PRC Seminar: The Science of Simple, Low-Cost Health and Safety Interventions w/ Charles Branas, PhD

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The Center for Public Health Initiatives


The Penn Institute for Urban Research


The Science of Simple, Low-Cost Health and Safety


Co-Sponsored by the UPenn PRC

Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


As part of the 2015-2016 CPHI Seminar Series  From Innovation to Dissemination, Charles Branas, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Sara Heller, Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania discussed effective, low-cost ways to keep communities healthy and safe.


Charles Branas

Dr. Branas, PhD, is a member of the UPenn PRC Internal Advisory Board and Professor of Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He works to improve health and healthcare and is recognized for his efforts to reduce violence and enhance emergency care. Much of his work incorporates human geography and place-based change. His studies have taken him to cities and small towns across the US and other countries.

CHIBE – NEJM Catalyst Web Event: Behavioral Strategies for Better Health. Feb. 25, 2016

NEJM Catalyst- Volpp events_patient-engagement. Feb 25,2016On Thursday, February 25,  NEJM Catalyst produced a live web event titled Patient Engagement: Behavioral Strategies for Better Health. Hosted by the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, the event provided expert insight and real-world examples on ways to improve the quality and value of health care through patient engagement.

The event featured eleven preeminent business and clinical experts, with in-depth knowledge of behavioral psychology, habit formation, behavioral economics, and social marketing, who provided scalable, actionable ideas on how to motivate patients to take an active role in optimizing their health. Experts shared their perspectives on ways to change patients’ health behavior across a wide range of clinical contexts.

“As health care leaders and clinicians see more and more how the pressures to improve patient outcomes are driving health care organizations’ interests, it’s important to think broadly about how we influence patient behavior and how that helps to keep people healthy,” said Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics; Vice Chairman for Health Policy, Medical Ethics and Health Policy; and Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Health Management, Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, UPenn PRC Director, and Lead Advisor for NEJM Catalyst.







The Ivy League Conference on Student Mental Health – Feb. 12-14, 2016 @ Penn

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Bringing together student leaders from all the Ivy League universities for three days of workshops, speakers, and discussions focused on unearthing campus perceptions of stress, the University of Pennsylvania hosted: Unmasking the Ivy League: A Conference on Mental Health in the Ivy League.

Over the three-day weekend, student leaders analyzed stressors to mental health on college campuses, identified and discussed the resources available at each university, and collaborated on possible plans of action. In preparation for the conference, each delegation created a booklet summarizing the status of mental health at their university as well as resources and current initiatives at their home institution.

The UPenn PRC is proud to have been a co-sponsor of this event.




6th Annual Community-Driven Research Day@ Penn. Wed. Feb 3, 2016

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Bringing Together Community Based Organizations and Local Researchers in the Philadelphia area

2016 THEME:      “Health and Safety Across the Lifespan”

COMMUNITY-DRIVEN RESEARCH DAY encouraged collaborations between researchers and community based organizations (CBOs) and community groups with interest in the topics around health and safety across the lifespan.Through an interactive poster session, CBOs and community groups highlighted their questions to CDRD participants, who included area non-profits, community groups, public sector partners, and researchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, and Jefferson University. CBOs, community groups, academic researchers, and students met and discuss potential, mutually-beneficial collaborations.

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 3, 2016 : 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE:  University of Pennsylvania, Biomedical Research Building, Auditorium & Lobby:  421 Curie Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA


GlennBryan-Podiumrz1-2-3-16CommDrivResearchDay UPenn PRC Community Advisory Board member Glenn Bryan made the opening remarks to the Community-Driven Research Day audience.

Mr. Bryan is also the Assistant Vice President of Community Relations at the University of Pennsylvania.





CherylBettigole-Podiumrz1-2-3-16CommDrivResearchDay UPenn PRC Community Advisory Board member Cheryl Bettigole, MD, delivered the keynote address.

Dr. Bettigole is the Director of Get Healthy Philly, the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.





PosterLineUprz-2-3-16CommDrivResearchDayA poster session allowed community groups to share their topics and goals with academic researchers from major Philadelphia-area universities with teaching hospitals, such as Penn, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Drexel, Jefferson, and Temple.



CPHI Seminar w/ Kevin Volpp, MD: Behavioral Economics: How People Process Information and Make Decisions

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Behavioral Economics: How People Process Information and Make Decisions
On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the Arch Auditorium of the University of Pennsylvania,
Dr. Kevin Volpp discussed innovative ways of applying insights from behavioral economics in improving patient health behavior and affecting provider performance.







Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, UPenn PRC Director, is Vice Chairman, Division of Health Policy, Department of Medical Ethics and Policy; Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics; Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine; Professor of Health Care Management, Wharton School