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Bridging the Disparities Gap in the Opioid Crisis

Heller News Release
December 19, 2019

The opioid addiction epidemic has ravaged the United States for the last two decades. But in 2019, data started to show that the epidemic might be subsiding, with opioid deaths plateauing or declining for the first time since 1980.

Maria Madison, who has an ScD in public health and is Heller’s associate dean for equity, inclusion and diversity, feels that this broad, positive narrative overlooks significant racial disparities in the data. She reached out to Andrew Kolodny, medical director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at Heller to voice her concerns. This fall, they sat down for a conversation with Heller Magazine about the need to recognize racial and other disparities in the data and the best way for health care workers, law enforcement officials and policymakers to address all populations affected by the opioid epidemic. 

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Heller in the News
January 22, 2020

How healthy is your neighborhood for your child? Take a look

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.

Heller in the News
January 22, 2020

America's hardest places to grow up

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.

Heller in the News
January 22, 2020

diversitydatakids.org announces the Child Opportunity Index 2.0

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.

Heller in the News
January 21, 2020

Index compares child opportunity in the 100 largest US metro areas

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.

Heller in the News
January 16, 2020

Methadone can help people beat opioid addiction — if they can afford it

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.

Heller in the News
January 15, 2020

Black China: Africa's First Superpower Is Coming Sooner Than You Think

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.

Heller in the News
January 15, 2020

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Start Erasing Student Debt on Her First Day in the White House

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.

Heller in the News
January 14, 2020

Trump’s joint-employer rule curbs wage theft lawsuits, but not in California

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.

Heller in the News
January 14, 2020

New Joint Employer Rule Hinges on Reception in Court

In Bloomberg Law, David Weil comments on a new Trump administration regulation making it harder for workers to sue multiple employers for wage violations.

Heller News Release
January 13, 2020

The new normal: How we redefine fair pay for low-wage workers

Dean David Weil leads research team in national study of labor market shocks and evolving wage norms.

Heller in the News
January 13, 2020

Albany Leaders Respond To Disparities Highlighted In National Report

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.

Heller in the News
January 10, 2020

Regis College trustees extend presidency of Hays to 2023

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.

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