The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

2019

California's gig economy bill won't just impact Uber drivers

Heller in the News
September 13, 2019

In Business Insider, David Weil says a labor market and economy that's more and more made up of independent contractors is one with lower pay, stagnating wages and growing earning inequality.

‘I’m not scared, I’m angry’: Public testimony overwhelmingly against UA consolidation

Heller in the News
September 13, 2019

KUAA references Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld's survey of students, staff, administrators and Alaska tribal leaders at University of Alaska Anchorage.

Mass. drivers are again taking on Uber over work status

Heller in the News
September 13, 2019

In the Boston Globe, David Weil says a new California measure classifying gig workers as employees could be an “inflection point” in the growing controversy over the rights of gig-economy workers.

California Passes Landmark Bill to Remake Gig Economy

Heller in the News
September 11, 2019

In the New York Times, David Weil says the new bill passed by California legislators that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees will have major reverberations around the country.

New Jersey Policy Perspective Announces New Senior Staff

Heller in the News
September 11, 2019

Insider NJ announces that New Jersey Policy Perspective has hired Nicole Rodriguez as research director, where she will guide NJPP’s policy vision and supervise policy staff.

Opinion: There’s a reason populists like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are gaining on Joe Biden

Heller in the News
September 11, 2019

In the LA Times, Robert Kuttner says populists Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are gaining on Joe Biden in the Democratic primary because they have the more compelling story of what ails America.

OxyContin maker filing for bankruptcy may shed light on wrongdoings

Heller in the News
September 10, 2019

In the Guardian, Andrew Kolodny says no deal is better than a bad deal when it comes to Purdue Pharma's settlement talks with states attorney’s general across the US over the nation’s deadly overdose crisis.

Massachusetts Health Policy Forum holds public forum on Western Mass opioid crisis

Heller in the News
September 09, 2019

In the Daily Collegian, PhD student Robert Bohler says it's very important to identify high-risk groups for opioid misuse in Western Massachusetts so that interventions can be tailored to meet their needs.

Report outlines why WMass struggles to combat opioid crisis

Heller in the News
September 09, 2019

In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Constance Horgan discussed the unique challenges in combating the opioid epidemic in western Massachusetts during the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum.

Forum Focused On Opioid Crisis In Rural Western Massachusetts

Heller in the News
September 09, 2019

On WAMC, Michael Doonan says drug addiction in small towns, such as those in western Massachusetts, touches many lives.

How the opioid crisis impacts western Mass. differently

Heller in the News
September 09, 2019

In WWLP, Michael Doonan says that in western Massachusetts, the rate of prescribing opioids is much higher than it is in eastern Massachusetts or other parts of the state.

Baseball Weighs Drug Policy Changes After Pitcher’s Autopsy

Heller in the News
September 09, 2019

In the Wall Street Journal, Andrew Kolodny says people in occupations where they’re prone to injury, like professional baseball players, are more likely to be exposed to opioids and are more likely to become addicted.

"The Stakes: 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy"

Heller in the News
September 09, 2019

On Public Radio Tulsa, Robert Kuttner discusses his new book and says Democrats must nominate and elect an economic progressive.

New Report Details Unique Challenges Facing Western Mass Communities in the Fight Against Opioids, Offers Support for Innovative and Proven Solutions

Heller News Release
September 06, 2019

The report found that while overdose deaths due to opioids have decreased in the Commonwealth as a whole, Western Massachusetts has experienced a sharp increase.

Heller MBA Team Consulting Project Diary Part 4: The Final Presentation

Heller News Release
September 04, 2019

Months of hard work boils down to the final TCP presentation. In the fourth chapter of the TCP diaries, students share their work in front of Social Impact MBA faculty members, stakeholders from TCP organizations and their family and friends.

A Free-Money Experiment Outside the Universal Basic Income Model

Heller in the News
September 04, 2019

In CityLab, David Weil discusses the innovative new Workers Strength Fund from the Workers Lab, which provides $1,000 in no-strings-attached grant funds to 500 gig workers in four cities—Dallas, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York City.

Robert Kuttner Outlines How a Progressive Populist Democrat Can Beat Trump in 2020

Heller in the News
September 04, 2019

On WMNF, Robert Kuttner discusses his new book and how Democrats must not just win in 2020, but win as economic progressives.

US opioid crisis: experts say payouts from drug makers ‘highly questionable’

Heller in the News
August 30, 2019

In the Guardian, Andrew Kolodny calls the Oklahoma court case judgment against Johnson & Johnson a landmark decision and says $572m will go a long way to address the state's opioid crisis, though more money would be helpful.

The debate Democrats have waited for: Joe Biden vs. Elizabeth Warren

Heller in the News
August 30, 2019

In the LA Times, Robert Kuttner says the debate between Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren shows the difference between someone proposing normalcy or continuity and someone proposing radical change.

Why high-skilled workers are worrying about wage theft

Heller in the News
August 30, 2019

At a the Kingsley Laffer Lecture at the University of Sydney Business School, David Weil says the 'fissuring' of business structures and workplaces fundamentally changes the nature of work and the employment relationship.

Uber, Lyft, DoorDash Put $90 Million to Possible Ballot War

Heller in the News
August 30, 2019

In Bloomberg, David Weil says denying app-based workers full employee protections would encourage companies to use technology as an excuse to evade hard-won standards.

Forum to examine opioid crisis in western Mass.

Heller in the News
August 28, 2019

In the Recorder, Michael Doonan says the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum will examine the rise in deaths from opioid use in Western Massachusetts during its September forum at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The first big opioids verdict is both big and small

Heller in the News
August 28, 2019

In Axios, Andrew Kolodny says the Oklahoma court case that found Johnson & Johnson liable for deceptive and false marketing of opioids is a landmark decision.

