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July 18, 2017

Anne Douglass, PhD'09Massachusetts early education programs are in peril

In a Boston Globe op-ed, Anne Douglass, PhD'09, writes about the challenges facing early education centers.

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July 17, 2017

How tapering off opioids can help people with chronic pain

On WTVR TV, Andrew Kolodny comments on a recent study indicating that chronic pain patients who taper off opioids can have a better quality of life without them.

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July 13, 2017

At Tufts Medical Center, pressure to cut costs in a city rich with hospitals

In the Boston Globe, Rob Mechanic details the economic pressures that hospitals like Tufts Medical Center are currently facing to keep costs low.

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July 13, 2017

‘Secondary drug industry’ booming amid opioid epidemic

In Healthline, Andrew Kolodny comments on the proliferation of drugs used to treat opioid side effects and addiction.

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July 10, 2017

Amount of opioids prescribed in U.S. has been falling since 2010

In Kaiser Health News, Andrew Kolodny argues that although opioid prescriptions have been falling, we still have a very long way to go.

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July 10, 2017

How Trump gives protectionism a bad name

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner analyzes the president's stance and attitudes towards international trade deals.

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July 9, 2017

With new interactive tool, Heller students help Americans understand how they will be affected by the Senate’s health care proposal

Am I Still Covered? is a non-partisan website that explains how your health care costs could change under the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).

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July 6, 2017

As auto industry downshifts, American labor stalls

On WNYC, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld weighs in on recent short-term slumps in the U.S. auto industry and the changes in car ownership that younger generations appear to be adopting.

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July 6, 2017

Increase in health care costs slowing, but Mass. still among most expensive states for care

On WBUR radio, Stuart Altman describes the balancing act of trimming health care expenses in his role on the Mass. Health Policy Commission.

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July 5, 2017

Lots of employees get misclassified as contractors. Here’s why it matters.

In the Harvard Business Review, incoming Heller Dean David Weil explores the implications of employee misclassification for workers as well as for companies like Uber.

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July 5, 2017

Trump nominates Indiana health commissioner to be U.S. surgeon general

In Modern Healthcare, Andrew Kolodny comments on the nomination of Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as the 20th U.S. surgeon general, and the impact he may have on the nation's opioid addiction epidemic.

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June 29, 2017

A Yelp for psychiatric facilities

In Undark, PhD student Morgan Shields comments on the need for patient input and improved oversight on quality of care at inpatient psychiatric facilities.

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June 29, 2017

Cheer up, Democrats

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that although Democrats have lost all four special elections this year, they've made significant gains compared to past elections.

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June 29, 2017

America’s failed response to the opioid epidemic, in one statistic

In Vox, Andrew Kolodny compares the U.S. opioid epidemic to New York's response to fighting tobacco: both require restricted access to substances as well as increased access to treatment and alternatives.

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June 29, 2017

Toxic Inequality: How America’s wealth gap destroys mobility, deepens the racial divide, and threatens our future

Tom Shapiro discusses his latest book, focused on America's yawning racial wealth gap, on the Majority Report with Sam Seder.

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June 29, 2017

Announcing the new director of the Segal Citizen Leadership Program

Susanna Flug-Silva comes to Heller from the Massachusetts Service Alliance, where she managed the Commonwealth Corps year-of-service program.

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June 28, 2017

How could the 21st Century Cures Act and the Joint Commission improve eating disorder care?

In the Health Affairs Blog, PhD student Morgan Shields explores the work that must be done to provision high-quality eating disorder care under both existing and proposed health care legislation.

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June 28, 2017

3 ways the Senate health care bill would make one of America’s deadliest public health crises worse

In Vox, Andrew Kolodny notes that proposed cuts to Medicaid would severely impact the opioid epidemic.

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June 28, 2017

How media coverage of health care protests by people with disabilities missed the point

in Rewire, PhD student Robyn Powell argues that press coverage of last week's protests ignored the consequences that people with disabilities will face if the proposed health care bill passes.

