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Research illuminates major racial disparities among older adults seeking treatment for substance use
New research co-authored by USC Price visiting scholar Jevay Grooms shows that older Americans are increasingly seeking treatment for substance use disorder. Her findings also reveal alarming racial disparities in treatment completion rates. Explore Grooms’ work >
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Price Center for Social Innovation celebrates 10 years of research and community partnership

The Price Center is marking a decade of finding solutions to challenges facing low-income urban communities. Its social innovation model leverages the academic and nonprofit worlds to test and implement new strategies to help society’s most vulnerable populations. Learn about the Price Center’s accomplishments > 
Expertise in Action
Faculty Advancing Change Through Research
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USC Price professors share how experts can better communicate with the public about COVID

Public health experts have sometimes struggled to get their message across during the pandemic. Wändi Bruine de Bruin and Jason Doctor took a closer look at how professionals can encourage the average person to make choices that slow the spread of the virus. Read more > 
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30 years after uprising, USC Price faculty examine South L.A.’s economic obstacles

In 1992, South Los Angeles erupted with violence following the killing of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins and the beating of Rodney King. Three decades on, LaVonna Lewis and Gary Painter discuss what has changed, what hasn’t and the importance of community organizing. Read more >
On a Mission
Students and Alumni Making a Difference
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Price alum running for state Senate wants to be a voice for marginalized residents

MPP alumnus Bryan Osorio is running for state Senate. Currently mayor of Delano, Calif., he says he wants to have an impact on a larger scale. “There’s so much to be done at the state level,” he said. Meet Mayor Osorio > 
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Space isn’t just for billionaires: Price student aims to make outer space inclusive

What does the future of the cosmos look like? MPP student Britt Adkins wants to ensure it’s a more welcoming place than Earth. Through her media company, Celestial Citizen, she is highlighting the work of people who are often excluded from conversations about outer space. Read more > 
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Urban planning alum tackles pandemic-era challenges as West Hollywood city manager

David Wilson (MUP ‘99) has spent most of his career making West Hollywood a better place. Now, as city manager, he has big plans to ensure the vibrant community emerges from the pandemic financially strong. Read the full story > 
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After losing father to COVID, Price student launches vaccination initiative

Samuel Roberts (MPP ‘23) lost his dad to COVID just weeks before vaccines became widely available. In the year since, he has worked with a friend to establish a nonprofit to fight health care disparities and boost vaccinations in California’s Inland Empire. Learn more > 
Awards and Recognition
Kristin Crowley, an alumna of the USC Price Safe Communities Institute Executive Leadership Program, was sworn in as chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett was named the Kluge Chair in Modern Culture at the Library of Congress’ John W. Kluge Center. 

Manushri Desai (BSPP ‘22) presented at the 66th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She represented Voice of Specially Abled People Inc., an organization she has worked with since her freshman year.

James Shuler (MPA ‘97, DPA ‘99) received the National Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration.
Neeraj Sood will receive a $1 million grant from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation to support his research. The grant is the latest in a series.
USC Price in the News
The New York Times quoted Richard Green about people buying “second” homes in rural and suburban areas while still renting primary homes in the city.
The New York Times quoted Dowell Myers about the importance of affordable housing in shrinking cities.
The Atlantic quoted Jeffery Jenkins on the interests influencing the proposal to make Daylight Saving Time permanent.
The Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Green about what a higher APR means for a mortgage.
Axios quoted Schaeffer Center Fellow Matthew Fiedler about how the number of uninsured people could increase after the pandemic.
Marketplace quoted Schaeffer Center Associate Director Loren Adler about many states not opting into a Medicaid option allowing them to continue offering free COVID testing and treatment to people without insurance.
Marketplace quoted Richard Green about struggles facing first-time homebuyers.
U.S. News featured a story with insight from Michael Thom about filming movies in New York state.

CALMatters featured commentary co-authored by Mindy Romero about a flaw in the implementation of California’s automatic voter registration system.
KPCC interviewed Mindy Romero about key takeaways from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address.
ABC7 Buffalo and other local stations featured a story quoting Jeffery Jenkins about attempts to pass anti-lynching laws.
Courthouse News Service interviewed Glenn Melnick about the outcome of an antitrust trial against Sutter Health.

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