2021

Would Canceling Student Debt Promote Racial Equity?

Heller in the News
February 24, 2021

Inside Higher Ed cites a 2019 study from the Institute on Economic and Racial Equity that shows more white students than Black students have student loans, but a greater percentage of Black students have loans and would benefit from cancellation.

Retirement Crisis Hits Black Families Hard

Heller in the News
February 23, 2021

The Wall Street Journal cites the research of the Institute on Economic and Racial Equity which found that 45% of Black college-educated households gave financial support to the parents of at least one adult in the household, compared with only 16% of white college-educated households.

'I also defaulted': Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley reveals her experience with student loan debt

Heller in the News
February 21, 2021

Yahoo Finance covers U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley's press conference where she revealed she also defaulted on student loans, citing a study by the Institute on Economic and Racial Equity study about Black borrowers carrying student debt for longer than white borrowers.

Opinion: A cost-benefit analysis of student debt

Heller in the News
February 19, 2021

In the Washington Post, Senators Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren cite the work of the Institute on Economic and Racial Equity in a letter to the editor about reducing student debt.

25 Investigates: Autistic group home resident sexually assaulted by her caretaker

Heller in the News
February 19, 2021

On Boston 25 News, Monika Mitra says sexual violence against people with developmental disabilities is an epidemic, and that they are five to seven times more likely to be victims and the problem has been made worse by COVID-19.

The Relational Coordination Research Collaborative Transitions to the University of New Hampshire

Heller News Release
February 16, 2021

The RCRC was founded in 2011 by Professor Jody Hoffer Gittell, who will continue teaching and conducting research at the Heller School.

Why Texas’ power grids couldn’t meet demand

Heller in the News
February 16, 2021

On Marketplace, David Weil say misclassification is a tactic that many companies use to avoid the costs and responsibilities that come with being an employer.

‘There are a lot of people who can’t get to Fenway or Gillette’: Some residents feel overlooked in vaccine rollout

Heller in the News
February 16, 2021

In the Boston Globe, Elissa Sherman, PhD'99, says she's pleased that the Baker administration is trying to create opportunities for onsite vaccine clinics so people don’t have to leave their nursing home communities.

Time for an American Youth Congress?

Heller in the News
February 16, 2021

In the Metro West Daily News, Susan Curnan says "it's time to listen and establish a 2021 platform for positive youth engagement and leadership in civic life."

Top 10 Entrepreneurs To Watch Out For in 2021

Heller in the News
February 16, 2021

Yahoo Finance highlights Sukia Akiba, MS'18, an entrepreneur, environmentalist and social and political activist, as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs to follow in 2021.

Doctors who say no to opioid use face threats from patients

Heller in the News
February 14, 2021

In AP, Andrew Kolodny says helping patients taper down from pain medication is challenging, even if the opioids aren't treating the underlying problem causing the patient pain.

The economics of nursing homes (and paying for one)

Heller in the News
February 12, 2021

On Marketplace, Christine Bishop says nursing homes had been losing occupancy even before the pandemic, because more people were getting services at home and only going to nursing homes at the very end of their lives.

The Heller Community’s Deep Dive into Racial Equity

Heller News Release
February 11, 2021

In January 2021, the Heller School embarked on a school-wide initiative to deepen the community’s understanding of racial equity and racism in the U.S.

Schumer, Warren Misstate Student Loan Debt Disparity

Heller in the News
February 11, 2021

In Fact Check, Elizabeth Warren cites an Institute on Economic and Racial Equity study that shows the Black-white wealth gap would decrease by 28 points for African Americans among borrowing households.

Actions the Biden administration and Congress can take to better protect farmworkers

Heller in the News
February 11, 2021

On an Economic Policy Institute panel, David Weil discusses the significant challenges that farmworkers confront in the workplace and the options available to improve protections for them.

HBO Teams With Alex Gibney For Two-Part Opioid Epidemic Documentary ‘The Crime Of The Century’

Heller in the News
February 11, 2021

Deadline announces a new HBO documentary by Alex Gibney, "The Crime of the Century," which will feature Andrew Kolodny as the film explores the origins and fallout of the opioid epidemic

Addressing food insecurity and mental health in Waltham during COVID-19

Heller News Release
February 10, 2021

Heller students work with local nonprofit to support hard-hit Ugandan immigrant community.

How boosting careers for women of color could save lives

Heller News Release
February 10, 2021

Senior Scientist Janet Boguslaw and Scientist Jessica Santos wrap up long-term research project and curriculum to reduce racial disparities in health care jobs and outcomes.

A Radical Idea: Give People Money

Heller in the News
February 09, 2021

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner says the new plan by the Biden administration to give working people direct $2,000 checks is a good step toward income-equality reform.

