2020

Preventing the opioid epidemic from getting worse requires attacking it at the source

Heller in the News
July 07, 2020

An op-ed in the Hill refers to Andrew Kolodny's study of a law in New Jersey requiring health care providers to discuss with patients the potential of addiction and non-opioid alternatives before prescribing an opioid-based pain reliever.

Revealing health disparities for people with disabilities: A Q&A with Ilhom Akobirshoev, PhD’15

Heller News Release
July 06, 2020

Ilhom Akobirshoev, PhD’15, a research scientist at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy who received Heller’s Early Career Investigator Award in spring 2020, discusses his work on pregnancy and birth outcomes for women with disabilities, and his collaborations with Heller researchers in global and behavioral health.

Nearly 70% of ACOs Will Soon Offer Some Type of Home Visits

Heller in the News
July 06, 2020

In Home Health Care News, Rob Mechanic says coronavirus is only likely to help prove home-based care’s worth, as accountable care organizations increasingly offer home-based care.

Arlington resident elected medical society president

Heller in the News
July 02, 2020

Wicked Local Arlington reports that Carole Allen, EMBA'17, was elected as president-elect of the Massachusetts Medical Society at the organization’s annual meeting.

Trash is Piling Up in Rural Colombia—That’s a Bad Sign for Peace

Heller in the News
July 02, 2020

In Political Violence at a Glance, Pamina Firchow and her team discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic and national State of Emergency are weakened an already fragile peace process, which needs to be nurtured at the local level.

Bridging the Disparities Gap in the Opioid Crisis

Heller News Release
June 30, 2020

Maria Madison and Andrew Kolodny discuss how the prevailing narrative around the opioid addiction epidemic fails to recognize its effects on nonwhite populations.

A Cheap, Race-Neutral Way to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Heller in the News
June 29, 2020

In the Atlantic, Tom Shapiro discusses baby bonds and racial wealth inequality, saying it’s not about savings but instead about institutional practices.

Virus Link to ‘Double Damages’ Rollback Skewered by Obama Alums

Heller in the News
June 26, 2020

In Bloomberg Law, David Weil says a new Department of Labor policy is particularly damaging during the coronavirus-induced recession and the increased risk of wage theft that many low-wage workers in essential jobs face.

Karen Donelan to join Heller School faculty as inaugural Stuart H. Altman Chair in U.S. Health Policy

Heller News Release
June 25, 2020

Donelan will be a senior member of the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at the University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

DOL Pulls Back From Use of ‘Double Damages’ in Wage Cases

Heller in the News
June 25, 2020

In Bloomberg Law, David Law comments on a new Department of Labor policy curtailing its use of liquidated damages, which double the amount of back pay workers receive in wage settlements.

Is Home Care Going Mainstream in the United States?

Heller in the News
June 24, 2020

In AJMC coverage of the spring virtual meeting of the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations, Rob Mechanic says in recent years, technology has allowed people to deliver more health care in the home with mobile diagnostics, remote monitoring, and telehealth capabilities, but the financing model has not quite caught up.

Heller alum Ahmad Jawad Osmani named Minister of Public Health in Afghanistan

Heller News Release
June 17, 2020

Dr. Ahmad Jawad Osmani, MS'11, was appointed to be Afghanistan’s Minister of Public Health on May 31, 2020 by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

10 books to read if you want to learn about the future of work

Heller in the News
June 17, 2020

Business Insider recommends David Weil's book, "The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What Can Be Done to Improve It," to learn about how employer-employee relationships have weakened since the mid-20th century.

The Advocate's 2020 Champions of Pride

Heller in the News
June 17, 2020

The Advocate names Sandy Ho one of its 2020 Champions of Pride, which honors LGBTQ+ people who are changing the world for the better.

Reckoning with another dangerous time for Black people in America

Heller in the News
June 16, 2020

Brandeis Now covers a panel featuring Anita Hill and other Brandeis professors on the complex intersections of history, politics, the law, race and white supremacy.

AskAPSIA - Heller School Dean reflects on International Affairs Post COVID-19

Heller in the News
June 16, 2020

In an APSIA video, David Weil says COVID-19 has revealed deep-seated structures of social inequality and disparities in the United States around the world that require multidisciplinary policy solutions.