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June 27, 2017

Health care, Medicaid cuts and the opioid crisis

On WBUR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Andrew Kolodny comments on the opioid addiction epidemic in lieu of the Senate's recent proposed health care reform bill.

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June 26, 2017

Senate takes a swing at health care

In WBUR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Heller's Stuart Altman helps parse out the effects of the proposed Senate health care bill.

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June 22, 2017

Equitable Growth in Conversation: David Weil

Equitable Growth interviews future Heller Dean, David Weil, in their recurring series on how economic inequality affects economic growth and stability.

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June 21, 2017

Toxic Inequality

On Slate's podcast The Gist, Tom Shapiro explains the rationale behind the title of his most recent book, Toxic Inequality.

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June 21, 2017

Addiction experts say GOP proposal to replace Medicaid spending won’t help

In STAT News, Andrew Kolodny argues that while losing Medicaid coverage would be detrimental to the opioid crisis, addiction treatment access is already incredibly low.

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June 19, 2017

As opioid panel meets, some say action, not study, is needed

In the New York Times, Andrew Kolodny comments on the steps that President Trump has taken in response to the opioid addiction epidemic.

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June 19, 2017

Robert Kuttner: "What will it take to Dump Trump?"

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner speculates on several ways in which Donald Trump might depart the office of the presidency.

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June 19, 2017

Can we do away with "inspiration porn"?

In Dame Magazine, PhD student Robyn Powell describes how mainstream media coverage of people with disabilities can undermine disability-rights advocacy work.

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June 13, 2017

FDA wants to yank an opioid painkiller over concerns about abuse

In STAT News, Andrew Kolodny considers the effects of pulling Opana ER off the market, and what could happen if Endo Pharmaceuticals fights the FDA's decision.

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June 13, 2017

That $9.99 find at T.J. Maxx? It might raise questions about labor practices

In the Boston Globe, future Heller Dean David Weil comments on the Labor Department's efforts to enforce department stores' compliance with labor regulations.

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June 12, 2017

Ending child abuse and maltreatment in the U.S.: What we know and how to move forward

In the Huffington Post, Zion Griffin, MA SID'17, interviews Suzin Bartley, executive director of the Children’s Trust, an organization with a mission to stop child abuse in Massachusetts.

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June 9, 2017

'Wow.' in a first, FDA requests an opioid be pulled from the market

In Forbes, Andrew Kolodny comments on the FDA's recent move to pull Opana ER off the market, and the steps he thinks they should take to remove other prescription opioids as well.

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June 9, 2017

The faceless boss: A look into the Uber driver workplace

For NPR, future Heller Dean David Weil voices his disagreement with Uber's position that its drivers are independent contractors--not employees.

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June 9, 2017

Trump officials quietly scrap Obama-era plan to protect fast food workers

In the Washington Post, future Heller School Dean David Weil defends Obama-era labor policies intended to protect franchise employees.

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June 8, 2017

How market forces and bias displaced African Americans in Portland, Ore.

In KGW Portland, Tom Shapiro describes the barriers to homeownership in Portland, Ore. for the city's black residents.

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June 8, 2017

Global justice and moral obligations to alleviate world poverty

Rajesh Sampath will offer a talk at this summer's Brandeis Alumni College on global ethical arguments to alleviate world poverty.

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June 8, 2017

Nearly five million children in U.S. would lose Medicaid eligibility under ACA repeal

In WBUR's All Things Considered (minute 93:25) Erin Hardy describes the effect that ACA repeal would have on poor black and Hispanic families.

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June 7, 2017

Worst epidemic in U.S. history?

In Democracy Now!, Andrew Kolodny comments on the opioid crisis, now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.

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June 7, 2017

In Florida, 88,000 Black and 118,000 Hispanic kids would lose coverage under Obamacare repeal

In the Miami New Times, research from ICYFP shows that nearly five million U.S. children would lose coverage if the ACA is repealed, with Black and Hispanic children disproportionately affected.

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June 5, 2017

Addicted to Profit?

In the premiere of NBC's new, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly," Andrew Kolodny comments on a company that produces and markets prescription fentanyl, contributing to the epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose.

