Penn Medicine

August 2020

Month in Review August 2020

Each month, we round up news stories and publications about work happening at the Acceleration Lab, Center for Digital Health, Nudge Unit, and Way to Health. Want to stay in the know? Subscribe to have the Month in Review sent directly to your inbox.

Top Stories

PCORI approves $23 million for seven COVID-19 research studies

David Asch, Mohan Balachandran, David Do, Krisda Chaiyachati, Kathleen Lee, alongside Kit Delgado and Anna Morgan, have received funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to evaluate the use of COVID Watch, focusing on whether it reduces disparities in care among Black and Latino patients. The study will assess COVID Watch with and without the use of fingertip pulse oximetry. 

Three ways to improve flu shot campaigns

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more important than ever to get the flu shot. Despite numerous efforts, flu vaccination rates in the U.S. have been mostly unchanged over the past decade. In fact, less than half of Americans get the vaccine each year. On his new blog, Mitesh Patel discusses what can be done to change that - offering three ways to improve flu shot campaigns.

Telehealth treatment for substance use disorder

COVID-19 created an urgent need to expand access to telehealth treatment for substance use disorder (SUD). In a piece for the Journal of Addiction Medicine, Krisda Chaiyachati and others outline steps to initiate and maintain successful telehealth treatment for SUD during and after the pandemic.

Using Twitter data to understand the COVID-19 health crisis

Working in collaboration with the World Well-Being ProjectRaina Merchant, Sharath Guntuku, Elissa Klinger, and Lauren Southwick are mining social media data to make sense of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about their findings on sentiment, symptoms, state-by-state cases, and more in this piece by Twitter Developer.

OPPORTUNITIES

Advanced fellowship in health services research

Apply for a two-year fellowship in health services research with the Nudge Unit and the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the VA. Use the link below to access more information about the program and application requirements. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2020.

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