Sharing the Impact of Emergency Cash

Heller in the News
June 15, 2020

In the Workers Lab blog, David Weil says emergency cash can be helpful but is not a silver bullet, and must be integrated in public and private policy responses.

She Was A Victims’ Advocate Long Before #MeToo

Heller in the News
June 12, 2020

Berkeley's California Magazine highlights Freada Kapor Klein, PhD'84, named Alumna of the Year, for her efforts as a researcher, an activist, and a formidable advocate for women’s rights decades before the current #MeToo movement.

Union’s Death by Many Cuts Shows Precarious Perch in Digital Age

Heller in the News
June 12, 2020

A Bloomberg Law story about the erosion of unions references David Weil's concept of the fissured workplace, or the practice of outsourcing business functions that used to be handled internally.

Adapting Management Values to Remote Work

Heller in the News
June 11, 2020

In HR People and Strategy Blog, Sarah Taghvai-Soroui says successful remote work requires "organizations to critically re-examine their traditional workplace regimes and the values and assumptions that have carried over into their remote work operation."

Despite pandemic, health care jobs may be lost

Heller in the News
June 11, 2020

In Commonwealth Magazine, Stuart Altman comments on the increase of telemedicine due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how that may impact total health care spending.

Low-Income Children Are Most Vulnerable To Pandemic’s Long-Term Effects

Heller in the News
June 10, 2020

On the Connecticut Public Radio, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia says segregation and neighborhood inequities lead to an unfair concentration of health vulnerability in minority communities.

VIEWS ON THE NEWS: The death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement

Heller in the News
June 10, 2020

In the Justice, Rajesh Sampath reflects on the recent racial justice protests and the steps can non-Black people take to address the prejudices they may hold.

Heller holds first Sankofa Community Conference on racial justice

Heller News Release
June 09, 2020

On June 2 and 3, the Heller School held its first Sankofa Community Conference, “Advancing Racial Justice Through Life and Work,” with more than 500 participants over two days.

Op-Ed: How to determine if a business is COVID-19 safe? Create a restaurant-style grading system

Heller in the News
June 09, 2020

In an op-ed in the LA Times, David Weil says government standards and a ratings system should be put in place to help people make informed choices about which businesses to enter amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

18 books on race and white privilege that will show you what's really happening in America right now

Heller in the News
June 08, 2020

Business Insider recommends Tom Shapiro's "Black Wealth/White Wealth" as a book to learn about how large the wealth gap is between black and white Americans.

Brandeisians come together to face systemic racism

Heller in the News
June 05, 2020

BrandeisNow covers a virtual gathering of more than 700 Brandeis community members, where Maria Madison said, “Think of one action you can do as an individual to help make Brandeis an anti-racist institution. How can we create educational moments? Who can we reach out to?”

Samoan Fulbright scholar graduates, ready to come home

Heller in the News
June 05, 2020

In the Samoa Observer, Sita Leota, MA SID'20, discusses her studies at Heller and goals when she returns to Samoa, using sustainable development to fix systems that keep people poor.

DOL Watchdog’s Exit Creates Crucial Virus Oversight Vacancy

Heller in the News
June 04, 2020

In Bloomberg Law, David Weil comments on the surprise retirement of the inspector general of the Labor Department, saying there is a critical need for experienced and independent watchdogs in government agencies.

Letter from 60th anniversary steering committee co-chairs

Heller News Release
June 03, 2020

Thomas P. Glynn III, MSW’72, PhD’77 and Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD’77, H’19 look back at Heller's last 60 years and urge community members to stay connected.

Then and Now: Heller Policy Impact

Heller News Release
June 03, 2020

Since 1959, Heller's policy impact has grown in a variety of areas, including improving health policies, exposing labor inequities, providing HIV/AIDS expertise, revealing the effects of racial discrimination, and advancing the lives of people with disabilities.

Professor Emerita Donates Retirement Fund to Support Heller Students

Heller News Release
June 03, 2020

Mari Fitzduff, professor emerita of the MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX) program, has created “The Fitzduff Family Fellowship,” a scholarship that will be awarded each year to an international COEX student from a war zone.