Johnson & Johnson’s Brand Falters Over Its Role in the Opioid Crisis

Heller in the News
August 28, 2019

In the New York Times, Andrew Kolodny says now that Johnson & Johnson has been held responsible for the opioids crisis, public scrutiny should shift to other opioid manufacturers as well.

Improving Patient Safety for Inpatient Psychiatric Care

Heller in the News
August 27, 2019

In the Regulatory Review, Morgan Shields says accreditation requirements for inpatient psychiatric facilities should include trauma-informed care measures.

Low Wages, Sexual Harassment and Unreliable Tips. This Is Life in America’s Booming Service Industry

Heller in the News
August 27, 2019

In Time Magazine, David Weil says we could have spent all of our time on tipped-minimum-wage enforcement because the violations are so pervasive but we were just scratching the surface.

Purdue Pharma to share data, intellectual property with Oklahoma center

Heller in the News
August 23, 2019

In the Stamford Advocate, Andrew Kolodny says this is money Purdue and the Sacklers (who own the company) have provided because the state of Oklahoma sued them for their role in helping to create a devastating public health crisis.

Wage theft now a problem for high-skilled workers

Heller in the News
August 23, 2019

In the Sydney Morning Herald, David Weil says the employment rights of highly skilled professionals are under threat with job insecurity now working its way up the skill ladder.

Why many employees feel devalued even in booming job market

Heller in the News
August 13, 2019

In AP, David Weil discusses shifts in corporate culture that have helped disrupt life for American workers, including outsourcing jobs not central to a company’s business.

Trump Wage Enforcers Use Obama Tool to Aid Protesting Miners

Heller in the News
August 13, 2019

In Bloomberg Law, David Weil says it's ironic that the Trump Labor Department is embracing the use of hot goods when he and the Obama administration were pilloried for using it.

These innovators are using tech to help translate speech for people with hearing loss

Heller in the News
August 13, 2019

Brandeis Now features a venture from Our Generation Speaks, unique 3-month fellowship program and incubator hosted at Heller that brings together Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs to build for-profit and not-for-profit ventures.

Workers going bust in booming economy

Heller in the News
August 13, 2019

The Boston Herald quotes David Weil's book, "The Fissured Workplace," on how contractors hire people at lower pay with fewer benefits and job protections and in some cases outsource work to still other companies.

Could Mediation Reduce Morocco’s Divorce Rate?

Heller in the News
August 09, 2019

In Morocco World News, Abdellah Azzouzi, MACOEX'20 says settling disputes and conflicts through mediation has been one of the options on the table in developed countries but is a relatively new option in Morocco.

What's behind the US government's massive spending on temp workers

Heller in the News
August 08, 2019

In CNN, David Weil says within government especially, he is concerned about temporary workers replacing the kinds of steady, secure professionals who could build a career and a life.

Opioid Patient Worth $200,000 a Year to Purdue, State Says

Heller in the News
August 08, 2019

In Bloomberg, Andrew Kolodny says OxyContin is one of the more potent opioids.

Cruz completes executive MBA for physicians

Heller in the News
August 08, 2019

In the Guam Daily Post, read about Michael Cruz who just completed Heller's EMBA for Physicians.

Post-Deployment Screening In The Military Health System: An Opportunity To Intervene For Possible Alcohol Use Disorder

Heller in the News
August 08, 2019

In Health Affairs, read a paper coauthored by Rachel Sayko Adams on unhealthy alcohol use in the military remaining a serious threat to health and military readiness.

The Heller School Receives INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine’s 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

Heller News Release
August 07, 2019

Heller’s MS in Global Health Policy and Management Program recognized as making a difference for underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Warren Draws Contrast on Debt Relief Plans

Heller in the News
July 31, 2019

In Inside Higher-Ed, Thomas Shapiro says despite whatever technical or policy differences might exist here, the issue of student debt cancellation has broken through to the public.

Catalysing leaders in the fight against social injustice

Heller in the News
July 31, 2019

In University World News, Joan Dassin says if you create the conditions for academic success, the social change outcomes will come.

Pete Buttigieg just called out Uber and McDonald's for their treatment of workers — and said beefing up unions is the best way to protect them

Heller in the News
July 31, 2019

The Business Insider references David Weil's book "The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What Can Be Done to Improve It."

Workplaces on front lines in opioid crisis

Heller in the News
July 31, 2019

The Gazette Net quotes a 2018 research brief by the Institute for Behavioral Health that talks about the opioid epidemic being a public health and economic emergency for the Commonwealth.

CMU Australia’s visiting Fulbright scholar’s research brings greater insights on controlling fruit-flies affecting South Australian crops

Heller in the News
July 31, 2019

In Australia.edu, Donald Shepard says thanks to the support of Carnegie Mellon University, he's been able to help the South Australian Government determine the best possible way to manage fruit-fly in terms of outcome, cost and benefit to consumers and producers using sterile insect technology.

Clyburn introduces bicameral legislation to erase student debt

Heller in the News
July 31, 2019

In Southstrand News, Thomas Shaprio says this legislation’s ability to lessen the racial wealth gap for families with student loans would be “formidable”.

Governor Names Arlington Resident To MassBay Board of Trustees

Heller in the News
July 31, 2019

The Framingham Source reports that governor Charlie Baker has appointed Liliana Silva, MMHS'92 to the MassBay Board of Trustees.

Heller Hosts System-Involved Youth at Summer Transition Hope Institute

Heller News Release
July 28, 2019

Heller School pilots the Summer Transition Hope Institute for Boston Public Schools students who have been involved in the juvenile justice system.

