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 .
Transforming Mental Health Care with Behavioral Economics - Seeking Pilot Proposals
Researchers at CHIBE and the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research have been awarded a P50 grant to test principles of behavioral economics and implementation science to improve mental health service delivery. The initiative, led by Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, Rinad Beidas, PhD and David Mandell, ScD will start with three projects, each designed to improve the delivery of mental health care by changing processes at the organizational, practitioner, or patient level. The team will be accepting pilot grant applications through December 1st.
David Asch Testifies on Employee Wellness Programs at Senate HELP Committee
In October, CHIBE Internal Advisory Board Member and Executive Director of the Center for Health Care Innovation, David Asch, MD, MBA, was invited to speak before the Senate HELP Committee to provide testimony on the evidence base for employee wellness programs. "[Behavior] changes," Asch said, "are much less likely to come from typical premium-based financial incentives and much more likely to come from approaches that reflect the underlying psychology of how people make decisions..."
A Year of Impact
At this year's Roybal Retreat & Conference, held October 12 - 13th, CHIBE released its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017, highlighting exciting new partnerships and projects, as well as updates on our core programs. We invite you to view the report online.
Blog Spotlight
CHIBE affiliated faculty and board members joined a panel at LDI's 50th Anniversary Symposium highlighting the ways in which health care delivery systems and employers can leverage behavioral insights to promote health.
Work-in-Progress Seminar:
Nicholas Wilson, PhD
Associate Professor of Economics
Reed College
12/14 @ Noon
104 Stellar-Chance Laboratories
In The News

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Penn receives $6.4 million from NIMH for new mental health center

A healthier population will lead to lower healthcare costs, healthcare pros tell Senate panel
 CHIBE Profile
This year's Roybal Retreat & Conference brought together investigators and staff from across a wide range of projects at CHIBE, including Assistant Director for Research Operations, Laurie Norton, MA. Laurie's past research at CHIBE includes investigating the effects of financial incentives on weight loss and the effects of a protected sleep period for medical residents.
What are your main responsibilities at CHIBE?
I wear two different hats at CHIBE. First, I direct a cohort of studies that are being conducted within the University of Pennsylvania Health System that use behavioral economic interventions to improve clinical outcomes and for which the health system bears financial risk. Some of that work includes managing an RO1 grant that uses automated hovering to reduce heart failure readmissions and overseeing a study to help patients go home safely after a lower joint replacement. Second, I assist CHIBE and Health Policy with research operations, providing guidance to new faculty and helping to execute strategic plans.

How were you involved in this year’s Roybal Retreat and Conference?
Along with Beth Cooney, Noora Marcus and Joelle Friedman, I participated on the panel “The Secret Sauce: The ingredients of a successful project”. The aim was to pull together our combined years of experience managing research studies and share some best practices. There was quite a contingent of research staff who attended the retreat this year and while best practices help everyone involved conduct smoothly run studies, I thought it was nice to have a session that focused specifically on some of the challenges that research staff face.

What new research did you find particularly fascinating from this year’s presentations and posters?
It’s easy in the day-to-day of project management to forget about the big picture. I especially appreciate the opportunity the Roybal retreat provides to take a step back and be reminded about all the amazing work that is going on across CHIBE. There were two presentations that I found particularly compelling. Even though I’ve worked with the Center for Health Care Innovation on a few projects, I had never heard Roy Rosin’s “innovation talk." I think over the past few years the Center for Health Care Innovation's methods have influenced the work going on at CHIBE. I also have to give a shout out to Norma Coe for her presentation. She made the summary of the work she does on the lifetime costs of Alzheimer’s personal and salient, something many people in the room will deal with, as well as a brewing public health crisis.  
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CHIBE is looking for two new statistical analysts. C andidates with strong statistical programming skills and related health service research experience are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have a master's degree in a quantitative field and/or in public health. Interested applicants may email or apply directly here .
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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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