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As a graduate school and research institution, the Heller School has pioneered in a variety of policy areas, including international health; mental health; substance abuse; children, youth, and families; aging; international and community development; developmental disabilities; philanthropy; and work and inequalities.  For fresh insight and current thinking into these topics, the Heller School welcomes media inquiries. Contact Director of Communications Max Pearlstein or visit our faculty and researchers section to find an expert for your story.

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July 26, 2016

Is data the answer to getting a handle on prescription drug abuse?

In Government Technology's online magazine, IBH researchers Peter Kreiner and Tom Clark weigh in on the effectiveness of prescription drug monitoring program data in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

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July 25, 2016

Can Hillary unite the center-left and left?

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner posits ways that Clinton could garner not just bipartisan support, but unified support from the political left.

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July 21, 2016

Massachusetts House Votes to Remove 'Mental Retardation' from State Laws

Tom Sannicandro, PhD'16 and Mass. state representative, sponsored this bill which will remove the last of the phrase from state lawbooks.

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July 20, 2016

Measuring childhood Inequity and opportunity in U.S. cities

A comprehensive new tool by ICYFP compiles an array of data about children’s neighborhood environments, race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status.

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July 20, 2016

The nonprofit world needs more MBAs

Bethany Romano gives mission-driven professionals five reasons why they should get a business degree.

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July 19, 2016

Greenfield a healthy place to retire: Plenty for seniors to do, new study says

In The Recorder, Walter Leutz's research on senior life in Greenfield, Mass. makes headlines.

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July 19, 2016

Congress passes opioids bill to address addiction and support recovery

In the Guardian, senior scientist Andrew Kolodny says that without proper funding the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act will have limited impact.

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July 19, 2016

Zika virus spreads to NYC, about to cost U.S. this shocking amount

In Money Morning, professor Don Shepard lends his expertise as a health economist to a discussion of the projected costs of the Zika virus.

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July 17, 2016

Hillary Clinton and the Obama legacy

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner traces Obama's connections with Wall Street and predicts how they might spill over into Hillary Clinton's potential presidency.

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July 13, 2016

Massport, convention center have different takes on Uber bill

Thomas Glynn, MSW '72, PhD '77, chief executive of Massport, comments on the proposed ride share legislation in the Boston Globe.

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July 13, 2016

How is your taste in music formed?

In the Boston Globe, Ricardo Godoy's research with indigenous communities in the Amazon challenges the common notion that preferences for musical sounds are innate, rather than learned.

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July 12, 2016

Economic inequality is the cause and the consequence of our racial problems

In the Los Angeles Times, Tom Shapiro and his team at the Institute for Assets and Social Policy are cited in an article on the racial wealth gap and homeownership inequality.

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July 12, 2016

Drumpf: The musical

The Nation covers Robert Kuttner's new musical theater project, which chronicles Donald Trump's meteoric rise through the Republican primary.

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July 12, 2016

Heller professor and AJWS founder Laurence Simon remembers Elie Wiesel

In the American Jewish World Service blog, Laurence Simon shares his reflections and memories of AJWS founding board member Elie Wiesel.

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July 12, 2016

Alumna Kate Barrett named executive director of GreenLight Fund Boston

Barrett, MBA'12, will lead the GreenLight Fund's founding office after having served as the organization's associate director.

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July 11, 2016

President Trump: an accident waiting to happen

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner calls on the media, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders supporters and others to work together in opposition to Donald Trump's candidacy.

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July 8, 2016

Janet Boguslaw speaks at Pew Charitable Trusts

Boguslaw joined a panel discussion on the current landscape of employer-sponsored benefits and family financial security (video).

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July 6, 2016

Indigenizing development and enhancing traditional knowledge

A Q&A with Gabriela Corbera, MA SID'17, on her participation in Columbia University's Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Policy Fellowship.

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July 5, 2016

Quarter-century after Thomas hearing, Anita Hill fights on against harassment

Professor Anita Hill will be a keynote speaker at this year's Pennsylvania Conference for Women.

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July 5, 2016

American Prospect Q&A: Trump’s Deceptive Trade Stance

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner interviews Economic Policy Institute president Lawrence Mishel on Trump's policy views.

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June 29, 2016

Marijuana liberalization policies: Science doesn’t have your answers yet

In the Huffington Post, PhD alumna Julie Johnson cites the lack of research on marijuana use policies as a reason to slow the tidal wave of legalization.

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June 29, 2016

Why Britain Is likely to remain in the E.U.

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner argues that Britain, after a period of muddle, will not exit the European Union after all.

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June 28, 2016

The 4 big takeaways of Brexit that the media and pundits missed

In Alternet, Robert Kuttner proposes that that the larger E.U. economic system is serving elites at the expense of most voters.

