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ParkRx, as one of many new programs spanning several states, allow doctors to give out Park Prescriptions to their patients in order to encourage them to go to parks and get physical activity. THese programs are a way to encourage exercise, open patient and doctor dialogues, and reduce the use of medications or procedures.

National Geographic

Tik Root

June 29, 2017

South Dakota, United States

GreenCityForce has expanded to many of New York City's public housing projects with a two-pronged approach: helping to develop professional skills and job opportunities to young adult residents with high school diplomas, while simultaneously addressing the need to transition to a more environmentally-sustainable city. So far it has not only provided opportunities for youths but also help promote sustainable living, such as installing energy-efficient light bulbs.

NationSwell

Thomas Shomaker

June 28, 2017

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Kentucky is rethinking its penal system for dealing with drug offenders and has shown success in reducing recidivism and relapse rates. Instead of leaving addicts to languish in the typical jailhouse environment of "extortion, violence and tedium," more than two dozen of the state's county jails have created separate units devoted to full-time addiction treatment and support-services for prisoners that involve peer-policing.

The New York Times

Sam Quinones

June 16, 2017

Covington, Kentucky, United States

The Martu people, once again granted rights to their native land, are bringing back the bioregenerative technique of small-scale land burning. In the past century, wildfires have ravaged the areas these people call home and has lead to the loss of over 18 species of animal. It is hoped that by imparting this traditional method of ecological maintenance that wildfires will diminish along with the extinction that they bring.

Al Jazeera

Rachael Hocking

June 14, 2017

Australia

A report by the Rails to Trails Conservancy in Milwaukee has identified how increased access to bike paths could be a catalyst for development and economic growth in low-income, minority neighborhoods where people are less likely to be able to afford a car. Ironically, it is those neighborhoods that currently have the fewest bike trails. To call attention to this, the study created a "connectivity score" outlying the massive potential that bike trails create to key community entities such as schools, hospitals, and employment centers, while better connecting diverse neighborhoods and improving overall quality of life for the city as a whole, as they have done in Minneapolis.

Urban Milwaukee

Bruce Murphy

June 11, 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is working to implement maternal and newborn child health programs in East Africa. Though the project has incorporated a wide-range of initiatives, many of them have relied on a single underlying principle that has proven to be effective: the empowerment of local women.

Anglican Journal

André Forget

June 9, 2017

Masasi, Tanzania

Chehalis had such a low college admissions and graduation rate that the Washington county was not competitive in the midst of the technology jobs in the state. The Chehalis school district has teamed up with the Chehalis Foundation, a non-profit that fundraises for schools, and has helped the district to purchase new technology, offer free classes, and fund student counseling services. The district succeeded in changing the social norms that a college education wasn’t necessary, by forming partnerships with community colleges and advocating for higher education through social events.

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

June 2, 2017

Chehalis , Washington, United States

Dorchester, the Boston neighborhood with the highest poverty levels, struggles to keep kids in school from engaging with gangs and crime to make money for themselves and their families. But College Bound Dorchester (CBD) is fast rewriting the solution to high drop out and recidivism rates, paying ex-offenders a weekly stipend to enroll in and complete a diploma program and proceed to (and through) college. With "core influencers" -- ex-gang members who have "left behind their troubled pasts" -- as role models in the community, CBD emulates similar programs in Chicago and Baltimore, and studies show the initiative is working.

CityLab

Andrew Zaleski

June 2, 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Milwaukee's voucher program serves some 28,000 students. While not all of them are at the level the need to be, they act as a net making sure the children don't fall through the cracks.

NPR

Claudio Sanchez

May 19, 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Gunshot victims have previously been treated at hospitals and then sent back out into the community where often they would be shot again or be violent to others, while suffering both physically and mentally. Ohio is now using an influx of federal crime victims assistance through a Trauma Recovery Network that helps with a wide range of issues as victims rejoin everyday life.

The Trace

Elizabeth Van Brocklin

May 1, 2017

Cleveland, Ohio

Community Health Workers in Richmond County work to reduce barriers - including employment, education, smoking, food security or housing - that may contribute to the likelihood of infant mortality. Using the Community HUB Pathways Model to minimize significant sources of stress in a woman’s life, they are helping drive down infant mortality rates in Ohio, particularly for women and babies of color.

