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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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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.

Heller News Release

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller News Release

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.

Heller News Release

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.

Heller News Release

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller News Release

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.

Heller News Release

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.

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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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller News Release

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller News Release

June 27, 2016

Increasing inclusive care

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

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

May 22, 2016

The Libertarian Party could provide insurance for Hillary Clinton

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

Heller News Release

May 22, 2016

Stories of justice prevail at commencement 2016

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

Heller News Release

May 22, 2016

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

Read a transcript of her speech.

Heller News Release

May 22, 2016

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

Read a transcript of his speech.

Heller News Release

May 22, 2016

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

Read a transcript of her speech.

Heller News Release

May 22, 2016

MPP Commencement Speaker: Brian Kennedy, MPP'16

Read a transcript of his speech.

Heller News Release

May 22, 2016

MS Commencement Speaker: Pamela Titi, MS'16

Read a transcript of her speech.

Heller News Release

May 22, 2016

PhD Commencement Speaker: Michelle Shain, PhD'16

Read a transcript of her speech.

Heller News Release

May 22, 2016

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

Read a transcript of his speech.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller News Release

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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).

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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).

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller News Release

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.

Heller News Release

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.

Heller News Release

April 29, 2016

Cultivating resilience among Bolivian farmers

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

Heller News Release

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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."

Heller in the News

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.'

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

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.

Heller in the News

March 30, 2016

Cuba after Obama: One Cuban-American’s hope

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

Heller in the News

March 28, 2016

Sanders, socialism and the shafted generation

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

Heller in the News

March 28, 2016

The second racial wealth gap

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

Heller News Release

March 25, 2016

And opportunity for all

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

Heller in the News

March 24, 2016

How the on-demand economy threatens workers and democracy

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

Heller News Release

March 24, 2016

Follow the money

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

Heller in the News

March 23, 2016

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

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

Heller in the News

March 23, 2016

What the next president should do about the racial wealth divide

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

Heller in the News

March 23, 2016

Williamson: Vignettes from a coal town

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

Heller in the News

March 23, 2016

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

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

Heller News Release

March 21, 2016

On the frontlines

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

Heller in the News

March 18, 2016

After five years, some Syrian refugees succeed against all odds

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

Heller News Release

March 16, 2016

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

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

Heller News Release

March 16, 2016

A Painful Price

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

Heller in the News

March 15, 2016

Alain Lempereur gives keynote address at APEX conference in Montreal

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

Heller in the News

March 15, 2016

Free trade on the campaign trail

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

Heller in the News

March 14, 2016

Hooked on heroin: Did the FDA enable the epidemic?

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

Heller in the News

March 8, 2016

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

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

Heller in the News

March 4, 2016

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

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

Heller in the News

March 4, 2016

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

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

Heller in the News

March 3, 2016

Proposed legislation jeopardizes welfare of children with disabilities

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

Heller in the News

March 3, 2016

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

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

Heller in the News

March 2, 2016

Striking out

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

Heller in the News

March 1, 2016

Rapid evidence reviews for health policy and practice

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

Heller in the News

February 29, 2016

Trump, Berlusconi, Hitler and the Populist Moment

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

Heller News Release

February 29, 2016

New EMBA for physicians program off to a healthy start

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

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February 26, 2016

Ways to curb recidivism among young people weighed at Statehouse

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

Heller News Release

February 24, 2016

Heller Forward Welcomes Spring With Community Day

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

Heller in the News

February 23, 2016

Avoid withdrawal symptoms from prescription painkillers

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

Heller in the News

February 22, 2016

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

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

Heller News Release

February 19, 2016

Robyn Powell receives Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award

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

Heller in the News

February 14, 2016

The problematic legacy of Justice Scalia

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

Heller in the News

February 12, 2016

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

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

Heller in the News

February 12, 2016

A new direction for juveniles serving life sentences

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

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February 11, 2016

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

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

Heller in the News

February 9, 2016

Baring it all for campaign finance reform

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

Heller in the News

February 8, 2016

Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever?

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

Heller in the News

February 8, 2016

Generation Sanders

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

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February 5, 2016

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

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

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February 5, 2016

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

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

Heller News Release

February 4, 2016

How health systems respond to Zika

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

Heller in the News

February 3, 2016

Increasing judicial power and diminishing democratic will in America

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

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February 2, 2016

Unpaid family leave is leaving the sandwich generation behind

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

Heller News Release

February 2, 2016

Constitutionality and LGBTQ rights in India

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

Heller News Release

February 1, 2016

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

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

Heller News Release

January 25, 2016

Solving complex social challenges with relational coordination

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

Heller News Release

January 21, 2016

Heller is home to expertise on the opioid crisis

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

Heller News Release

January 19, 2016

How student debt impacts the racial wealth gap

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

Heller News Release

January 7, 2016

Nurse practitioner patients less costly to Medicare than physician patients

First national study contradicts previous research on health care costs.

Heller News Release

December 22, 2015

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

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

Heller News Release

December 21, 2015

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

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

Heller in the News

December 10, 2015

Seniors respond to healthy aging survey with vigor

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

Heller in the News

December 7, 2015

How ISIS and Donald Trump enable each other

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

Heller News Release

December 7, 2015

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

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

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