2020

People With Intellectual Disabilities May Be Denied Lifesaving Care Under These Plans as Coronavirus Spreads

Heller in the News
March 30, 2020

In ProPublica, Ari Ne'eman says the U.S. is currently facing a clash between disability rights law and ruthless utilitarian logic during the COVID-19 crisis.

U.S. Civil Rights Office Rejects Rationing Medical Care Based on Disability, Age

Heller in the News
March 30, 2020

In the New York Times, Ari Ne'eman says a new bulletin from the U.S. Civil Rights Office is an important first step in protecting the rights of people with disabilities in the COVID0-19 crisis.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought out society's alarming disregard for people with disabilities

Heller in the News
March 27, 2020

In the Appeal, Robyn Powell says politicians and the general public are ignoring the health and safety needs of those with disabilities and chronic conditions.

People With Disabilities Say Rationing Care Policies Violate Civil Rights

Heller in the News
March 26, 2020

On NPR, Ari Ne'eman says several state policies for crisis care ration care at the expense of people with disabilities, which violates civil rights laws.

Delivery drivers face pandemic without sick pay, insurance, sanitizer

Heller in the News
March 25, 2020

In Reuters, David Weil says the coronavirus pandemic has revealed the precarious environment that has been a daily reality for gig workers as they now take on much greater risks in delivering essential goods.

Kuttner: U.S. Economy Saving Effort 'Has To Be A Lot Bigger Than $2 Trillion'

Heller in the News
March 25, 2020

On WGBH, Robert Kuttner says the $2 trillion dollar aid bill from Congress won’t be enough to save the U.S. economy, and that the U.S. could ease economic distress by reimbursing for lost wages and investing in massive infrastructure projects.

16 more coronavirus cases in L.A. County; total number at 69

Heller in the News
March 23, 2020

In the LA Daily News, Barbara Ferrer, PhD'94, L.A. County’s Public Health director, discusses the new cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles.

Virus Stokes Discrimination Concerns From Disability Groups

Heller in the News
March 23, 2020

In Bloomberg Law, Ari Ne'eman says protecting vulnerable populations during a pandemic is a civil rights issue, citing the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The End of American Exceptionalism

Heller in the News
March 23, 2020

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner says that although the America has long managed to avoid disasters that have struck other nations, such as famine or war on home social, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that American exceptionalism is over.

‘I Will Not Apologize for My Needs’

Heller in the News
March 23, 2020

In the New York Times, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy Visiting Scholar Ari Ne’eman argues that doctors cannot abandon the practice of nondiscrimination during the COVID-19 crisis.

Could Pandemic Shutdowns Lead to More Worker Protections?

Heller in the News
March 23, 2020

On KCET, David Weil says COVID-19 has revealed the dangers of gig work, which leaves people without sick leave, unemployment insurance, or medical insurance. "There is no safety social net for any worker in that situation,” he says.

This Stimulus Bill Will Not Save the Economy From Collapse

Heller in the News
March 22, 2020

In the New York Times, Robert Kuttner argues that the U.S. needs huge investment in hospitals and medical supplies, major infrastructure projects and investment in stopping climate change to help stimulate the economy after COVID-19.

2020’s Most & Least Federally Dependent States

Heller in the News
March 18, 2020

In Wallethub, Robert Tannenwald argues that United States' federal government should continue to "redistribute resources among states".

Mass. CEO op-ed: We need a shelter-in-place order

Heller in the News
March 18, 2020

In an article for Boston Business Journal, Brenna Schneider, MBA'11, urges elected and business leaders to "shut down all non-essential businesses" including her own manufacturing company "under a shelter-in-place order" in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Heller School at Brandeis University named top-10 school for social policy

Heller News Release
March 17, 2020

U.S. News and World Report recognizes Heller as 9th for social policy, 12th for health policy and management.

York Hospital CEO Jud Knox exits

Heller in the News
March 16, 2020

Sea Coast Online reports that Jennifer Cutts, EMBA'19, is now serving as joint CEO of York Hospital after Jud Knox stepped down as the hospital's president and CEO.

