2019

Indians Discuss Caste In America: Disparate Voices On A Divisive Issue

Heller in the News
March 18, 2019

On WGBH, Jaspreet Mahal, MA SID'17, discusses her experiences being married to a Dalit and sitting on a Brandeis committee charged with creating by-laws to prohibit, for the first time, caste discrimination on a university campus.

Will fewer opioid prescriptions help kick the crisis?

Heller in the News
March 18, 2019

On PBS NewsHour, Andrew Kolodny comments on a new study that shows doctors are less likely to write first-time opioid prescriptions to patients than they were nearly seven years ago.

State officials concerned about health care billing surprises

Heller in the News
March 18, 2019

In the Lowell Sun, Stuart Altman says surprise billing, when patients face unexpected charges, is a very important issue for the Health Care Financing Committee.

The Heller School at Brandeis University rises in national rankings to number seven

Heller News Release
March 12, 2019

U.S. News and World Report recognizes Heller as top graduate school for social policy

Progressive Voice: We Know How You Can Cure White Guilt

Heller in the News
March 12, 2019

In an op-ed piece in ARL Now, IASP's report, "The Racial Wealth Gap: Why Policy Matters" is cited as a resource for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to learn more about racial disparities.

Pioneering alumnae honored at YaleWomen Excellence Awards

Heller in the News
March 12, 2019

Yale Alumni News covers the YaleWomen Excellence Awards, which honored Anita Hill at an event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Rajesh Sampath on race relations and demographic shifts

Heller in the News
March 11, 2019

On CPL radio's show "Bridge the Divide," Sampath discusses generational differences and demographic trends in national conversations on race and social justice.

Laurie Nsiah Jefferson Leads Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy as New Interim Director

Heller in the News
March 05, 2019

Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson '80, PhD'06, says the position provides the opportunity to work with and connect with a diverse set of stakeholders.

Beth Israel And Lahey Merger Now Officially Complete

Heller in the News
March 05, 2019

On WBUR, Stuart Altman joins the Morning Edition to talk about the merger.

Unwise and unnecessary: Opioids for wisdom teeth extractions

Heller in the News
March 05, 2019

In the Washington Post, Andrew Kolodny says dentists and oral surgeons are the number one prescribers of opioids to teenagers.

WGBH series examines "Caste in America,” including at Brandeis

Heller in the News
March 01, 2019

Brandeis Now discusses Larry Simon's feature in WGBH, where he discusses how he's led the charge for Brandeis to become a rare American university to ban caste discrimination.

Quincy chamber urges employers to fight opioid epidemic

Heller in the News
March 01, 2019

In the Patriot Ledger, PhD student Heidi Sulman says 55 percent of substance users hold down full-time jobs and urges employers to be allies in the fight to curb the opioid epidemic.

Beth Israel Lahey Health Is Set To Become Official

Heller in the News
March 01, 2019

On WBUR, Stuart Altman says a major challenge will be merging two large systems with distinct ways of doing business and providing health care.

Report: Child Poverty Could Be Cut In Half Over 10 Years, At A Hefty Price

Heller in the News
March 01, 2019

On KTEP, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia discusses the latest report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

A Future with a Non-white Majority

Heller in the News
February 28, 2019

On the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show podcast, Rajesh Sampath discusses what it's like when a majority becomes a minority.

Child Poverty Rate Could Be Cut in Half in Next Decade Following Proposals in New Expert Report

Heller in the News
February 28, 2019

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, co-authored by Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, provides policy and program packages that could cut the child poverty rate by as much as 50 percent.

Congress Takes A New Look At The Safety Net For Older Adults

Heller in the News
February 28, 2019

In Forbes, the Institute on Assets and Social Policy’s Senior Financial Stability Index is cited in a piece about how Congress can improve the federal safety net for older Americans.

Caste Bias Isn't Illegal In The United States. But This University Is Trying To Fight It

Heller in the News
February 28, 2019

On WGBH, Larry Simon discusses how he's led the charge for Brandeis to become a rare American university to ban caste discrimination. Jaspreet Mahal, MA SID'17, is quoted about her experiences with caste on campus.

Anita Hill Gave the Oscars After-Party Scene Its Most Meaningful Moment

Heller in the News
February 26, 2019

Vogue writes about Anita Hill attending the Oscars 2019 After-Party.

How Can Asia Unleash the Potential of Youth?

Heller in the News
February 26, 2019

In the Diplomat, read about Pharady Kao, MA SID'20, her life in Cambodia and why youth like her want their voices heard.

FDA takes fresh look at whether opioids are effective for chronic pain

Heller in the News
February 26, 2019

In the Washington Post, Andrew Kolodny says five years later, we don’t have the studies and another FDA commissioner says, ‘We’re going to do the studies.’

Anita Hill says nation's divisions today require 'radical commitment to equal protection under the law'

Heller in the News
February 25, 2019

In News Ok, Anita Hill says it's hard to imagine we could have found so many ways and categories to divide people.

