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US News and World Report Best Grad Schools Public Affairs 2021 Badge

The Heller School at Brandeis University named top-10 school for social policy

Heller News Release
March 17, 2020

The U.S. News & World Report 2021 rankings for graduate schools of public affairs continues to list the Heller School for Social Policy and Management in the top 10 for social policy, ranking ninth this year.   

The Heller School continues to be ranked in the top 20 percent of graduate schools in the overall public affairs category and is among the top three graduate schools in New England for public affairs. 

Heller rose to number 12 for health policy and management, and also improved in the public policy analysis specialty, where it now ranks 25.

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Traci Green, Director, Opioid Policy Research Collaborative

Heller in the News
April 03, 2020

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

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.

hospital workers in iran

Heller in the News
April 02, 2020

Sanctions Make the Coronavirus More Deadly

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.

Blue illustration of heads for J-CASTE journal

Heller News Release
April 01, 2020

Brandeis publishes its first academic journal on caste and social exclusion

“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.

worker in a mask at ll bean factory

Heller in the News
April 01, 2020

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

In the Boston Globe, Brenna Schneider, MBA'11, 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.

Andrew Kolodny, MD

Heller in the News
March 31, 2020

Drugmakers Poised to Profit Off of Opioid Settlement Strategy

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

health care workers in protective gear

Heller in the News
March 30, 2020

People With Intellectual Disabilities May Be Denied Lifesaving Care Under These Plans as Coronavirus Spreads

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.

Roger Severino, the director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Heller in the News
March 30, 2020

U.S. Civil Rights Office Rejects Rationing Medical Care Based on Disability, Age

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.

Robyn Powell, PhD candidate

Heller in the News
March 27, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has brought out society's alarming disregard for people with disabilities

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.

health care worker standing outside tents

Heller in the News
March 26, 2020

People With Disabilities Say Rationing Care Policies Violate Civil Rights

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.

Man in front of amazon delivery truck

Heller in the News
March 25, 2020

Delivery drivers face pandemic without sick pay, insurance, sanitizer

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.

Congressional staffers

Heller in the News
March 25, 2020

Kuttner: U.S. Economy Saving Effort 'Has To Be A Lot Bigger Than $2 Trillion'

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.

Barbara Ferrer, PhD'94

Heller in the News
March 23, 2020

16 more coronavirus cases in L.A. County; total number at 69

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.

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