Rollins: Virus-related discrimination won’t be tolerated

Heller in the News
March 12, 2020

In SouthCoastToday, Asian American Commissioner Sam Hyun, MPP'21, urges Asian American communities to defer to experts when it comes to COVID-19 best practices.

As coronavirus outbreak accelerates, youthful faces may mask mortal risk

Heller in the News
March 11, 2020

In LA Times, Robyn Powell says the "recommendations that government officials are making" with regards to people with compromised immune systems in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic "are really unobtainable.”

Let’s Get Serious About Fighting the Corona Depression

Heller in the News
March 10, 2020

In the Prospect, Robert Kuttner writes about the fallout of the COVID-19 virus epidemic on the economy, assessing that the effects are now "comparable to those of a major economic depression."

Testing drugs could be key to preventing overdoses

Heller in the News
March 09, 2020

In Boston25news, Traci Green weighs in on AHOPE's new high-tech machines which can check the presence of fentanyl in drugs: "without any information, we’re in this big black box of great unknowns and huge risk.”

After FDA bans Judge Rotenberg Center from using electric shock devices, advocates seek public apology, reparations

Heller in the News
March 09, 2020

In MassLive, Ari Ne'eman, says there are alternative treatments to electric shock devices outside the Judge Rotenberg Center such as "community based services".

Why having fewer OSHA inspectors matters

Heller in the News
March 06, 2020

In The Conversation, David Weil warns about the decreasing numbers of Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors. "When businesses know they’re not likely to be inspected, they are less likely to devote resources to create safe workplaces," he says.

Democratic Socialism—American Style

Heller in the News
March 05, 2020

Watch Robert Kuttner and his colleagues at the Prospect discuss how socialism is an American tradition, how corporate power presents such an ever-present obstacle to its goals, and whether a socialist could lead the US.

100 Women of the Year: Anita Hill

Heller in the News
March 05, 2020

Time magazine features profile of Anita Hill on its list of the most influential women of the past century for her contributions to the movement opposing sexual harassment against women.

Disability policies highlight major differences among U.S. presidential hopefuls

Heller in the News
March 03, 2020

In the Spectrum, Finn Gardiner says both Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren address classroom inclusion, interactions with law enforcement, employment and sub-minimum wages more thoroughly than other candidates have.

Congresswoman Clark Votes To Stop Youth Tobacco Epidemic

Heller in the News
March 03, 2020

In Framingham Source, Carole Allen, EMBA'17, says “the proliferation of electronic nicotine delivery systems, offering flavors attractive to youth, has fueled a new epidemic of tobacco use.”

House Appropriations Committee on Reducing Child Poverty

Heller in the News
March 03, 2020

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia testifies before the House Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies on reducing child poverty. "We have a responsibility to reduce child poverty by half because we know how to do it," she said. (Remarks begin at 2:10)

Letters reveal tensions between love and politics

Heller in the News
March 03, 2020

The Justice reports on a Rose Art Museum event featuring Rajesh Sampath in which he discussed the exchange of letters between political theorist Hannah Arendt and philosopher Martin Heidegger.

Companies are contracting out more jobs—that’s not great for workers

Heller in the News
March 03, 2020

In Ars Technica, David Weil lays out the many challenges posed by companies' increased reliance on contract workers, highlighting labor violations, safety risks and possible improvements from laws like California's AB 5.

Human Rights Lessons from the Past for Today’s Problems

Heller News Release
March 02, 2020

Christine Rostampour, MA COEX'20 talks to Professor Theodore Johnson about the history of human rights in the hope that reviewing the past can inspire us for a better future.

Inside Opening Night of Audible's In Love and Struggle Off-Broadway

Heller in the News
March 02, 2020

Anita Hill features in a three-night special event bridging Black History Month and Women's History Month called "In Love and Struggle".

