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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.

Heller News Release

June 25, 2015

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, what's next?

Michael Doonan, director of the MPP program and executive director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, considers the ruling's impact and the road ahead.

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June 24, 2015

Responding to Governor Baker's Opioid Working Group recommendations

On behalf of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence, Tom Clark provides reactions to the working group's report and additional recommendations.

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June 19, 2015

Racial and caste oppression have many similarities

In The Conversation, Rajesh Sampath says the U.S. and India must learn that the mere assertion of a democratic society does not necessarily translate in to a free and equal one.

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June 17, 2015

Heller student and alumna raise their voices in D.C.

Alyssa Bogdanow, Hornstein MPP '16, and Meredith Grabek, Hornstein MBA '15, lobbied Congress on behalf of American Jewish World Service to pass legislation that combats violence against women and girls and advances the rights of LGBT individuals globally.

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June 10, 2015

Rajesh Sampath examines the role of the United Nations Ethics Office

In the UN Chronicle, Sampath says that we must turn to the actual language of the United Nations itself and how it envisions its own ethical framework to answer critical questions.

Heller News Release

June 8, 2015

IBH partners with Pew Charitable Trusts to co-sponsor research forum on state prescription drug monitoring programs

Scientists, practitioners and agency representatives discussed research applications and effectiveness of PDMPs, which are designed to halt prescription drug abuse.

Heller News Release

June 8, 2015

Professors Stuart Altman and Rajesh Sampath discuss the Affordable Care Act

Listen to the full audio recording or view excerpts from this conversation on the arguments opposing universal healthcare.

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June 4, 2015

Ricardo Godoy’s 20 year study in the Bolivian Amazon

The Heller anthropologist and professor discusses the decades he's spent measuring the effects of modernization on the Tsimane' indigenous society.

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June 4, 2015

When free speech comes at a cost on campuses

Assistant Professor Rajesh Sampath talks with HuffPost Live about how you protect free speech and intellectual freedom while being sensitive to students' emotions and expectations.

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June 3, 2015

Heller graduates largest group of PhD students in a decade

Explore the dissertations of the 25 doctoral students who walked at commencement this year.

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May 27, 2015

Rodrigo Moran, MA-SID '16, is an "innovator to look out for"

Innovators Peak includes Moran in its list of 5 top innovators aboard the Millennial Trains Project, a traveling incubator that transports entrepreneurs and changemakers across the U.S. via railroad every summer.

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May 24, 2015

The robots are coming! The robots are coming!

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that increased automation does replace human workers, but also creates the opportunity for new kinds of human jobs.

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May 19, 2015

Film tax credits force states into "perpetual competitive purgatory"

Robert Tannenwald tells the Huffington Post why bringing Hollywood to your hometown may be exciting, but it comes at a cost.

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May 17, 2015

Grand Theft Automated

In response to the recent New York Times exposé on labor conditions in nail salons, Robert Kuttner remarks on employer wage theft and the conditions under which it might be eradicated.

Heller News Release

May 17, 2015

Celebrating the Class of 2015

Watch the diploma ceremony, read the graduate speakers' speeches and see pictures from commencement weekend.

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May 13, 2015

Acting Sillerman Center director named new president of Suffolk University

Magaret McKenna came to Heller in 2013 after leading the Walmart Foundation.

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May 12, 2015

Women as the loyal opposition

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner shares observations on the "gendered nature of dissent" in U.S. financial sector reform and the Labour Party's recent loss in Britain's recent elections.

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May 11, 2015

IASP's Tatjana Meschede examines family financial transfers for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

In a new report, Meschede says that nonwhite households in Boston are significantly more likely to financially assist their relatives.

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May 7, 2015

Study: Half of Denver metro's Hispanic kids live in low-opportunity areas

Colorado Public Radio reports on the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy's Child Opportunity Index, which finds pervasive racial inequities for healthy child development in the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

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May 6, 2015

Anita Hill on chasing workplace equality

In an interview with Marketplace, Professor Hill discusses what gender equality in the office means today.

Heller News Release

May 1, 2015

Professor Allyala Nandakumar assesses President Obama’s pick for USAID leader

Nandakumar, who serves as USAID’s first chief economist, believes Gayle Smith is a strong nominee.

