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February 27, 2017

73% of overdose deaths in 2015 were from opioids

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

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February 24, 2017

Are recreational marijuana and opioid addiction linked?

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

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February 24, 2017

Seven ideas for curing toxic inequality

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

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February 23, 2017

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

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

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February 23, 2017

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

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

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February 22, 2017

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

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

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February 22, 2017

Root causes of the age-old wealth gap for Blacks

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

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February 21, 2017

Could mandatory database curb opioid abuse?

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

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February 21, 2017

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

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

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February 21, 2017

Health insurers make it easier for doctors to prescribe addiction treatment

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

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February 17, 2017

Price of drug that saves overdose victims soaring out of reach

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

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February 17, 2017

Fostering transformative leadership and peaceful plurality in the age of Trump

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

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February 17, 2017

Gun control shouldn't mean stigmatizing the mentally ill

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

Heller News Release

February 17, 2017

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

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

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February 15, 2017

Why study global development in the isolationist age of Trump?

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

Heller News Release

February 15, 2017

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

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

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February 14, 2017

Addiction treatment grew under health law. Now what?

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

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February 14, 2017

Understanding cost disparities in dengue-endemic countries

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

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February 14, 2017

The big reason whites are richer than blacks in America

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

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February 14, 2017

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

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

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February 8, 2017

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

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

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February 8, 2017

America's ongoing opioid crisis

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

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February 7, 2017

I’m a Syrian doctor who treated patients in Aleppo

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

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February 7, 2017

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

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

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February 7, 2017

The racial wealth gap is not going to improve

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

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February 7, 2017

Attending college doesn’t close the racial wealth gap

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

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February 6, 2017

NJ opioid story: From football field to addiction

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

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February 3, 2017

The role of research in the age of Trump

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

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February 2, 2017

A window into 2000s-era doctor shopping

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

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January 29, 2017

Can marijuana help New York kick its opioid habit?

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

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January 29, 2017

The inevitability of impeachment

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

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January 24, 2017

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

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

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January 19, 2017

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

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

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January 17, 2017

Improving lives, improving communities

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

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January 16, 2017

METCO at 50

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

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January 15, 2017

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

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

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January 14, 2017

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

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

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January 13, 2017

Opinion: Narrowing the racial wealth gap

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

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January 11, 2017

The right to learn, earn, and live

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

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January 11, 2017

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

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

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January 11, 2017

Opioid addiction: A matter of black and white?

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

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January 9, 2017

How Jeff Sessions could threaten the disability rights movement

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

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January 6, 2017

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

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

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January 5, 2017

Why you should study public policy in the age of Trump

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

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January 4, 2017

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

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

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January 2, 2017

We need a review site for psychiatric hospitals

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

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January 1, 2017

Impeaching Trump

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

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