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June 5, 2017

Anita Hill urges San Diego lawyers to take a stand against inequality

Anita Hill's gave the keynote address at the Lawyers Club of San Diego's annual banquet, encouraging attorneys in the audience to use their skills to better the conditions of underprivileged citizens.

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June 5, 2017

What's behind the high cost of caring for seniors?

On Wisconsin Public Radio, Christine Bishop talks about the economics of making long-term medical care affordable for an aging and elderly population.

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June 4, 2017

Waiting for lefty: The deeper meaning of Corbyn and Brexit

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner examines the rapidly changing political dynamics of the British snap election, and the surprising surge in popularity for Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party.

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June 1, 2017

Making leave affordable

In the Huffington Post, Maura Baldiga and Pamela Joshi discuss the implications of unpaid family and medical leave, and suggest policy solutions to consider.

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June 1, 2017

To counter opioid crisis, NIH pushes researchers to invent more drugs

In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Andrew Kolodny comments on the steps the NIH and other institutions are taking to curb the opioid epidemic.

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June 1, 2017

Why irrational politics appeals

On BYU Radio's Matt Townsend show, Mari Fitzduff discusses her new book on irrational politics and the appeal of Donald Trump.

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May 31, 2017

Heller startup WorkAround selected for MassChallenge accelerator

WorkAround, a company founded by Wafaa Arbash, SID/COEX'17, Shai Dinnar'20, Jennie Kelly, SID/MBA'17, and Shadi Sheik Saraf SID/COEX'17 was chosen for the MassChallenge accelerator in Boston. WorkAround is an online platform that connects refugees with companies to deliver online micro tasks.

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May 31, 2017

How effective are PDMPs?

In Behavioral Healthcare Executive, Peter Kreiner contributes to the conversation on prescription drug monitoring programs, and the difficulty of evaluating their impact on drug prescribing, abuse and overdose.

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May 31, 2017

Americans may be worried about inequality, but they don’t think the government should do anything about it

Quartz media reports on research by Graham Wright, MPP'13, PhD'15, showing that when public concern for economic inequality rises, support for redistributive government policies do not follow suit.

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May 30, 2017

How to stop prison’s revolving door

In CommonWealth Magazine, Mary Brolin and co-author Janice Yost argue that a Worcester County prisoner reentry program shows promising results to reduce recidivism and save money.

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May 30, 2017

Heller School researchers estimate that 5 million children will lose Medicaid eligibility under ACA repeal

According to an analysis conducted by the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) at Brandeis University, undoing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have a significant impact on many school age children in the U.S.

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May 26, 2017

Taking Aim at America’s Opioid Crisis

How a team of researchers from the Institute for Behavioral Health is pointing policymakers in a more effective direction.

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May 26, 2017

Watch City/La Ciudad del Reloj

Building a dual-immersion language program in Waltham public kindergarten.

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May 26, 2017

In the Age of Trump

Faculty from Heller’s academic programs respond to the new presidential administration’s policy agenda.

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May 25, 2017

At the intersection

Heller's new Executive MBA for Physicians program aims to improve health care by helping doctors take the lead.

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May 25, 2017

Who’s With Me in the Classroom

In the Summer 2017 issue of Heller Magazine, professor and Sillerman Center Director Susan Eaton shares the lessons she keeps close to heart that she learned from her former teachers and mentors.

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May 24, 2017

Trump’s budget makes it official: he’s doing little to nothing about the opioid epidemic

In Vox, Andrew Kolodny comments on the president's budget proposal and its failure to adequately address the growing opioid epidemic in the U.S.

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May 21, 2017

Commencement 2017: “We are ready to change the world!”

Hear from the commencement ceremony's program speakers and see photos from the weekend festivities.

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May 21, 2017

MA COEX Commencement Speaker: Shadi Sheikh Saraf, MA SID/COEX’17

"Living in a country tied up in revolution, war, economic crises and decades of sanctions motivated me to devote my life to the betterment of people’s lives, humanitarian assistance, conflict prevention and post-conflict healing."

