SUMR Partners

SUMR Partners

Penn Partners


The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) is one of 15 VA HSR&D Centers of Excellence. The center is a unique collaboration between the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and its academic affiliate the University of Pittsburgh (PITT), and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center (PVAMC) and the University of Pennsylvania (PENN).


The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) provides an academic home for behavioral economics research that makes significant contributions to reducing the disease burden from major U.S. public health problems, such as tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence.

Behavioral economics is an academic field that uses principles of economics and psychology to examine how individuals make choices in complex contexts--such as personal finances and health--and seeks ways to improve their decisions and behaviors.

CHIBE faculty apply concepts from the field of behavioral economics to design, implement and evaluate interventions that improve health and build knowledge about efficacy, cost and effectiveness.

Founded in 2008 at Penn LDI, the Center was one of the first dedicated to the implementation of behavioral economics research in health. To date, CHIBE has received funding and developed partnerships with a mix of private and public sector entities that are well-positioned to influence change in the delivery of health care.


Lasting commitment is born of genuine appreciation for that which we aspire to be. Penn Medicine’s commitment to inclusion and diversity is more than words echoing our evolving society; it is a commitment backed by actions that are the foundation of our eminence, core values, and the strategic priorities that drive how we discover, educate, and serve the world.

Penn Medicine’s five-year strategic plan 2013-2017, Shaping the Future of Medicine, defined our priorities; one of which was the creation of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity. Our efforts are aimed at supporting the many innovative programs underway, as well as exploring new opportunities to embrace diversity and broaden access to people of all ethnicities, historical traditions and economic backgrounds, genders, religions and disabilities, and respecting sexual orientation and veteran status. I urge you to visit our site often and let us share in this commitment with you.


The Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) was created in 1993 to provide an interdepartmental structure linking clinical epidemiologists and biostatisticians within the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS). Through its predecessor, the Clinical Epidemiology Unit, the CCEB has been actively involved in clinically-oriented epidemiological and biostatistical teaching and research since 1978.

The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (DBE) was created in 1994. Its primary objectives are to provide: 1) an academic home for biostatisticians and non-clinician epidemiologists and 2) an academic structure to support primary research in biostatistics and epidemiology.

Together, the CCEB and DBE provide consultation on issues of study design and statistical analysis within UPHS; facilitate collaborative research involving clinicians, biostatisticians, and non-clinician epidemiologists; and provide training in biostatistics and epidemiology. Now consisting of more than 500 individuals, the CCEB and DBE are the primary home for epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania.


The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative (Penn Wharton PPI) is a hub for public policy research and education with one overarching goal across its Philadelphia and Washington, DC offices: to leverage the University’s resources to foster better-informed policymaking on issues related to business and the economy.

To remedy our country’s many economic problems, our government needs access to clear, fact-driven, accessible knowledge to stimulate policies that benefit the American public by promoting growth and stability. We aim to be the honest broker of data and rigorous, independent analyses that bridge this intellectual divide between business and government, while preparing our students to become the next generation of thought leaders in public policy and government service.


The Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy is based in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Under the direction of the department chair, Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, the Department stands as one of the premier institutions of research and education in medical ethics in the world. The Department's distinguished faculty produce and disseminate scholarship and conduct one of the leading bioethics master’s programs in the world. In addition to their own projects, faculty members supervise research being carried out by undergraduates, graduate students, medical students, doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows.

The Department’s presence in the world of biomedical ethics education is ever-growing. In addition to a Master of Bioethics, the department also offers a  Master of Science in Medical Ethics, which is designed to educate the next generation of bioethicists. The University of Pennsylvania and the Department have partnered with Coursera to offer free, online courses taught by our faculty.

The Department serves as the hub for interdisciplinary research and collaboration on topics across multiple research areas in biomedical ethics: neuro- and mental healthcare ethics, health policy, behavioral economics, research ethics, global bioethics, and the ethics of healthcare allocation. Our health policy research follows three tracks: reducing low-value services; economic and health impacts of policies, such as smoking cessation and workplace wellness; and implementation sciences, with specific effort towards replicating effective programs in the healthcare delivery system.

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As 1 of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports research that helps people make more informed decisions and improves the quality of health care services.