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June 28, 2016

Heller team places second in Tibetan Innovation Challenge

Three students propose an entrepreneurial business plan to improve the agricultural capacity of Tibetan refugee communities in India with an organic achar pickling cooperative.

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June 27, 2016

Doctors wrestle with mixed messages when deciding whether to prescribe painkillers

In USA Today, Andrew Kolodny explains how a policy that links hospital payments to patient satisfaction surveys incentivizes the overprescribing of opioid painkillers.

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June 27, 2016

Two stories from the frontlines of millennial caregiving

In the Huffington Post, the Institute for Assets and Social Policy's research on the racial wealth gap supports this article on the growing impact of Alzheimer’s on communities of color.

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June 27, 2016

Increasing inclusive care

Monika Mitra researches disparities in prenatal and maternal healthcare for women with physical disabilities.

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June 23, 2016

Why the racial wealth gap harms everyone—even whites

In this Slate article, Thomas Shapiro's research helps explain both the causes and the effects of racial wealth inequality.

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June 21, 2016

Queer lives lost: When will safety be the priority?

In the Huffington Post, student Ty Leisey considers the nation's reaction to the Pulse nightclub shooting, arguing for greater protections against persistent discrimination and marginalization of LGBTQ people in the U.S.

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June 20, 2016

Unmet needs, barriers to care for pregnant women with disabilities

Monika Mitra and colleagues at UMass Medical School demonstrate that women with disabilities face serious challenges when accessing prenatal and maternal healthcare.

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June 20, 2016

Trump, over-exposed

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner considers several likely paths that the presidential election could take, given Donald Trump's extreme media exposure.

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June 16, 2016

Explaining the Affordable Care Act

In the Pacific Outlier, a University of Auckland blog, Michael Doonan explains what Obamacare has accomplished and describes current political attitudes toward the contentious healthcare reform bill.

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June 15, 2016

Minnesota has a prescription drug database that could help reduce opioid overdoses — if doctors would use it

In MinnPost, Institute for Behavioral Health researcher Tom Clark weighs in on prescription drug monitoring programs.

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June 15, 2016

Access to mental health services still lags

In Health Leaders Media, PhD student Tim Creedon discusses recent findings from his Health Affairs study on access to behavioral health treatment.

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June 14, 2016

Clinton, Warren and the vice presidency

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner considers the arguments for and against choosing Elizabeth Warren as Hillary Clinton's running mate.

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June 9, 2016

The Philippines largely dodged the AIDS crisis. That's changing.

In the Los Angeles Times, Genesis Samonte, MS'14, comments on increasing HIV infection rates in the Philippines, where she heads the Department of Health's HIV/AIDS tracking unit.

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June 6, 2016

Drug used by Prince linked to surge in fatal overdoses

In USA Today, Andrew Kolodny describes the recent surge in overdoses of fentanyl, a prescription opioid which can be illegally synthesized and added to heroin.

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June 3, 2016

So you want to be a millionaire? Can you pay the freight?

For WGBH News, Robert Tannenwald explains a proposed new progressive state tax on millionaires in Massachusetts.

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June 1, 2016

SID alumna committed to women’s inclusion in clean energy honored with prestigious award

Rebecca Pearl-Martinez, SID '01, will receive the Advocacy Award from Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E), an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy, MIT and Stanford University.

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June 1, 2016

Addicted to a treatment for addiction

In the New York Times, Andrew Kolodny defends against critics of suboxone, a medication to treat opioid dependence.

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May 31, 2016

Can Democrats avoid the circular firing squad?

In Alternet, Robert Kuttner proposes several paths that the Democratic Party might take to unify party voters around likely nominee Hillary Clinton.

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May 25, 2016

Is Afghanistan really a “fanatically corrupt” country?

In the Huffington Post, Naveed Noormal, COEX'16, analyzes the factors that drive corruption in Afghanistan--many of which originate in the West.

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May 24, 2016

How workplace violence prevention programs could have saved my aunt, and thousands of others

In the Huffington Post alumna Wendy Gutierrez, MA SID'15, describes the role that employers play in preventing domestic violence at the workplace.

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May 24, 2016

The plight of female refugees in Turkey remains largely ignored

In the Huffington Post, Andrea Eisinberg, MA SID'16, argues that Turkey's response to Syrian refugees should accommodate the gender-specific needs of this majority-female population.

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May 22, 2016

The Libertarian Party could provide insurance for Hillary Clinton

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner speculates that the Libertarian Party could attract Republican votes, benefiting a Clinton candidacy in the general election.

Heller News Release

May 22, 2016

Stories of justice prevail at commencement 2016

Read the graduate speakers' speeches and see pictures from commencement weekend.

