2019 CUGH Conference    I    March 8 - 10, 2019   I   Satellite Sessions  March 7, 2019   |   Hilton  Chicago Hotel    I   Chicago, IL​​

Satellite Session | HALF DAY Workshop

Behavioral Economics in Global Health: Current Status
​and Promising Directions


CUGH PRE-CONFERENCE HALF DAY WORKSHOP​​​​

Thursday March 7, 2019
8:00am - 11:45am

Room: Williford B / 3rd Level


LOCATION

Chicago Hilton Hotel
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605



REGISTRATION
  • Registration is free but required.
  • Registration for the satellite session is separate from registration for the CUGH conference.



SATELLITE SESSION ORGANIZERS
  • Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


SATELLITE SESSION CONVENERS
  • Dr. Vikas Kapil, CGH/OD
  • Dr. Walter Ochieng, Karna LLC (CGH/OD)


SPEAKERS:
  • Dr. Neetu Abad, CGH/GID
  • Dr. Deliana Kostova, CGH/DGHP
  • Dr. Chutima Suraratdecha, CGH/DGHT
  • Dr. Frank Chaloupka, University of Illinois Chicago
  

SATELLITE SESSION OBJECTIVES 
Public health practitioners recognize that socio-economic and psychological factors influence health decision-making. Global health programs face a mix of new and old challenges: increasing rates of tobacco and alcohol use, obesity, vaccine hesitancy, failure to use insecticide treated nets, road traffic accidents. Behavioral economics offers a complementary approach to proactively identify and exploit cognitive biases that affect health decision-making for better health outcomes. Well-designed incentives can lead to more motivated communities, while misapplied incentives can crowd-out the internal drive for change, leading to poorer outcomes. Ethical concerns about exploiting cognitive biases to influence decision-making need to be addressed before the application of these tools. Traditional economic tools may help nudge behavior while impacting funding for health programs. We will discuss some of the topical issues around behavior science in global health, provide examples of programmatic activities, and offer potentially useful future directions.