In Prosperous California, Anxiety Over Inequality Abounds

Heller in the News
February 29, 2020

The New York Times references the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy's Child Opportunity Index 2.0 that showed Bakersfield, California was the worst place in America to raise children.

Teach NJ Announces Katie Schlussel Katz as Executive Director

Heller in the News
February 27, 2020

In JewishLinkNj, Teach NJ, announces Katie Schlussel Katz’10, MBA/MA Hornstein'11, as its new executive director. Teach NJ is a project of the Orthodox Union that advocates for fair government funding for New Jersey’s non-public schools.

NLRB rule could make it harder for millions of workers to organize

Heller in the News
February 27, 2020

On Marketplace, David Weil comments on the rolling back of an Obama-era doctrine that held some corporations accountable for violations of federal labor law by subcontractors or franchisees.

How 2020 Democrats' Health Care Plans Would Rock Hospital Budgets In Mass.

Heller in the News
February 25, 2020

In WBUR, Stuart Altman says no one knows what can be lost in a move to "Medicare for All," including possible cuts to research, training, salaries and amenities, as well as effects on patient care.

Four New Members Join Asian American Commission

Heller in the News
February 25, 2020

Sam Hyun, MPP'21, has been appointed as one of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Commissioners by Speaker Bob DeLeo.

Phi Kappa Phi lecture discusses student debt crisis, racial disparities

Heller in the News
February 25, 2020

The Badger Herald reports on University of Wisconsin Associate Professor Nick Hillman's lecture at a Phi Kappa Phi event. During his lecture, Hillman cited research by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy which showed that "while the typical Black borrower owes 95% of debt, white borrowers owe just 6%".

‘Puro cash’: Latinos are opening more small businesses than anyone else in the US

Heller in the News
February 25, 2020

USA Today cites research by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, to conclude that "historic disenfranchisement of people of color has led to those very people having less generational wealth than white people."

Anita Hill Says Harvey Weinstein Conviction Is ‘Only the Beginning’

Heller in the News
February 24, 2020

The Wrap reflects Anita Hill's comments about Harvey Weinstein’s guilty verdict, saying that although many deem it as a victory for the #MeToo movement, she sees it as "only the beginning."

Deadline Approaching for Agencies to Post Regulatory Guidance

Heller in the News
February 24, 2020

In Bloomberg Law, David Weil discusses why he issued guidance documents while he was administrator of the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division during the Obama administration.

COEX student Soroush Kazemi’s work featured in Oscar-winning documentary

Heller News Release
February 20, 2020

The 2020 Academy Awards honored “Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone (If You’re a Girl)” with the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject, which features the work of Soroush Kazemi, MA COEX’21, who led the nonprofit Skateistan-Kabul as general manager for nearly four years.

We Tried to Find the Most Equal Place in America. It Got Complicated

Heller in the News
February 20, 2020

Time Magazine website dedicates an article to the Child Opportunity Index 2.0, a report complied by the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy. According to Time, the report "has helped local policymakers and institutions understand where to target programs to improve outcomes for their cities’ children."

25 Years Later, Women’s Rights Icon Anita Hill Returns to UCSB

Heller in the News
February 20, 2020

Daily Nexus covers Anita Hill's speech at Campbell Hall. “We can relate to the individual stories, but it is just as important for us to see what is happening on a larger scale, on the social scale, if we are going to address it,” Hill said to a sold-out crowd.

National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Heller in the News
February 20, 2020

Constance Horgan discussed health services research to improve the delivery of alcohol services during a presentation at a NIAAA meeting. "Early in my career, I became intrigued as to why so little was being done with the tools of health services research to improve the delivery and quality of alcohol, drug and mental health services. This has become my professional passion."

Fewer CT doctors report taking money from embattled Purdue Pharma

Heller in the News
February 19, 2020

In CT Post, Andrew Kolodny criticizes doctors who have received large amounts of money from conglomerate Purdue Pharma which has come under fire for its alleged role in the opioid crisis.