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May 22, 2016

MA-COEX Commencement Speaker: Ghinwa Alsalman Hneide, MA-COEX'16

Read a transcript of her speech.

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May 22, 2016

MA-SID Commencement Speaker: Rodrigo Moran, MA-SID'16

Read a transcript of his speech.

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May 22, 2016

MBA Commencement Speaker: Emilia Dunham, MBA/MPP'16

Read a transcript of her speech.

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May 22, 2016

MPP Commencement Speaker: Brian Kennedy, MPP'16

Read a transcript of his speech.

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May 22, 2016

MS Commencement Speaker: Pamela Titi, MS'16

Read a transcript of her speech.

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May 22, 2016

PhD Commencement Speaker: Michelle Shain, PhD'16

Read a transcript of her speech.

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May 22, 2016

Graduate Speaker, Brandeis University Commencement: Naveed Noormal, MA-COEX'15

Read a transcript of his speech.

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May 21, 2016

Drug databases can save lives in 60 seconds. Why don’t more doctors use them?

In the Charlotte Observer, Peter Kreiner comments on the use of prescription drug monitoring programs by physicians to prevent opioid addiction and abuse.

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May 20, 2016

Could state ballot initiative destroy hospitals?

In the Boston Globe, Stuart Altman warns that the proposed ballot initiative attempts to do too much too fast.

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May 18, 2016

Resolving slow job growth in South Sudan

In Voice of America's program South Sudan in Focus, recent graduate Boboya James Edimond Barnaba, SID'16, describes how South Sudan could combine two industries to maximize job growth and diminish food insecurity in the country.

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May 12, 2016

PhD student Robyn Powell speaks at the White House

Powell, a lawyer and co-founder of the Disabled Parenting Project, spoke at the White House's forum on the civil rights of parents with disabilities.

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May 9, 2016

Tam Emerson listed in El Planeta's Powermeter 100

Tam Emerson, Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program director, was named in the publication's list of the 100 most powerful people for Massachusetts' Hispanic community.

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May 9, 2016

Problem drinking starts before military deployment

In Reuters, Mary Jo Larson comments on research findings which show a culture of drinking among Marines and Navy members.

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May 6, 2016

PhD student Robyn Powell speaks at White House

Powell, a lawyer and co-founder of the Disabled Parenting Project, spoke at the White House's forum on the civil rights of parents with disabilities (her remarks begin at ~19:40).

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May 5, 2016

Dengue costs the world $8.9 billion every year

In the International Business Times, Don Shepard's recent study shows that the economic burden of dengue is much higher than many other diseases such as cholera and rabies.

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May 4, 2016

Women in tech band together to track diversity, after hours

Freada Kapor Klein, PhD'84, and a group of seven other Silicon Valley women have unveiled Project Include, a nonprofit venture to diversify the tech industry workforce (New York Times).

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May 4, 2016

What we know - and don't know - about Suboxone

For New Hampshire Public Radio, Cindy Thomas comments on the research of medications that can be used to treat opioid addiction.

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May 4, 2016

Brandeis University’s conference on Caste discussed contemporary issues

Twocircles.net provides a recap of the Center for Global Development and Sustainability's second annual international conference on caste, inequality and economic growth in South Asia.

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May 3, 2016

Motherhood is not off limits to disabled women, and I'm sick of doctors telling me otherwise

Robyn Powell pens a powerful article on the experience she and many others face when physicians do not support the reproductive rights of women with disabilities.

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May 3, 2016

Can corporate leaders be good citizens?

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner commends the trend of corporate CEOs who use their influence for the public good.

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May 3, 2016

Protecting consumers from predatory debt collectors

On BNN News, Ginger Haggerty, MPP'15, talks about ways to help consumers struggling with debt, and legislation to curb predatory collection practices in Massachusetts.

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May 2, 2016

Dengue fever’s economic ‘bite’ estimated in Lancet Infectious Disease article

Donald Shepard and a group of Schneider Institutes for Health Policy researchers find that the mosquito-borne disease has an annual global economic cost of $8.9 billion.

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May 2, 2016

Do Waltham and Greenfield, Mass. enable healthy aging?

Walter Leutz leads volunteer co-researchers in study of healthy aging in two Massachusetts towns.

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April 29, 2016

Cultivating resilience among Bolivian farmers

Rosemarie Caward, SID’17, shares her practicum experience with Catholic Relief Services with video and photography.

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April 29, 2016

International policymakers, scholars and practitioners gather for GDS conference on caste, inequality and economic growth in South Asia

This year's conference focuses on issues of growth and modernization.

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April 28, 2016

It's true, America is an overweight welfare state...But for whom?

In the Huffington Post, Nicholas Croce, MPP/MBA'17, digs into our nation's tax code to see who benefits most from homeownership tax programs.

