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Among the world's poor, a feeling of hope

Joseph Assan, Assistant Professor

"Development can be a complicated field. It's important for students to understand the bigger picture, and how to fit their goals into that picture."

Youth experiences abroad inspire human rights work

Angela Duger, Adjunct Lecturer

"The riots in Bolivia were so vocal and widely publicized that I started asking questions: How did I feel about what was going on? What was my responsibility to help?"

Improving health outcomes in the US and abroad

Diana Bowser, Scientist, Lecturer and Director, MS Program in Global Health Policy and Management

“One of the aspects of directing Heller’s MS Program that I truly enjoy is the interaction with students. I love to hear what they like about the program and what they think is important for their careers and I enjoy tailoring the curriculum to meet the students’ changing needs.”

Meeting global health needs effectively with limited resources

A.K. Nandakumar, Professor of the Practice; Director, PhD Program; Director, Institute for Global Health and Development

"The U.S. actually spends a very small proportion of its GDP on international assistance. Even so, the U.S. is the single largest financier of donor-to-global health in the world. I think this aid has been instrumental in dealing with major global health problems, such as maternal/infant mortality and AIDS, over time."

Her teaching draws on diverse experience in anthropology, public health

Nina Kammerer, Senior Lecturer

"Across years, disciplines, and continents, I have been involved in research that touches on all the concentrations in the PhD program."

Economic opportunity, mobility and security

Janet Boguslaw, Scientist and Senior Lecturer; Associate Director, Master of Public Policy Program; Associate Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy

"My work focuses on driving policy and practice to advance long-term economic opportunity."

Bringing on-the-ground health care policy experience to the classroom

Michael Doonan, PhD '02, Associate Professor and Director of the Master’s in Public Policy Program (MPP); Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum; Director of the Council for Health Care Economics and Policy

"My interests are at the intersection between political science and health services research."

Using the power of relationships to drive performance and quality

Jody Hoffer Gittell, Professor and Executive Director, Relational Coordination Research Collaborative

"Work is most effectively coordinated through relationships of shared goals, shared knowledge and mutual respect."

Bringing responsible negotiation to areas of conflict

Alain Lempereur, Alan B. Slifka Professor of Coexistence and Conflict Resolution

"My hope is to strengthen the peace profession, to provide practitioners with the knowledge and tools for effective conflict analysis and intervention."

Heller team helps fight prescription drug abuse

Peter Kreiner, Scientist and Principal Investigator, Prescription Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center

Prescription drug abuse is rising at alarming rates. To combat the problem, prescription monitoring programs are becoming more sophisticated, aiming to put the brakes on abusers and, in some cases, incorporate rehabilitation programs. Scientist Peter Kreiner explains how the programs work and what they hope to accomplish.

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Paths to compassionate action and service

Laurence Simon, Professor of International Development

Professor Laurence Simon's career in world development spans 40 years and has taken him from hands-on antipoverty work in Sri Lanka to the halls of power and influence. Friends and colleagues recently lauded Simon’s dedication over the decades, including many who thanked Simon for his selfless mentoring.

U.S. health care struggles, witnessed by an insider

Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy

"What [my] book intends to do is to trace the history of U.S. attempts to create universal coverage, going back to Teddy Roosevelt."

Changing policies to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and their caregivers

Susan Parish, Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Disability Policy, Director, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, and Associate Dean, Research

"What the country needs is a revolution in how we structure disability policy."

A mission to improve health and human services for older adults

Walter Leutz, PhD '81, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Personnel

"Elders need help with both their everyday living and their health care, but the two systems are very separate."

Quality of substance abuse care is her focus

Deborah Garnick, Professor

"With more people covered by health insurance, it is imperative to measure the quality of care people receive, to create incentives for providing good care, and to implement programs focused on quality improvement."

Professor's book on gender, race and home creating a stir

Anita Hill, Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies

"I don't believe that you can have equality without first securing that place where you can live out your dreams and all the opportunities the country has to offer."

Heller study finds racial wealth gap has quadrupled since mid-1980s

Thomas Shapiro, Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy and Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy

"Even when African-Americans do everything right -- get an education and work hard at well-paying jobs -- they cannot achieve the wealth of their white peers in the workforce, and that translates into very different life chances."

Surveying the state of behavioral health care

Constance Horgan, Professor and Director, Institute for Behavioral Health

"Health plan decisions can dramatically affect the lives of people with substance abuse and mental health conditions."

A Stone-Age culture meets the global-market economy

Ricardo Godoy, Professor of International Development

"I fell in love with the Tsimane because they are sweet and peaceful. When you live in a small-scale society that practices cross-cousin marriage, the society ends up being a huge extended family and you have to learn how to manage your anger and get along."

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