Category Health Policy

Can Public Policy Make Youth Football Safer?

Catherine Kaufman, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Super Bowl LIV was a huge event and a historic win for the Kansas City Chiefs. About 149 million viewers tuned in to the game, and many gathered with friends and family to cheer on their favorite team. But for some Americans, the game was overshadowed by the knowledge that […]

Understanding Surprise Billing in America

Niloofar Asgari, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Anyone who has interacted with the American healthcare system knows how stress-inducing paying for healthcare can be. This stress is magnified when families are unable to anticipate the charges that appear on a medical bill due to unclear health network designations. This issue is broadly known as […]

Consent Education in a Post #MeToo World

Olivia Shaffett, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives With one in three women and one in six men projected to experience some form of contact sexual abuse in their lifetimes, sexual violence remains a prevalent issue in American society. Recent cultural events like the #MeToo movement have brought further attention to the issue and have created a […]

Legalization of Medical Cannabis as a Policy Response to the Opioid Epidemic

Thomas J. Rachko Jr., MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  An advertisement displayed on a bikeshare dock near GW’s campus proclaims “Choose Plants Over Pills.” The advertisement is part of an educational series created by the National Holistic Healing Center, a Washington, D.C. and Maryland-based medical cannabis dispensary. The dispensary aims to share “both the anecdotal […]

Transgender and Incarcerated: Revised Bureau of Prisons Guidance Could Compromise Safety of Transgender Inmates

Kaid Ray-Tipton, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  In the last few days of the Obama administration, former Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Acting Director Thomas R. Kane released the Transgender Offender Manual which was developed to ensure that the BOP “properly identifies, tracks, and provides services to the transgender population.” Over a year later, this […]

How Correctional Institutions Can Help Alleviate the Opioid Epidemic

Thomas J. Rachko, Jr., MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In 2017, more than 72,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses. This alarming statistic represents a record high in annual overdose deaths and a roughly 20 percent increase from 2016, with nearly 200 people dying from drug overdoses each day. Over half […]

Volume 25 Now Online

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our contributors and editorial staff, Volume 25 of Policy Perspectives is now available online and in print. Volume 25 continues the Trachtenberg School’s tradition of academic excellence by offering six articles written by students, four exclusive alumni interviews, and a selection of our best blog posts from […]