Op Ed

The Millennium Development Goals and Environmental Sustainability in Rural and Urban Communities

The Millennium Development Goals and Environmental  Sustainability in Rural and Urban Communities

BY BIANCA GIRAULT: The United Nations eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established to address the most pressing needs of the world’s poorest population by 2015. Despite the United Nations efforts to Ensure Environmental Sustainability globally (Goal #7), their efforts to improve access to water and sanitation have not sufficiently reached […]

 
 

Our Addiction Crisis

Our Addiction Crisis

BY JESSICA NAGRO: Earlier this month, the world lost a talented and beloved actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, to a heroin overdose. While the death of a popular celebrity makes headlines, there are countless more who lose their struggle with addiction each and every day and the magnitude of these losses […]

 
 

Welcome Home, Soldier. Now, Buy Our Beer.

Welcome Home, Soldier. Now, Buy Our Beer.

BY TABATHA RENZ AND RYAN NORTON: Do you remember the Super Bowl commercial about the soldier coming home from Afghanistan? It silenced rooms and induced a few tears during an otherwise noisy afternoon of football and commercials. Budweiser’s “A Hero’s Welcome” has over 9 million views on YouTube. As heartwarming as […]

 
 

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 […]