2021

The Impact of COVID on The Healthcare System and The Biden Health Agenda

Heller in the News
May 12, 2021

In this First 100 Days event, Stuart Altman led a discussion about the impact of COVID on health policy and the health care delivery system, as well as the early health policy accomplishments of the Biden Administration.

Instead of rental vouchers, give people shot at owning home

Heller in the News
May 12, 2021

In a column in the Albuquerque Journal, a columnist proposes a home-ownership voucher to help decrease the racial wealth gap, based on a study by the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity (then known as the Institute on Assets and Social Policy).

Will Biden Favor Drug Companies—or Billions of People Needing COVID Vaccines?

Heller in the News
May 05, 2021

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner argues in favor of the temporary waiver of intellectual-property provisions, so that production of COVID vaccines can proceed worldwide, at the lowest possible cost.

MassArt names former Kennedy Institute head as new president

Heller in the News
May 05, 2021

The Massachusetts College of Art and Design has named Mary Grant, PhD'00, former head of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, as its new president.

Views on the News: Vaccine nationalism, Big Pharma and the distribution vacuum in India

Heller in the News
May 04, 2021

Diana Bowser, A.K. Nandakumar and Rajesh Sampath share their thoughts on how does vaccine nationalism or pandemic profiteering factor into the current nature of global and domestic vaccine distributions.

Vaccine Equity and Efficacy in the Time of COVID Variants

Heller in the News
May 04, 2021

On April 23, Maria Madison moderated a panel as part of Heller's First 100 Days series, bringing together representatives from various sectors, domestic and global, to share their perspectives on the global rollout of the COVID vaccine, which has raised issues around equity and access.

When Amazon raises wages, nearby firms follow suit

Heller in the News
April 30, 2021

The Economist highlights a new paper from Clemens Noelke and David Weil which finds that when big American firms increase wages for their hourly workers, the change tends to spill over to other local employers.

DCF has long failed families with disabilities, advocates say. A pair of investigations is spurring a reckoning

Heller in the News
April 28, 2021

In the Boston Globe, Robyn Powell, PhD'20, says the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families does not have the knowledge, the skills, the awareness or the willingness to fix its problems when it comes to children and parents with disabilities.

Inside McDonald's Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Problem

Heller in the News
April 27, 2021

On Vice News, David Weil discusses class action lawsuits over sexual harassment and racial discrimination at McDonald's, saying there has been a steady erosion of rights and protections of millions of working people over the years.

Q & A with Jessica Ralli and Megan Madison

Heller in the News
April 27, 2021

Publisher's Weekly interviews PhD candidate Megan Madison about her board book series, which introduces tough topics to toddlers and the tools to discuss them. Her new book, "Being You: A First Conversation About Gender," is due out in July.

Dr. Andrew Kolodny - One Year Later: The Opioid Epidemic During COVID-19

Heller in the News
April 23, 2021

As part of New Jersey's Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day, Andrew Kolodny discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ongoing opioid epidemic.

‘The Crime of the Century’ Trailer: Doc Scrutinizes Big Pharma and Opioid Crisis

Heller in the News
April 23, 2021

Rolling Stone shares the trailer for a new HBO documentary, "The Crime of the Century," which features expert commentary from Andrew Kolodny.

Florida ‘disability abortion’ bill has some critics in the disability community

Heller in the News
April 22, 2021

In the Tampa Bay Times, Robyn Powell, PhD'20, says a "disability abortion" ban would hurt the least fortunate the most and would be used as a justification for taking abortion rights away.

Leave no one behind: ensuring access to COVID-19 vaccines for refugee and displaced populations

Heller in the News
April 22, 2021

In Nature, Diana Bowser and Don Shepard join colleagues in a commentary piece that says ensuring access to vaccines against COVID-19 for refugee and displaced populations and addressing health inequities are vital for an effective pandemic response.

Raising Standards for Fast-Food Workers in California

Heller in the News
April 21, 2021

The Center for American Progress says the fast-food sector is an emblematic example of what David Weil calls “fissuring,” where leading firms place intermediaries between themselves and workers through layers of franchising and contracting.