Anita Hill Receives Sankofa Freedom Award

Heller in the News
February 17, 2020

KRJH-TV shares news and footage of Anita Hill receiving the Sankofa Freedom Award for decades of advocating for gender and racial equality. "I kept hearing about so many people who had no awareness of what their rights were, I realized I had an opportunity and calling," said Hill upon receiving the award.

Heller teams take top spots at Brandeis Innovation’s SPARKTank

Heller News Release
February 12, 2020

In early February, Heller teams took four of the top spots and won $16,000 in prize money at Brandeis Innovation’s 6th Annual SPARKTank startup pitch competition.

Anita Hill Says The Hollywood Commission Intends “To Change The System” That Allows Harassment And Bias

Heller in the News
February 11, 2020

Deadline.Com reports on Anita Hill's interview at the 2020 Makers Conference. She said, during the event, that the Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality “is a manifestation of the collective action” that must be taken “if we are going to have solutions.”

A match made at Heller

Heller News Release
February 10, 2020

This Valentine’s Day, alumni share stories about how Heller brought them together. "The Heller community is the perfect place to fall in love because it is a place full of love," says Marwa Farag, MS'05, PhD'10, who met her husband at Heller.

Visionaries in geriatric nursing: A legacy for the future

Heller in the News
February 07, 2020

ScienceDirect publishes paper co-authored by May Futrell, PhD'76, Diane Feeney Mahoney, PhD'89 and Karen Devereaux Melillo, PhD'90. The paper highlights the exemplary gerontological nurses that contributed and are contributing to the field.

Four More Years of Trump?

Heller in the News
February 06, 2020

In the New York Times, Robert Kuttner says Republicans' vote to acquit Trump might hurt them in the long run. "Their vote to excuse Trump’s dictatorial behavior by refusing to convict will force them to answer extremely damaging questions during the campaign," he says.

Chopping Down Trees For Solar Panels?

Heller in the News
February 06, 2020

Speaking to WBUR, Eric Olson comments on the Trinity Episcopal Church's decision to cut down a small forest to install a carbon-saving solar energy farm. "The solar array would pay back the loss of the forest in about two-and-a-half years. The forest can't defend itself, I'm afraid, on the basis of carbon. But on the other hand, it's a habitat for birds and butterflies. And it's really pretty."

Women vying for Oscars salute their progress, snubs aside

Heller in the News
February 06, 2020

In AP News, Anita Hill, says listening to women vying for the Oscars complain about being treated unfairly "has inspired me to do my work even harder." Hill heads a commission scrutinizing sexual abuse and harassment in the entertainment and media sectors.

Health care panel, Gov. Baker in alignment on primary care focus

Heller in the News
February 05, 2020

Speaking to Telegram Stuart Altman, says health care cost growth in Massachusetts has been below the U.S. average since a 2012 cost-control law. He adds, however, that "absent any further policy action to strengthen the state’s oversight tools, improve health care market functioning, and enhance affordability, this progress will be short-lived."

Celebrating Black History Month: 10 Prominent African-American Life Science Leaders

Heller in the News
February 03, 2020

PharmaLive.com names Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD'77, among its list of top African-American leaders in life sciences. Windham-Bannister is currently the CEO of Biomedical Growth Strategies.

California has some of the best and worst places in U.S. for raising children, report finds

Heller in the News
February 03, 2020

Speaking to Cal Matters, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia says she finds California to be a fascinating case "because there is such inequity within the state," in terms of opportunities for children in different neighborhoods.

A black epidemic we don't talk about

Heller in the News
January 30, 2020

Newsday cites the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy's Child Opportunity Index in a story about the epidemic of black teens committing suicide.

Weird (Amazon) Flex, But Okay

Heller in the News
January 30, 2020

On the Indicator from Planet Money, David Weil comments on Amazon Flex, saying, "When you have that much control over what a worker does and the consequences of failing to do that, we call that employment."

“What happens when we forget?” Commemorating Ford Hall 2015

Heller News Release
January 29, 2020

Heller’s Office of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity (EID) organized a two-part event January 21-22 called Ford Hall: Closing the Disparity Gap, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Ford Hall 2015 protests.