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April 26, 2016

Preschool-to-prison pipeline

In the Huffington Post, MPP'17 student Shayna Jones explains the disturbing statistics behind the preschool-to-prison pipeline for young black students in the United States.

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April 25, 2016

Let's hear it for tax and spend

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner weighs Bernie Sanders' and Hillary Clinton's arguments about proposed tax policy.

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April 21, 2016

Will Bernie’s people back Hillary in November?

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner speculates on how to unite the Democratic party after a prolonged primary race.

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April 18, 2016

Majority of food and beverages meet nutrition standards in Massachusetts middle and high schools

In the American Journal of Public Health, Lindsay Rosenfeld co-authored a paper analyzing Massachusetts schools' compliance with new nutrition standards.

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April 18, 2016

Can we care less about the war in Yemen?

In the Huffington Post, student Kais Aliriani, COEX'16, argues that the world has turned a blind eye to the actions of a Saudi Arabia-led coalition in war-torn Yemen.

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April 15, 2016

‘Confirmation’ — A cautionary tale for a new generation

In the Boston Globe, Anita HIll pens an op-ed on her 1991 testimony in the confirmation hearings for now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

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April 14, 2016

Two women and the impact of war in the middle east

On WBUR's Here and Now, Heller students Phoenicia Lewis (a U.S. Army veteran) and Wafaa Arbash (a Syrian expatriate) discuss the human impact of war.

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April 14, 2016

Refund anticipation checks: The real tax fraud

In the Huffington Post, Judith Garber, MPP'16, reveals the often exorbitant fees that accompany refund anticipation checks, a service commonly marketed to low-income taxpayers by tax preparation companies.

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April 14, 2016

Healthcare reform is saving lives

In the Huffington Post, Sean Cahill defends the Affordable Care Act against accusations that it has been a "disaster."

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April 8, 2016

Anita Hill on the Thomas hearings, 25 years later: ‘I would do it again’

In PBS NewsHour, university professor Anita Hill discusses what it's been like to relive the 1991 Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings through the new HBO film, 'Confirmation.'

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April 8, 2016

Zika And Ebola Grab Headlines, But Lingering TB Worries Many In Public Health More

In WBUR's CommonHealth blog, Cynthia Tschampl explains that tuberculosis is becoming more complex at a time when budgets for TB treatment and case management are scaling back.

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April 6, 2016

Anita Hill on Confirmation, what Joe Biden did wrong and the Clintons

In an interview with Time Magazine, Anita Hill talks about the progression of women's rights in the 25 years since the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings.

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April 6, 2016

GE is a $145m bet. How will we know if Mass. won?

In the Boston Globe, Bob Tannenwald is cautiously optimistic that the incentives package that lured GE to Boston will pay off.

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April 5, 2016

Sorry, Uber. Customer service ratings cannot replace managers

Jody Hoffer Gittell's research on management bolsters this article in Fortune which asserts the importance of employee coaching.

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April 5, 2016

The Opportunity Project: creating digital tools with open data

In HUD's online magazine The Edge, Drew Zachary, PhD student and policy advisor at the White House Domestic Policy Council, discusses the open data effort to increase access to opportunity for all Americans.

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March 30, 2016

Cuba after Obama: One Cuban-American’s hope

In the Huffington Post, student Josh Cramer-Montes describes the impact of President Obama's visit to Cuba on Cuban-American emigrants and their children.

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March 28, 2016

Sanders, socialism and the shafted generation

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner examines Bernie Sanders' appeal among younger voters, whose experiences in a challenging economy make socialism seem attractive.

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March 28, 2016

The second racial wealth gap

In the Utne Reader, Tom Shapiro's research reveals the many small inequities that contribute to the severe and persistent racial wealth gap in the U.S.

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March 25, 2016

And opportunity for all

Researchers from the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy talk about the tool they developed for the White House's Opportunity Project.

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March 24, 2016

How the on-demand economy threatens workers and democracy

In the Huffington Post, Erica Brien, MBA/MPP'17, explores how companies like Instacart and Uber avoid standard employment regulations by classifying their workers as independent contractors.

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March 24, 2016

Follow the money

Examining a number of intertwining factors, a new paper follows the trajectory of treatment dollars being funneled to substance use disorders

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March 23, 2016

Bill seeks to address health care disparities among people with disabilities in Bay State

Monika Mitra of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy contributes meaningful information about healthcare inequities to this article in MassLive.com.

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March 23, 2016

What the next president should do about the racial wealth divide

The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) has proposed that the next president take executive action to bridge racial economic inequality by conducting a government-wide audit, modeled after work by Thomas Shapiro of IASP.

