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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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April 26, 2017

Trump is not off to a good start with opioid addiction

Andrew Kolodny's op-ed in The Hill argues that Trump's appointments to the FDA and the Office of National Drug Control Policy have financial ties to the opioid industry, and are unlikely to tackle overprescribing.

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April 25, 2017

Anti-caste advocates to be honored at Brandeis University

In Two Circles, the Center for Global Development and Sustainability's third annual Conference on Caste will honor advocates and include the installation of a bust of Dr. Ambedkar in the university library.

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April 25, 2017

Surgeon General Murthy's departure paints uncertain path ahead for opioid crisis

In Modern Healthcare, Andrew Kolodny expresses concern that the surgeon general's departure could represent a setback for the push against overprescribing opioid painkillers.

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April 25, 2017

Anita Hill: Sexual harassment is a cultural problem

On MSNBC, Anita Hill applauds the progress the U.S. has made on sexual harassment in the workplace, while arguing that there's still much work to be done.

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April 24, 2017

Syria & responsibility to protect: A path away from hypocrisy

In the Worcester Telegram, Ted Johnson examines President Trump's recent decision to bomb a Syrian air base in conjunction with the international diplomacy principle of Responsibility to Protect, or R2P.

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April 21, 2017

Anita Hill and Ellen Pao on workplace harassment

For Bloomberg, Anita Hill joins Ellen Pao in a video interview about how to increase and maintain diversity in the workforce and diminish workplace harassment and discrimination.

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April 20, 2017

50+ Autistic people you should know

In NOS Magazine, PhD student Finn Gardiner provides a diverse, curated list of autism advocates for readers to follow and learn from.

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April 20, 2017

Anita Hill: No more excuses for sexual harassment

In USA Today, Anita Hill gives a rare interview on the slowly changing landscape of sexual harassment in the workplace, commenting on high-profile cases including Ellen Pao, Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes, and Bill Cosby.

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April 19, 2017

Trump's pick for 'Drug Czar' hauled in thousands of dollars from drug distributors he wrote bill to protect

In the International Business Times, Andrew Kolodny comments on Pennsylvania's Rep. Tom Marino, who is widely expected to be named director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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April 19, 2017

How the airlines became abusive cartels

In the New York Times, Robert Kuttner describes how deregulating the airline industry in 1978 has created inefficiencies and opportunities for abuse.

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April 13, 2017

Trump's rumored pick for drug czar panned by addiction experts

In Modern Healthcare, Andrew Kolodny comments on the rumor that President Trump will nominate U.S. Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania to lead efforts to curb drug addiction.

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April 13, 2017

How did America's wealth inequality reach this level of toxic?

In Alternet, Thomas Shapiro shares an adapted excerpt of his new book, "Toxic Inequality: How America's Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide and Threatens Our Future."

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April 12, 2017

'Drugged': Big Pharma, the FDA, and the opioid crisis

On Fox News, Andrew Kolodny speaks with Tucker Carlson on pharmaceutical companies' role in the opioid epidemic.

Heller News Release

April 11, 2017

Enhancing opportunities for international students

Joan Dassin ’69 is pioneering research on the impacts of international scholarships on social change.

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April 11, 2017

Striking grand bargains

Joel-Cutcher Gershenfeld calls for negotiated change in the world’s largest, most complex institutions

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April 11, 2017

Convening for the Commonwealth

The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum connects stakeholders with the research and information they need to improve the state’s health care system.

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April 11, 2017

Shameful care at inpatient psychiatric facilities

PhD student Morgan Shields’ research seeks to uncover abusive practices and advocate for more robust surveillance systems.

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April 11, 2017

The impact of combat exposure among female soldiers

Heller researchers reveal the findings of the largest study of deployed women ever conducted.

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April 10, 2017

Anita Hill on workplace harassment

On NPR, Anita Hill discusses Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, who has lost support from advertisers after reports about sexual harassment.

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April 10, 2017

On the origins of America's racial wealth divide, and the endpoint of toxic inequality

On the radio program This Is Hell, Thomas Shapiro explains how the racial wealth gap is driven by policy and how we might seek to correct it.

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April 6, 2017

Fox News, Bill O’Reilly and how to stop companies that tolerate harassment

In the Washington Post, Anita Hill pens an op-ed arguing that consumers and employees must demand accountability from companies to abide by laws that govern workplace behavior.

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April 6, 2017

Oxycontin maker launches initiative to tackle opioid crisis in North Carolina

In the Triad Business Journal, Peter Kreiner comments on Perdue Pharma's recent initiative to curtail opioid abuse with a drug take-back program.

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April 6, 2017

Donald Trump's pick to oversee Big Pharma is addicted to opioid-industry cash

In the Intercept, Andrew Kolodny argues that the U.S. is in desperate need of an FDA commissioner who will take on the opioid lobby.

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April 3, 2017

Needed: A Democratic shadow cabinet

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner proposes that the Democratic party appoint a bench of spokespeople to hold weekly press briefings on a variety of policy issues in opposition to President Trump's cabinet.

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March 31, 2017

Mass. lowers caps on health care spending

In Boston Business Journal, Stuart Altman discusses the Health Policy Commissions' decision to lower the health care industry's annual cost growth threshold in the state of Massachusetts.

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March 31, 2017

Trump opioid commission leaves out key stakeholder

In Modern Healthcare, Andrew Kolodny argues that the president's commission on combating drug addiction and the opioid crisis should include a representative from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which is tasked with regulating prescription drugs.

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March 30, 2017

When it comes to reproductive rights, both pro-choice and pro-life arguments must evolve

Rebecca Huber, MPP/MA WGS'18, argues that advocates on both sides of the reproductive rights issue are missing the mark.

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March 24, 2017

Sustainability: A new path to corporate and NGO collaborations

In the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Josh Cramer-Montes, MA SID/MBA'16, says shifting corporate social responsibility trends, untapped nonprofit value, and pressing development challenges holds tremendous potential for driving social impact.