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May 21, 2017

MA SID Commencement Speaker: Mahmoud Nabulsi, MA SID’17

"It might sound crazy, but to me the only reason that I would leave my home country of Jordan was to come to Heller."

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May 21, 2017

MBA Commencement Speaker: Steven Siegel, MPP/MBA’17

Siegel celebrated three years of sobriety on the day before commencement. “I am fighting for my recovery, and I am fighting for a socially just society,” he said.

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May 21, 2017

MS Commencement Speaker: Ly Nguyen, MS’17

"What is often forgotten is what makes America wonderful: the infusions of different cultures and people that creates a more robust and thriving country."

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May 21, 2017

PhD Commencement Speaker: Bevin Croft ’03, MPP’10, PhD’17

"Three degrees, two children and one dissertation later, I leave Brandeis an earnest young-ish woman, still passionate about social justice. My commitment to a more equitable world has never wavered."

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May 21, 2017

EMBA Commencement Speaker: Dr. KMarie Reid

Reid offered three lessons she learned about future leadership: lead with fairness and compassion; follow your passion; and resilience is necessary for success.

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May 19, 2017

Could a cluster of startups incubate peace in the Mideast?

In the Boston Globe, leaders of Our Generation Speaks make a case for their program: a summer startup incubator for Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs held each summer at the Heller School.

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May 19, 2017

Will Macron move left, or feed populist anger?

In Alternet, Robert Kuttner analyzes France's recent election and Britain's upcoming vote in the context of broader centrist politics in Europe.

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May 19, 2017

How our tax code makes inequality worse

In this interview on Bill Moyers, Thomas Shapiro reveals how the commonly-held assumption that the poor receive the most subsidies from the government is mistaken.

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May 19, 2017

What everyone should know about opioids

In Refinery29, Andrew Kolodny provides a broad overview of opioid addiction, causes of the epidemic and treatment solutions.

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May 18, 2017

Scholar and former Obama appointee David Weil named dean of the Heller School

Weil, a BU professor, formerly served as administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. He will join the Heller School community as dean on August 14.

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May 18, 2017

Video: Is inequality tearing apart our democracy?

In an interview on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, Thomas Shapiro describes how the racial wealth gap between black and white people in the United States has nearly tripled in the last three decades.

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May 18, 2017

Myths and Facts for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

In the Society Pages, researchers from ICYFP's diversitydatakids.org project describe the diversity of the Asian American experience when examined by national origin and across geographic areas.

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May 18, 2017

National school lunch program threatened: Students need healthy, nutritious food

In the Huffington Post, Heller scientist and lecturer Lindsay Rosenfeld and co-authors from the NOURISH project argue for USDA to retain healthy school food regulations and offer recommendations to improve food waste in schools.

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May 18, 2017

Our Generation Speaks wins innovation award

The Our Generation Speaks program (held every summer at Heller) was named winner of a 2017 New England Innovation Award by the Smaller Business Association of New England.

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May 16, 2017

Trump administration missing mark on opioids, advocates say

In USA Today, Andrew Kolodny voices concern on the Trump administration's follow-through on campaign promises to address the opioid epidemic.

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May 15, 2017

Leading scholar joins Mosakowski Institute at Clark University

Alumna Margaret Post, PhD'08, will join Clark University as a research assistant professor, sharing her expertise on how grassroots organizations influence policy change.

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May 12, 2017

Thomas Shapiro speaks at the City Club of Portland, Oregon

In the Club's Friday Forum series, Shapiro describes the growing racial wealth gap and its connections to homeownership and cycles of poverty in the United States.

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May 11, 2017

Trump's health secretary says addiction meds are "substituting one opioid for another"

In Mother Jones, Andrew Kolodny comments on common misconceptions about opioid addiction treatment methods.

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May 11, 2017

How we treat disabled mothers

In The Establishment, PhD student Robyn Powell articulates the multiple layers of bias and discrimination that disabled women face when it comes to motherhood.

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May 11, 2017

Battling asbestos, one step at a time

In Inside Story, Wiranta Ginting, MA SID'15, advocates for asbestos workers and victims in Indonesia, where he leads the Local Initiative for Occupational Health and Safety Network.

