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Karen Donelan

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

Heller News Release
June 25, 2020

Brandeis University is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Karen Donelan as the Stuart H. Altman Chair in U.S. Health Policy. Donelan will be a senior member of the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at the University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. 

“Karen Donelan is an extremely talented survey researcher with deep roots in issues that are central to Heller’s mission,” says Heller Dean David Weil. “Her impressive research portfolio centers on improving the experiences of health care professionals and patients, with a particular focus on including diverse voices and increasing equity and inclusion. Her work will intersect with those of researchers across the school. I am thrilled for her to join our community.”

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Heller News Release
July 08, 2020

New Online Tool to Help Communities Respond to the Opioid Crisis, with COVID-19-related Resources

The Brandeis Opioid Resource Connector (BORC) website, led by Cindy Parks Thomas, offers communities models for initiatives and policies aimed at reducing opioid addiction and overdose.

Heller in the News
July 08, 2020

It's not just about money. Black youth will bear permanent scars from this recession

On CNN, Tatjana Meschede says the COVID-19 pandemic has cut short all hope that longstanding economic disparities might shrink among today's young people.

Andrew Kolodny, MD

Heller in the News
July 07, 2020

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

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.

Ilhom Akobirshoev, PhD’15, research scientist at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

Heller News Release
July 06, 2020

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

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.

Rob Mechanic

Heller in the News
July 06, 2020

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

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.

Carole Allen, EMBA'17

Heller in the News
July 02, 2020

Arlington resident elected medical society president

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.

Pamina Firchow

Heller in the News
July 02, 2020

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

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.

Heller News Release
June 30, 2020

Bridging the Disparities Gap in the Opioid Crisis

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

Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy and Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy

Heller in the News
June 29, 2020

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

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

Donald Trump

Heller in the News
June 26, 2020

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

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.

David Weil

Heller in the News
June 25, 2020

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

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.

Rob Mechanic

Heller in the News
June 24, 2020

Is Home Care Going Mainstream in the United States?

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.

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