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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 topic areas, the Heller School welcomes media inquiries.

Heller in the News

December 16, 2014

Can government policies correct race and ethnicity disparities in child health?

On PBS NewsHour, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia and Pamela Joshi discuss their recent study of the racial and ethnic equity of federal policies impacting child health.

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December 11, 2014

Stuart Altman explains what a Tufts-Boston Medical Center merger would mean for Massachusetts' healthcare system

The Health Policy Commission chair talks with Radio Boston about the potential union.

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November 30, 2014

The Cheap Oil Curse

Lower oil prices promote increased use of carbon fuels when we should be investing in substitutes, writes Robert Kuttner in the Huffington Post blog.

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November 24, 2014

Finding alternatives to opioids for service members and veterans with chronic pain

Senior scientist Mary Jo Larson wins $3 million to evaluate alternatives to highly addictive prescription painkillers.

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November 22, 2014

How will you retire? Half of us have nothing saved, and many others far too little

The Institute on Assets and Social Policy's Tatjana Meschede offers her perspective in a Providence Journal article.

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November 20, 2014

Healing invisible scars

Two Heller students join forces to help children in war-torn Lebanon let go of hatred.

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November 16, 2014

Ebola in West Africa: The outbreak's impact and a look to the future

Heller School professors assess the virus' effect on health care systems and the economy.

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November 13, 2014

Department of Labor hosts Center for Youth and Communities conference, "Enough is Known for Action"

The conference focused on efforts to employ, educate and support youth.

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November 12, 2014

Heller joins Brandeis in going global during International Education Week

Activities and events celebrate diverse cultures throughout the world.

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November 12, 2014

Jennifer Lee selected for Ruderman fellowship

Heller's Susan Parish directs the Ruderman Program.

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November 11, 2014

Heller Student Recognized by Max Warburg Courage Curriculum

Iman Abdul-Musawwir, MA-COEX/MBA'15, traveled with a classmate to Lebanon to help implement the curriculum in two schools.

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November 11, 2014

Child Opportunity Index outlined at Health Affairs event

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia discusses the new measurement tool that rates the quality of opportunities for children on a neighborhood and regional level.

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October 28, 2014

Ruderman Scholars committed to improving the lives of people with disabilities

Susan L. Parish, director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, heads the Ruderman Program.

Heller News Release

October 26, 2014

Remembering Attila Klein

Klein, a member of the Brandeis faculty for over 40 years, has died at the age of 84, following a long illness.

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October 7, 2014

Lisa Lynch appointed Brandeis provost

The Heller School dean and nationally renowned economist will become the university’s senior academic officer.

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October 6, 2014

Study: Dengue fever vastly underreported in India

Researchers from Heller's Schneider Institutes for Health Policy calculate the disease’s economic burden on India totals $1.11 billion annually.

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September 30, 2014

Ghanaian President John Mahama visits Brandeis

Heller's Sustainable International Development Program sponsored Mahama's visit to campus, where he celebrated Ghana's ties to Brandeis.

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September 16, 2014

Stopping America's hidden overdose crisis

Time Magazine quotes Heller's Peter Kreiner and discusses the work of Brandeis' Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence.

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September 15, 2014

Robert Reich awarded first Heller School Dean's Medal

The medal was awarded as part of Heller's 55th Anniversary Celebration.

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September 2, 2014

Spending on health care rises in Mass.

Heller health policy experts Stuart Altman and Michael Doonan comment on the latest reports in the Boston Globe.

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August 26, 2014

Segal Fellowship trains students to be citizen leaders

BrandeisNOW profiles this year's Fellows, which include two Heller students.

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August 21, 2014

5 disturbing stats on black-white inequality

CNN Money cites the Institute on Assets and Social Policy's research on the racial wealth gap as it relates to the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

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August 13, 2014

Education isn't enough for a just recovery

The sources of equality and prosperity mainly lie in areas other than education, Robert Kuttner writes in a Boston Globe opinion piece.

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August 1, 2014

New Web-based version of Heller Highlights published

Heller's research newsletter is now available in a convenient online format.

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July 24, 2014

Fernando Torres-Gil, MSW '72, PhD '76, Receives American Society on Aging's 2014 Hall of Fame Award

Read a conversation with Dr. Torres-Gil in ASA's newspaper Aging Today.

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July 7, 2014

Justices set up a slippery slope in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

Assistant Professor Theodore Johnson responds to the Supreme Court decision in a letter to the Boston Globe.

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June 26, 2014

Anti-slavery rescuer earns a hero’s recognition

U.S. Department of State honors Heller alumnus.

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June 17, 2014

N.E. governors convene, discuss opioid abuse crisis

Heller's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Center of Excellence will assist the New England states by analyzing data and recommending best practices.

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June 9, 2014

Troubled future for young adults on autism spectrum

Professor Susan Parish discusses young adults aging out of autism services on WBUR's CommonHealth blog.

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May 27, 2014

Summer Letter from the Dean now online

Read about Heller faculty, staff and student achievements, research news, events and more.

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May 13, 2014

Professor Stuart Altman Named 2014 Recipient Of The William B. Graham Prize For Health Services Research

The Prize recognizes the contributions of health services researchers who apply analytic methods to examine and evaluate the organization, financing, and/or delivery of health services.

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May 2, 2014

Heller recognizes faculty, staff excellence

Dean Lisa Lynch presents the Heller Teaching, Mentoring, and Staff Service Awards.

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April 25, 2014

Rwandan president meets with faculty and students

The Heller School's Sustainable International Development program and Coexistence and Conflict program sponsored President Paul Kagame's visit to Brandeis.