Then and Now: Heller by the Numbers

Heller News Release
June 03, 2020

How Heller has changed over the last six decades, from gender makeup to number of academic programs.

The Best Lessons I Learned at Heller

Heller News Release
June 03, 2020

Alumni share stories about their favorite professors, who served not only as teachers in the classroom, but as mentors, research advisers and even friends.

60 Heller Alumni Around the World

Heller News Release
June 03, 2020

Heller’s 4,500 alumni are scattered across the globe, creating social change on virtually every continent.

Deans' Stories

Heller News Release
June 03, 2020

Former deans Stuart Altman, Jack Shonkoff and Lisa Lynch look back on their time leading the Heller School.

Reflections on Heller’s 60th Birthday

Heller News Release
June 03, 2020

Dean David Weil looks back on Heller's first 60 years and shares his vision for Heller's next chapter, working to address social and economic disparities and make the world a more just, peaceful and humane place for all.

Tracking fentanyl in the drug supply

Heller News Release
June 03, 2020

Traci Green, director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, puts public health first with new services for users to test their drugs.

Peak Inspiration

Heller News Release
June 03, 2020

Daniel Mazur, PhD'00, scales the planet's highest summits and gives back to the communities that call those mountains home.

Anita Hill-Led Hollywood Commission Urges Industry To Step Up In Wake Of Killing Of George Floyd

Heller in the News
June 03, 2020

In Deadline, the commission led by Anita Hill says it "mourns the murder of George Floyd” and urges the film and TV industry to make workplaces "safe from harassment, discrimination, abuse and bullying" that replicates harmful power imbalances in society.

Study shows inpatient psychiatric units less likely to use health information exchange

Heller News Release
June 01, 2020

This new publication, led by Heller PhD candidate Morgan Shields appears in the June 2020 issue of Health Affairs.

The Risks Of Remaining In The Medicare Shared Savings Program During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Heller in the News
June 01, 2020

In the Health Affairs blog, Robert Mechanic discusses pandemic-related financial risks arising from the MSSP payment model and new policies that substantially reduce but do not eliminate risks to MSSP ACOs in the current year.

Virtual Graduation 2020: "Creating a better future for our generation and generations to come"

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

Heller held its first-ever virtual graduation celebration for its class of 2020 graduates on Sunday, May 31. The 143 graduates — 139 master’s and 4 doctoral degree recipients — represent seven programs and 40 countries, speaking 35 languages.

MBA Commencement speaker: John Valinch, MBA/MPP'20

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

John Valinch, MBA/MPP'20, shares how growing up in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a primarily immigrant and Latinx community, shaped his dedication to fighting for working-class communities and belief in the power of collective action and solidarity.

MPP Commencement speaker: Bishar Jenkins, MPP'20

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

Bishar Jenkins, MPP'20, shares how his HIV diagnosis spurred him to pursue an MPP in order to change policies for Black and Queer young people like himself.

MS Commencement speaker: Blessed Ovie, MS'20

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

Blessed Ovie, MS'20, shares why he decided to pursue a degree in global health policy and management after working for 10 years in Nigeria's public health sector, and the obstacles he had to overcome for four years before arriving at Heller.

PhD Commencement speaker: Robyn Powell, PhD'20

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

Robyn Powell, PhD'20, shares how she has continuously sought opportunities to advance the rights of people with disabilities, first as a social worker, then an attorney, and now a researcher.

COEX Commencement speaker: Winnie Rugamba, MA COEX'20

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

Winnie Rugamba, MA COEX'20, shares her journey from Rwanda to Massachusetts, and what she loves about studying with a cohort of students from different beliefs, values, and backgrounds, all fighting to change the status quo.

SID Commencement speaker: Prince Mujumbe Salama, MA SID'20

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

Prince Mujumbe Salama, MA SID'20, shares how growing up as an internally displaced person and losing his father shaped him, and his appreciation for the support of the Heller community, especially during a challenging final semester.

EMBA Commencement speaker: Shaneeta Johnson, EMBA'20

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

Shaneeta Johnson, EMBA'20, shares how the EMBA program has given her and her physician classmates the tools to improve health care and health care delivery, especially during disasters like Hurricane Dorian in her home country of the Bahamas, and the current COVID-19 crisis.

"Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere."

Heller News Release
May 29, 2020

Dean David Weil and Associate Dean Maria Madison address the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and offer resources for the Heller community.

COVID-19 doesn't cancel out the ADA: disability rights during a pandemic

Heller in the News
May 27, 2020

On KUOW, Robyn Powell discusses the rights of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic as states begin to reopen.

Winner of the 2020 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize

Heller in the News
May 26, 2020

The Conflict Research Society congratulates Pamina Firchow on winning the 2020 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize for her book titled Reclaiming Everyday peace: Local Voices in Measurement and Evaluation After War published by Cambridge University Press (2018).

Campaign to Partially Ban Abortion in CO Attempts to Portray Abortion as Disability Discrimination

Heller in the News
May 26, 2020

In the Colorado Times Recorder, Robyn Powell, PhD'20, says bans on abortion in the case of a Down Syndrome diagnosis don't help the disability community and are an opportunity for anti-choice individuals to use disability as their pawn.

Economic impact of an outbreak

Heller in the News
May 26, 2020

Boston College highlights a webinar featuring Diana Bowser as a panelist, discussing the impact on of the coronavirus pandemic on the global economy.

The Workers Lab Unveils Findings of Largest Ever Gig Worker Cash Transfer Experiment

Heller News Release
May 22, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, David Weil contributes to a Workers Strength Fund experiment that reveals great need for low-income gig worker and contractor safety net.

'All the psychoses of US history': how America is victim-blaming the coronavirus dead

Heller in the News
May 22, 2020

In the Guardian, Finn Gardiner, MPP'18, discusses how fat-shaming coronavirus victims during the pandemic, particularly those of color, left people feeling “expendable” and that they were “an acceptable sacrifice.”

OLOL, other providers see huge increases in telemedicine visits

Heller in the News
May 21, 2020

In the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, James Craven, EMBA'20, comments on the dramatic increase in telemedicine during the COVID-19 crisis, saying the old model of health care delivery is forever changed.

The Post-Corona World

Heller in the News
May 21, 2020

In a podcast for the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner and other editors discuss the post-pandemic future for labor, manufacturing, corporate power, and democracy.

Setting a Higher Bar for Multicultural Inclusion in Higher Education

Heller in the News
May 21, 2020

In Higher Education Today, Maria Madison says higher education needs to transform itself to address recent demographic changes and work toward equitable student graduation and employment rates.

Boston Speaks Up: Meet WorkAround CEO Wafaa Arbash

Heller in the News
May 19, 2020

In American Inno, Wafaa Arbash, MA SID/COEX'17, chats about her Boston-based startup WorkAround and why she, as a Syrian immigrant, is determined to restore dignity to refugees globally.

Student launches kosher delivery service for front-line workers

Heller in the News
May 18, 2020

Brandeis Now covers a new service, JewBer, created by Ana Sazonov, MA/MBA’21 and Simon Luxemburg, MA/MBA’21 to deliver kosher Shabbat, Passover and other meals for Jewish frontline workers in the Boston area, including medical professionals caring for COVID-19 patients.

Blockchain in Boston: Combining Tech and International Development

Heller in the News
May 15, 2020

William and Mary's Global Research Institute interviews Gabrielle Hibbert, MA SID'21, about her career path, studies at Heller and future work in blockchain technology.

Dr. Jill M. Baren Named Provost at University of the Sciences

Heller in the News
May 15, 2020

The University of the Sciences names Jill M. Baren, MD, EMBA'19, a national leader in academic medicine, healthcare, and higher education, provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Iran's financial crisis weakens its coronavirus response

Heller in the News
May 14, 2020

In Futurity, PhD candidate Hadi Kahalzadeh discusses the humanitarian and economic crisis in Iran and the impact of US sanctions as it works to combat the coronavirus.

Anita Hill: Why a Safe Working Environment Also Includes Protections Against Abuses

Heller in the News
May 14, 2020

In Variety, Anita Hill discusses how Hollywood should approach its return to work after COVID-19, including adding protections against ageism and racism, as workers vie for fewer jobs.