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May 11, 2017

Thomas Shapiro on the growing racial wealth gap and how to reduce it

Professor Tom Shapiro speaks with PolicyLink president Michael McAfee about the drivers of the racial wealth gap and potential policy solutions.

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May 10, 2017

With Health-Care Bill, GOP Forgets That People With Disabilities Vote

In Rewire, PhD student Robyn Powell argues that disability party is no longer the bipartisan issue it had been historically.

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May 9, 2017

Many missed the home ownership boat

In the Portland Tribune, Tom Shapiro discusses racial wealth inequality in the context of homeownership patterns across the nation.

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May 8, 2017

The power of a simple idea

In a TEDx Rochester talk, Jody Hoffer Gittell describes the power of relational coordination in building better work environments.

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May 4, 2017

In autism arrest, the only thing new was the video

In a CNN editorial, PhD student Finn Gardiner contributes to the discussion on how autistic children - especially children of color - are disproportionately suspended, expelled, mistreated and sent to juvenile detention.

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May 4, 2017

Congressional representatives warn WHO of OxyContin maker's global push

In the LA Times, Andrew Kolodny comments on his hope that a bipartisan letter from U.S. congressional representatives to the WHO will curb the international expansion of Perdue Pharma.

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May 4, 2017

Ambedkar bust inaugurated at Brandeis as the university hosts its third annual conference on caste

In India New England News, the Center for Global Development and Sustainability received attention for the unveiling of a bronze bust of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, principal architect of the India's constitution.

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May 4, 2017

Heart of darkness: Caste or color? Both spark hostilities in India

In the cover story for India Abroad, Rajesh Sampath comments on the relationship between caste oppression, racism, and skin tone oppression in India.

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May 4, 2017

An unexpected detour from ivory tower to action research

In the Huffington Post, Jody Hoffer Gittell describes how her career trajectory has moved from traditional academia to collaborative research with practitioners.

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May 2, 2017

Brandeis awarded bust of Indian legal champion

In BrandeisNOW, Laurence Simon acknowledges the honor paid to the University, which received a bronze bust of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, father of the Indian constitution.

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April 26, 2017

Trump is not off to a good start with opioid addiction

Andrew Kolodny's op-ed in The Hill argues that Trump's appointments to the FDA and the Office of National Drug Control Policy have financial ties to the opioid industry, and are unlikely to tackle overprescribing.

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April 25, 2017

Anti-caste advocates to be honored at Brandeis University

In Two Circles, the Center for Global Development and Sustainability's third annual Conference on Caste will honor advocates and include the installation of a bust of Dr. Ambedkar in the university library.

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April 25, 2017

Surgeon General Murthy's departure paints uncertain path ahead for opioid crisis

In Modern Healthcare, Andrew Kolodny expresses concern that the surgeon general's departure could represent a setback for the push against overprescribing opioid painkillers.

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April 25, 2017

Anita Hill: Sexual harassment is a cultural problem

On MSNBC, Anita Hill applauds the progress the U.S. has made on sexual harassment in the workplace, while arguing that there's still much work to be done.

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April 24, 2017

Syria & responsibility to protect: A path away from hypocrisy

In the Worcester Telegram, Ted Johnson examines President Trump's recent decision to bomb a Syrian air base in conjunction with the international diplomacy principle of Responsibility to Protect, or R2P.

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April 21, 2017

Anita Hill and Ellen Pao on workplace harassment

For Bloomberg, Anita Hill joins Ellen Pao in a video interview about how to increase and maintain diversity in the workforce and diminish workplace harassment and discrimination.

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April 20, 2017

50+ Autistic people you should know

In NOS Magazine, PhD student Finn Gardiner provides a diverse, curated list of autism advocates for readers to follow and learn from.

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April 20, 2017

Anita Hill: No more excuses for sexual harassment

In USA Today, Anita Hill gives a rare interview on the slowly changing landscape of sexual harassment in the workplace, commenting on high-profile cases including Ellen Pao, Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes, and Bill Cosby.