For autistic adults, a hospital stay carries high risk of death

Heller in the News
July 24, 2019

In Spectrum, Ilhom Akobirshoev says hospital records include valuable information, such as the circumstances under which a person was admitted to the hospital.

Ep 55: Self Advocacy

Heller in the News
July 24, 2019

On the Disability Visibility podcast, Finn Gardiner, MPP'18, Lurie researcher, talks about the self advocacy movement and what it means to be a self advocate.

Rob Mechanic Outlines Initiatives to Deliver Care to High-Need, High-Cost Patients

Heller in the News
July 24, 2019

In an interview with AJMC, Rob Mechanic says there’s been a growing movement to do home-based care. For these patients, if you can go into the home, meet them in the home or community, develop a trusting relationship, you learn so much about them.

Dominican Food, but Make it Vegan

Heller in the News
July 24, 2019

In the New York Times, Cecilia Flores, PhD'16, says a plant-based lifestyle can be out of reach for working-class communities because of food deserts, inaccessibility to resources such as farmer's markets or basic affordability.

Billions of opioids were shipped around Ohio in just 7 years

Heller in the News
July 24, 2019

In Ohio.com, Andrew Kolodny says many overdose deaths struck people in the prime of life.

Florida ‘pill mills’ were ‘gas on the fire’ of opioid crisis

Heller in the News
July 24, 2019

In AP, Andrew Kolodny says you could think about the manufacturers as having lit the fire, and the distributors and pill mills were really pouring gas on the fire.

Newly released data shows flow of billions of pain pills from drug companies

Heller in the News
July 24, 2019

In CNN, Andrew Kolodny says a massive overprescribing, overconsumption of opioids in the US is why we're in the midst of this severe epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths.

Drug Overdose Deaths Drop in U.S. for First Time Since 1990

Heller in the News
July 24, 2019

In the New York Times, Andrew Kolodny says it looks like there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

Arlington resident elected Massachusetts Medical Society vice president

Heller in the News
July 24, 2019

In Wicked Local, read about Carole Allen, EMBA'17, elected as the Massachusetts Medical Society vice president.

Heller MBA Team Consulting Project Diary Part 3: Asking the right questions

Heller News Release
July 23, 2019

How does one evaluate a music festival with a social justice mission – what questions does one ask; how must one ask them? In the third chapter of her TCP diary, a Social Impact MBA student and her team put on their consultant hats and get to work.

Instacart Hounds Workers to Take Jobs That Aren’t Worth It

Heller in the News
July 15, 2019

In Bloomberg, David Weil argues that the way platforms like Instacart have developed has given rise to the "fiction that algorithms are distinct from management systems."

Harder-Charging Patrick Pizzella Takes Labor Reins From Acosta

Heller in the News
July 12, 2019

In Bloomberg, David Weil says what happens next is partly going to be based on the fact that we’re heading into the heavy political season.

How a California Bill Could Affect Gig Work, Uber, Lyft, and Drivers

Heller in the News
July 11, 2019

In Citylab, David Weil says Uber and Lyft are not among those close, gray area cases. Their status as employers is really quite clear.

What black students who were bused said about their experiences

Heller in the News
July 09, 2019

With the issue of busing reinjected into national political discourse, the Washington Post refers to Susan Eaton's Book, "The Other Boston Busing Story," that recounts interviews with adults who had been bused for desegregation decades earlier.

Alex Acosta gave a pass to Epstein years ago. He’s still at it as labor secretary.

Heller in the News
July 09, 2019

In the Washington Post, David Weil says Wage and Hour investigators are often the eyes and ears on the ground in settings where workers are vulnerable to exploitation.

These are the Questions We Should Be Asking in the Student Debt Cancellation Debate

Heller in the News
July 09, 2019

In their blog, Demos refers to a 2015 study, conducted along with the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, that showed how targeted relief can narrow the wealth gap.

The Baker administration had an important opportunity to help poor children — it passed

Heller in the News
July 08, 2019

An editorial in the Boston Globe on federal housing subsidies and their effects on black and brown children cites the research of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy.

Call Uber and Lyft drivers what they are: employees

Heller in the News
July 05, 2019

In an op-ed in the LA Times, David Weil says Uber and Lyft drivers are clearly employees, not contractors, who should be offered rights and protections like fair wages, rules against discrimination and safeguards against work-related injury

A Paradigm Shift: The End Of Inheritance For The Middle Class

Heller in the News
July 03, 2019

In Forbes, an article on the future of inheritance cites an IASP study that shows one-third of senior households have no money left over each month or are in debt after meeting essential expenses.

A Radical Way to Stop Heroin Overdoses

Heller in the News
June 28, 2019

In the Atlantic, Andrew Kolodny says a new move by New Jersey to allow paramedics to initiate buprenorphine, a medication that can treat opioid addiction, is "a fantastic idea."

Heller MBA Team Consulting Project Diary Part 2: Forming a team

Heller News Release
June 26, 2019

In the second chapter of this summer’s TCP diary, learn team selection, choosing an advisor and creating a Letter of Agreement

Surgeons over-prescribed opioids, report says

Heller in the News
June 26, 2019

In the Commonwealth Magazine, Andrew Kolodny says prescribers should have known better.

Democrats’ presidential hopefuls jockey to outdo one another with pre-debate promises

Heller in the News
June 26, 2019

The LA Times quotes a 2015 study by Demos and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy on the Racial Wealth Gap in the United States.

Top 10 academic institutions in 2018: normalized

Heller in the News
June 20, 2019

A ranking from Nature puts Brandeis University at No. 5, citing Ricardo Godoy's paper on music and a remote Amazonian society as one of the factors.