Richland Source

Brittany Schock

April 25, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

Missing a doctor's appointment is not one sided. Hospitals lose money and doctors lose time that they could be using to attend to other patients when one doesn't show up for an appointment. Dr. Alex King believes that through testing and then implementing certain behavioral nudges, hospitals will stop losing as much money and patients will benefit from a better overall experience.

GovInsider

Medha Basu

April 24, 2017

New South Wales, Australia

Community leaders are working together to address the issue of food insecurity in Mansfield, caused not just by lack of access to grocery stores and fresh food sources, but also often by unemployment, high housing costs, low wages, poverty, and health care costs. The North End Local Foods Initiative is installing food gardens in these communities, creating access to fresh produce, to educational opportunities, recreational activity and more.

Richland Source

Emily Dench

April 21, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

Mindfulness and programs, such as Math Guru, designed to address student's anxiety are being implemented in several areas as a way of combatting anxiety and helping students talk through their fears so that it doesn't impede their performance or develop into a more severe issue. Particularly, in places where anxiety and mental illness is high, these areas are looking into the benefits of student mindfulness training.

Bright

Terri Coles

April 21, 2017

Toronto, Canada

Almost 4 years ago, Opportunity Village was established in Eugene. It’s a community of tiny houses for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

NPR

Rachael McDonald

April 20, 2017

Eugene, Oregon, United States

A study on 4 homeless individuals showed that they cost thousands of dollars, hours of city officials' time, resources etc. Outreach Fort Collins group aims to decrease these numbers by recognizing the importance of relationships and checking in on homeless individuals and being a neighbourhood resource for people to turn to to help if there is a concern, rather than calling the police.

Coloradoan

Sarah Jane Kyle

April 13, 2017

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

Benebikira 'Sister Listeners' offer informal counseling to both victims and perpetrators of the violence during the Rwanda genocide, seeking to forge a bridge of understanding. Their roles as listeners are especially important during the anniversary of the genocide.

Global Sisters Report

Melanie Lidman

April 6, 2017

Rwanda

Vancouver has gained a reputation as one of the loneliest cities in the world. In a survey of residents conducted by the Vancouver Foundation, 1 in 3 respondents said that "they found it hard to make friends in the city." To foster community, the city created a task force to tackle this feeling of isolation, aided by the efforts of community-owned projects.

The Guardian

Ashifa Kassam

April 4, 2017

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

California implemented a law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a drivers license, which has reduced the number of hit-and-runs. With a license, they are less likely to flee the scene due to fears around deportation or car impounding.

Pacific Standard

Tom Jacobs

April 3, 2017

California, United States

Women are often stuck in an abusive relationship due to poor financial situations. Programs are beginning to help abused women by giving them support and helping them become entrepreneurs in order to become financially independent.

The Story Exchange

Riva Richmond

March 28, 2017

United States

Violence in Chicago's South Side reached a peak in 2016, with rates at the highest since the 1990s. Community leaders are trying to de-escalate street violence through CHILL, a new program that provides scientific explanations as a means to inform and prevent conflict between teens in the area.

Washington Post

Lauren Dockett

March 15, 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Less than 4% of the population of Hawaii is consuming 61% of Hawaii’s medicaid dollars and a study, by Helping Hands, showed that housing a homeless person decreases their medicaid spend by 43%. So legislature in Hawaii is considering a bill that would classify homelessness as a medical prescription to use medicaid funds to pay for houses.

WBUR

jane clayson

March 9, 2017

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Many health care systems are fee-for-service oriented, where money is made based on clinical visits and services sold - in other words long time users. A group of doctors at Stanford University have developed per-patient and per-month payment plan models, which encourage health providers to solve the patients’ issues. First time patients are given more comprehensive clinical visits to cover their needs and then given extensive support to make sure they stay on track with their health.

Washington Monthly

Heather Boerner

March 1, 2017

Stanford, California, United States

The Wildwood School District has implemented programs during and after school hours to help provide nutritious meals to students living with hunger and poverty, while also teaching the children invaluable skills such as sewing and gardening to help create better future opportunities.

The Press of Atlantic City

Diane D'Amico

February 27, 2017

Wildwood, New Jersey, United States

In low-income districts, the school nurse is often a family’s first health care provider, and the role at places like Wildwood High School and Glenwood Avenue School has expanded to provide everything from warm coats and food donations for children and their families living in hunger.

The Press of Atlantic City

Diane D'Amico

February 26, 2017

Wildwood, New Jersey, United States

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