New Name, New Vision, Same Values: Introducing the Institute on Economic and Racial Equity

Heller News Release
February 08, 2021

A Q&A with institute Director Maria Madison on renaming the Institute on Assets and Social Policy to reflect this racial justice inflection point.

Marty Walsh 'Has All The Skills' To Lead Labor Department, Says Former U.S. Deputy Labor Secretary

Heller in the News
February 08, 2021

On GBH Morning Edition, Thomas Glynn, MSW’72, PhD’77, discusses Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's confirmation hearings to become Secretary of Labor.

New Interventions To Address Substance Use Disorder Must Take Financial Sustainability Into Account

Heller in the News
February 05, 2021

In the Health Affairs blog, Dominic Hodgkin, Constance M. Horgan, Maureen Stewart and Stephanie Jordan Brown argue that new interventions, if they're not financially sustainable, won’t have any lasting impact in the struggle against Substance Use Disorder.

Cancel $50,000 in student loan debt? Democrats urge Biden to do that in new resolution

Heller in the News
February 04, 2021

The Charlotte Observer cites a study by the Institute on Economic and Racial Equity that shows median white borrowers had reduced their debt by 94% 20 years after entering repayment, compared to the median black borrower who still owed 95% of their student loans.

Marketplace: Surprise! You weren't an employee after all

Heller in the News
February 04, 2021

On Marketplace, David Weil discusses the importance of being labeled as an employee, such as labor protections and unemployment benefits, as jobs increasingly move toward gig work.

FDA's Janet Woodcock failed to stop the opioid epidemic

Heller in the News
February 03, 2021

In USA Today, Andrew Kolodny says Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, "presided over the worst medical regulatory failure in U.S. history," failing to adequately control the opioid epidemic.

How To Fight The Opioid Crisis In The Middle Of A Pandemic

Heller in the News
February 03, 2021

In 1A, Andrew Kolodny discusses the best way to address the opioid crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic under the new Biden administration.

2021 Valentine’s Day Spending Survey

Heller in the News
February 02, 2021

In WalletHub, Roberta Clarke says she expects Valentine's Day spending to fall overall, particularly for people who have lost for jobs, as well as in the dining sector.

The mirage of the Black middle class

Heller in the News
January 28, 2021

Vox cites a study by Tom Shapiro about the legacy of chattel slavery — low wages, segregation, poor schooling — and its impact on Black and white wealth disparities.

How Biden Wants to Trim a Mountain of Student Debt

Heller in the News
January 27, 2021

In Bloomberg, Tom Shapiro comments on President Biden's $10,000 student debt relief plan, saying such “minimal” relief would do nothing to narrow a 20-to-1 wealth gap between white and Black households with student debt.

Introducing the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity

Heller News Release
January 26, 2021

Formerly known as the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, IERE will continue to expand the institute’s focus on racial and economic equity in social policy. This name change is the culmination of a months-long visioning process led by newly appointed institute director, Maria Madison.

How The Concentration Of Wealth Makes The Corporate Elite Untouchable

Heller in the News
January 26, 2021

On KCUR, Robert Kuttner says elites have accumulated enough wealth and power to be immune to the law, not unlike the feudal lords of medieval times.

COVID crisis kept parents away from pediatric ERs early on, may still be doing so

Heller in the News
January 26, 2021

Health Exec cites the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy's Child Opportunity Index data showing that parents in low-opportunity areas were more hesitant to bring their children to emergency rooms for COVID-19.

How West Virginia Became a U.S. Leader in Vaccine Rollout

Heller in the News
January 25, 2021

In the New York Times, Dr. Sherri Young, EMBA'22, the health officer in Kanawha County, West Virginia, says the state needs more vaccines in order to reliably schedule vaccination clinics.

Nurse practitioner care during COVID-19

Heller in the News
January 25, 2021

BC News reports on a study by Monica O'Reilly-Jacob, PhD'18, and Jennifer Perloff, who surveyed nurse practitioners in Massachusetts about their perception of the impact of temporarily waived state practice restrictions on their care delivery during the initial surge of COVID-19.

Robert Kuttner On President Biden's $1.9 Trillion Economic Recovery Plan: 'Good Riddance To The Deficit Hawks'

Heller in the News
January 25, 2021

On WGBH, Robert Kuttner says President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion economic recovery plan doesn't pose much of an economic problem because interest rates are projected to remain so low for so long that massive new debt doesn't pose a threat.

Parents With Disabilities Face Extra Hurdles With Kids' Remote Schooling

Heller in the News
January 25, 2021

On WXXI, Robyn Powell, PhD'20, says the pandemic has exposed longstanding inequities that have always existed for parents and caregivers with disabilities as they navigate online schooling for their children.

The 'Russian doll' workplace

Heller in the News
January 24, 2021

The Week highlights David Weil's comments on "Russian doll" arrangements, where more and more people work for staffing companies rather than regular employees, making it harder for workers to seek better work conditions and benefits.