Building high-road supply networks in the United States

Heller in the News
June 20, 2019

An article in Equitable Growth on stagnating wages cites David Weil's definition of the fissured workplace to describe the separation of product markets and labor markets.

A conversation about the racial wealth gap—and how to address it

Heller in the News
June 19, 2019

In Brookings, Thomas Shapiro says in addition to our understanding of the racial wealth gap as it exists today, the narrative of inequality and racial justice is essential to analyze.

WORK/LIFE This Is How Employers Weed Out Disabled People From Their Hiring Pools

Heller in the News
June 19, 2019

In the Huffington Post, Robyn Powell says people with disabilities are entirely underemployed. One of the reasons is because of discrimination in the workplace.

"We Didn't Cause the Crisis": David Sackler Pleads His Case on The Opioid Epidemic

Heller in the News
June 19, 2019

In Vanity Fair, Andrew Kolodny says just about anyone who takes opioids for long enough, and at high enough doses, can get addicted.

How History Changed Anita Hill

Heller in the News
June 18, 2019

The New York Times covers Anita Hill's remarks at the New Rules Summit on Women & Power, discussing how the 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearing changed her life.

Brandeis University Archives & Special Collections Acquires Letter from Dalai Lama

Heller in the News
June 14, 2019

The Brandeis Library blog covers Larry Simon's presentation of a letter from the Dalai Lama in praise of the founding of CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion.

Defense questions key witness for state in opioid trial

Heller in the News
June 14, 2019

On Oklahoma's News 4, Andrew Kolodny says J&J continued to promote their own products as having lower abuse potential.

Anita Hill speaks out in first TV interview since Biden launched presidential bid

Heller in the News
June 14, 2019

On NBC Anita Hill says Joe Biden’s handling of the Clarence Thomas hearings should not disqualify him from running for president and that she would consider voting for Biden if he becomes the Democratic presidential nominee.

Anita Hill says allowing abuse victims to tell their stories combats sexual harassment

Heller in the News
June 13, 2019

The Tennessean covers Anita Hill's speech at the 2019 Campus Prevention Network Summit in Nashville, where she says educators must look to the past and the future to understand how to combat sexual assault on college campuses.

Women and Power: Live Updates From the New Rules Summit

Heller in the News
June 13, 2019

The New York Times covers Anita Hill's participation in its New Rules Conference, which brings together dozens of the most powerful and successful leaders across business, politics and culture.

J&J ‘Did Everything’ to Push Opioids, Oklahoma Witness Says

Heller in the News
June 12, 2019

In Bloomberg, Andrew Kolodny says J&J did everything it possibly could to get doctors to prescribe more and more opioids.

Expert witness: Johnson & Johnson's role in opioid crisis may be 'worse' than Purdue's

Heller in the News
June 12, 2019

In CNN, Andrew Kolodny says until he had an opportunity to review discovery documents, he really was not aware of how bad Johnson & Johnson was.

A Q&A with Delia Kimbrel, 2012 MDRC Doctoral Fellow

Heller in the News
June 11, 2019

On the MDRC blog, Delia Kimbrel, PhD'18, talks about her time as part of MDRC's Judith Gueron Minority Scholars Program and her research at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy.

Healthy Patients, Healthy Providers

Heller in the News
June 11, 2019

On the No Jargon podcast from Scholars Strategy Network, PhD student Yaminette Diaz-Linhart outlines how the stresses of the job impact health care workers, and what this means for their patients.

Racial Wealth Gap in US: What Can Fix It?

Heller in the News
June 10, 2019

In the Globe Post, Thomas Shapiro says institutional and structural policy forces are actually widening the growth of the racial wealth gap.

Why America's Latest Turn On Opioids Is Bringing Hope To Pain Patients

Heller in the News
June 10, 2019

In OZY, Andrew Kolodny says it’s the fault of the campaign that encourages people to prescribe opioids.

Pamina Firchow, peacebuilding expert and scholar-practitioner, to join Heller School faculty in August 2019

Heller News Release
June 07, 2019

The MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence program welcomes Pamina Firchow, who has over 20 years of experience in the field, to its faculty.

Manufacturer of synthetic opioid agrees to pay $225 million to settle investigations

Heller in the News
June 06, 2019

On CNN, Andrew Kolodny says evidence shown during the trial of Insys executives revealed how the company actively sought doctors to prescribe Subsys, a potent version of fentanyl, beyond its intended scope.

What It’s Like to Be a Disabled Parent in an Inaccessible World

Heller in the News
June 04, 2019

In ReWire.News, Robyn Powell writes about the experiences of disabled parents at inaccessible locations, from dance recitals to Disney World.

Make scientific data FAIR

Heller in the News
June 04, 2019

In Nature, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld co-authors a piece that argues that all disciplines should follow the geosciences and demand best practice for publishing and sharing data.

Anita Hill tells graduates 'we cannot squander' the #MeToo moment

Heller in the News
June 04, 2019

ABC News covers Anita Hill's commencement address at Wellesley College, where she called sexual harassment and assault a "public crisis" and said the #MeToo movement shouldn't be squandered.

Who's in Charge at DOL?

Heller in the News
June 03, 2019

In Politico's Morning Shift newsletter, Dean David Weil's work on the fissured workplace is cited in reaction to recent investigative reporting on Google's vast network of temp and contract employees.

Heller MBA Team Consulting Project Diary Part 1: Selecting an organization

Heller News Release
May 31, 2019

In the first chapter of her Team Consulting Project (TCP) Diary, a Heller Social Impact MBA student gives us an inside look at the process.

Can ESOPs Make a Difference for Equity? New Research Findings Say Yes

Heller in the News
May 29, 2019

In the Nonprofit Quarterly Janet Boguslaw says the ESOP account, in particular, reportedly made many of the women interviewed in the study more economically secure for retirement.