By bearing witness — and hitting ‘record’ — 17-year-old Darnella Frazier may have changed the world

Heller in the News
April 21, 2021

In the Washington Post, Anita Hill spoke to Darnella Frazier, the girl who took the video of George Floyd, and said, “Your quick thinking and bravery under immense pressure has made the world safer and more just. Thank you."

Big companies raising wages could boost pay for workers at nearby businesses

Heller in the News
April 20, 2021

Business Insider highlights a new paper from David Weil and Clemens Noelke on the effects of Amazon and other major retailers raising their minimum wages on wages at other nearby businesses.

Leader of the Year – Hermella Woldehana

Heller in the News
April 20, 2021

Blood:Water names Hermella Woldehana, MA SID'22, as one of its leaders of the year for her work as executive director of Drop of Water, which aims to provide 100% access to clean drinking water, adequate sanitation and hygiene in all parts of Ethiopia.

HPC traces racial impacts of COVID

Heller in the News
April 15, 2021

In Commonwealth Magazine, Stuart Altman, chair of the Health Policy Commission, says it is “troubling” to see above-benchmark health care spending in Massachusetts over the past two years.

2021 Heller Awards honor outstanding service during a challenging year

Heller News Release
April 14, 2021

The Heller community celebrated this year’s Heller Award winners in a virtual ceremony, recognizing individuals who stepped up during a pandemic year to provide outstanding service in teaching, mentoring, teaching assistance, staff service, research, and equity, inclusion and diversity.

Views on the News: Changes to vaccine rollout plans bring new light to public health challenges

Heller in the News
April 14, 2021

In the Justice, Christine Bishop says she is saddened that carefully laid public health disaster plans for population-wide inoculation were ignored, reflecting chronic underfunding of public health and overreliance on market solutions.

Dividends of a Just Economy

Heller in the News
April 09, 2021

In the New York Review of Books, Robert Kuttner asks, what is keeping the government from acting on behalf of its citizens?

Why Hollywood keeps enabling abusive movie moguls, even after #MeToo

Heller in the News
April 09, 2021

In Quartz, Anita Hill says that in Hollywood, bullying is condoned as part of ‘paying your dues’ on the way up and has been openly displayed in films.

Coalition Seeks New Zoning Rules to Support Housing Affordability—and Integration

Heller in the News
April 08, 2021

Nonprofit Quarterly covers a new study co-authored by Susan Eaton of the Sillerman Center about zoning racism in Connecticut. She acknowledges some changes near Hartford in recent years, but says that housing segregation remains high.

Celebrating the Winners of the 2021 Bluestone Rising Scholar Prize

Heller News Release
April 06, 2021

The editors of "CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion" have revealed the winners of this year’s Bluestone Rising Scholar Prize to be Anurag Bhaskar and Indulata Prasad.

With Joe Biden’s own audacious New Deal, the democratic left rediscovers its soul

Heller in the News
April 05, 2021

The Guardian highlights Robert Kuttner's column declaring that the American Rescue Plan “is the most significant legislation for working people that has been passed in decades”.

Biden and the waning of the ‘neoliberal’ era

Heller in the News
April 05, 2021

The Washington Post highlights Robert Kuttner's column saying that President Biden's ambitious agenda could mark the transformation of the Democrats from decades of being “a Wall Street neoliberal party.”

Rep. Rosa DeLauro: “What the government can do is expand opportunity”

Heller News Release
April 01, 2021

The Connecticut congresswoman discussed child poverty, equality for women, labor rights, with Dean David Weil in a Conversation with the Dean and First 100 Days event.

Atlanta slayings, NYC attack prompt calls for stronger laws against hate crimes

Heller in the News
March 31, 2021

The Boston Herald covers an event with Sam Hyun, MBA/MPP'22, chair of the Massachusetts Asian American Commission, and Sen. Ed Markey, where Hyun said that anti-Asian racism and violence is not new and that the nation is finally waking up and having a reckoning.

What My MD/MBA Program is Really Like

Heller in the News
March 31, 2021

Students from the Tufts-Brandeis MD/MBA program, where students earn a Social Impact MBA degree from Heller, share their experiences with the program.

This Bay area company raised wages during the pandemic. Will more follow?

Heller in the News
March 31, 2021

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Clemens Noelke says Amazon's decision to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour may reflect a shift in norms around how well workers should be paid, and may induce other companies to do the same.