Pamela Joshi named to National Academies Committee on opportunity gaps for children

Heller News Release
January 22, 2021

The committee is tasked with studying the causes and consequences of opportunity gaps for young children, and making recommendations on how to improve conditions and promote success for children at home, in communities and in schools.

'Coming for You and Your Job': With Prop. 22, Are Grocery Staff Layoffs Just the Beginning?

Heller in the News
January 22, 2021

In KQED, David Weil says gig work companies are using the platform as a way to get out of the obligation of actually treating workers as employees, causing an erosion of workplace standards.

The forgotten frontline workers

Heller News Release
January 21, 2021

Christine Bishop, the Atran Professor of Labor Economics, and Karen Donelan, the Stuart H. Altman Chair in U.S. Health Policy, provide unique perspectives on the precarious world of nursing home workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 asks us: If not now, when?

Heller News Release
January 21, 2021

Dean David Weil shares reflections on the challenges Heller has faced during 2020 and how the Heller community must step up to address the critical social policy issues of the world today.

Reimagining policing in America

Heller News Release
January 21, 2021

Heller students and alumni work to advance policies and programs for racial equity, police accountability and community safety across the country.

Physician leaders meet the challenge of a career

Heller News Release
January 21, 2021

Students and alumni draw on EMBA skills, resources and connections to navigate the pandemic.

How Biden might shore up the Affordable Care Act

Heller in the News
January 21, 2021

In Healthcare Dive, Stuart Altman says the Biden administration can strengthen the Affordable Care Act by making sure everyone who is eligible for benefits knows how to get them and to reject waivers that reduce coverage.

Anita Hill on the future of equality and the U.S. Supreme Court

Heller News Release
January 20, 2021

In a virtual event attended by nearly 500 people, Professor Hill shared insights on the nation’s highest court and its potential to advance—or thwart—equality under the law.

“Our Liberation is Bound Up Together”

Heller in the News
January 18, 2021

Brandeis Alumni profiles Tammy Tai, MBA'06, who has been named deputy director of King Boston, a nonprofit dedicated to honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King by addressing economic and racial inequities.

2020 Middle Eastern and North African American National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders

Heller in the News
January 14, 2021

New America has named Negar Mortazavi, MA SID'08, a journalist and political commentator, one of its next generation leaders for national security and foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa.

Health care commission prepares to review Atrius-Optum deal

Heller in the News
January 14, 2021

In the Boston Business Journal, Stuart Altman says the Health Policy Commission is coordinating with the Massachusetts Attorney General to review a planned acquisition of Atrius Health by Optum.

HPC on lookout for health insurance merger impacts

Heller in the News
January 14, 2021

In WWLP, Stuart Altman says that the Health Policy Commission will continue to monitor the recent merger between Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care for benefits and disruptions to the state's health care system.

What can Biden do to reverse Trump's assault on labor rights?

Heller in the News
January 11, 2021

In the Guardian, David Weil says that under Biden, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration should be much tougher than Trump’s OSHA in holding employers accountable for failing to take steps to minimize COVID-19.

Researcher Optimistic

Heller in the News
January 09, 2021

In the Chronicle Herald, Lewis Novack, MS'18, discusses his work on COVID-19 vaccine trials, how he felt about receiving the vaccine, and his hopes for a single-dose vaccine.

New rule lets companies treat some employees as gig workers

Heller in the News
January 08, 2021

In Marketplace, David Weil says the issue of hiring workers as employees or gig workers is an ongoing issue that will extend into the new Biden administration.

Albertsons is laying off employees and replacing them with gig workers, as app platforms rise

Heller in the News
January 06, 2021

In the Washington Post, David Weil says it's no surprise that companies like grocery store chain Albertson's are choosing to use gig workers rather than hire employees as they try to lower labor costs and decrease basic workplace standards and responsibilities.

What Grocery Drivers and Fired ER Doctors Have in Common

Heller in the News
January 06, 2021

In Slate, David Weil explains the fissured workplace and how increasingly jobs in fields as disparate as emergency medicine and grocery delivery all rely on contractors rather than employees.

Why Did More People of Color Vote for Trump?

Heller in the News
January 05, 2021

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner discusses why there was a net swing in Latino and Asian voters to Trump in the presidential election, and how Democrats can better reach them in the future.

Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care complete merger

Heller in the News
January 05, 2021

In the Boston Herald, Stuart Altman says the health care merger could decrease total health care spending in the state while improving quality and access to care, particularly for vulnerable and underserved populations.

Reimagining rural public schools for equal and quality education for all

Heller in the News
January 02, 2021

In the Times of India, PhD candidate Tanoj Meshram says India must strive for equality in education among rural and urban schools, which can be achieved through fundamental restructuring of its public school system.