Heller News Release

April 29, 2015

How to give wisely for Nepal relief

Laurence Simon, director of the Center for Global Development and Sustainability, provides guidance for those who wish to contribute to Nepal earthquake recovery efforts.

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April 28, 2015

An inconveniently moral argument for the death penalty in the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev case

Assistant Professor Rajesh Sampath considers capital punishment for the convicted Boston Marathon bomber.

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April 28, 2015

President Obama's trade deals: a test for Hillary Clinton

In The Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner writes that it's time for the Democratic presidential candidate to take a stand if she wants to present herself as a forceful leader.

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April 28, 2015

Heller on the ground: SID students and alumni at the United Nations

Every year, sustainable international development master's students find opportunities to advance their careers at the U.N.

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April 21, 2015

Obama’s trade agreements are a gift to corporations

In this Boston Globe op-ed, Robert Kuttner questions President Obama's rationale for two contentious trade deals currently under negotiation.

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April 17, 2015

Heller's Anita Hill named university professor

A member of the Heller faculty and senior advisor to the provost, Hill receives one of the university's highest honors.

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April 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton: From symbolism to specifics

Robert Kuttner commends the presidential candidate's embrace of economic populism in her campaign launch video, noting that the real difficulty will be managing the fiscal interests of her Wall Street sponsors.

Heller News Release

April 10, 2015

An unfunded mandate: Are Massachusetts schools adopting new nutritional standards?

Lindsay Rosenfeld of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy explores the impact of this policy change on Massachusetts students and schools through the NOURISH study.

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April 9, 2015

Tom Shapiro talks with Houston Public Media about the Racial Wealth Audit

The Institute on Assets and Social Policy's director explains why homeownership can help close greater Houston's racial wealth gap.

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April 8, 2015

How to avoid the next Ellen Pao case

In Fortune, Professor Anita Hill says managers must cultivate workplaces where women and people of color are included and valued for their contributions.

Heller News Release

April 6, 2015

Repealing Massachusetts' film production tax credits

Read Adjunct Lecturer Robert Tannenwald's tax credits testimony to the state's Joint Revenue Committee.

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April 3, 2015

Civil rights advocate Julian Bond: “You’ve got to have a goal"

The former Georgia legislator and NAACP director joined a panel on contemporary civil rights movements.

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March 30, 2015

On campus safe spaces

Assistant Professor Rajesh Sampath responds to a New York Times story on "hiding from scary ideas" on college campuses.

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March 25, 2015

ICYFP's Child Opportunity Index reveals pervasive racial and ethnic inequities in America’s 100 largest metro areas

High concentrations of black and Hispanic children live in neighborhoods with the lowest opportunities for healthy development.

Heller News Release

March 25, 2015

The future of youth policy

A Heller class focuses on global policy related to a large, at-risk population: adolescents and young adults.

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March 24, 2015

Robert Kuttner: If Elizabeth Warren does run for president, she would surprise skeptics

In Boston Globe op-ed, Kuttner says Warren would take the Democratic Party's rank-and-file by storm.

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March 24, 2015

Minimum wage in Massachusetts is rising—but can you live on it?

Janet Boguslaw of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy tells WGBH radio that if you raise the minimum wage, society benefits.

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March 13, 2015

Low borrowing costs keep recovery in gear

Now is not the time for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, Robert Kuttner argues in a Boston Globe op-ed.

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March 11, 2015

Study says policies let inequality fester

The Boston Globe's Katie Johnston writes about the new Racial Wealth Audit tool developed by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy and Demos.

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March 10, 2015

White high school dropouts are wealthier than black and Hispanic college graduates. Can the Racial Wealth Audit fix that?

Washington Post's Michael Fletcher examines the new policy evaluation tool developed by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy and Demos.

Heller News Release

March 9, 2015

The Heller MBA and SID Social Entrepreneurs: Tackling Nothing Less than Global Poverty

For the third year in a row, a Heller-Brandeis team has advanced to the regional finals for the international Hult Prize Social Enterprise Challenge. It's just one of many instances of Heller students connecting social responsibility with entrepreneurial drive.

Heller News Release

March 6, 2015

On the Ground: Ebola Response in Liberia

Heller PhD candidate Elizabeth Glaser, who recently returned from Ebola response work in Liberia, will teach a March 20 and 21 seminar on "Ebola, Health Systems and Development" that will examine the economic and environmental tipping points that led to the disease's outbreak in West Africa.