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March 22, 2017

Son Doong, the world's largest cave: Why we should fight to save it

In Ryot News, Huong Le, MBA/SID'17, explains the dilemma surrounding this UNESCO World Heritage site, located in a poor region of Vietnam, and argues for its preservation.

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March 20, 2017

Aggregation presents a rare opportunity

In the Newton TAB, Eric Olson encourages residents to take green energy to the next level with community choice aggregation.

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March 20, 2017

Psych Ward Reviews shows the dire state of mental health care in the U.S.

In the Daily Dot, PhD student Morgan Shields comments on the quality standards for psychiatric wards in the United States.

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March 20, 2017

Why black families struggle to build wealth

In the Atlantic, Tom Shapiro explains why in the United States it’s harder for African Americans to climb the economic ladder and to sustain their progress.

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March 17, 2017

This duo cycled over 1,000km in India to promote proper waste disposal

In the Huffington Post, Sanjeeta Singh Negi, SID'07, describes cycling 10 days from Gujarat to New Delhi to promote solid waste management in India.

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March 16, 2017

What the House GOP health bill would mean for Mass.

Kayla Scire, MPP/MBA'18, speaks with WBUR about the impact that the GOP's health care bill could have on her insurance coverage.

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March 14, 2017

Federal advisory panels agree Opana's risks outweigh benefits

In USA Today, Andrew Kolodny argues that calling reformulated prescription opioids like Opana "abuse deterrent" is misleading, because making them hard to crush does not actually deter abuse.

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March 14, 2017

Community leaders convene for International Women’s Day

In The Justice, student Taylor Rippy, COEX'18, contributes to a community discussion on International Women's Day and the theme "be bold for change."

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March 14, 2017

“We can’t go back to Romneycare”: How an ACA repeal endangers Massachusetts

In Boston Magazine, Stuart Altman comments on how the repeal of Obamacare could impact the Commonwealth's healthcare system.

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March 13, 2017

Missouri PDMP fight reignites debate over national program

In Modern Healthcare, Peter Kreiner and Andrew Kolodny comment on the ongoing debate over state-level prescription drug monitoring programs.

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March 13, 2017

Higher interest rates – Oh, goodie!

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner speculates on the likelihood that the Federal Reserve Bank will soon increase interest rates - and argues for why it shouldn't.

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March 13, 2017

As drug deaths soar, mayor offers plan to cut toll

In the New York Times, Andrew Kolodny comments on Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to increase opioid addiction treatment options and availability in New York City.

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March 10, 2017

In Mass., federal funds at risk under GOP health care proposal

In the MetroWest Daily News, Michael Doonan comments on the challenges that the Commonwealth may face should Congress approve the GOP proposal.

Heller News Release

March 10, 2017

The man in the middle

Professor Ted Johnson of the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence program leads mediators-to-be in navigating difficult conversations to drive positive outcomes for all parties.

Heller News Release

March 9, 2017

Lurie Institute for Disability Policy Names Monika Mitra as Interim Director

Mitra will take over from Susan Parish, who is leaving Heller to become dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University, on March 15.

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March 6, 2017

The search for Trump's smoking gun

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that an explicit quid pro quo arrangement between President Trump and the Russian government, if it exists, may be difficult to find.

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March 6, 2017

Until it honors disabled performers, the Oscars can never truly be diverse

In the Establishment, PhD student Robyn Powell argues that Hollywood should make a more concerted effort to include actors with disabilities.

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March 6, 2017

Palestinian alumnus has dedicated his life to peace

The Washington Post features a profile of Palestinian expatriate Yousef Bashir, MA COEX'15, now working on Capital Hill to promote peace and give back to the United States.

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March 6, 2017

GOP healthcare bill uses smokescreen of “personal responsibility” to abandon pre-existing condition protections

In the Huffington Post, Jared Hite, MBA/MPP'16, argues that abandoning health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions would be dire for both patients and the healthcare system.

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March 3, 2017

US - Mexico watershed partnership takes off

Josh Ellsworth's project with the Rio Laja watershed is featured in the International River Foundation blog.

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February 27, 2017

73% of overdose deaths in 2015 were from opioids

In FOX21 Denver, Andrew Kolodny comments on the rising opioid overdose rate and the impact that medication assisted treatment could have.

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February 24, 2017

Are recreational marijuana and opioid addiction linked?

In CNN, Andrew Kolodny commented on the connection that White House press secretary Sean Spicer recently made between marijuana usage and the opioid epidemic.

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February 24, 2017

Seven ideas for curing toxic inequality

In the Boston Globe, Tom Shapiro offers policy recommendations to close the widening U.S. racial wealth gap from his upcoming book, "Toxic Inequality."

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February 23, 2017

Refugees in white coats: How immigration ban could affect U.S. health care

In Yahoo News, physician and MGH researcher Ihsan Kaadan, MS'15, argues that immigration restrictions will impact the U.S. health care system, which relies heavily on foreign-born doctors.

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February 23, 2017

Anita Hill: The need for female equality and diversity in Hollywood

In a Variety op-ed, Anita Hill and coauthor Kalpana Kotagal argue that Hollywood needs to embrace women and minorities now more than ever - including behind the camera.

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February 22, 2017

Case in point: A for-profit model for social entrepreneurship

In SAGE Connection, Carole Carlson discusses the for-profit venture Sanergy, and the growing interest in social entrepreneurship among MBA students.

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February 22, 2017

Root causes of the age-old wealth gap for Blacks

The Philadelphia Tribune covers a new report coauthored by the Institute for Assets and Social Policy that describes the asset value of whiteness in exacerbating the U.S. racial wealth gap.

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February 21, 2017

Could mandatory database curb opioid abuse?

In the Star Tribune, Peter Kreiner comments on the effectiveness of mandatory prescription drug monitoring databases in curbing opioid overprescribing.

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February 21, 2017

Who's to blame when bad reporting devastates a good charity?

