DECEMBER 2018
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 .
Digital Nudges at the Food Pantry
A new study from PEACH Lab Director Christina Roberto, PhD will use a local food cupboard's online ordering system to conduct a randomized controlled trial on nudges toward healthier food choices. Roberto will analyze decision-making within the online program, in addition to health indicators such as blood pressure and weight. The project is a partnership between Penn and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Mitzvah Food Program.
Comparing Smoking Cessation Interventions in Underserved Populations
CHIBE Steering Committee Member Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, MBE was recently awarded PCORI funding to conduct the largest study to-date comparing smoking cessations interventions among underserved patients referred for lung cancer screenings. The monumental study will test four approaches, including financial incentives and the use of an mHealth intervention, to decrease smoking in 3200 current smokers from populations who have "historically not benefited as much from programs designed to promote quitting."
Rapid Testing of HIV Interventions in South Africa
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded CHIBE Associate Director Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD with a planning grant that will leverage insights from behavioral economics and mHealth-based interventions to promote HIV testing among young men in South Africa. The project will focus on conducting a series of short-duration pilots, with the goal of informing the development of a future, large-scale randomized controlled trial.
Blog Spotlight
E-Cigarettes vs. Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation
In a video interview this summer, Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, MBE discussed key findings from a pragmatic trial of six smoking cessation interventions within a workplace wellness program.
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Events
"Healthcare Payment Reform from the Front Lines"
Associate Professor of Medicine,
Division of General Internal Medicine;
Associate Medical Director,
Primary Care Service Line
Perelman School of Medicine
12/13 @ Noon
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In The News
Do High Out-of-Pocket Costs Delay Diabetes Patients From Care?

Black and Hispanic Americans Have a Harder Time Quitting Cigarettes. Will This Penn Study Find a Way to Help?

Health Affairs Council On Health Care Spending And Value Announces Membership

Penn and CHOP Receive $1.84 Million to Study Ways to Curb Cell Phone Use While Driving

National Institutes of Health Funds Monumental Mitzvah Food Program Study

Teen Vapers Smoke Just as Much as Youth Who Don't Use E-cigarettes

Penn Med Physicians Call for Greater Access to Fentanyl Test Strips to Combat Growing Opioid Crisis

Scott Halpern-Led Penn Research Team Wins $11 Million PCORI Grant

FDA Plans Heavy Crackdown on Electronic Cigarettes

Why the Vaping Business Is Going Up in Smoke
 CHIBE Profile
CHIBE External Advisory Board Member Mitchell Blutt, MD, MBA is the first physician known to have launched a successful career as a professional health care investor. For more than two decades, Dr. Mitchell Blutt has applied his medical knowledge to select and manage diverse health care investments. Dr. Blutt currently serves as CEO of Consonance Capital.
How did you decide to become involved in CHIBE’s external advisory board? What drew you to CHIBE’s work?
I had been following CHIBE’s breakthrough work for some time given my career in both the healthcare industry and healthcare policy. I had known David Asch for many years, having been his resident when he was a medical student at Cornell. I had been introduced to Kevin Volpp and we began discussing my getting involved. When Kevin asked me to join the CHIBE EAB, it was an easy, “Yes”.
Which updates did you find most noteworthy during CHIBE's recent EAB meeting?
Each of the program updates at the recent CHIBE EAB meeting were compelling. As my time on the CHIBE EAB has continued, I’ve begun to contextualize our programs more effectively. As I extrapolate that content to my daily observations of our healthcare delivery system, I find the role of behavioral economics nearly ubiquitous. As our system struggles to manage escalating cost and improve quality, CHIBE’s work seems so vital.

What future directions would you like to see CHIBE move in over the next couple of years?
Perhaps due to my immersion in the American healthcare system, I’m (impatiently) eager for CHIBE’s work to be increasingly incorporated into clinical practice and the general delivery of care. The challenges in our healthcare system are now and the translation of CHIBE’s scientific discoveries to the lives of patients and providers can’t happen soon enough.
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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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