Study led by R.I. Hospital researcher: portable devices can detect fentanyl in street drugs

Heller in the News
January 28, 2020

Lifespan reports on a new study from Traci Green that shows how portable field devices can be used to test street drugs for the presence of fentanyl.

Minneapolis, St. Paul officials watch federal rule change on wages that could affect 1 in 5 workers

Heller in the News
January 27, 2020

In the Minneapolis Star Tribune, David Weil comments on the new Labor Department guidelines around joint employment, which he estimates will affect about 20% of the workforce.

Former OU professor Anita Hill speaks at gala honoring Clara Luper

Heller in the News
January 26, 2020

OU Daily highlights Anita Hill's speech at a gala in honor of Clara Luper. "I want to celebrate all of you who are here tonight, and especially the young people who she [Luper] led in 1958. Not simply into those dark stores and lunch counters, but into American history," Hill said.

Massachusetts Bail Fund wins Social Justice award

Heller in the News
January 26, 2020

Salem News announces PhD student Brandy Henry and her colleagues at the Massachusetts Bail Fund (MBF) as the 2020 recipient of The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice. The award is dedicated to remembering the Salem Witchcraft trials of 1692 and celebrates efforts to protect and defend the unjustly accused.

What shapes a kid’s opportunities? Researchers say look to the neighborhood.

Heller in the News
January 24, 2020

Washington Post says the Child Opportunity Index 2.0 compiled by the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy has found "stark divides along racial and ethnic lines" as well as "glaring opportunity gaps".

Anita Hill Told An Iowa Crowd That It’s Too Late For An Apology From Joe Biden

Heller in the News
January 23, 2020

In BuzzFeed News, Anita Hill said that it was too late for a proper apology from Joe Biden, reopening a decades-old conflict that has followed Biden into his third run for president. “The statute of limitations for his apology is up,” Hill said at the University of Iowa, where she gave a lecture on ending sexual harassment.

Madison ranked No. 1 in U.S. for child opportunity, but racial disparities remain

Heller in the News
January 23, 2020

In Madison.Com, The Wisconsin State Journal celebrates having ranked first in the Child Opportunity Index 2.0 but remains concerned due to the region's racial disparities as shown in the report.

Boston is One of the Best Places to Grow Up in America: Report

Heller in the News
January 22, 2020

NBC Boston cites the Child Opportunity Index to acknowledge Boston's high rank in providing opportunity for children overall but warns that the city has one of the widest opportunity gaps between white and Hispanic children.

Study: White Children in Denver Have Huge Edge Over Hispanic, Black Kids

Heller in the News
January 22, 2020

Westword cites the Child Opportunity Index 2.0, compiled by the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, to conclude that Denver's white children tend to enjoy enormous advantages over their Hispanic and black peers, in part because of the neighborhoods where they live.

How healthy is your neighborhood for your child? Take a look

Heller in the News
January 22, 2020

CNN cites and praises the Child Opportunity Index 2.0 compiled by the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy. "The Index has amassed a treasure trove of information that can tell parents, and policymakers, how their neighborhood could impact their child's development," the news outlet writes.

America's hardest places to grow up

Heller in the News
January 22, 2020

Axios cites data from the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy's new study to reveal the least and the most desirable places in the country for a growing child. According to the newly-released Child Opportunity Index, Bakersfield, California offers the least amount of opportunities for youths; On the other hand, Madison, Wisconsin, is on top of the list.

diversitydatakids.org announces the Child Opportunity Index 2.0

Heller in the News
January 22, 2020

The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy has released the Child Opportunity Index 2.0, which reveals pervasive geographic and racial inequities in neighborhood opportunity for children nationwide.

Index compares child opportunity in the 100 largest US metro areas

Heller in the News
January 21, 2020

Albuquerque Journal cites the Child Opportunity Index 2.0 as a tool that can help plan for children's development. "By tracking the changes within these neighborhoods, local governments, city planners, nonprofits and even families can measure and improve the resources necessary for a child’s healthy development," the journal writes.

