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The Heller School once again named a top 10 graduate school

Heller News Release
March 29, 2022

For its 2023 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Heller School for Social Policy and Management among the top 10 public affairs graduate schools in two specialty categories: social policy (where Heller has been top-ranked for over a decade) and health policy and management.

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Women marching for their rights

Heller in the News
March 28, 2023

Post-#MeToo, Progress for Women in Hollywood Has Stalled. Will It Get Back on Track?

According to Variety, it’s not at all clear to Anita Hill that “everyday people” in the industry are facing the same type of accountability as the bigger names, for example. Her goal is to change that and a culture that has historically condoned or even joked about such behavior in the workplace, be it on the casting couch or elsewhere.

Sharon Reif and Cindy Parks Thomas

Heller News Release
March 23, 2023

New Research Q&A: People with Disabilities Less Likely to Receive Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Professor and Associate Dean for Research Cindy Parks Thomas, PhD’00, and Professor Sharon Reif, PhD’02, discussed their findings and policy recommendations with Heller Communications.

A child looking at the camera

Heller in the News
March 23, 2023

Child, caregiver mortality up in low-opportunity neighborhoods

According to Medical Xpress, The Child Opportunity Index was used to measure neighborhood opportunity, which captures compounding inequities in access to opportunities for health. The researchers observed inverse associations between the Child Opportunity Index quintile and child and caregiver deaths.

A neighborhood

Heller in the News
March 23, 2023

Mortality and Where You Live – It’s Location, Location, Location

The American Academy of Pediatrics cites a study featuring co-authors Dolores Acevedo-Garcia and Clemens Noelke on the connection between mortality and neighborhood resources and conditions.

Anita Hill with a sign interpreter

Heller in the News
March 22, 2023

Anita Hill visits Cleveland to promote mission of gender equity

WKYC shares that Anita Hill visited Case Western Reserve University to promote Gender Equity.

A liquid dose of methadone is seen in a plastic cup. Studies have found the use of medication combined with counseling is more effective in keeping patients with opioid use disorder in treatment

Heller in the News
March 13, 2023

Study: Disabled People Less Likely to Be Prescribed Medication for Opioid Disorder

While a number of factors could contribute to people with disabilities having less access to opioid use disorder medications – including physical limitations that could complicate in-person visits to facilities – a general lack of comfort among some clinicians in providing care for either patients with opioid use disorder or those with a disability, could be behind the disparity, says lead study author Cindy Park Thomas in U.S. News.

Joe Biden announces Julie Su as his nominee for secretary of labor at the White House on 1 March

Heller in the News
March 12, 2023

‘Hard to ignore Julie Su’: Biden’s labor secretary pick fights for confirmation

In The Guardian, David Weil comments on the challenges Julie Su may face during the Senate confirmation process.

From left to right, professors Harleen Singh, Anita Hill and ChaeRan Freeze

Heller in the News
March 06, 2023

Brandeis to host year-long seminar on gender-based violence

“Gender-based violence has been embedded in many cultures, governments, and economic systems throughout history, and still to this day. In bringing together scholars who are examining how and why gender-based violence persists, who it harms and whose power it maintains, we hope to envision how nations and communities can identify and detach themselves from the foundations of gendered violence,” said Hill for BrandeisNOW.

Six female Heller students

Heller in the News
March 06, 2023

Meet the women advocating for change

BrandeisNOW highlights the work and research of six Heller students: Ilana Fitzpatrick, MPP’24, Ophelia Delali A. Akoto PhD ‘26, Vilma Uribe, PhD’26, Jamie Morgan, PhD’23, Kaitie Chakoian, Heller PhD’24, and Hannah Wilcove, MPP’23.

David Weil, Dean of the Heller School

Heller in the News
March 05, 2023

Hundreds of migrant children work long hours in jobs that violate child labor laws

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe talks with David Weil about why hundreds of migrant children in the U.S. are working long hours and in dangerous jobs.


Heller News Release
March 01, 2023

OPRC receives new grant on the emergence of xylazine in the drug supply

The Opioid Policy Research Collaborative (OPRC), within the Institute of Behavioral Health at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and its partners were awarded a grant from the University of Baltimore’s Center for Drug Policy and Prevention (CDPP) to investigate appropriate police and community responses to xylazine in the drug supply.

Monika Mitra, director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University

Heller in the News
March 01, 2023

How proposed laws and medical innovation target better reproductive health care for women with disabilities

“Across the board, women with disabilities are at a disadvantage because of different types of barriers: communication barriers, physical access barriers, or the attitudes of the staff,” said Monika Mitra, director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University, to Youth Today.

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