How to Fight Wage Theft on a Budget

Heller in the News
May 29, 2019

In the Regulatory Review, David Weil describes the strategies that worked best for combating wage theft with government resources.

The Future of Real Jobs: Round Two

Heller in the News
May 29, 2019

In the American Prospect, David Weil says that fissuring is a reason that many workers’ main jobs don’t pay enough.

Fighting Fentanyl

Heller in the News
May 29, 2019

In the Washington Post, Andrew Kolodny says when President Trump designated the opioid crisis a public health emergency, at the very same time, he should have said, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do about it.'

How Rainy-Day Funds Could Become a Mainstream Workplace Benefit

Heller News Release
May 23, 2019

In this Perspectives column for Heller Magazine, Professor Thomas Shapiro explores how workplace emergency savings funds could help workers cope with financial crises.

Bringing Big Business to the Fight Against Climate Change

Heller News Release
May 23, 2019

Pallavee Panchal, MBA/MA SID'16, is advancing corporate sustainability at Citi, the 200-year-old multinational banking and financial services company.

From Social Policy to Sesame Street

Heller News Release
May 23, 2019

Sesame Workshop's chief knowledge officer Michael Levine, PhD'85, on his career in early education and child development.

Who is your social justice hero?

Heller News Release
May 22, 2019

Heller community members share stories of those who have inspired them in their work

The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love

Heller News Release
May 22, 2019

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers on their passion for service, why they chose Heller and their lifelong bond

Shepherd, scholar and social entrepreneur

Heller News Release
May 22, 2019

Roba Bulga Jilo, MBA/MA SID’19, fights for the rights of indigenous people around the world — including his own tribe in Ethiopia

Anita Hill Worries Female 2020 Candidates Are ‘Not Being Taken Seriously’

Heller in the News
May 22, 2019

In the New York Times, Anita Hill says she is concerned that female candidates are not being taken seriously as presidential candidates.

Anita Hill, Bob Woodward Honored At Annual PEN America Gala

Heller in the News
May 22, 2019

AP covers PEN America's annual benefit gala, where actress Lupita Nyong'o presented Anita Hill with its Courage Award.

Rapid Opioid Cutoff Is Risky Too, Feds Warn

Heller in the News
May 22, 2019

In Pew, Andrew Kolodny says reports of pain patients suffering because of misapplication of the CDC’s guidelines are exaggerated.

Debunking Myths About Wealth and Race

Heller in the News
May 20, 2019

Inequality.org quotes a 2017 study by Demos and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy that showed single-parent white families have twice as much wealth as two-parent black and Latinx families.

‘A better world is possible,’ Anita Hill tells Lesley graduates

Heller in the News
May 20, 2019

In the Boston Globe, Anita Hill says we have a stake in improving the lives of those around us.

MPP Commencement Speakers: Bria Price, MPP'19, and Nick Young, MPP'19

Heller News Release
May 19, 2019

Bria Price, MPP'19, and Nick Young, MPP'19, thank their classmates for their unwavering support and urge them to continue to speak hard truths and understand problems before finding solutions.

MBA Commencement Speaker: Adwoa Asare, MBA'19

Heller News Release
May 19, 2019

Adwoa Asare, MBA'19, tells her fellow graduates to stay in touch, lead organizations from within and to always give thanks.

EMBA Commencement Speaker: Jennifer Cutts, EMBA'19

Heller News Release
May 19, 2019

Jennifer Cutts, EMBA'19, urges her fellow graduates to work together, listen for quiet voices and assume the best of intentions in colleagues.

SID Commencement Speaker: Enet Mukurazita, MA SID'19

Heller News Release
May 19, 2019

Enet Mukurazita, MA SID'19, shares how her mother's struggles in Zimbabwe have motivated her to study international development and tackle social injustices.

PhD Commencement Speaker: Brooke Evans, PhD'19

Heller News Release
May 19, 2019

Brooke Evans, PhD'19, shares why she took the journey from Hawaii to Massachusetts to improve the U.S. healthcare system to better meet the needs of all people – not just those with privilege, wealth, and resources.

Commencement 2019: “At Heller I Found the Community I Needed”

Heller News Release
May 19, 2019

The Heller community celebrated the graduation of 197 students from over 30 countries, enrolled in seven different degree programs and 10 dual and joint degree programs.

MS Commencement Speaker: Nokwanda Kota, MS GHPM'19

Heller News Release
May 19, 2019

The MS in Global Health Policy and Management program selected Nokwanda Kota to deliver the cohort's 2019 student commencement speech.

COEX Commencement Speaker: Hend Nafie, COEX'19

Heller News Release
May 19, 2019

Hend Nafie, MA COEX'19, delivered commencement remarks on behalf of the MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence class of 2019.

Barbara Wakefield Award Winner Ye Zhang Pogue's Acceptance Remarks

Heller News Release
May 19, 2019

PhD student Ye Zhang Pogue received the 2019 Barbara Wakefield Award, and delivered a brief acceptance speech about her journey to advocacy.

Dean Weil's 2019 Commencement Remarks

Heller News Release
May 19, 2019

Dean David Weil offered opening remarks at the 2019 Heller commencement ceremony, and stressed the importance of finding 'social justice heroes' to inspire graduates in their future careers.

Building Better Workplaces

Heller in the News
May 17, 2019

David Weil spoke with Kronos CEO Aron Ain at JVS Boston on steps companies need to take to create better work environments and remain competitive.

Study finds lack of data a barrier to systems-level research on patient safety

Heller in the News
May 16, 2019

Psych Central reports on how Morgan Shields' study on patient safety in inpatient psychiatric care (published in Health Affairs) has led the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health to implement a new safety management system for complaint and incident reports.