Health Foundation grants deliver results across Central Mass.

Heller in the News
January 18, 2020

Mary Brolin talks to Telegram about her role as an evaluator specialist with the Quaboag team which is working to solve Central Massachusetts' transportation issues by developing "a sustainable, scalable model for rural transportation."

Methadone can help people beat opioid addiction — if they can afford it

Heller in the News
January 16, 2020

In Vox, Sharon Reif explains that while methadone treatment might help people with an opioid addiction save money and get off opioids, not everyone can use this option. “If you’re somebody who has active opioid use disorder and you can no longer hold a job, now you’re no longer commercially insured. So insurers’ longer-term costs [due to untreated opioid addiction] may disappear fairly quickly," she says.

Black China: Africa's First Superpower Is Coming Sooner Than You Think

Heller in the News
January 15, 2020

Speaking to MSN about Nigeria's booming growth in economy and human development, Oge Onubogu, MA SID'07 says: "Nigeria lurches from one crisis to another, but whenever you think it's about to topple over, it pulls itself back." Onubogu currently leads the Africa programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Start Erasing Student Debt on Her First Day in the White House

Heller in the News
January 15, 2020

Rolling Stone discusses U.S. presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's plan to erase student debts which cited a study by Institute on Assets and Social Policy at the Heller School.

Trump’s joint-employer rule curbs wage theft lawsuits, but not in California

Heller in the News
January 14, 2020

In the LA Times, David Weil calls the concept of joint employment critical because in many industries, workers’ pay and job conditions are affected by multiple employers.

New Joint Employer Rule Hinges on Reception in Court

Heller in the News
January 14, 2020

In Bloomberg Law, David Weil comments on a new Trump administration regulation making it harder for workers to sue multiple employers for wage violations.

The new normal: How we redefine fair pay for low-wage workers

Heller News Release
January 13, 2020

Dean David Weil leads research team in national study of labor market shocks and evolving wage norms.

Albany Leaders Respond To Disparities Highlighted In National Report

Heller in the News
January 13, 2020

In response to WAMC, Albany leaders vow to work on racial disparities reported by the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy. Statistics gathered by the institute showed a sharp racial divide in access to opportunities in almost every major metropolitan area in the US, with Albany being among the worst.

Regis College trustees extend presidency of Hays to 2023

Heller in the News
January 10, 2020

The Regis College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend the presidency of Antoinette Hays, PhD'90, until 2023. "I am humbled by the confidence the trustees have in me. Together we will continue to grow this great university and produce graduates who have the knowledge and compassion to improve our global condition," she said. Hays was appointed the 10th president of Regis College in 2011.

Anita Hill Appears In Video Urging Hollywood To Take Survey On Harassment, Abuse And Discrimination

Heller in the News
January 09, 2020

Deadline Hollywood shares a public service announcement featuring Anita Hill, in which she urges entertainment industry workers to take part in a survey to gauge the extent of harassment, abuse and discrimination in the workplace.

In Library Renovations, When Do Discussions of Disability Arise?

Heller in the News
January 03, 2020

In the Book Riot, Sandy Ho reminds libraries and other public spaces why meeting the minimum accessibility requirements for people with disabilities is not enough. "Spaces often forget to consider that people with disabilities could be patrons, but also they could be consumers, leaders, and/or employees in that public space as well," she says.

How Racial Bias Shielded Thousands Of Black Americans From The Opioid Crisis

Heller in the News
January 03, 2020

In WBUR, Andrew Kolodny says he fears addiction stereotypes about black and white drug users may continue to fuel the deadly opioid addiction crisis.

Lagging in 2020, Buffalo needs to close gaps to prosper by 2030

Heller in the News
January 01, 2020

Buffalo News cites the Child Opportunity Index compiled by the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy to suggest a roadmap for Buffalo County towards minimizing its socio-economic inequalities.