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March 23, 2016

Williamson: Vignettes from a coal town

Fulbright Scholar Nidhi Sen, MA SID/MA'17, shares her experience documenting a sustainable development initiative in Williamson, West Virginia.

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March 23, 2016

The Pulse: Is Medicaid reform, a year in, saving money?

On Rhode Island Public Radio, Anya Rader Wallack, PhD'07, discusses the "reinvention" of Medicaid in Rhode Island since she became its director last year.

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March 21, 2016

On the frontlines

Cynthia Tschampl's research seeks to strengthen tuberculosis treatment systems in Massachusetts.

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March 18, 2016

After five years, some Syrian refugees succeed against all odds

Al Arabiya features alumnus Iyad Yousef, COEX'15, whose academic work has contributed to the broader understanding of the conflict in his home country of Syria.

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March 16, 2016

Heller ranked among nation’s top graduate schools for social policy and public affairs

Heller is ranked in the top 10 for social policy and the top 50 for public affairs in the latest U.S. News & World graduate school rankings

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March 16, 2016

A Painful Price

Professor Donald Shepard's research on the economic costs of suicide suggest that previous estimates severely underestimated the frequency and severity of this phenomena.

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March 15, 2016

Alain Lempereur gives keynote address at APEX conference in Montreal

Lempereur's keynote on negotiation at the conference for executives was covered by Montreal weekly magazine Les Affaires (in French).

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March 15, 2016

Free trade on the campaign trail

Robert Kuttner discusses the arguments made against free trade agreements in this year's election cycle on WBUR's Here and Now.

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March 14, 2016

Hooked on heroin: Did the FDA enable the epidemic?

In ABC 8News, Andrew Kolodny says the FDA approved opioid painkillers as safe and effective despite overwhelming dissent from the scientific and medical community.

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March 8, 2016

White House features Heller data tool in "The Opportunity Project" initiative

The diversitydatakids.org research team at the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy presented the "How Affordable is Opportunity?" open data tool at the White House on Monday.

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March 4, 2016

In battle against heroin, Maine seeks new rules for prescribing opioids

Institute for Behavioral Health researcher Tom Clark quoted extensively in in the Portland Press Herald on regulating prescription painkillers in Maine.

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March 4, 2016

Why I support Hillary Clinton: A disabled woman's perspective

In the Huffington Post, PhD student Robyn Powell argues that Clinton best understands and advocates for issues that are important to the disability community.

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March 3, 2016

Proposed legislation jeopardizes welfare of children with disabilities

In the Huffington Post, Ruderman Scholar Kimberly Zayhowski argues against the SAIL Act, which will cut social security benefits for some adolescents with disabilities.

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March 3, 2016

Wealth inequalities in greater Boston: Do race and ethnicity matter?

IASP's Tatjana Meschede published a second study in her position as Visiting Scholar with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston which examines the relationship between race and wealth disparities.

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March 2, 2016

Striking out

In the Huffington Post, MBA/MPP student Darcy Kennedy examines Michigan's anti-strike legislation and the Detroit Public Schools sick-outs

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March 1, 2016

Rapid evidence reviews for health policy and practice

In Academy Health, MPP student Jared Hite shares strategies for producing fast, high-quality reviews for policymakers.

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February 29, 2016

Trump, Berlusconi, Hitler and the Populist Moment

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner examines the social factors that have historically influenced the rise of right-wing populists.

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February 29, 2016

New EMBA for physicians program off to a healthy start

Jon Chilingerian and a diverse team of Heller faculty are training 36 doctors in the new science of medicine and management.

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February 26, 2016

Ways to curb recidivism among young people weighed at Statehouse

In the Worcester Telegram, Mary Brolin says rehabilitation is the key to reducing recidivism among youth in the criminal justice system.

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February 24, 2016

Heller Forward Welcomes Spring With Community Day

On January 12, students came together to further the discussion at Heller about diversity and the concepts of power and privilege experienced both inside and outside the classroom.

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February 23, 2016

Avoid withdrawal symptoms from prescription painkillers

In Consumer Reports, Andrew Kolodny advises readers on the signs of addiction and the effects of tapering off of these powerful drugs.

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February 22, 2016

Here’s how the government could close the staggering racial wealth gap

The Huffington Post cites research from the Institute on Assets and Social Policy in this article on wealth disparities by race.

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February 19, 2016

Robyn Powell receives Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award

PhD student Robyn Powell received the award from the American Association of People with Disabilities for her work as team leader and cofounder of the Disabled Parenting Project.

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February 14, 2016

The problematic legacy of Justice Scalia

In the Huffington Post, Rajesh Sampath analyzes the repercussions of Scalia's career for the future of gay and abortion rights in the U.S. and abroad.

