In an opinion piece, EDC’s Carol Oliver writes that the stigma surrounding substance use disorders may delay or prevent seeking help. Oliver says that a change in attitude is needed regarding how addiction and mental health issues are discussed.
In a column published in the Boston Business Journal, EDC President and CEO David Offensend writes about the federal budget now working its way through Congress and its likely effects on several local and global programs.
Fewer students are smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol according to findings from the latest health survey of middle and high school students in 25 communities west of Boston. But while the research shows several positive trends, it also indicates a marked increase in stress among the students surveyed.
In this commentary in Education Week, EDC’s David Jacobson argues that lawmakers would do well to focus on issues that resonate with both red and blue constituencies, or what he calls the “purple” agenda. He puts forth four education priorities that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on.