In Nonprofit Pro, Jason Lynch, MBA'15, describes what sometimes happens when the press mistakenly gives a good charity - like Wounded Warrior Project - a bad reputation.

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February 21, 2017

Health insurers make it easier for doctors to prescribe addiction treatment

In Philly.com, Andrew Kolodny comments on Aetna's decision to remove barriers for doctors to prescribe medications to treat opioid addiction.

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February 17, 2017

Price of drug that saves overdose victims soaring out of reach

In CBS news, Andrew Kolodny comments on the record high levels of opioid addiction that have led to an overdose crisis.

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February 17, 2017

Fostering transformative leadership and peaceful plurality in the age of Trump

In the Huffington Post, Mari Fitzduff explores how the skills taught in the conflict resolution and coexistence program will be essential during Trump's presidency.

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February 17, 2017

Gun control shouldn't mean stigmatizing the mentally ill

In Vice, PhD student Robyn Powell argues that a regulation which prohibits some people with mental disabilities from purchasing guns is based on stereotypes, not evidence.

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February 17, 2017

$3 million grant will support major expansion of diversitydatakids.org

The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy has been awarded a $3.07 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to build the next generation of its pioneering research project to monitor and analyze whether children of all racial/ethnic groups have adequate and equitable opportunities for healthy development.

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February 15, 2017

Why study global development in the isolationist age of Trump?

In the Huffington Post, Rajesh Sampath explains why students should commit to study in sustainable international development.

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February 15, 2017

Carol Hardy-Fanta, PhD’91, is tracking our transforming American political landscape

Hardy-Fanta's recent book, "Contested Transformation," examines race, gender and political leadership in 21st century America.

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February 14, 2017

Addiction treatment grew under health law. Now what?

In the New York Times, Andrew Kolodny comments on the interaction between opioid addiction and increased health insurance coverage.

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February 14, 2017

Understanding cost disparities in dengue-endemic countries

In Public Health Post, Don Shepard's research on the costs of dengue fever highlights inequities in the economic burden of this disease in several countries.

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February 14, 2017

The big reason whites are richer than blacks in America

Bloomberg Businessweek covers a recent report coauthored by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy that identifies inheritance as a major driver of the racial wealth audit.

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February 14, 2017

This damning chart shows how much of a head start white families have over black families

Slate covers a recent report coauthored by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, which reveals that the median black American who pursues higher education is still poorer than a white high school dropout.

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February 8, 2017

Why study global health policy and management in the age of Trump

In the Huffington Post, Diana Bowser and Monica Jordan make the case for global health study today.

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February 8, 2017

America's ongoing opioid crisis

In WBUR's On Point, Andrew Kolodny describes how fentanyl, an extremely potent synthetic opioid, is changing the national opioid epidemic.

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February 7, 2017

I’m a Syrian doctor who treated patients in Aleppo

In STAT News, Ihsan Kaadan, MS'15, describes his decision to leave Syria for Brandeis and how he's giving back to the U.S. as a clinical researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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February 7, 2017

Is the U.S. ready for the business backlash?

In the Huffington Post, Michael Appell gives the top 10 reasons why the business backlash will lead to Trump's eventual demise.

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February 7, 2017

The racial wealth gap is not going to improve

In Fortune, a new report coauthored by Demos and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy shatters expectations about the drivers of the racial wealth gap in the U.S.

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February 7, 2017

Attending college doesn’t close the racial wealth gap

The Root covers a new report by Demos and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy that refutes several myths about the racial wealth gap in the U.S.

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February 6, 2017

NJ opioid story: From football field to addiction

In USA Today, Andrew Kolodny describes how the rise in prescribing opioid painkillers contributed to today's addiction epidemic.

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February 3, 2017

The role of research in the age of Trump

In the Huffington Post, Jeff Prottas describes the value of gaining PhD research training today.

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February 2, 2017

A window into 2000s-era doctor shopping

In NY Magazine, Peter Kreiner comments on the practice and prevalence of "doctor-shopping" for addictive prescription opioid painkillers.

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January 29, 2017

Can marijuana help New York kick its opioid habit?

In Crain's New York, Andrew Kolodny comments on proposals to prescribe cannabis and non-pharmaceutical therapies to treat chronic pain, rather than addictive opioid painkillers.

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January 29, 2017

The inevitability of impeachment

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner predicts that President Trump will soon face impeachment.

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January 24, 2017

Don't thank me for marching because I'm disabled — Join me

In Bustle, PhD student Robyn Powell describes how the concerns of people with disabilities should have been better integrated into the accessibility planning and civil rights platform of the women's march.

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January 19, 2017

Anita Hill: Trump’s election is disappointing for feminism. But it’s not the final word.

In a Washington Post op-ed, Anita Hill says the January 21st women's march on Washington represents the determination of women to remain engaged participants in our nation's democracy.

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January 17, 2017

Improving lives, improving communities

In the Sillerman Center's Huffington Post account, Abby Alexanian, MPP/MBA'16, makes the case for trauma-informed philanthropy.

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January 16, 2017

METCO at 50

On WCVB News, Susan Eaton talks about the emergence and long-term successes of METCO, a voluntary school desegregation program in Boston.

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January 15, 2017

Phillip Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’ is fast becoming reality

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner remarks on the similarities that current events have to Roth's fictional novel about a dystopian fascist America.

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January 14, 2017

New state rules are forcing opioid prescribers to confront ‘doctor shopping’

In the Washington Post, Tom Clark argues that states that use prescription drug monitoring programs have seen greater improvements in opioid prescribing and faster declines in doctor shopping.

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January 13, 2017

Opinion: Narrowing the racial wealth gap

In Roll Call, Tom Shapiro co-authors an op-ed arguing that policies meant to address big problems often aggravate the economic divide between white households and black and Latino households.

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January 11, 2017

The right to learn, earn, and live

In Rewire, PhD student Robyn Powell outlines what some of Trump’s cabinet selections mean for people with disabilities.