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February 12, 2016

Alumna receives $175,000 J.M.K. Innovation Prize

Ruth Abram, MSW'71 and founder of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, received the prize for founding a new contemporary museum without walls: Behold! New Lebanon.

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February 12, 2016

A new direction for juveniles serving life sentences

MPP student Brie McLemore examines the implications of the Supreme Court's recent ruling on life sentences for juvenile offenders, and what it means for the 2,570 individuals who may now reenter society.

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February 11, 2016

SID student nominated for the Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Award

Teyei Pam, MA-SID'17, received the nomination in recognition of his work with Jtownperspectives, an online Facebook group to inform and involve people in the peace process in Jos, Nigeria.

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February 9, 2016

Baring it all for campaign finance reform

In the Huffington Post, Michael Appell challenges presidential candidates to be more transparent about their campaign donors if they're serious about opposing Citizens United.

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February 8, 2016

Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever?

In The Atlantic, Thomas Shapiro shows how the racial wealth gap contributes to residential segregation that persists today.

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February 8, 2016

Generation Sanders

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner says the appeal of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is a blend of the generational and economic.

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February 5, 2016

Anticipating the 2016 election in light of major Supreme Court decisions on voting rights

In the Huffington Post, associate professor Rajesh Sampath discusses voting rights and political demography in light of the current presidential race.

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February 5, 2016

Susan Eaton interviewed about her new book "Integration Nation: Immigrants, Refugees, and America at Its Best"

On the Majority Report with Sam Seder, Eaton discusses the importance of immigrant integration efforts in cities and towns across the U.S.

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February 4, 2016

How health systems respond to Zika

Diana Bowser, director of the MS in global health policy and management program, discusses the framework that countries need to have in place to stem the growth of this public health crisis.

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February 3, 2016

Increasing judicial power and diminishing democratic will in America

Rajesh Sampath discusses the paradox between the two in the Huffington Post.

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February 2, 2016

Unpaid family leave is leaving the sandwich generation behind

In this Huffington Post op-ed, Pamela Joshi of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy describes how unpaid family leave policies affect working parents who must also care for their own parents.

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February 2, 2016

Constitutionality and LGBTQ rights in India

On Al Jazeera America, professor Raj Sampath discusses the Indian Supreme Court's recent hearing on a law that criminalizes homosexuality.

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February 1, 2016

A conversation with Arlene Gormley, Heller student and children’s book author

Arlene Gormley, MA-SID’16, has self-published a children’s book called “2030 Not a Fairytale” that explains the United Nations’ goals for sustainable development.

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January 25, 2016

Solving complex social challenges with relational coordination

Professor Jody Hoffer Gittell presents data and insights from her forthcoming book about relational coordination and culture change.

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January 21, 2016

Heller is home to expertise on the opioid crisis

Andrew Kolodny discusses the epidemic on the national scale, while Constance Horgan and Sharon Reif from the Institute for Behavioral Health discuss the bills currently under consideration in Massachusetts.

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January 19, 2016

How student debt impacts the racial wealth gap

IASP researchers team up with Demos to examine the issue in the latest Racial Wealth Audit report.

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January 7, 2016

Nurse practitioner patients less costly to Medicare than physician patients

First national study contradicts previous research on health care costs.

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December 22, 2015

We’ll always have Paris: My time with the UN, Alec Baldwin and five Heller-inspired insights on social change

Heller student Joshua Cramer-Montes, MA-SID/MBA'16, offers insights on his participation in the recent UN convention on climate change.

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December 21, 2015

New Brandeis and Harvard center hopes to reduce the substance use problem in the U.S. by focusing on the quality, cost and availability of treatment services

Center is established through a $3.6 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

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December 10, 2015

Seniors respond to healthy aging survey with vigor

Susan Lanspery, PhD'89, presents results of a survey that will form the basis for services for seniors on Martha's Vineyard.

Heller in the News

December 7, 2015

How ISIS and Donald Trump enable each other

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that with Americans increasingly terrified of terrorism, Trump stays at the top of the Republican presidential field.

Heller News Release

December 7, 2015

"While I ran to war, she ran from it": The story of a US veteran and a Syrian expatriate

Phoenicia Lewis, SIDCO'16, and Wafaa Arbash, SIDCO'16, offer their unique perspectives on finding humanity amid the dust of war.

Heller News Release

November 23, 2015

Statements of solidarity

Heller faculty, staff, students and alumni support the Brandeis community members who are calling attention to issues of diversity and inclusion on campus.

Heller in the News

November 22, 2015

Student debt forgiveness could narrow the racial wealth gap

The Washington Post covers the Institute on Assets and Social Policy's innovative application of the Racial Wealth Audit to student debt relief policies.