Butte County’s low-income children suffer in coronavirus pandemic

Heller in the News
May 12, 2020

In the Enterprise-Record, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia says impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are felt harder by children in low-income families, and that they are experiencing high stress, routine disruptions, fear and economic insecurity.

Steve Bannon Strikes Again

Heller in the News
May 12, 2020

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner describes a recent interview with former Trump administration official Steve Bannon on COVID-19, China and reopening the United States.

Virus shaking up Mass. health care dynamics

Heller in the News
May 06, 2020

In the Worcester Business Journal, Stuart Altman discusses the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has disrupted the health care system in Massachusetts, cutting into provider revenues and possibly translating to longer-term shifts in care delivery.

Why is COVID-19 hitting black communities harder? Residential segregation is a key factor.

Heller in the News
May 05, 2020

In the Appeal, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia says that residential segregation concentrates social conditions that are conducive to transmission of diseases like COVID-19.

Don’t Forget the Other Pandemic Killing Thousands of Americans

Heller in the News
May 04, 2020

In the Daily Beast, Traci Green says people with opioid use disorder need extra support during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as easy access to treatment and telemedicine for prescribing buprenorphine.

The Allegation Is Against Joe Biden, but the Burden Is on Women

Heller in the News
May 04, 2020

In the New York Times, Anita Hill says there needs to be a full investigation into the allegations of sexual assault made by Tara Reade against presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Risks of inpatient psychiatry during COVID-19 and beyond

Heller in the News
May 04, 2020

In the Medical Care Blog, Morgan Shields discusses the risks of COVID-19 for inpatient psychiatry patients, and how community-based alternatives could provide better value for patients and society.

Why Americans don't know about their right to paid sick leave

Heller in the News
May 04, 2020

In Newsweek, David Weil and his former Obama administration Department of Labor colleagues say the Trump administration must increase DOL staffing, expand labor protections and make it easier for American workers to learn about and qualify for paid sick leave.

USAID Provides $2.9M to Support India’s COVID-19 Efforts

Heller in the News
May 01, 2020

USAID announces $2.9 million to support India in its response to the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, a plan developed with the support of A.K. Nandakumar, advisor to USAID health office in India.

How COVID-19 is Impacting Health Policy at Federal, State and Local Levels

Heller News Release
April 30, 2020

Associate Professor and MPP Program Director Michael Doonan utilizes his expertise in health policy and federalism to help explain how COVID-19 is impacting health policy at every level of government.

Long-sought U.S. labor rule change raises worker safety questions in coronavirus crisis

Heller in the News
April 30, 2020

In Reuters, David Weil comments on National Labor Relations Board rule change regarding joint employment, and estimates joint employment affects at least 19% of the U.S. workforce.

Class action suit aims to free all transgender ICE detainees

Heller in the News
April 30, 2020

On NBC, Traci Green says ICE detention facilities, in terms of social distancing, are “even worse than prison or jail, and they’re not equipped for COVID-19.”

Amplifying the voices of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Heller News Release
April 29, 2020

Robyn Powell, PhD’20, discusses how the pandemic has exacerbated inequities for people with disabilities and why it's essential for them to have a seat at the table as policymakers make critical decisions.

New Laws for the Fissured Workplace

Heller in the News
April 29, 2020

In the American Prospect, David Weil says the COVID-19 pandemic reveals the long-term need for wide access for all workers to safety-net protections like unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation as well as to comprehensive paid-leave policies.

Could ICE detention centers be the next coronavirus hotbed?

Heller in the News
April 29, 2020

In the Hill, Traci Green says keeping immigrants in detention is exacerbating what is already a public health crisis, and her team recommends a prompt widespread release of immigrants from these dangerous environments.

Remote learning in the age of COVID-19

Heller in the News
April 27, 2020

Alain Lempereur and Brenda Anderson share how they have adjusted their teaching methods for online instruction during COVID-19.

The recovered: How it feels to be alive on the other side of the pandemic

Heller in the News
April 27, 2020

In the Washington Post, Dr. Jill Baren, EMBA'19, shares her experience being both an emergency room physician and COVID-19 patient during the pandemic.