Opioids: A painful prescription?

Heller in the News
May 15, 2019

On BBC Radio, Andrew Kolodny discusses how marketing helped fuel the UK's opioid addiction crisis.

The Future of Real Jobs: A Prospect Roundtable

Heller in the News
May 14, 2019

In the American Prospect David Weil and Robert Kuttner ask how big is the non-standard workforce, and how do we measure it?

Play Nice

Heller in the News
May 14, 2019

In Brandeis Magazine, Seven Siegel, MBA/MPP’16, explores the positive power of games.

A pharma rap video and the definition of lap dancing: The tawdry details of an opioid criminal trial

Heller in the News
May 14, 2019

In CNN, Andrew Kolodny said the video provided evidence as to how the company actively sought doctors to prescribe the drug beyond its intended scope.

Trump’s hard-line views on trade were formed long before he targeted China with tariffs

Heller in the News
May 14, 2019

In CNBC, Robert Kuttner says Trump used trade as part of his general story about economic nationalism.

One way to close the wealth gap: make employees part owners

Heller in the News
May 10, 2019

In Fast Company, Janet Boguslaw says one of the important things about looking at asset-building opportunities of employee ownership is not just looking at financial account growth.

Anita Hill: Let’s Talk About How to End Sexual Violence

Heller in the News
May 10, 2019

In the New York Times, Anita Hill says if the government had shown that it would treat survivors with dignity and listen to women, it could have had a ripple effect.

Human error? Stop blaming workers for their own deaths

Heller in the News
May 10, 2019

In the Seattle Times, David Weil says across industries, employers are increasingly shifting work that was historically done in-house to third parties.

Dean Weil named to National Academies Committee on Contingent Work and Alternate Work Arrangements

Heller News Release
May 09, 2019

Dean David Weil will serve on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on “Contingent Work and Alternate Work Arrangements.”

Addiction Kills More Blacks, But Treatment Is Prescribed Mostly To Whites

Heller in the News
May 09, 2019

On WAMU 88.5 American University Radio, Andrew Kolodny says doctors and nurse practitioners can demand cash payments because there’s a shortage of clinicians who can prescribe buprenorphine.

Melania Trump marks the first anniversary of Be Best

Heller in the News
May 08, 2019

In the Washington Post, Andrew Kolodny says there is a lot more this administration could be doing to raise awareness around the opioid crisis.

Insys defendants bribed doctors to prescribe painkillers to those that didn’t need it

Heller in the News
May 03, 2019

In the Boston Globe, Andrew Kolodny says he hopes the convictions of five former executives of Insys Therapeutics will lead to more criminal prosecutions against opioid manufacturers.

New Naloxone Prescription Laws Seek to Prevent Opioid Overdoses

Heller in the News
May 01, 2019

In Governing, Andrew Kolodny says by offering a naloxone prescription to a patient, the physician is saying ‘I’m so concerned this medication might kill you that you need an antidote in the house, so a family member can rescue you.

Egyptian Woman Brutalized in Arab Spring Protest Continues Rights Campaign

Heller in the News
May 01, 2019

In VOA, Hend Nafea, MA COEX/SID'19, says despite the pain she has endured, the sacrifice was worth it.

Nearly all doctors can freely prescribe opioids. Now a new movement aims to vastly deregulate an addiction treatment

Heller in the News
May 01, 2019

In Stat News, Andrew Kolodny says deregulating buprenorphine would make it far easier for Americans to get addiction care from their own doctors.

5 Questions to Ask When Your Child Is Prescribed Pain Medication

Heller in the News
May 01, 2019

In Medshadow, Andrew Kolodny says if you take an opioid every day, in as little as five days, physical dependence begins to set in.

Study: Employee Ownership Narrows Gender and Racial Wealth Gaps

Heller in the News
April 30, 2019

A new study from Janet Boguslaw and researchers at Rutgers shows that employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) enable families to significantly increase their assets, shrinking—though not eliminating—gender and racial wealth gaps.

Labor Dept. Says Workers at a Gig Company Are Contractors

Heller in the News
April 29, 2019

In the New York Times, David Weil weighs in on a new "opinion letter" from the Department of Labor that says a gig company will not have to offer workers federal minimum wage or overtime or pay a share of Social Security taxes.

A personal story of economic segregation

Heller in the News
April 29, 2019

In Curbed Detroit, an article about how redlining and depreciating home values closed off generational wealth for Detroit’s black families references a study from IASP's Tatjana Meschede and Joanna Taylor on family inheritance and the racial wealth gap.

Excerpts From Anita Hill’s Interview With The Times

Heller in the News
April 29, 2019

The New York Times shares excerpts from an interview with Anita Hill reflecting on the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991 and Joe Biden's call to her earlier this month.

Joe Biden Expresses Regret to Anita Hill, but She Says ‘I’m Sorry’ Is Not Enough

Heller in the News
April 26, 2019

In the New York Times, Anita Hill says Joe Biden did not take full responsibility for his actions during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings and has caused additional harm to other victims of sexual harassment and gender violence.

The Social Change Career Podcast: Mari Fitzduff

Heller in the News
April 25, 2019

On the Social Change Career Podcast, Mari Fitzduff discusses her involvement in conflict and post-conflict Northern Irish policy development, her Heller career and her most recent book on Donald Trump.

Forced to Divorce: Americans With Disabilities Must Choose Marriage or Health Care

Heller in the News
April 25, 2019

In Ozy, Robyn Powell says even as strides are being made for marriage equality, disabled people are still being excluded from the conversation.