Heller in the News

November 22, 2015

Quiet desperation and American fascism

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that Democrats are losing low-income voters not to Republican candidates, but to voter apathy.

Heller in the News

November 19, 2015

Heller School researchers explain the Family and Medical Leave Act, and where it falls short

Alison Earle, Kimberly Geronimo and Pamela Joshi, PhD'01, discuss their research on the law with BrandeisNOW.

Heller in the News

November 18, 2015

Expert Q&A: Treating narcotic painkiller addiction

On WebMD, Andrew Kolodny discusses the rise and risks of prescription painkillers, as well as the medications that can assist with treatment for opioid addiction.

Heller in the News

November 17, 2015

Shocking ways airlines are mistreating the disabled

In Yahoo! News, attorney and PhD student Robyn Powell discusses the discriminatory challenges faced by airline customers with disabilities.

Heller in the News

October 28, 2015

Robert Kuttner: Racism hidden in plain view

In the American Prospect, Kuttner argues that the pattern of racial disparities in the criminal justice system isn't new; only the press coverage is.

Heller in the News

October 27, 2015

What role does race play in investing?

On CNBC.com, Tatjana Meschede argues that the racial wealth gap plays a huge role in disparities for retirement savings and investing.

Heller in the News

October 26, 2015

Senior scientist Andrew Kolodny talks with C-SPAN about combating drug abuse

Kolodny discusses the scope of the prescription drug and heroin abuse epidemic and the Obama administration’s efforts to fight it.

Heller News Release

October 26, 2015

Institutional transformation expert Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld joins the MBA faculty

Cutcher-Gershenfeld, whose research focuses primarily on stakeholder alignment and integrated operating systems, will be teaching courses in strategy and operations

Heller News Release

October 26, 2015

Promoting a legacy of gender equity advocacy

Anita Hill’s course on gender and law provides a unique experience for Heller masters and doctoral students.

Heller in the News

October 19, 2015

Anita Hill: We're not finished examining the barriers women face at work

In an interview with Fortune, Professor Hill suggests that improved business school curricula can help future managers learn how to successfully lead diverse companies.

Heller in the News

October 19, 2015

Robert Kuttner says Hillary Clinton is not out of the woods yet

In the Huffington Post, Kuttner argues that the FBI investigation into Clinton's emails presents an ongoing liability for her campaign.

Heller News Release

October 18, 2015

Remembering Stan Wallack

Heller colleagues discuss the impact of the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy’s founding executive director, who passed away on October 7.

Heller in the News

October 14, 2015

Using research to change disability policy

The Justice showcases work led by Susan Parish which finds more pregnancy complications among women with developmental disabilities.

Heller in the News

October 13, 2015

Anita Hill's advice for women entering the workforce

In an interview with Fortune, Professor Hill discusses the need to improve the workplace environment so that all people can succeed.

Heller in the News

October 9, 2015

Bernie Sanders is about as radical as Harry Truman

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner argues that the politics of the self-defined democratic socialist are actually quite mainstream.

Heller News Release

October 7, 2015

Heller at work: Jeanne Mansfield, MPP/MBA’15

Student Jeanne Mansfield uses her summer internship to promote equitable access to healthy foods at Boston Public Market.

Heller in the News

October 7, 2015

American opioid addiction keeps growing

On NPR's On Point, Andrew Kolodny describes the current opioid crisis as an epidemic created by pharmaceutical companies and prescribing physicians.

Heller in the News

October 7, 2015

Addiction, poor care drove N.H. Medicaid patients to shop around for opioids

On New Hampshire Public Radio, Peter Kreiner discusses how prescription drug monitoring programs could help quell the prescription opioid epidemic.

Heller News Release

October 1, 2015

Oct. 15 conference will explore the role of relational coordination in building healthy workplaces and communities

Jody Hoffer Gittell, executive director of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative, explains the concept and provides some examples of its usage around the world.

Heller in the News

September 30, 2015

South Asia grapples with dengue

Research by Donald Shepard supports suspicions that dengue fever is a much larger problem in India than previously thought.

Heller News Release

September 24, 2015

Intersectionality of identity and disciplines: race, gender, sociology and development

Phoenicia Lewis, MA-SID/COEX'16, reflects on her recent participation in the Association of Black Sociologists conference.

Heller News Release

September 21, 2015

Explaining the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

Rajesh Sampath, associate director of the master's program in Sustainable International Development, provides an overview.

Heller in the News

September 18, 2015

Heller alumna named director of Boston Public Library Foundation

Lisa Bevilaqua, MMHS'98, former head of development of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, will now lead fundraising for the Library Foundation.

Heller in the News

September 16, 2015

Can money create social change?

In the Huffington Post, Sheryl Seller demonstrates how philanthropy can dramatically influence U.S. social policy using three key examples.