UNH, Johns Hopkins and Brandeis partner in support of RCC

Heller in the News
March 31, 2021

The University of New Hampshire, Johns Hopkins University and Brandeis University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in support of a research collaboration to foster innovations in the development and application of relational coordination research through the Relational Coordination Collaborative (RCC).

The Heller School at Brandeis University named top 10 graduate school in two public affairs categories

Heller News Release
March 30, 2021

U.S. News & World Report recognizes Heller as 9th for social policy and 9th for health policy and management in its 2022 rankings, based on a survey of deans, directors and department chairs at graduate schools of public affairs across the country.

Report: Mass. Health Care Costs Rose 4.3% In 2019

Heller in the News
March 29, 2021

On WBUR, Stuart Altman says the report shows that health care spending was increasing even before the pandemic, which was a concerning trend for families and employers who already struggle to afford the high cost of health care in Massachusetts.

Leading and Advocating for the Massachusetts Asian American Community in a Time of Crisis

Heller News Release
March 26, 2021

During a year of escalating racism and violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, Sam Hyun, MBA/MPP’22, has been a tireless advocate for AAPIs, including serving as chair of the Massachusetts Asian American Commission.

AAPI Voices Are Taking To Social Media To Spread Awareness To #StopAAPIHate

Heller in the News
March 24, 2021

In Forbes, Sam Hyun, MBA/MPP'22, chairperson of the Massachusetts Asian American Commission, shares how he and other activists have spoken up with the hashtag #StopAAPIHate about violence against Asian Americans.

Time to End the Presidential Pardon Power

Heller in the News
March 24, 2021

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner says repealing the pardon power of presidents could command bipartisan support, especially in light of Trump’s corruption in selling pardons.

Pandemic Plan for COVID-19 as Chronic, but Manageable Threat, Experts Say

Heller in the News
March 24, 2021

In Voice of America, A.K. Nandakumar says the biggest problem in managing COVID-19 that he sees is lack of willingness to take the vaccine, even among front-line workers and health care workers.

Views on the News: President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package

Heller in the News
March 23, 2021

In the Justice, Rajesh Sampath comments on the American Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief bill, saying he wishes more was allocated in terms of stimulus payments, child tax credit and weekly unemployment insurance.

Loathing the Working Class, Censoring Conservatives, Future of Real Estate, Employment, Outsourcing

Heller in the News
March 22, 2021

On the What Happens Next podcast, David Weil discusses the fissured workplace, describing the misclassification of workers, the gig economy, and the challenges of outsourcing work.

Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction: The Perfect Storm

Heller in the News
March 22, 2021

On CNN, Andrew Kolodny talks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta about COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the opioid crisis in the U.S. and the efforts underway to end the decades-long epidemic.

Can Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Deliver Peace?

Heller in the News
March 19, 2021

The United States Institute of Peace and the Heller School hosted a timely discussion on how applying the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion can contribute to more effective U.S. peace and development programs around the world, featuring Pamina Firchow as moderator.

Connecting Local Knowledge with Peace and Development Initiatives with Dr. Pamina Firchow

Heller in the News
March 18, 2021

PCDN Social Change Careers interviews Pamina Firchow about her life and career, infusing local knowledge to generate indicators that can improve the effectiveness of peace and development initiatives.

Lawmakers Look to Spruce Up Gig Work Rather Than Replace It

Heller in the News
March 18, 2021

In Bloomberg, David Weil says marginal improvements to gig work are not a good idea, because they allow powerful companies to pick and choose the protections they will adopt.

Mayor Scott Announces Cal Harris to Serve as Communications Director

Heller in the News
March 17, 2021

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announces that Cal Harris, MPP'10, will serve as communications director for the Mayor’s Office.

Can employers require coronavirus vaccines? It’s not clear yet.

Heller in the News
March 16, 2021

In the Tampa Bay Times, Robyn Powell, PhD'20, says companies should have no issues requiring coronavirus vaccination, because there’s no court ruling or law that would keep them from doing so.

Remembering Professor Emeritus David Gil

Heller News Release
March 15, 2021

One of Heller’s most beloved and celebrated faculty members, he joined the Heller School a mere five years after its founding and served on the faculty for 46 years.