These states have been hit the hardest by the opioid epidemic

Heller in the News
February 25, 2019

In KSAT, Andrew Kolodny says to talk about solutions, you have to frame the problem the right way.

Did the FDA ignite the opioid epidemic?

Heller in the News
February 25, 2019

In CBS news, Andrew Kolodny says as the doses get higher, the treatment becomes more dangerous and the risk of death goes up.

More black investors should look to stock market to grow their wealth

Heller in the News
February 22, 2019

In CNBC, Financial Fountains CEO Lazetta Rainey Braxton cites IASP's 2014 study saying that African-American participation in the stock market contributes to the widening wealth gap between black and white households.

Boston Public Radio Full Show 2/20

Heller in the News
February 21, 2019

On WGBH, Robert Kuttner spoke talk about his recent article on the rise of radicalism in America.

Study: 'Alarming' number of people received restricted fentanyl

Heller in the News
February 20, 2019

In CNN, Andrew Kolodny calls a new study in JAMA that says the FDA and opioid manufacturers failed at multiple levels to adequately monitor the restricted use of fentanyl "very disturbing."

Trial and Error: Online Prep for Face-to-Face Programs

Heller in the News
February 20, 2019

Inside Higher Ed explores Heller's online Summer Institute program that helps prepare graduate students, especially international ones, before they arrive on campus.

Sparking Innovation via Social Justice

Heller News Release
February 19, 2019

Heller students win several major prizes at this year's SPARKTank pitch competition, which featured ventures from students across the Brandeis campus.

Discharged, Dismissed: ERs Often Miss Chance To Set Overdose Survivors On ‘Better Path’

Heller in the News
February 15, 2019

In KHN, Andrew Kolodny says there’s a lot of evidence that we’re failing to take advantage of this low-hanging fruit with individuals who have experienced a nonfatal overdose.

Attorney and Advocate Anita Hill Urges Engagement, Commitment to Social Change

Heller in the News
February 14, 2019

Delivering Lehigh University's MLK address, Anita Hill says she is encouraged by shifting cultural norms that now provide space for women to come forward.

Health policy commission recommends addressing drug pricing, hospital price variation

Heller in the News
February 14, 2019

In MassLive, Stuart Altman says the recommendations released in today’s report should be a blueprint for the Commonwealth to carry on the significant progress already made in reducing health care spending growth.

Pay Attention to This Little-Noticed Opioid Lawsuit in Oklahoma

Heller in the News
February 14, 2019

In PEW research Andrew Kolodny says the relatively low prevalence of fentanyl in Oklahoma’s illicit drug market, resulted in the state’s overdose deaths dropping by 7 percent in 2017.

Inaugural class of Starr Fellows launched at Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

Heller News Release
February 12, 2019

New program will help undergraduates develop knowledge and experience in disability research and policy, and fellows will participate in local disability community events and have the opportunity to contribute to a peer-reviewed publication.

Crackdown on opioids has its own victims: People who need them to live

Heller in the News
February 12, 2019

In Yahoo News, Andrew Kolodny says many Americans became opioid-addicted starting in the mid-’90s, because doctors began to prescribe very aggressively.

Diverse, Efficient and Comforting: A Grad Student's Take on Waltham

Heller News Release
February 11, 2019

Daniella Fernandes, MBA/MA SID'19, shares her favorite discoveries in the town of Waltham.

Famed activist Anita Hill speaks on campus

Heller in the News
February 11, 2019

In The Brown and White, Anita Hill says injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Anita Hill outlines vision for ending sexual violence

Heller in the News
February 11, 2019

In WFMZ news, Anita Hill says change begins with us taking up the mantle.

The truth about Trump’s ‘economic miracle’

Heller in the News
February 07, 2019

In the Boston Globe, David Weil and Robert Kuttner are quoted in an opinion piece that disputes President Trump's assertions that the United States is in the middle of an economic boom.

Democracy for Sale

Heller in the News
February 06, 2019

In the Nerve, Teyei Pam, MA SID'17, discusses election violence and vote buying in Nigeria, as well as possible solutions.

Anita Hill honored by Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce at Pinnacle Awards

Heller in the News
February 04, 2019

In the Boston Globe, read about the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce honoring Anita Hill with a lifetime achievement award.

An Especially Poisoned American Dream

Heller in the News
February 04, 2019

In the Big Easy magazine, Tom Shapiro says, the American wealth narrative is not simply about individual hard work, discipline, and savings, but about opportunities for homeownership and segregation.

OxyContin maker accused of pushing pills for profit

Heller in the News
January 30, 2019

On MSNBC's Katy Tur show, Andrew Kolodny says he welcomes the civil lawsuit against the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, but would like to see them held criminally responsible as well.