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April 19, 2017

Trump's pick for 'Drug Czar' hauled in thousands of dollars from drug distributors he wrote bill to protect

In the International Business Times, Andrew Kolodny comments on Pennsylvania's Rep. Tom Marino, who is widely expected to be named director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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April 19, 2017

How the airlines became abusive cartels

In the New York Times, Robert Kuttner describes how deregulating the airline industry in 1978 has created inefficiencies and opportunities for abuse.

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April 13, 2017

Trump's rumored pick for drug czar panned by addiction experts

In Modern Healthcare, Andrew Kolodny comments on the rumor that President Trump will nominate U.S. Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania to lead efforts to curb drug addiction.

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April 13, 2017

How did America's wealth inequality reach this level of toxic?

In Alternet, Thomas Shapiro shares an adapted excerpt of his new book, "Toxic Inequality: How America's Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide and Threatens Our Future."

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April 12, 2017

'Drugged': Big Pharma, the FDA, and the opioid crisis

On Fox News, Andrew Kolodny speaks with Tucker Carlson on pharmaceutical companies' role in the opioid epidemic.

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April 11, 2017

Enhancing opportunities for international students

Joan Dassin ’69 is pioneering research on the impacts of international scholarships on social change.

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April 11, 2017

Striking grand bargains

Joel-Cutcher Gershenfeld calls for negotiated change in the world’s largest, most complex institutions

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April 11, 2017

Convening for the Commonwealth

The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum connects stakeholders with the research and information they need to improve the state’s health care system.

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April 11, 2017

Shameful care at inpatient psychiatric facilities

PhD student Morgan Shields’ research seeks to uncover abusive practices and advocate for more robust surveillance systems.

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April 11, 2017

The impact of combat exposure among female soldiers

Heller researchers reveal the findings of the largest study of deployed women ever conducted.

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April 10, 2017

Anita Hill on workplace harassment

On NPR, Anita Hill discusses Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, who has lost support from advertisers after reports about sexual harassment.

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April 10, 2017

On the origins of America's racial wealth divide, and the endpoint of toxic inequality

On the radio program This Is Hell, Thomas Shapiro explains how the racial wealth gap is driven by policy and how we might seek to correct it.

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April 6, 2017

Fox News, Bill O’Reilly and how to stop companies that tolerate harassment

In the Washington Post, Anita Hill pens an op-ed arguing that consumers and employees must demand accountability from companies to abide by laws that govern workplace behavior.

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April 6, 2017

Oxycontin maker launches initiative to tackle opioid crisis in North Carolina

In the Triad Business Journal, Peter Kreiner comments on Perdue Pharma's recent initiative to curtail opioid abuse with a drug take-back program.

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April 6, 2017

Donald Trump's pick to oversee Big Pharma is addicted to opioid-industry cash

In the Intercept, Andrew Kolodny argues that the U.S. is in desperate need of an FDA commissioner who will take on the opioid lobby.

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April 3, 2017

Needed: A Democratic shadow cabinet

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner proposes that the Democratic party appoint a bench of spokespeople to hold weekly press briefings on a variety of policy issues in opposition to President Trump's cabinet.

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March 31, 2017

Mass. lowers caps on health care spending

In Boston Business Journal, Stuart Altman discusses the Health Policy Commissions' decision to lower the health care industry's annual cost growth threshold in the state of Massachusetts.

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March 31, 2017

Trump opioid commission leaves out key stakeholder

In Modern Healthcare, Andrew Kolodny argues that the president's commission on combating drug addiction and the opioid crisis should include a representative from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which is tasked with regulating prescription drugs.

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March 30, 2017

When it comes to reproductive rights, both pro-choice and pro-life arguments must evolve

Rebecca Huber, MPP/MA WGS'18, argues that advocates on both sides of the reproductive rights issue are missing the mark.

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March 24, 2017

Sustainability: A new path to corporate and NGO collaborations

In the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Josh Cramer-Montes, MA SID/MBA'16, says shifting corporate social responsibility trends, untapped nonprofit value, and pressing development challenges holds tremendous potential for driving social impact.

