcases not only highlights from the past year, but also milestones over ten years of investigating behavioral economic interventions to improve public health. New partnerships are increasing our impact in our tenth year, while longer-standing programs continue to expand their reach. We look forward to building on this foundation in the years to come.
RFA: Penn ALACRITY Pilot Program
In partnership with the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research (CMHPSR), CHIBE invites proposals for pilot projects through our recently funded National Institute of Mental Health ALACRITY (P50) Center. Pilot projects that leverage insights and approaches from behavioral economics to improve the use of evidence-based practices for the prevention or treatment of psychiatric disorders are best suited for this opportunity. Applications are due by October 14th.
Nudges for Flu Vaccination
New research from Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS and colleagues found that clinic influenza vaccination rates declined as the day progressed. The same study found that implementing an active choice EHR intervention increased flu vaccination rates by a similar magnitude throughout the day. In a perspective piece in Nature, Patel reviews current evidence on the application of nudges to increase flu vaccination and future directions for further investigation.
Blog Spotlight
Nudging Clinicians Toward Safer Opioid Prescribing
CHIBE Affiliate and BeSAFIR Lab Director Kit Delgado, MD, MS discusses his research on the impact of setting appropriate default prescription opioid quantities in an electronic health record (EHR) system.
Work-in-Progress Seminar
Johannes Haushofer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University;
Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
10/25 @ Noon
104 Stellar-Chance
In The News
Doctor Didn’t Offer a Flu Shot? It Might Depend on Time of Day

Paying People To Lower Their Cholesterol Works, But Is It Cost Effective? 

Podcast: Q&A With Damon Centola, Author of "How Behavior Spreads"

How Companies Can Help Employees To Lose Weight

Are You A 'Good-Ish' Person? How To Push Past Your Biases

Report From The First National 'Nudge Units in Health Care' Symposium

FDA Shows 'Real Cost' Of Vaping With New Ad Campaign 

BEworks Convenes World's Leading Behavioral Scientists To Nudge Change And Innovation In The Financial Services Sector 

Behavior Change For Good

Can A Lottery Help You Lose Weight?

Making Change Contagious

One In Three U.S. Teens Text While Driving, Survey Shows
 CHIBE Profile
Joelle Friedman, MPA is the Managing Director at CHIBE. She has been with the Center for over eight years and has an extensive background in clinical research, operations and management.
What aspect of your role do you find most rewarding?
The aspect of my role that I find most rewarding is the opportunity to mentor others and celebrate our successes. I love working with people as they are starting on their career paths and sharing my own experiences and lessons that I have learned over the years. I also enjoy celebrating our success throughout the year through events that CHIBE offers such as the annual retreat.

Over your time at CHIBE, in what ways have you seen the Center grow?
The Center has grown tremendously over the past 10 years. We have grown in many ways, including an increase in the number of affiliated faculty and staff, publications, research funding, and the number of research partners. The most exciting aspect of our growth is related to our impact. Our center’s research has had a very impressive impact on health care policies and programs.

What are some of the new frontiers in behavioral economics research that CHIBE has been involved in?
CHIBE has been involved in many cutting edge investigations of applications of behavioral economics to health. The application of behavioral economic approaches to changing provider behavior is some of the most recent work that has shown a lot of promise. I would be particularly interested to see CHIBE investigators move the application of behavioral phenotyping forward. I think understanding why people respond differently to behavioral interventions is important for sustained behavior change.
New Publications

  • Patel, Mitesh S., et al. Variations in Influenza Vaccination by Clinic Appointment Time and an Active Choice Intervention in the Electronic Health Record to Increase Influenza Vaccination. JAMA Network Open. 2018.

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 healthcare delivery and increase healthy behavior.
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