“Breaking Down Silos” in Conversation: My USC Interview on Home Safety Renovations and Older Adult Health

Olivia Olson, Research Assistant at the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise, recently interviewed Richard Green, Patty Harris, and me about our new paper “Breaking Down Silos to Improve the Health of Older Adults: The Case for Medicare to Cover Home Safety Renovations,” which was published in Ageing Research Reviews.

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“Locked Out” in Conversation: My USC Interview on Housing, Homelessness, and the Recession

Aubrey Hicks, the Executive Director of the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise, recently interviewed Dan Flaming and me about our recent report, “Locked Out: Unemployment and Homelessness in the Covid Economy.”

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Why Biden Needs to Make Genetic Data Privacy a Top Priority

At this very moment, someone, somewhere, might be exposing your intimate genetic data. They probably don’t realize they’re doing it. They may not even know who you are.

But they have valuable segments of your genetic code — data that tell a story about your family, your medical history, and all sorts of potential vulnerabilities. If your DNA sample is submitted to a genetic testing company, they may be sharing that data with countless researchers, law enforcement, and even the general public.

Someday, that information could be used against you.

That’s the opening of my new op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer with Rob Field and Skip Rosoff, based on our recent research into the risks of genetic data privacy and the need for stronger consumer protections. Click here to read more.

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“Now Is the Time to Put in Place a Better Safety Net”: My Interview with City Monitor

One of the problems with addressing homelessness is that it’s a slow-moving target. So even after the economy has bounced back, homelessness can continue to rise. The upside is that if it’s a slow-moving target, it means we still have time to catch those people before they fall. So if we expect that homelessness is going to go up a lot in 2022 and 2023, now is the time to put in place a better safety net.

That’s an excerpt from the opening of my interview with Camille Squires at City Monitor, where we dive into my report with the Economic Roundtable and my recommendations for the future of policymaking around housing, unemployment, and homelessness. Click here to read more.

New Report: COVID-19 Job Losses Will Worsen L.A. Homelessness by 2023

COVID-driven loss of jobs and employment income will cause the number of homeless workers to increase each year through 2023. Without large-scale, government employment programs the Pandemic Recession is projected to cause twice as much homelessness as the 2008 Great Recession.

In a new report with the Economic Roundtable, titled Locked Out – Unemployment and Homelessness in the Covid Economy, we use data from the 2008 Great Recession to estimate the linkage between job loss and homelessness. The amount and type of pandemic-driven homelessness in Los Angeles, California, and the United States will significantly increase, driven by large-scale job losses during the Pandemic Recession. Continue reading “New Report: COVID-19 Job Losses Will Worsen L.A. Homelessness by 2023”