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January 11, 2017

Chris Christie wants to limit painkiller prescriptions. Will that cut back on opioid addiction?

In the Christian Science Monitor, Andrew Kolodny says the NJ governor's proposed legislation suggests a newfound understanding that overprescription of painkillers is a key driver of the opioid crisis.

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January 11, 2017

Opioid addiction: A matter of black and white?

In the Washington Informer, Andrew Kolodny argues that the opioid crisis affects a greater proportion of white people because doctors are driven by racial prejudice to prescribe fewer painkillers to black and Latino patients.

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January 9, 2017

How Jeff Sessions could threaten the disability rights movement

In The Establishment, PhD student Robyn Powell argues that Trump’s nominee for Attorney General has a troubling track record on disability rights.

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January 6, 2017

I’m a disabled woman. I’m scared about what Trump will do to my health care.

In Vox, PhD student Robyn Powell argues that the incoming presidential administration's health care policies could have devastating consequences for people with disabilities.

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January 5, 2017

Why you should study public policy in the age of Trump

In the Huffington Post, MPP program director Michael Doonan explains why the new presidential administration should inspire students to study public policy.

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January 4, 2017

Film tax credit’s bottom line: ‘A bum deal’

In the Boston Herald, Bob Tannenwald argues that Massachusetts' film tax credits, "rob from Peter to pay Paul."

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January 2, 2017

We need a review site for psychiatric hospitals

In The Establishment, PhD student Morgan Shields comments on the lack of comprehensive data monitoring systems that would hold psychiatric wards accountable for providing quality care.

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January 1, 2017

Impeaching Trump

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner outlines the process for impeachment of soon-to-be-president Donald Trump.

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December 22, 2016

Heller alumna one of 100 most influential people in occupational therapy

Joyce Lane, PhD'03, is listed in the Occupational Therapy Centennial for her influence in highlighting the need for social justice within the profession and in society.

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December 22, 2016

Abuse is not the answer: Shut down the Judge Rotenberg Center

In the Huffington Post, Lurie Institute Ruderman Scholar Shaya Korol argues that the center’s use of aversive electric skin shocks on people with disabilities constitutes torture.

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December 22, 2016

Right in their backyard

How three prominent Heller researchers and an alumna lend their strong voices to the cause of affordable housing in their hometown of Newton, Mass.

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December 21, 2016

High-tech sewing machines are bringing a century-old Massachusetts textile mill back to life

On PRI, Brenna Schneider, MBA'12, explores the role that her company, 99Degrees Custom, plays in creating high-quality jobs in Lawrence, Mass.

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December 21, 2016

Hacking bias in the tech industry

Freada Kapor Klein, PhD'84, co-founder of Project Include, brings research to bear on diversity and inclusion efforts in Silicon Valley.

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December 21, 2016

A Herculean tradition

The Team Consulting Project comes full circle for one Heller MBA alumna.

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December 21, 2016

Perspectives: My journey to belong and empower others to find their space in the world

Tam Emerson, director of the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program, reflects on her recent visit to Columbia--her first time back since being adopted from Bogotá almost 30 years ago at the age of six months.

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December 19, 2016

What’s fueling the current opioid epidemic?

In NPR's Science Friday, Andrew Kolodny helps explain the drivers of the opioid epidemic and some policy solutions that can stem this national crisis.

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December 19, 2016

Trump and trade: A plus for workers?

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner questions whether Trump's proposed trade policies will benefit average workers.

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December 16, 2016

Upstate New York sinks in flood of legal opioids

Andrew Kolodny contributes to watchdog reporting on the opioid epidemic in upstate New York.

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December 16, 2016

How states can help curb opioid misuse

In Route FIfty, Tom Clark co-authors an article on increasing prescribers' use of prescription drug monitoring programs to stop the opioid crisis.

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December 16, 2016

Heller team advances to regional semi-final following inaugural Hult Prize@ Brandeis University

Nearly 50 Brandeis students competed in a day-long business pitch competition, creating innovative social enterprises to restore rights and dignity to refugees.

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December 15, 2016

Are we stuck with inequality?

In a Boston Globe op-ed, Robert Kuttner argues that inequality is not inevitable, and that the obstacles to equality are political, not economic.

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December 14, 2016

2016's Neediest Cities

In WalletHub, senior scientist Lisa Dodson is featured as an expert on the challenges facing low-income families today.

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December 13, 2016

Here's what 60 Minutes got wrong about the ADA: Everything

PhD student Robyn Powell says 60 Minutes failed to feature disability rights advocates, instead interviewing businesses who claim they had been frivolously sued and the attorneys that take such egregious action.

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December 12, 2016

The containment of Trump begins

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner lays out a scenario in which Republican senators may band together to block some of the president-elect's more controversial policy proposals.

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December 12, 2016

An $828 million private scholarship program

For Inside Higher Ed, Joan Dassin remarks on the MasterCard Foundation’s scholarship program, which funds high school and higher education for thousands of students from Africa.

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December 9, 2016

Anita Hill speaks at the Massachusetts Conference for Women

Brandeis University professor Hill, famous for testifying about Clarence Thomas during his Supreme Court confirmation process, was a highlight of the conference.

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December 9, 2016

Social justice startups

The Justice reviews the outcomes of the Hult Prize@ Brandeis business plan competition held last weekend at the Heller School.

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December 9, 2016

Inside Man

Originally appearing in the winter 2016 Heller Magazine, this profile focuses on sustainable international development student Edwin Pool's desire to be an agent of change for a sustainable future.

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December 8, 2016

Heller to offer new course on immigrant integration in the U.S.

In this Q&A, Susan Eaton describes the new class she and Jessica Santos designed and will co-teach this spring.

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December 7, 2016

Rajesh Sampath gives keynote at Consulate General of India in NYC

Professor Sampath provided the inaugural keynote lecture at the Consulate General of India in New York City to celebrate Constitution Day, the date when the Indian constitution was adopted after independence from British colonialism.