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February 23, 2015

The enormous racial opportunity gap in America's cities

Vox reports on the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy's Child Opportunity Index, which finds pervasive racial inequities for healthy child development in the country's 100 largest metro areas.

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February 23, 2015

Is Your Neighborhood Healthy for Children?

CityLab discusses the Child Opportunity Index, developed by Heller's Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy.

Heller News Release

February 17, 2015

Celebrating Ten Years of Coexistence and Conflict

COEX's founding and current directors discuss the program's distinctive history and look forward to what's next.

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February 8, 2015

Will the recovery finally translate into better wages?

Job creation is increasing, but wages are not rising enough to improve living standards, Robert Kuttner writes in the Huffington Post.

Heller News Release

February 4, 2015

Opioid addiction caused by overprescribing, not recreational abuse, is key driver of painkiller and heroin overdose crisis

Researchers say that preventing new cases of opioid addiction caused by both medical and non-medical use and expanding access to opioid addiction treatment is the best plan to curb the epidemic.

Heller News Release

February 4, 2015

We need a super agenda to tackle superbugs

Drug resistant infections are turning into the biggest challenge that modern health systems will face in the near future. But what's the severity of the problem right now, and what can we do to address it?

Heller in the News

January 29, 2015

India has banned homosexuality, but it's better to be transgender there than in the U.S.

In Washington Post op-ed, Rajesh Sampath explains why America, despite recent gay rights successes, lags behind India on the transgender movement.

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January 26, 2015

A break from Greece's tragedy

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner writes that Greece's new leader is ready to fight back against European austerity regarding the country's severe financial debt.

Heller News Release

January 23, 2015

Will President Obama’s working families proposals work?

Pamela Joshi and Alison Earle of the Institute for Child, Youth, and Family Policy assess the president’s initiatives and their chances for success.

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January 19, 2015

Is President Obama just gesturing on social issues?

Robert Kuttner looks at the potential impact—or lack thereof—of themes in the president's State of the Union address.

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January 15, 2015

ICYFP's Lisa Dodson, PhD'93, says we don't fight poverty anymore

Writing in The Conversation, Dodson argues that wage responsibility is the elephant in the room.

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January 10, 2015

Leadership and the Art of Orchestra Conducting

Jon Chilingerian talks to Forbes.com about how managers can learn from orchestra conductors.

Heller News Release

January 9, 2015

Despite great need, pool of new, innovative psychotropic drugs is running dry

New study examines the medications under development, and why so few reach the market

Heller News Release

January 9, 2015

Melanie Allen, SID’15, Named a Switzer Environmental Fellow

Allen is one of 20 emerging leaders recognized for driving positive environmental change

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December 30, 2014

IASP research featured by Washington Post

Thomas Shapiro is cited in an editorial on the racial wealth gap.

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December 30, 2014

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo appoints Anya Rader Wallack, PhD'07, head of the state's health insurance exchange

Rader Wallack previously worked on health policy for two Vermont governors and on health care reform in Massachusetts.

Heller News Release

December 26, 2014

Recalling the Biggest Social Policy Developments of 2014

From a Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action in public higher education to the evolution of the Affordable Care Act, this year was full of pivotal decisions, advancements, and events.

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December 16, 2014

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

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia and Pamela Joshi talk with PBS NewsHour about the racial and ethnic inequity 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 20, 2014

Helping, in Just the Right Way

Sara Plachta Elliott, PhD'13, encourages youth-development experts to focus on what young people say they need.

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November 20, 2014

The Reality of the American Dream

Hannah Thomas, PhD'12, and Alexandra Bastien, MPP'12, devote their time to thinking about the human toll of the racial wealth gap and promoting policy solutions that strengthen financial security for individuals, families and communities.

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November 20, 2014

Real Lives, Real Dreams

Faith Behum, MPP'10, works to promote system change for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

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November 20, 2014

Bridging the Doctor-Patient Disconnect

Linda Long-Bellil, PhD'07, focuses on the health care and long-term service and support needs of people with disabilities.

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November 20, 2014

Big Data, Big Insights into Healthy Aging

Heller alums advance aging policy in Massachusetts with the Healthy Aging Data Report, which profiles 367 communities in the state.

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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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