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April 24, 2014

Prescription monitoring data can reduce abuse, deaths

Brandeis's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence has issued a ground-breaking report recommending that medical insurers use prescription monitoring data to reduce overdoses, deaths and health care costs.

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April 20, 2014

To Reduce Inequality, Start With Families

The New York Times "The Great Divide" series cites research by Heller's Institute on Assets and Social Policy.

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April 4, 2014

Sexual harassment in America, then and now

Anita Hill discusses her new film “Anita” about the Senate’s confirmation hearing for Clarence Thomas in 1991 and the importance of confronting sexual harassment.

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April 1, 2014

Anita Hill steps back into the spotlight in documentary

In conjunction with the Boston opening of the documentary "Anita," the Boston Globe features Anita Hill in a front-page story.

Heller News Release

April 1, 2014

Angela Glover Blackwell: Achieving equity shows economic results

Inaugural Richman Fellow addresses graduate students, leads conversation with local leaders at Heller-sponsored events during her recent visit to Brandeis.

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March 27, 2014

Scholars focus on the rights of people with disabilities

Susan L. Parish, director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, oversees the Ruderman Social Justice in Disability Scholars Program.

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March 26, 2014

Latest issue of Heller Highlights is online

Read about recent research activities of Heller faculty and researchers, including publications, grant awards, and presentations.

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March 20, 2014

Ronny Zinner, trustee, vice-chair of Heller overseers

The Heller community mourns the passing of Rhonda Zinner, who with her husband, Michael, established the Zinner Forum in Heller's Schneider Building.

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March 20, 2014

"With Ronny, it was personal"

Read Dean Lisa Lynch's tribute to Rhonda Zinner, Brandeis trustee and vice-chair of the Heller Board of Overseers.

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March 12, 2014

New online database tracks wellbeing of US children

The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy launches new tool to analyze child wellbeing and equity across racial and ethnic lines.

Heller News Release

March 11, 2014

Groundbreaking new website launches, giving public access to measures of child wellbeing and equity throughout the U.S.

Diversitydatakids.org is the first nationally comprehensive, interactive tool for data and policy analysis on child wellbeing across racial and ethnic groups.

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March 11, 2014

Anita Hill Is Celebrated in the Documentary "Anita"

The NY Times feature story discusses the new documentary “Anita,” the story of the woman who brought sexual harassment into public awareness.

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March 3, 2014

Brandeis team ready to tackle worldwide challenge

Heller students are members of the team competing in the regional finals for the 2014 Hult Prize.

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February 28, 2014

Nomination period for Heller Awards extended to March 7

Heller students and recent alumni may submit nominations for the Heller Teaching and Mentoring Awards; the entire Heller community may submit nominations for the Heller Staff Service Award.

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February 18, 2014

A Necessary Hero

Brandeis Magazine profiles Van Ta, MA/SID '12, who uses old-fashioned detective work and modern technology to rescue human-trafficking victims sold into prostitution and sweatshop labor, and bring their abusers to justice.

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February 13, 2014

Apprehensive, Many Doctors Shift to Jobs With Salaries

The New York Times quotes Heller Senior Fellow Robert Mechanic, Executive Director of the Health Industry Forum.

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February 10, 2014

Are you Generous U?

Philanthropic student groups vie for $10K in Sillerman Center’s upcoming competition.

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February 3, 2014

Charity Doesn't Always Begin at Home: Student Philanthropy Experience Path to Future Giving

On her latest post for the Huffpost blog, Claudia Jacobs discusses a recent report from the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy.

Heller in the News

January 30, 2014

Inaugural Ruderman Scholars selected

The Ruderman Social Justice in Disability Scholars Program, co-sponsored by Heller's Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, is an opportunity for Brandeis undergraduates with an interest in disability issues to expand their knowledge and experience in the field.

Heller in the News

January 24, 2014

Study shows disparities in aging across state

Heller's Massachusetts Health Policy Forum collaborated on the report, which was presented at its January 24 meeting.

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January 20, 2014

Health care maven

Heller professor A.K. Nandakumar takes on a newly developed policy position in USAID.

Heller News Release

January 20, 2014

Heller School Team advances to regional finals of fifth annual Hult Prize

Top-tier schools go head-to-head in world’s largest student competition, competing for $1 million in start-up funding to solve President Clinton’s Healthcare Challenge.

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January 16, 2014

Three reasons to raise the federal minimum wage

Dean Lisa Lynch shares her thoughts on the Fair Minimum Wage Act, proposed legislation that would incrementally raise the federal minimum hourly wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016.

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January 10, 2014

Weak job growth, unemployment drop signal "unwinding" of labor participation

Dean Lisa Lynch discusses the December 2013 jobs report on PBS' NewsHour.

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January 10, 2014

Unemployment's slow drip: Top economists on the 2013 jobs record

On PBS' Business Desk blog, Dean Lisa Lynch discusses the increasing number of people dropping out of the work force.

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December 23, 2013

So you've survived cancer, now what?

Samantha Watson ’01, MBA ’06, helps young adult survivors tackle life after disease.

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December 17, 2013

Allyala K. Nandakumar appointed to U.S. Agency for International Development

Professor Nandakumar, Director of Heller's Institute for Global Health and Development, will continue to teach courses at Heller.

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December 16, 2013

Brandeis institute to use $2.9m grant to launch website featuring child wellbeing data

Heller's Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy will inaugurate diversitydatakids.org in January.

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December 4, 2013

MBA grads find way to serve and thrive

The Boston Globe spotlights Heller social entrepreneurs.

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