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$2.9 million granted to Heller Institute for child wellbeing data web site, launched by the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at the Heller School is important new resource to the child and family field.

Massachusetts Health Policy Forum at Heller unveils report showing disparities in aging across the state

The report, sponsored in collaboration with the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, indicates that the health and well-being of Massachusetts seniors varies widely by location.

Ruderman Scholars Program created in conjunction with Heller's Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Ruderman Social Justice in Disability Scholars Program offers an opportunity for Brandeis undergraduates with an interest in disability issues to expand their knowledge and experience in the field.

Institute on Healthcare Systems works with State of Vermont

Health care reform in Vermont aided by Schneider Institute researchers at Heller.

Dean Lisa Lynch provides commentary, activism on current U.S. economic issues

Dean Lynch discussed the employment reports on PBS NewsHour and Business Desk blog. She is involved in efforts to raise the minimum wage.

Professor A.K. Nandakumar appointed Chief Economist at U.S. AID

Professor Nandakumar, who continues to teach economics and direct Heller's PhD Program, was appointed chief economist for global health in the Office of Health Systems, Bureau for Global Health in the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Margaret McKenna appointed to the Boston School Committee

The Visiting Professor of the Practice at the Sillerman Center was appointed by outgoing Mayor Thomas Menino on Menino's last day in office.

Mari Fitzduff's book, Public Policy in Shared Societies, hits shelves

"Public Policies in Shared Societies" includes chapters by Heller faculty TIjs van Maasakkers and Heller student Rebecca Herrington. Professor Fitzduff was a featured Heller Author Series presenter in December.

Alan Melchior and Cathy Burack co-edit new Service Learning journal

The inaugural issue of the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, with Heller PhD student Jodi Benenson as co-editor, was published in Fall 2013.

Susan Parish Appointed Associate Dean for Research at Heller

Parish succeeds Constance Horgan, Director, Institute for Behavioral Health, under whose leadership Heller developed its research newsletter Heller Highlights.

Laurence Simon in India

Professor Simon lectured about Paulo Freire. He has also been appointed to the 2014 Boren National Nominating Panel for the National Security Education Program Fellowships.

Claudia Jacobs blog appears in Huffington Post

Sillerman Center's Claudia Jacobs blog, Charity Doesn't Always Begin at Home: Student Philanthropy Experience, Path to Giving, announces the publication of the Center's report, Engaging a New Generation of Philanthropists

Heller Diversity Forum focuses on achieving diversity, equity

Brandeis President Frederick M. Lawrence and Professors Anita Hill and Ted Johnson were among the speakers at "The State of Diversity" event.

"Symposium on Norms, Institutions and Labor Standards"  was organized by Dean Lisa Lynch and Larry Mishel from the Economic Policy Institute. The symposium featured a keynote address by Alan Krueger, former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, and the Heller event was attended by over fifty academics, trade unionists, represen- tatives from workers' rights organizations, policy makers, and students.

Indian activist Sukahdeo Thorat was hosted at Heller to discuss his work with oppressed communities in India.

Prof. Dr. Recep Akdag, former Turkish Minister of Health, presented "Health System Strengthening to Achieve Universal Coverage: The Case of Turkey."

Lurie Distinguished Lecture: The Political Arithmetic of Disability and the Family."

The Annual Lurie Distinguished Lecture was held in October. Glenn T. Fujiura, PhD, Professor of Human Development in the Department of Disability at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the editor-in-chief of the journal Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities was the featured speaker.

The Tuesday Talks Series continues  as a showcase for the work of Heller faculty and researchers. Recent presentations include:

Robert Mechanic, Palmira Santos, Darren Zinner: "Implementing Health Reform- Tales from the Front Lines"

Alison Earle: "International Perspectives on Work-Family Policies"

Christine Bishop: "The Commission on Long Term Care: Search for a Consensus Policy Space"

Margaret McKenna: "A Progressive's Journey at Walmart"

Thomas McLaughlin: "To Compete, First Collaborate"

Heller PhD student takes third prize in APPAM's capstone competition

Graham Wright was recognized by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management for "Cliff Effects in Massachusetts Subsidized Child Care."

See the Capstone Presentation video

PhD student in the running for the
PMF fellowship

Drew Zachary is a semi-finalist for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship.

MA-SID student awarded fellowship for practicum

Arina Chithavong, MA-SID '15, has been awarded a fellowship by the German government through the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for the 2014-2015 year. The purpose of the award is to pursue further experience in the field of international development during the SID second-year practicum.

Engaging a New Generation of Philanthropists: Findings from the Pay It Forward Student Philanthropy Initiative

Doctoral student, Jodi Benenson, a Sillerman Fellow completed the final work for publication which is available on as well as in hard copy on request. Benenson along with Andrew Hahn, and former staff, Erika Moldow.

Heller team advances to regional finals for Hult Prize

Top-tier schools go head-to-head in the world's largest student competition, competing for $1 million in start-up funding to solve President Clinton's Healthcare Challenge. The Heller team includes Rachael Gold-Brown, MA-SID/COEX '15; Melissa Nazareno, MBA '14; and Di Luo, MA-SID, exchange student from Beijing Normal University, China.

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