Heller in the News

September 15, 2015

Make saving for college easier

PhD student and Massachusetts state representative Tom Sannicandro teams up with state senator Jaime Eldridge to promote college savings accounts.

Heller in the News

September 15, 2015

Is mandatory Medicare bundled payment ready for prime time?

Rob Mechanic evaluates implementation of this payment reform rule In the New England Journal of Medicine.

Heller in the News

September 9, 2015

Prescription painkillers kill more people than heroin

Listen to Andrew Kolodny's conversation with Robin Young on NPR's Here & Now about the role that prescription drugs play in the opioid crisis.

Heller News Release

September 9, 2015

Returning faculty member Deborah Stone brings big ideas to the classroom

Stone, author of a best-selling textbook on policy making, will explore concepts that unite political systems and cut across geographic and cultural boundaries.

Heller in the News

September 8, 2015

Responding to the Syrian refugee crisis

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner discusses a range of European government reactions to the flood of migrants entering Europe.

Heller in the News

September 3, 2015

Segal Fellows carry social justice torch, determined to make positive societal change

BrandeisNOW interviews the 2015 fellows, including Analissa Iversen, MPP/MBA '16, and Lea Sakala, MPP/MBA '17, about their summer internships.

Heller in the News

September 2, 2015

Stuart Altman talks with The Boston Globe about Massachusetts' escalating health care costs

Altman, who is chair of the state's Health Policy Commission, responds to a new report which reveals that Massachusetts spent $632 million more than it was supposed to on health care last year.

Heller in the News

September 2, 2015

We are asking too much of the federal reserve

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner questions whether we should rely on the Fed to be the country's sole source of economic growth.

Heller in the News

September 2, 2015

Massachusetts 2014 health care spending rises faster than state goal

Stuart Altman discusses the situation with WBUR's CommonHealth.

Heller in the News

August 18, 2015

Profiles in Courage

Brandeis Magazine features two Heller students who found that when children in Lebanon talked about facing their fears, enemies often turned into friends.

Heller News Release

August 13, 2015

Patients with substance use disorder aren't treated equally

Andrea Acevedo, PhD'12, of the Institute for Behavioral Health examines disparities in quality of care.

Heller in the News

August 11, 2015

Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, and the power of disruption

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner examines disruptive innovation at both ends of the political spectrum in the presidential race.

Heller in the News

August 10, 2015

Risk shift and the gig economy

Ben Kreider, Heller PhD candidate and research intern for the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), writes an EPI blog post about the shifting of risk from employers to workers in companies like Uber and TaskRabbit.

Heller News Release

August 5, 2015

Harvard’s Susan Eaton selected as new director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

Eaton will lead the Heller center in guiding foundations and individuals to realize the full power of social justice giving.

Heller in the News

August 3, 2015

Stuart Altman reflects on the 50th anniversary of Medicare

Altman, who played a key role in implementing Medicare as assistant secretary for health policy during the Nixon administration, tells U.S. News & World Report how it overcame bleak predictions.

Heller in the News

August 3, 2015

Tom Clark makes a case in The Washington Post for drug monitoring programs as an effective way to fight opioid abuse

The Institute for Behavioral Health researcher says if we're to prevent opioid addiction and the shift to heroin, norms around prescribing painkillers must change.

Heller in the News

July 27, 2015

Why Social Security Beats All Rivals

In the face of Republican calls for cuts to Social Security, Robert Kuttner makes a case in the Huffington Post for expanding it.

Heller in the News

July 23, 2015

The Americans with Disabilities Act: 25 years later

Susan Parish, director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, talks with BrandeisNOW about the landmark legislation's impact.

Heller in the News

July 21, 2015

How donors can turn the tide towards more equitable financial aid

Sillerman Center graduate research assistant and MBA/MPP student Kaleigh Behe analyzes merit vs. need-based scholarships in the Huffington Post.

Heller News Release

July 15, 2015

A foot in the door and a place at the table

Promoting equity and inclusion for minority healthcare workers in New Hampshire.

Heller News Release

July 15, 2015

Representing Heller at the United Nations’ Equator Initiative

Josh Cramer-Montes, MA-SID/MBA ’16, to join the organization's communications team.

Heller in the News

July 13, 2015

Constance Horgan talks with Reuters about treating the "whole person" by bringing behavioral health into primary care

The Institute for Behavioral Health director says that despite mental healthcare resources being available in many communities, primary care providers often don't know about them, or how to hand off a patient into specialized care.

Heller in the News

July 9, 2015

Do the recent same-sex marriage, fair housing and universal healthcare rulings really indicate a liberal Supreme Court?

In the Huffington Post, Associate Professor Rajesh Sampath deconstructs the monumental trio of decisions.

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