Trump Declares Commitment to Ending Opioid Crisis ‘Once and for All’

Heller in the News
April 24, 2019

In the New York Times, Andrew Kolodny credits President Trump with calling more attention to the opioid crisis but says Trump offers no plan for what to do about the national emergency.

Gustav O. Lienhard Award Lecture

Heller in the News
April 24, 2019

Watch or read a transcript of Stuart Altman's Lienhard Lecture in Washington, D.C. Altman received the Lienhard Award from the National Academy of Medicine in 2018.

Global Partnership and Joint Actions in Addressing Discrimination

Heller in the News
April 24, 2019

On Trust Africa, Rajesh Sampath says a new system of thinking and a new language of solidarity is essential to bring marginalized groups together.

Why Social Science? Because It Helps to Address Graduate Unemployment in Sub-Saharan Africa

Heller in the News
April 24, 2019

For the Consortium of Social Science Associations, Joseph Assan writes about how social scientists can help address the current challenges of graduate unemployment and under employment in sub-Saharan Africa.

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

Heller in the News
April 24, 2019

An opinion piece in the New York Times cites IASP's study that found that at comparable levels of income, whites spend 1.3 times more than blacks.

Another sign of Elizabeth Warren’s relentless focus on inequality

Heller in the News
April 22, 2019

In the Washington Post, an opinion piece discusses Tom Shapiro & Laura Sullivan's analysis of Elizabeth Warren's college debt plan, which would significantly raise the ratio of black/white wealth and reduce the racial wealth gap.

Regis president gets ‘Living Legends’ nursing award

Heller in the News
April 22, 2019

The Metrowest Daily News reports that Antoinette Hays, PhD'90, has received the American Nurses Association Massachusetts’s Living Legends in Nursing Award.

Elizabeth Warren Proposes Scrapping Student-Loan Debt for Millions

Heller in the News
April 22, 2019

Bloomberg covers Tom Shapiro & Laura Sullivan's analysis of Elizabeth Warren's student debt proposal, which would fully cancel loans in about three-quarters of households with student debt.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Proposes Student-Debt Cancellation

Heller in the News
April 22, 2019

The Wall Street Journal covers Tom Shapiro & Laura Sullivan's analysis of Elizabeth Warren's student debt proposal, which says “that the economic growth generated by this proposal will create additional tax revenue that reduces the overall cost.”

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Wipe Out Student Debt for 42 Million Americans

Heller in the News
April 22, 2019

Rolling Stone covers Tom Shapiro & Laura Sullivan's analysis of Elizabeth Warren's college debt proposal, which could improve the racial wealth gap and would affect 95 percent of all households with student debt.

10 practical steps to bridge the racial wealth divide

Heller in the News
April 17, 2019

An opinion piece in Marketplace cites IASP's study about baby bonds, which could have closed or significantly narrowed the wealth gap between white, Latinx and black households.

How Disparities in Benefits Contribute to the Racial Wealth Gap

Heller in the News
April 17, 2019

Fortune covers a new study from IASP and Workers Lab on occupational segregation and its effects on the racial wealth gap.

The FDA missed a chance to control opioids

Heller in the News
April 16, 2019

On The Cats Roundtable with John Catsimatidis, Andrew Kolodny discusses the opioid epidemic and how the FDA missed a crucial opportunity to control the crisis.

Ten Solutions to Bridge the Racial Wealth Divide

Heller in the News
April 16, 2019

Inequality.org cites IASP's “Racial Wealth Audit” as a tool to assess how legislation will widen on narrow the racial wealth divide.

Anita Hill, Nadia Murad, Katy Perry, and More Received DVF Awards at Last Night’s Ceremony

Heller in the News
April 16, 2019

Vogue reports that Anita Hill received the DVF Lifetime Leadership Award at the 10th annual DVF Awards, honoring women with the strength and courage to fight, survive, and inspire.

Anita Hill to give address at Wellesley commencement

Heller in the News
April 12, 2019

Anita Hill will deliver the commencement address at Wellesley College on May 31, the Boston Globe writes.

The Utter Inadequacy of America’s Efforts to Desegregate Schools

Heller in the News
April 12, 2019

In the Atlantic, Susan Eaton says from the beginning, it was the state, not the receiving districts, that put up much of the money for the program.

Unequal Paychecks Aren't The Only Issue Facing Women Of Color

Heller in the News
April 11, 2019

Refinery29 reports on IASP's new study with Workers Lab, which shows the lack of Black and Latinx employees in STEM positions and high-paying fields and the impacts of occupational segregation.

New Report Reveals Workplace Racial Inequality Beyond Paychecks

Heller News Release
April 10, 2019

“Not Only Unequal Paychecks,” a report from the Institute on Assets and Social Policy in collaboration with Workers Lab, examines how unequal access to workplace benefits widens the racial wealth gap.

Regulating Work in an Age of Fissuring and Automation

Heller in the News
April 10, 2019

In the Regulatory Review, David Weil's work on the fissured workplace is cited in a piece about the rise of both fissuring and automation, which imperils the stability of employment.

Telehealth Roundup: Transparency has its Limits

Heller in the News
April 09, 2019

In Politico's Telehealth Roundup, Stuart Altman says he's not that impressed with the Trump administration’s proposal for making hospital prices transparent.

Venezuela’s Health Crisis Is the Hemisphere’s Problem

Heller in the News
April 09, 2019

In Bloomberg Opinion, Don Shepard comments on the accelerating outbreaks of malaria, HIV/AIDS, Zika and more, which are often spread by mosquitoes.

Heller Awards recognize excellence in teaching, research, equity and more

Heller News Release
April 05, 2019

Heller students, faculty and staff received awards for teaching, mentorship, research, service and equity and inclusion at a ceremony on April 3.