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December 5, 2016

Trump succeeded in regions hit hardest by the drug epidemic: Study

In WNYC, Andrew Kolodny comments on recent research which suggests that white working-class voters in opioid epidemic-affected areas may have voted more strongly for Donald Trump.

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December 5, 2016

The mommy economy

In the Huffington Post, student Caroline Swaller, MPP/MA'17, argues that the United States hasn’t broken down the gendered division of labor--rather, we’ve globalized it and hidden it.

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December 5, 2016

Heller Social Policy Debate: Inequality of Income and Wealth

Watch footage of the first in the Heller Social Policy Debate series, in which participants consider current critical social policy issues.

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December 1, 2016

The politics of hope: Donald Trump as an entrepreneur of identity

A chapter from Mari Fitzduff's upcoming edited book "Why irrational politics appeals: Understanding the allure of Trump" is featured in Scientific American Mind.

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December 1, 2016

Amanda Zehner, MA SID'11, is weaving business with social responsibility

Zehner is the founder of Living Threads Co., which seeks to stabilize business for back strap loom weavers in Central America.

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December 1, 2016

Global AIDS and HIV funding and research

On C-SPAN, professor Allyala Nandakumar joins a panel in discussion of how national health ministries can make the most of their funding to fight HIV and AIDS.

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November 30, 2016

What it really takes to make ends meet in North Carolina

On NC PolicyWatch, Brian Kennedy, MPP'16, speaks about the Living Income Standard and the drivers of poverty in North Carolina in his capacity as public policy fellow at the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center.

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November 29, 2016

A Q&A with the winning social entrepreneurs from this year’s Heller Startup Challenge

An interview with two winning teams: Team WorkAround (first place) and Team REST (runner-up) to learn more about their startup ideas and their experience at the Heller Startup Challenge.

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November 29, 2016

The Democrats’ circular firing squad

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that Democrats should move on from debating how Trump won the election, and form a unified plan to move forward.

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November 29, 2016

Alumnus to lead UMass Boston initiative to improve long-term care

Marc Cohen, PhD'87, will lead a new partnership between the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation and the Gerontology Institute of the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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November 29, 2016

Leading opioid epidemic expert speaks to medical experts in Lake Placid

In a keynote address in Lake Placid, Andrew Kolodny described the causes and drivers of the ongoing opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic in the U.S.

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November 28, 2016

Spearheading a curvey of caste in South Asian diasporas

Prathap Balakrishnan, SID'17, coauthors a piece in Medium describing the needs and methods behind the Caste in the Diaspora Survey 2016.

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November 28, 2016

VA officials promise action in response to PhD student’s findings of shameful quality of inpatient psychiatric care

Morgan Shields, first-year PhD student at the Heller School, is conducting research to learn more about the quality of care provided at inpatient psychiatric facilities.

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November 22, 2016

Kenyan youth leader comes to Heller

The MA Program in Sustainable International Development will host Raphael Obonyo, recently named as one of five runners-up for the 2016 U.N. Person of the Year Award in Kenya, as a Visiting Scholar in February 2017.

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November 21, 2016

Now that recreational marijuana will be legal in Massachusetts, what will the impact be?

The new law goes into effect on Dec. 15, but questions remain about both the health implications and the introduction of commercial marijuana dispensaries in local communities. Julie Johnson, PhD’15, offers her take.

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November 17, 2016

Women who care for elderly parents need support

In the Guardian, Anne Tumlinson, MMHS'95, explains why she created a network to help others cope with the emotional and practical challenges of caregiving.

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November 17, 2016

Steve Bannon is not only anti-Semitic, racist and misogynistic--he is ableist

In The Establishment, PhD student Robyn Powell describes many instances in which the incoming White House chief strategist has exhibited ableist speech, attitudes and behaviors.

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November 16, 2016

Turning frustration to action after divisive election

On NECN, Siiri Morley, MBA'09, comments on how the election results have reinvigorated her work as executive director of Strong Women, Strong Girls.

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November 15, 2016

As a disabled woman, I am terrified by a Trump presidency

In The Establishment, PhD student Robyn Powell explains her concerns about the impact that the future Trump administration may have on people with disabilities.

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November 15, 2016

The future of feminism in the face of white supremacy

In a Huffington Post op-ed, student Erica Brien, MPP'17, argues for an intersectional approach to justice and explains why Hillary Clinton can’t be our hero.

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November 14, 2016

Bay Area family puts face on suburban opioid addiction

On CBS San Francisco Bay Area news, Andrew Kolodny explains how young people with opioid addiction move from legitimate painkiller prescriptions to black market substitutes.

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November 13, 2016

The vulnerability of Trump’s fake populism

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner comments on the strength of president-elect Donald Trump's populist message.

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November 8, 2016

Leap into the world of jumping spiders

On NPR's Science Friday, Eric Olson tells listeners about the fascinating - and surprisingly vegetarian - world of jumping spiders.

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November 7, 2016

10 threats to take seriously this Tuesday

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner outlines ten key concerns that threaten American democracy this election day.

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November 7, 2016

As a disabled person, I implore you not to vote for Donald Trump

In Bustle, PhD student Robyn Powell expresses what a Trump presidency may mean for people with disabilities in the United States.

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November 7, 2016

Interview with professor Joseph Assan

The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) interviews professor Joseph Assan on his work, his motivation and advice for future development practitioners.

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November 4, 2016

Could Anthony Weiner's mishaps and personal disasters end up electing Donald Trump?

In AlterNet, Robert Kuttner argues that the most recent Clinton email scandal could upend an already troubled campaign.

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November 4, 2016

The simplest in health insurance, coming to a store near you

In the Huffington Post, Michael Kahnowitz, MPP'16, explains how the federal health exchange has created new Simple Choice plans to improve insurance options for consumers.

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November 3, 2016

At end of life in Mass., hospital care is big cost

In the Boston Globe, Stuart Altman comments on the tendency in Massachusetts to underuse palliative and hospice care for patients who are approaching end of life.