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March 22, 2017

Son Doong, the world's largest cave: Why we should fight to save it

In Ryot News, Huong Le, MBA/SID'17, explains the dilemma surrounding this UNESCO World Heritage site, located in a poor region of Vietnam, and argues for its preservation.

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March 20, 2017

Aggregation presents a rare opportunity

In the Newton TAB, Eric Olson encourages residents to take green energy to the next level with community choice aggregation.

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March 20, 2017

Psych Ward Reviews shows the dire state of mental health care in the U.S.

In the Daily Dot, PhD student Morgan Shields comments on the quality standards for psychiatric wards in the United States.

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March 20, 2017

Why black families struggle to build wealth

In the Atlantic, Tom Shapiro explains why in the United States it’s harder for African Americans to climb the economic ladder and to sustain their progress.

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March 17, 2017

This duo cycled over 1,000km in India to promote proper waste disposal

In the Huffington Post, Sanjeeta Singh Negi, SID'07, describes cycling 10 days from Gujarat to New Delhi to promote solid waste management in India.

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March 16, 2017

What the House GOP health bill would mean for Mass.

Kayla Scire, MPP/MBA'18, speaks with WBUR about the impact that the GOP's health care bill could have on her insurance coverage.

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March 14, 2017

Federal advisory panels agree Opana's risks outweigh benefits

In USA Today, Andrew Kolodny argues that calling reformulated prescription opioids like Opana "abuse deterrent" is misleading, because making them hard to crush does not actually deter abuse.

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March 14, 2017

Community leaders convene for International Women’s Day

In The Justice, student Taylor Rippy, COEX'18, contributes to a community discussion on International Women's Day and the theme "be bold for change."

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March 14, 2017

“We can’t go back to Romneycare”: How an ACA repeal endangers Massachusetts

In Boston Magazine, Stuart Altman comments on how the repeal of Obamacare could impact the Commonwealth's healthcare system.

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March 13, 2017

Missouri PDMP fight reignites debate over national program

In Modern Healthcare, Peter Kreiner and Andrew Kolodny comment on the ongoing debate over state-level prescription drug monitoring programs.

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March 13, 2017

Higher interest rates – Oh, goodie!

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner speculates on the likelihood that the Federal Reserve Bank will soon increase interest rates - and argues for why it shouldn't.

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March 13, 2017

As drug deaths soar, mayor offers plan to cut toll

In the New York Times, Andrew Kolodny comments on Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to increase opioid addiction treatment options and availability in New York City.

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March 10, 2017

In Mass., federal funds at risk under GOP health care proposal

In the MetroWest Daily News, Michael Doonan comments on the challenges that the Commonwealth may face should Congress approve the GOP proposal.

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March 10, 2017

The man in the middle

Professor Ted Johnson of the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence program leads mediators-to-be in navigating difficult conversations to drive positive outcomes for all parties.

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March 9, 2017

Lurie Institute for Disability Policy Names Monika Mitra as Interim Director

Mitra will take over from Susan Parish, who is leaving Heller to become dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University, on March 15.

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March 6, 2017

The search for Trump's smoking gun

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that an explicit quid pro quo arrangement between President Trump and the Russian government, if it exists, may be difficult to find.

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March 6, 2017

Until it honors disabled performers, the Oscars can never truly be diverse

In the Establishment, PhD student Robyn Powell argues that Hollywood should make a more concerted effort to include actors with disabilities.

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March 6, 2017

Palestinian alumnus has dedicated his life to peace

The Washington Post features a profile of Palestinian expatriate Yousef Bashir, MA COEX'15, now working on Capital Hill to promote peace and give back to the United States.

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March 6, 2017

GOP healthcare bill uses smokescreen of “personal responsibility” to abandon pre-existing condition protections

In the Huffington Post, Jared Hite, MBA/MPP'16, argues that abandoning health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions would be dire for both patients and the healthcare system.

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March 3, 2017

US - Mexico watershed partnership takes off

Josh Ellsworth's project with the Rio Laja watershed is featured in the International River Foundation blog.

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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.

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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.

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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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