The mystery of stagnating wages

Heller in the News
April 05, 2019

On the OECD podcast, David Weil explains how companies’ use of indirect contractors is one reason wages aren’t going up.

Tom Perez and Dean Weil Discuss Progressive Policy in the Trump Era

Heller News Release
April 04, 2019

The event featured a wide-ranging dialogue on Perez’ life and career, his thoughts on current political issues and his strategy for advancing Democratic candidates in 2020.

Why are Australian workers getting the smallest pay rises since WWII?

Heller in the News
April 04, 2019

In ABC News Australia, David Weil says as you move downward, labor typically represents a larger share of overall costs.

Anita Hill urges OU audience to join fight against sexual harassment

Heller in the News
April 04, 2019

In the Athens News, Anita Hill says no one thing is going to change the culture.

State agency reviewing costs at 35 health care providers

Heller in the News
April 04, 2019

In the Telegram, Stuart Altman noted that the 1.7 percent growth in health expenditures last year was well below the 3.1 percent benchmark, while national spending grew at a rate closer to 3 percent.

Why Donald Trump needs Obamacare

Heller in the News
April 04, 2019

In CNN, Andrew Kolodny says one of the reasons we are starting to see a plateau in overdose deaths, is that more people are beginning to access effective treatment.

Madison to receive Gross Award at Concord Museum's Patriots' Ball

Heller in the News
April 03, 2019

The Lowell Sun reports that The Concord Museum will honor Maria Madison, founder and co-president of the Robbins House, with the inaugural Robert Gross Award for Advancing Concord's History.

U.S. Moves to Limit Wage Claims Against Chains Like McDonald’s

Heller in the News
April 03, 2019

In the New York Times, David Weil comments on a new Labor Department proposal could affect the ability of millions of workers to pursue wage claims.

The Impact of Opioids in the Workforce

Heller News Release
April 02, 2019

Massachusetts Health Policy Forum brings together diverse state stakeholders at November 2018 event.

The Challenges of Paying for Child Care

Heller News Release
April 02, 2019

ICYFP study finds center-based child care to be unaffordable for the majority of full-time working parents, especially low-income and black and Hispanic parents.

'Protect Our Children: The Opioid Crisis'

Heller in the News
April 02, 2019

On ABC7 NY, Andrew Kolodny discusses how the opioid crisis affects children.

Ratcheting Up Workplace Protections

Heller in the News
April 02, 2019

In the Regulatory Review, David Weil says state legislatures and agencies have an important role to play in improving workplaces for workers.

Global Health Economics for the Future

Heller News Release
March 29, 2019

Allyala Nandakumar is helping the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator make HIV/AIDS spending more efficient.

A Holistic Approach to Decreasing Hospital Admissions

Heller News Release
March 29, 2019

Mary Brolin evaluates a Lahey hospital program that cuts costs and reduces ER visits.

Framingham panel: Stigma around drug addiction must change

Heller in the News
March 28, 2019

In the MetroWest Daily, Sharon Reif says while opioid-related overdose deaths are down in Massachusetts, the crisis is still evident.

Who Are The Sacklers? Greed Of Family Behind Oxycontin Is 'Killing Americans,' Bernie Sanders Says

Heller in the News
March 28, 2019

In Newsweek, Andrew Kolodny says the Sacklers' philanthropic efforts "reputation laundering.

Meet me at Zinner

Heller News Release
March 27, 2019

The Rhonda S. and Michael J. Zinner Forum at the Heller School is more than a gathering space—it’s where the Heller School comes alive.

What Purdue Pharma’s settlement with Oklahoma means for the opioid crisis

Heller in the News
March 27, 2019

On PBS NewsHour, Andrew Kolodny says that Oklahoma has been one of the states that's been hit hardest by the opioid crisis.

Purdue Pharma to pay $270 million to settle historic Oklahoma opioid lawsuit

Heller in the News
March 27, 2019

On CNN, Andrew Kolodny says it's good that the payment is using to abate the opioid problem.

In speech at Rice, Anita Hill admits Kavanaugh hearing was a setback

Heller in the News
March 26, 2019

In the Houston Chronicle Anita Hill says she had no idea that we would be jolted back to the past.

PBS' Four-Part Film Series, War and Peace II

Heller in the News
March 25, 2019

Roger Ebert reviews The Trials of Spring, a documentary featuring Hend Nafea, MA COEX/SID'19.

Is this America's most hated family?

Heller in the News
March 25, 2019

In the BBC, Andrew Kolodny describes the Sackler's philanthropy as reputation laundering.

“Caste in America” at the WGBH Studio at the Boston Public Library

Heller in the News
March 22, 2019

On the Facebook Live for WGBH News, Larry Simon participates in a panel that explores the discrimination Indian immigrants face in the United States, as a result of an ancient hierarchical system of human classification.

Anita Hill to receive Courage Award for stepping forward

Heller in the News
March 22, 2019

In the Washington Post, Anita Hill has been named the winner of this year’s Courage Award from the literary and human-rights organization PEN America.

Caste On Campus

Heller in the News
March 21, 2019

In India Abroad, Jaspreet Mahal, MA SID'17, says caste prejudices are often missed by those unfamiliar with India's caste hierarchy.

Even in Grief, I Still Have Pride

Heller in the News
March 21, 2019

In the New York Times, Robyn Powell says being part of the disability community means constantly losing friends and allies.

Michael Tubbs on universal basic income: 'The issue with poverty is a lack of cash

Heller in the News
March 21, 2019

In the Guardian, Tom Shapiro and Rebecca Loya interview Michael Tubbs, the Mayor of Stockton, California, on a universal basic income initiative involving 130 residents in Stockton.

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.

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.