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November 2, 2016

Alumna spotlight: Enka Tsendjav, MA SID’11, brings a sustainable development framework to the Mongolian media

When Enka decided to enroll in Heller’s sustainable international development program, she never imagined it would lead to a career in the media.

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November 1, 2016

Intersectionality: The many layers of an individual

Professor Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson delivered a lecture at Harvard University on how understanding the depth and complexity of a person's identities can contribute to diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace.

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November 1, 2016

VA inpatient psychiatric hospitals fall short on quality measures

Heller PhD student Morgan Shields and colleagues at Harvard have found that VA hospitals are far less likely to conduct intake screenings and proper discharge procedures than other hospitals.

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October 25, 2016

Heller on the Hill

An interview with Erin Robinson, MPP’16, legislative fellow for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated in U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s office

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October 25, 2016

The Jewish vote could swing key counties in battleground states

In Salon, Daniel Parmer, PhD'16, and David Manchester, PhD student, explain how the Jewish vote in a number of swing states and counties is a potentially pivotal demographic in the upcoming presidential election.

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October 24, 2016

Cecilia Flores wins 2016 Trailblazer Award from Fenway Health

Flores, a PhD student in the behavioral health concentration, was honored at the 18th annual Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch.

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October 21, 2016

Trumped-up trickle-down economics: A primer

In Fair Economy, PhD student Ben Kreider explains the theory and the data behind trickle-down economics, and why it's failed to generate growth.

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October 21, 2016

Building a village in a city for Waltham seniors

Walter Leutz' research study on healthy aging in Waltham has fostered discussions to consider a "village model" for local seniors who may be socially isolated.

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October 20, 2016

An urgent call for a national surveillance system for inpatient psychiatric facilities

In the Health Affairs blog, PhD student Morgan Shields analyzes the scant data available on the quality of inpatient psychiatric facilities, and describes an opportunity to improve monitoring systems.

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October 20, 2016

Research and evaluation in the nonprofit sector

For the Nonprofit Quarterly, Jodi Benenson, PhD'15, co-authors an article on the effects that soliciting and analyzing nonprofit data can have on equity, diversity and inclusion.

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October 20, 2016

Taking a closer look at the impact of combat exposure among Army women

In a new paper published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, Heller School researchers Rachel Sayko Adams and Mary Jo Larson reveal their findings on the consequences of combat exposure on U.S. Army women who have returned home from deployment.

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October 19, 2016

Is Anybody Paying Attention? Harm And Death Within Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities

In the Huffington Post, PhD student Morgan Shields argues that policymakers who want to bring back asylums and institutionalization ignore the fact that inpatient psychiatric facilities have often been harmful to patients.

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October 18, 2016

A diagnosis that turned a doctor into an activist

In Stat News, Cynthia Tschampl contributes to the story of Dr. Kelly Holland, a tuberculosis patient and activist working to stop the spread of TB in Massachusetts.

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October 18, 2016

Providers challenged to deliver quality care for less

Stuart Altman, chair of the Heath Policy Commission, warns health care providers that costs cannot continue to rise in Massachusetts.

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October 18, 2016

Why the election isn't quite locked

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner argues that the results of the 2016 presidential election - and its aftermath - are far from certain.

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October 17, 2016

The drug industry’s answer to opioid addiction: More pills

In the Washington Post, Andrew Koldony comments on how long-term opioid painkiller use causes side effects, leading patients to seek treatment and consume additional prescriptions.

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October 13, 2016

Six things I wish Clinton had said to Trump

In Alternet, Robert Kuttner offers a bit of hindsight on Hillary Clinton's responses to Donald Trump in the second presidential debate.

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October 13, 2016

Anita Hill responds to Donald Trump tape

Anita Hill's recent op-ed in the Boston Globe and commentary on CBS and PBS NewsHour reminds viewers that Donald Trump's boasting about sexual assault should inspire concern and support for victims.

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October 10, 2016

How to give wisely for disaster relief after Hurricane Matthew

Laurence Simon, director of the Center for Global Development and Sustainability, offers five lessons and five questions.

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October 7, 2016

NICHQ Board of Directors welcomes Dolores Acevedo-Garcia

Acevedo-Garcia, who is director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, joined the board of the child health equity organization this year.

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October 6, 2016

New center to support parents with disabilities, address systemic discrimination

In the Mighty, The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy announces the creation of "Parents Empowering Parents," a new center to support parents with disabilities.

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October 4, 2016

2016’s state uninsured rates: Ask the expert

Wallet Hub features expert Mike Doonan in a Q&A on Obamacare's effectiveness and its path forward.

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October 4, 2016

Views on the News: Gandhi

For the Brandeis student newspaper The Justice, Rajesh Sampath offers commentary on the recent petition at the University of Ghana to remove a statue of Gandhi.

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October 4, 2016

Notes for the next debate

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner offers some thoughts for how Clinton can maximize her performance at the next presidential debate against Trump.

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October 4, 2016

Belfast woman's charity reaching out to Cambodia's 'invisible' children

In The Irish News, alumna Arlene Gormley, MA SID'16, discusses her Siem Reap charity, Feeding Dreams, and her children's book, "2030 Not A Fairytale."

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October 4, 2016

Altman responds to Boston Children's Hospital expansion concerns

In a televised interview on NECN, Stuart Altman represents the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission in a discussion of the proposed $1 billion hospital expansion and the future of the Affordable Care Act.

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October 4, 2016

The widening racial wealth divide

In the New Yorker, Thomas Shapiro explores the historical and present-day social policies that drive the black-white racial wealth gap in the United States.

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September 29, 2016

Watchdog: Children’s Hospital expansion to hike patients’ costs

Stuart Altman of the state's Health Policy Commission argues that the proposed expansion could drive out competition and raise health care costs in the state.

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September 29, 2016

Hard to believe, but Trump could win

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that a combination of demographics, economic factors and a populist desire for political outsiders are making it more likely for Trump to win the election.