Study Projects Significant Impact on Immigrants and Local Health Care if ICE Detention Populations are not Decreased

Heller in the News
April 27, 2020

A new study from Traci Green, to be published in the Journal of Urban Health, shows how the spread of COVID-19 in immigration detention will impact facility populations and local health care systems.

2020 Heller Awards winners announced during virtual celebration

Heller News Release
April 24, 2020

Each spring, the Heller School recognizes individuals for outstanding service in teaching, mentoring, teaching assistance, staff service, research, and equity, inclusion and diversity.

Looking Ahead to COVID-19 Response in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Q&A with Professor Nandakumar

Heller News Release
April 24, 2020

For many sub-Saharan African countries, the COVID-19 pandemic looms on the horizon. Global health experts like Professor Allyala Nandakumar are stepping up to help them prepare.

Professors Anita Hill and Susan Lovett elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Heller in the News
April 23, 2020

University Professor Anita Hill was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which honors exceptionally accomplished individuals and engages them in advancing the public good.

What America Can Do to Fight Mass Unemployment

Heller in the News
April 22, 2020

In the New York Times, Robert Kuttner says federal and state governments should hire thousands of new college graduates to reinforce understaffed employment agencies.

Taking advantage of unpaid leave can increase the chances that workers will face economic hardship

Heller in the News
April 22, 2020

In the Conversation, Pam Joshi discusses how U.S. family and medical leave policies make it difficult for Americans to take time off, even if they or their loved ones get COVID-19.

José Gaston Guillem, MD, MPH, MBA Joins UNC Surgery as the new Chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery

Heller in the News
April 21, 2020

UNC School of Medicine interviews José Gaston Guillem, EMBA'19, who shares what inspired him to become a doctor, how influential mentors lead to his specialty in colorectal surgery and his goals for the GI Division.

National Covid-19 Testing Action Plan

Heller in the News
April 21, 2020

The Rockefeller Foundation releases its testing action plan for the United States, created by a team of experts on science, industry, academia, public policy, and government, including Allyala Nandakumar.

Public health expert: ‘Marshall Plan’ needed to redress coronavirus race disparities

Heller in the News
April 20, 2020

In the Chicago Sun-Times, social scientist David R. Williams cites the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy's Child Opportunity Index 2.0 for showing that inequities that have long-term effects on lifelong health are created early in life, at the neighborhood level.

Gig Workers Still Waiting for Help After 22 Million Jobs Vanish

Heller in the News
April 17, 2020

In Bloomberg, David Weil says the fissured nature of the U.S. workplace allows companies to evade their traditional responsibilities, and COVID-19 revealed how vulnerable gig workers are.

What it’s like to be a delivery person during the coronavirus pandemic

Heller in the News
April 16, 2020

On CNBC, David Weil discusses how gig workers for delivery services like Amazon Flex, Uber Eats and Instacart need protections more than ever as they continue to work during the COVID-19 crisis.

Neighborhood inequities and COVID-19

Heller in the News
April 15, 2020

In a blog post on DiversityDataKids.org, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia says during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, the Child Opportunity Index can help identify and direct resources to vulnerable neighborhoods to prevent existing inequities from deepening.

Brandeis University Study Shows Few Opioid Prescribers Warned Patients of Risk of Addiction Before State Requirement

Heller in the News
April 15, 2020

A new study from Andrew Kolodny shows that a New Jersey law requiring conversations between prescribers and patients to discuss risks of addiction before an opioid-based pain reliever is prescribed resulted in a significant drop in patients started on opioids.

Coronavirus pandemic shines a light on gig workers’ scant protections

Heller in the News
April 15, 2020

In the Boston Globe, David Weil says the lack of paid sick leave and other protections shows for gig workers, such as those delivering groceries for Instacart, shows that the workplace social safety net has major holes.

Accelerating Equity and Justice: Basic Income and Generational Wealth

Heller News Release
April 14, 2020

New report from the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) shows combining monthly Basic Income with generational wealth-building Kids' Futures Accounts significantly reduces income and wealth disparities.

