Op Ed

Most Expensive Federal Education Program Lacks Metrics

Most Expensive Federal Education Program Lacks Metrics

BY MEGHAN HAENN: President Obama hosted a College Opportunity Summit earlier this month at the White House to discuss a variety of proposals to improve collegiate access, particularly for low-income students. The president’s higher education agenda includes a wide range of initiatives, which supposedly build upon recent successes from an […]

 
 

Too Much Sugar: Public Policy Suggestions

Too Much Sugar: Public Policy Suggestions

BY MELODY CHERNY There are an increasing number of reports on the harmful effects of excess sugar consumption, which has been linked to health problems like obesity, type II diabetes, and heart disease. The real culprit in excess sugar consumption seems to be that people are consuming “added sugars”: caloric […]

 
 

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Free Trade or More Corporate Loopholes?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Free Trade or More Corporate Loopholes?

BY LIZ CASEY Since 2010, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, has been under negotiation as the largest proposed free trade agreement known to date. The twelve nations involved in the negotiations, led by the United States, aim for a signed agreement by the end of 2013. But, what exactly is […]

 
 

The challenge of financial inclusion: Mexico’s experience with financial correspondents

The challenge of financial inclusion: Mexico’s experience with financial correspondents

BY JOSE R. NAVARRETE: It is not difficult to agree with the notion that financial services are powerful mechanisms to overcome the barriers for poverty reduction and to foster economic development. Indeed, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) has recently shown that access to financial services by low-income […]

 
 

Will ENDA End LGBT Employment Discrimination?

Will ENDA End LGBT Employment Discrimination?

Image source: Alex Wong/Getty Images BY DANIELLE CUMMINGS: In early November, the U.S. Senate approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a ban on workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill faces a tough road in the House of Representatives, as House Speaker John Boehner has repeatedly […]

 
 

Building Self-Esteem in NYC: Beauty, Brains, and the NYC Girl’s Project

Building Self-Esteem in NYC: Beauty, Brains, and the NYC Girl’s Project

BY ELIZABETH GILLROY: This fall, New York City launched a new public health campaign aimed at improving girl’s self-esteem and body image.  Targeted at girls ages seven to twelve, the NYC Girls Project hopes to counteract the narrow standards of beauty represented in the media – highly unrealistic standards that […]

 
 

Should We Pay Providers for Using Digital Health?

Should We Pay Providers for Using Digital Health?

BY DANIEL SHULKIN: Today someone in America will be brought to an emergency room in critical condition only to find that the hospital does not have the expertise to treat him or her. This is a common scenario in many rural hospitals in this country, yet the technology that currently […]

 
 

Food Security and Policy Streams Theory in the Middle East

Food Security and Policy Streams Theory in the Middle East

BY HANI KFOURI: Demands for greater political inclusion and improved social and economic security have been at the core of the recent upheavals in the Arab World. These upheavals, in the form of both peaceful protests and violent uprisings by Arab citizens, have toppled a number of Middle East governments […]

 
 

Nearing the End of the War in Afghanistan: Are We Ready?

Nearing the End of the War in Afghanistan: Are We Ready?

BY TABATHA RENZ: It came and went. We marched and waved flags. Some of us dedicated a day of service. Recently, we marked the final Veterans Day that we will observe before the war in Afghanistan comes to a close. Arguably, that was the last major milestone left before the […]

 
 

Can You Really Vote with Your Fork?

Can You Really Vote with Your Fork?

BY KATE WALSH Whether we choose to realize it or not, our plates are political. While eating is an incredibly personal act that weaves private preferences, cultural mores, and spiritual practices, it also has much broader societal implications. Every bite of food reflects not only our own choices, but also […]