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September 28, 2016

MBA alumna-founded startup wins $125,000 award from MIT HUBweek

The Boston Globe covers the winners of MIT's Sloan School of Management HUBweek awards, including 99°Custom, an apparel manufacturer in Lawrence that uses innovative new technology to narrow the income gap for its employees.

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September 28, 2016

Women with hearing loss may likely give birth to preterm or low-birth-weight babies

In Science World Report, Monika MItra's study on women with hearing loss reveals that they are significantly more likely to have poor birth outcomes.

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September 28, 2016

Health panel raises concern on Children’s Hospital expansion

In CommonWealth Magazine, Stuart Altman discusses Mass. Health Policy Commission's opinion that the proposed Childrens' Hospital expansion could put other providers out of business, increasing overall health costs.

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September 27, 2016

Finding alignment in federation mission (trips)

In eJewish Philanthropy, Heller-Hornstein student Daniel Larson, MA/MBA'17, describes how a summer experience changed his formerly cynical view of mission trips to Israel.

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September 27, 2016

Building a Relational Public Sector

In the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Jody Hoffer Gittell co-authors an op-ed arguing that the U.S. has a lot to learn from Denmark— and vice versa—about building a public sector that supports greater equality, workforce participation, and democratic engagement.

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September 27, 2016

Closing the gender wage gap isn't enough

In the Huffington Post, Anna Mahathey, MPP/MA'17, explains how the gender wage gap is just one contributor to the even wider gender wealth gap.

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September 26, 2016

Preterm, low-birth-weight babies more likely for women with hearing loss

In Medical News Today, Monika Mitra's recent study shows that pregnant women with hearing loss may be more likely to have worse birth outcomes.

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September 23, 2016

Anita Hill talks Ailes and Title IX at women in law event

The National Law Journal covers Anita Hill's keynote address at the the Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference in Washington, D.C.

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September 23, 2016

To slow costs, slow revenue, says healthcare economist

In the second of a two-part conversation with HealthLeaders Media, Stuart Altman discusses the gap in hospital reimbursement rates.

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September 21, 2016

New $2.5 million research center to support parents with disabilities

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy will be home to Parents Empowering Parents.

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September 21, 2016

Coordinating care and corrections

Diana Bowser joins national project to bring together the juvenile justice and behavioral health systems.

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September 21, 2016

Increasing inclusive care

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

Heller News Release

September 21, 2016

Elevating the conversation on caste

The Center for Global Development and Sustainability organizes the first academic program in the U.S. focused on social exclusion in India and South Asia.

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September 21, 2016

Did the ACA impact behavioral health treatment disparities?

PhD candidate Tim Creedon studies the effect of insurance expansion on access to mental health and substance abuse treatment.

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September 21, 2016

The case for culture change

Jody Hoffer Gittell’s new book investigates how organizations use relational coordination to achieve change.

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September 20, 2016

Sorry, Trump: So many reasons to welcome immigrants

In her book "Integration Nation," Susan Eaton reminds us that America is at its best when it builds bridges rather than walls.

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September 20, 2016

Joe Scarborough is writing a ‘Hamilton’-inspired musical about Trump. Robert Kuttner already did that.

In the Washington Post, news of the "Morning Joe" host's plans to pen a Trump musical is upstaged by Robert Kuttner, whose project has been in the works for months.

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September 20, 2016

Alumni startup named one of 5 most innovative and fastest-growing companies in America

Project Repat, a startup co-founded by Heller's Ross Lohr, MBA'16 and Nathan Rothstein, was named in Inc. Magazine's list of top companies that achieved massive growth through creative problem-solving.

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September 20, 2016

One year after the launch of the United Nations Global Goals

In the Huffington Post, Arlene Gormley, MA SID'16, presents five reasons why we can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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September 16, 2016

Cost control efforts working 'so far' in MA

In HealthLeaders Media, Altman discusses how Massachusetts' healthcare cost control efforts could impact hospitals across the nation.

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September 16, 2016

Three ways to work better together

In the Huffington Post, Jody Hoffer GIttell's research on relational coordination encourages us to elevate workplace outcomes through improved listening, shared goals and mutual respect.

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September 16, 2016

Refugee resettlement and integration: Can philanthropy step into the breach?

In the Huffington Post, Sheryl Seller argues that philanthropy is well positioned to fund services for refugee resettlement.

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September 13, 2016

Relational coordination offers seven principles to connect across roles at work

In the Huffington Post, Jody Hoffer Gittell explains how relational coordination helps organizations, their employees and their partners achieve desired goals while reducing wasted effort.

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September 13, 2016

Insurance data show a surge in spending on opioid treatment and testing

On National Public Radio, Andrew Kolodny reacts to new research which shows a staggering increase in the economic costs associated with the opioid epidemic.

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September 13, 2016

Research shows legal cannabis may be part of the solution

In MetroWest Daily News, Mass. Representative Tom Sannicandro, PhD'16, co-authors an opinion with Senator Jaime Eldridge on the potential positive effects that legalized marijuana could have on the opioid crisis.

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September 12, 2016

Fighting dengue fever outbreaks in India

Donald Shepard's research shows that the burden of dengue in India is the heaviest in the world.

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September 12, 2016

What does neuroscience have to offer peacebuilders?

In Sustainable Security, Mari Fitzduff describes how lessons from neuroscience can help practitioners overcome many barriers to conflict resolution.

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September 7, 2016

What’s behind US opioid addiction?

On Michigan Public Radio via the BBC, Andrew Kolodny comments on the root causes of the current opioid epidemic.

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September 6, 2016

Doonan reviews book on Obamacare and Federalism

In Publius, Michael Doonan provides a critical review of "Obamacare Wars Federalism: State Politics and the Affordable Care Act" by Béland, Rocco and Waddan.

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September 5, 2016

What happened to the Hyatt 100, and why we should care

In this Boston Globe Labor Day op-ed, Janet Boguslaw and Margot Trotter Davis revisit the Hyatt 100 to learn the long-term effects of their dismissal by the hotel chain in 2009.