We are in this together

Heller in the News
April 14, 2020

In a Facebook Live broadcast with Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, Sam Hyun, MPP'21, discusses his work to combat the anti-Asian racism that has sprung up around COVID-19.

How A Factory In Lawrence Went From Athletic Apparel To Medical Gowns

Heller in the News
April 14, 2020

WBUR covers a news conference featuring Gov. Charlie Baker and Brenna Schneider, MBA'12, who unveils the isolations gowns her company 99 Degrees Custom is making for health care workers as they fight COVID-19.

Could coronavirus-induced recession be more deadly than disease?

Heller in the News
April 13, 2020

In Al Jazeera, Clemens Noelke discusses the relationship between recessions and mortality among older US adults, including research that shows older workers are more likely to die after losing their jobs, especially if they lose them during a recession.

Tackle inequality, coronavirus with tax credits for working families

Heller in the News
April 13, 2020

In the North Jersey Record, Nicole Rodriguez, MPP'14, says it's critical to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, one of the nation's most successful anti-poverty programs, to help families struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Consistent, transparent messaging from leaders needed in coronavirus crisis, expert says

Heller in the News
April 10, 2020

In the Boston Herald, Leonard Marcus, PhD'83, says consistent, transparent and unified messaging from state, local and federal leaders is needed to push through the coronavirus crisis and get the public to follow vital instructions.

Coronavirus may bring a labor reckoning for Amazon

Heller in the News
April 10, 2020

In Digital Trends, David Weil says the COVID-19 pandemic situation may have systematic effects on labor practices in the U.S., including at Amazon.

Asian Americans Are Not a Monolith, But We Have to Come Together

Heller in the News
April 09, 2020

In an op-ed in NextShark, Sam Hyun, MPP'21, says even as Asian Americans grappled with racism due to the coronavirus, they must work to dismantle systems of oppression, eradicate racism or end all injustice.

Ohio doctors, pharmacies slash number of opioid pills distributed last year

Heller in the News
April 09, 2020

In the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Andrew Kolodny says the drop in opioid prescriptions in Ohio is encouraging, but there is still more to be done to decrease opioid prescribing.

Latinas Who Lead: Lisa Cacari Stone Brings a Passion for Mentorship to UNM College of Population Health

Heller in the News
April 06, 2020

Lisa Cacari Stone, PhD'04 is profiled about her path to the University of New Mexico, where she is now teaching the next generation of scholars of color to promote behavioral health equity in diverse and underserved communities.

Institute estimates Miss. could have 918 COVID-19 deaths by early August

Heller in the News
April 05, 2020

On WLBT, Dr. Clay Hays, EMBA'21, says a new prediction about the number of deaths from COVID-19 in Mississippi has helped convince state leadership to implement more stringent social distancing measures.

P.A.A.R.I. Announces Fentanyl Test Strip Pilot Project

Heller in the News
April 03, 2020

The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) announces that Traci Green is the principal investigator of a three-month pilot project with 11 Massachusetts police departments to utilize fentanyl test strips as a new tool to engage people with opioid use disorder and help prevent overdose deaths.

Sanctions Make the Coronavirus More Deadly

Heller in the News
April 02, 2020

In Foreign Affairs, PhD candidate Hadi Kahalzadeh urges the United States to lift sanctions so that Iran can better fight COVID-19 and save its citizens' lives.

Brandeis publishes its first academic journal on caste and social exclusion

Heller News Release
April 01, 2020

“CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion” released its first issue on Feb. 26, marking Brandeis University’s first-ever peer-reviewed academic journal. J-CASTE advances peer-reviewed scholarship across disciplines into caste systems in South Asia and beyond.

Manufacturing a coronavirus defense: companies like L.L. Bean transition to medical gear production

Heller in the News
April 01, 2020

In the Boston Globe, Brenna Schneider, MBA'12, says her company 99 Degrees Custom, based in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is planning to pivot from making athletic wear to isolation gowns for front-line health care workers.

Drugmakers Poised to Profit Off of Opioid Settlement Strategy

Heller in the News
March 31, 2020

In Bloomberg Law, Andrew Kolodny says it's important to treat people with opioid addiction with a combination of medication and supportive services.

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'12, 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.