Rawls and Challenge of Democracy in India - Rajesh Sampath

Heller in the News
March 15, 2021

In a lecture for the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, Rajesh Sampath discusses John Rawls and how societies that are increasingly diverse ensure rights for racial, ethnic, gender, sexuality, and immigrant minorities.

“Maximum Pressure” Hardened Iran Against Compromise

Heller in the News
March 11, 2021

In Foreign Affairs, Hadi Kahalzadeh says U.S. sanctions against Iran helped to shrink the middle class and empower the Revolutionary Guards, stigmatizing the idea of engagement with the West as a solution to Iran’s economic woes.

Histogen Strengthens Board of Directors with Appointment of Industry Leader Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D.

Heller in the News
March 11, 2021

Histogen Inc., a regenerative medicine company, has appointed Susan R. Windham-Bannister, PhD'77, an internationally recognized expert in innovation, market access and market optimization strategies, to its Board of Directors.

United Way of Greater Portland names Ninette Irabaruta director of public policy, advocacy

Heller in the News
March 11, 2021

The Portland Press-Herald announces that Ninette Irabaruta, MA SID'18, has been named the director of public policy and advocacy by United Way of Greater Portland.

Making a Global Impact: Ariel Delaney '07

Heller in the News
March 08, 2021

Castleton University profiles Ariel Delaney, MA SID'13, and her work as a senior program coordinator for the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

What does it mean to be paid a “piece rate”?

Heller in the News
March 08, 2021

On Marketplace, David Weil says businesses that pay workers a “piece rate” — a given dollar amount per task — must make sure workers are still receiving at least minimum wage, but that chances are slim that any given company would be investigated by the Department of Labor for violations.

Sharon Lum appointed chair of LLUH Department of Surgery

Heller in the News
March 08, 2021

Loma Linda University announces taht Sharon Lum, EMBA'22, has been appointed chair of Loma Linda University Health’s Department of Surgery, effective March 15.

When Amazon Raises Its Minimum Wage, Local Companies Follow Suit

Heller in the News
March 06, 2021

The New York Times highlights new research from David Weil, Clemens Noelke and Ellora Derenoncourt of Berkeley that shows Amazon's decision to pay $15/hour has increased wages for low-wage workers at other businesses -- without driving down employment.

House health leader calls for permanent Medicare telehealth expansions

Heller in the News
March 03, 2021

In Fierce Healthcare, Megan Mahoney, EMBA'22, chief of staff at Stanford Health Care and witness at a congressional hearing about telehealth, says changes to telehealth made during the pandemic should be made permanent, such as enabling payment parity for virtual visits.

How the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is helping Miami Valley pharmacies

Heller in the News
March 03, 2021

On Dayton Now, Jon Chilingerian says Johnson & Johnson working with Merck to produce vaccines makes sense, calling it a "win, win, win. It’s a win for us and it's a win for both companies.”

‘Dividing Lines’: Want to know more about Norfolk’s history of segregation? Here’s a reading list.

Heller in the News
February 27, 2021

The Virginian-Pilot recommends the book "Dismantling Desegregation: The Quiet Reversal of Brown v. Board of Education" by Susan Eaton to better understand segregation in Norfolk.

New Proposal Will Build on Opioid Patients’ Right to Know Act

Heller in the News
February 26, 2021

In Legal Reader, Andrew Kolodny comments on the newly proposed Opioid Patients’ Right to Know Act, saying, "One of the best ways to do this is by making sure prescribers, patients and parents understand how highly addictive opioids are before a first prescription is ever written or filled."

Study Analyzes Infrastructure Needs of HBCUs, TCUs and HSIs

Heller in the News
February 26, 2021

In Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld discusses how minority-serving institutions are working together to advance cyberinfrastructure capabilities and data and computing resources.

Making student debt relief stick

Heller in the News
February 25, 2021

In the Boston Globe, Tom Shapiro discusses the next steps after debt cancellation to make sure Americans don't return to the current situation, with millions crushed by college loans.

A Conversation With Rosa Brooks

Heller in the News
February 25, 2021

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner interviews Rosa Brooks, author of the new book ‘Tangled Up in Blue,’ on police reform.

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.