Moving Beyond the Election: The Key US-Mexico Partnership (Brookings Institute)

The FutureThe polarizing campaigns of the 2016 U.S. presidential election led to stark ethnic divisions, exemplified by president-elect Trump’s push for a border wall between the United States and Mexico. The Brookings Institute discusses the need for deeper economic cooperation and integration between the two countries, as well as the interconnection of immigration, NAFTA, and criminality.

The Trump administration must move beyond campaign slogans in order to advance economic, security, and public safety issues that are crucial for both countries. Even the acknowledgement of climate change will be vital for improving sustainability and combatting global and cross-border illegal trade. Read more.

The American Male Employment Crisis—Urban and Rural (Brookings Institute)

JobsBN80The Brookings Institute analyzes the lack of availability of work in both urban and rural areas for men ages 25-54.

Without manufacturing jobs, efforts must be made to unite urban centers and their surrounding rural areas to strengthen infrastructure investment and economic development for all. Read more.

The Difficulties of Voluntary Insurance: Why Republican Healthcare Reforms Will Likely Fail (Politico)

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President-elect Donald Trump has promised Americans an orderly transition out of Obamacare, emphasizing the enactment of voluntary insurance.

Christopher Koller, Rhode Island’s Health Insurance Commissioner from 2005-2013, explains the likely failure of such policies, as well as his own experiences and difficulties implementing similar initiatives. Read more.

Too Soon? Diagnosing ADHD in Preschool (New York Times)

MischiefThe American Academy of Pediatrics began including preschoolers in its guidelines for diagnosing and treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 2011, generating controversy over potentially “medicating toddlers.”

Yet, recent studies show including preschoolers in the guidelines did not increase ADHD diagnoses or prescriptions of medications. Even at a young age, children may feel the effects and symptoms of ADHD. Behavioral therapy, rather than medication, may be a helpful solution.  Read more.