Innovation holds water in dry parts of state

Heller in the News
January 30, 2019

The India Times' Pune Mirror covers SID student Resham Sethi, who won accolades at IIT Bombay’s Techfest for co-creating NeerChakra, an efficient water transportation device for drought relief.

An Inside Look at Health Policy in Massachusetts

Heller News Release
January 28, 2019

Graduate students get unique access to state policymakers at the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum’s annual student forum.

Opioid company executives set to go on trial in Boston Monday

Heller in the News
January 28, 2019

In the Boston Globe, Andrew Kolodny says he welcomes the prosecution of the Insys executives and said it could be a deterrent to other opioid manufacturers.

Yale and UConn are among recipients of Sackler family money now confronting questions about the opioid crisis and Purdue Pharma

Heller in the News
January 28, 2019

In the Hartford Courant, Andrew Kolodny says they should look at money from Sacklers the same way one might look at money from a drug cartel.

Big City, Bigger Impact 

Heller News Release
January 25, 2019

Daniella Fernandes, MBA/MA SID'19, shares her experiences at the Sesame Workshop, Citigroup and Common Impact during the Heller Career Trek to New York City.

“Conversation with the Dean” Tackles Impeachment, Treason and the Mueller Investigation

Heller News Release
January 24, 2019

Former U.S. Attorney and Senior FBI Official Chuck Rosenberg offers his views based on decades of experience in federal law enforcement

What Trump and Pelosi can learn from a different kind of shutdown that crippled the nation

Heller in the News
January 24, 2019

In the Conversation, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld co-authors a piece that lays out lessons from a 2015 dockworkers dispute that could apply to the current government shutdown.

Heller Research Team Receives $3 Million to Expand Impact of Child Opportunity Mapping Project

Heller News Release
January 22, 2019

Three-year grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation furthers project led by Dolores Acevedo-Garcia on diversitydatakids.org.

Sins of the Past

Heller in the News
January 22, 2019

In Proto mag, Andrew Kolodny says if a doctor in 2018 escalates an opioid dose and that patient dies, there should be an investigation.

Calling the Resistance

Heller in the News
January 22, 2019

In The New York Times, Robert Kuttner says a new phase has begun, in which the president is willing to start bargaining.

Pharma Spending on Doctors Is Correlated With Opioid Deaths

Heller in the News
January 22, 2019

In WIRED, Andrew Kolodny says right now, there is no data, and drug companies are relying more and more on health care professionals.

Why Trump Will Lose The Government Shutdown Fight

Heller in the News
January 22, 2019

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner says public opinion is getting away from Trump, both on the case for the wall and on citizen weariness with the government shutdown.

Hope in the opioid crisis? Overdose deaths appear to be leveling off as states intensify efforts to save lives

Heller in the News
January 22, 2019

In USA Today, Andrew Kolodny says every year for 23 years, we’ve set a new record for overdose deaths.

Purdue cemented ties with universities and hospitals to expand opioid sales, documents contend

Heller in the News
January 16, 2019

In STAT, Andrew Kolodny says Mass. General should not have renewed its agreement with Purdue in 2009.

Exactly How Bad Is Trump At Making Deals? Even Worse Than You Think.

Heller in the News
January 15, 2019

In HuffPost, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld says Trump’s negotiating style contradicts all the best practices in negotiation.

I prefer that you say I'm "disabled"

Heller in the News
January 15, 2019

In Dame Magazine, Robyn Powell says she prefers the term "disabled" over "special needs," which indicates that the needs of the disabled are extra.

What People With Disabilities Should Expect From the New Congress

Heller in the News
January 15, 2019

In Rewire.News, Robyn Powell says Democrats have a lot of work to do to combat the Trump administration's attacks on disability rights over the last two years.

Dean Weil and the fissured workplace featured in South Korea’s SisaIn magazine

Heller News Release
January 11, 2019

During his trip to Seoul in December, Dean David Weil spoke at length with SisaIn magazine about his tenure as the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2014 to 2017.

The Rape of an Arizona Woman in a Coma Is Not an Isolated Incident

Heller in the News
January 11, 2019

In Rewire.News Robyn Powell says this is another example of the pervasive issue of sexual assault against people with disabilities as well as Native women.

Anita Hill brings #MeToo perspective to Elon

Heller in the News
January 10, 2019

In The Times News, Anita Hill says we have to come to terms with the past — a past filled with denial and erasure of sexual harassment and assault.

Patient Safety During Inpatient Psychiatric Care: A Q&A with Morgan Shields

Heller News Release
January 07, 2019

PhD candidate Morgan Shields shares findings and recommendations from her article published in Health Affairs.

Educating the generations that are about to come

Heller in the News
January 07, 2019

In Rising Kashmir, Javaid Sofi, MA SID'20, says in an op-ed that it's essential for Kashmir to develop innovative curricula to educate its population for the new jobs of the next century.