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September 4, 2016

In Greater Boston, a lopsided geography of affordable housing

Data from the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy's project, diversitydatakids.org, form the foundation of this Boston Globe article on the landscape of affordable housing in the metro area.

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September 4, 2016

This Labor Day: Think Big

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that the U.S. could improve employment and jobs prospects by investing in national infrastructure and converting service sector jobs to middle class jobs.

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September 1, 2016

Moms say, “Don’t make policy about us, without us!”

In the Huffington Post, Lisa Dodson and colleagues' interviews with low-income mothers reveal a disconnect between policy and practicality.

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September 1, 2016

FDA heightens warning about drug combinations

In the Wall Street Journal, Andrew Kolodny says heightened opioid warnings may raise awareness, but what's really needed are upper-dose limits.

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September 1, 2016

With bike locks, activists chain themselves to City Hall at demonstration

Sonia Kikeri, MA COEX/MBA'17, quoted in the Harvard Crimson's coverage of a Black Lives Matter protest for affordable housing at Cambridge City Hall.

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September 1, 2016

Should Prostitution Be Legal?

In a blog post for WalletHub, Rajesh Sampath explores arguments for and against the legalization/decriminalization of prostitution.

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August 29, 2016

Mother battles pill scourge that claimed son

In USA Today's Courier-Journal, Andrew Kolodny commends the power of advocates who have lost family members in the fight against opioid addiction and overdose.

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August 29, 2016

Trumpism could be more dangerous than Trump

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner considers how a "clash of grievances" among different groups of U.S. voters may keep Trump's message alive after the November election, regardless of its outcome.

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August 29, 2016

Mass. budget gap has no easy fixes

In the Boston Globe, Stuart Altman weighs in on the state's growing Medicaid costs.

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August 23, 2016

Stopping the Russian roulette against democracy

In the Huffington Post, professor Alain Lempereur argues that many governments are gambling on the strength of their democracies.

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August 23, 2016

Education crowdfunding: An engine of good that could move us toward equity

In the Huffington Post, Sillerman Center research associate Stephanie Hurley, MBA'16, questions online crowdfunding platforms that support public education.

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August 22, 2016

Combat exposure among Army women - What are the consequences?

In the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies blog, Rachel Sayko Adams and Mary Jo Larson describe recent research on trauma and PTSD for women in combat.

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August 22, 2016

Hopes and fears accompany launch of Pa.'s new overdose-prevention tool

In Philly.com, Peter Kreiner of the Institute for Behavioral Health comments on Pennsylvania's use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs.

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August 19, 2016

Studies show that hot weather brings out the worst in us

In the Globe and Mail, Clemens Noelke's research on the effects of hot weather on well-being suggests that global warming may have a negative emotional impact.

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August 17, 2016

They love me, they love me not: How the agriculture sector can woo today's youth

USAID published a blog post by alumna Eliza Chard, MBA/MA SID'16, on how the development sector can make agribusiness a more attractive option for youth in developing countries.

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August 15, 2016

Will Trump fire himself?

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner explores the rumors that Trump may drop out of the presidential race, and what might happen if he does.

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August 12, 2016

Counterterrorism doesn’t need more strategy, it needs action

In the Huffington Post, alumni Naveed Noormal, COEX'16 and Karina Valenzuela, COEX'16, argue that more tangible action is needed at the grassroots and international level to fight terrorism.

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August 11, 2016

Women in combat, like men, at risk for PTSD

In Reuters, Rachel Sayko Adams' recent study demonstrates that women exposed to military combat are more likely to screen positive for post traumatic stress disorder.

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August 11, 2016

What happens to developmentally disabled as parents age, die?

In PBS NewsHour, Susan Parish weighs in on the need for public services to meet the changing needs of adults with developmental disabilities as their lifespans increase and family sizes decrease.

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August 10, 2016

Anita Hill: 'We've come a long way since then'

Professor Hill speaks with NPR's Morning Edition about the ways in which the U.S. continues to grapple with workplace sexual harassment today, 25 years after the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings.

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August 10, 2016

Can global warming impact happiness?

Clemens Noelke’s recent study shows that higher temperatures reduce emotional well-being.

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August 4, 2016

Aetna is notifying some doctors about their drug-dispensing habits

In the Washington Post, Andrew Kolodny weighs in on the insurance giant's new tactic for decreasing excessive opioid prescribing.

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August 4, 2016

Obamacare is making mental healthcare better for some

In the Atlantic, PhD student Tim Creedon's recent study shows that while the Affordable Care Act has improved behavioral healthcare access, it hasn't reduced racial and ethnic disparities.

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August 3, 2016

A new social contract

In the Stanford University Press blog, Jody Hoffer Gittell says that in order to tackle inequality, businesses, workers and the public sector need to come together.

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August 3, 2016

Behavioral health organizations say providers are lukewarm on medication-assisted treatment.

In Behavioral Health, Sharon Reif says that we need to change negative public perceptions around using medications to treat addiction.

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August 2, 2016

Glass ceiling and class ceiling: Can Hillary smash both?

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner proposes that Hillary Clinton must fight for more progressive pocketbook issues in order to appeal to a broader audience.

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August 1, 2016

Opioid dependence leads to ‘tsunami’ of medical services, study finds

In Kaiser Health News, Andrew Kolodny comments on recent research which reveals a 3,000 percent increase in medical services for those with opioid dependence diagnoses from 2007 to 2014.

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August 1, 2016

Worrying about money is tough on wallets and wrinkles

In Gizmodo, Margie Lachman's research shows that long-term financial stress actually increases the effects of aging on appearance.

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July 28, 2016

Elisa Morales' research on images in voluntourism marketing and her advice for more ethical photography

NGO Storytelling interviews Heller alumna Elisa Morales, MA SID/MBA'16, on her research on the photos that are commonly used to market voluntourism, and the implications they may have on host communities.

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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 on 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.

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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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