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Opioid addiction runs rampant in the United States. However, researchers are becoming more convinced that cannabis can help prevent opioid abuse from even happening. In states where cannabis is legal the rate of opioid overdose is lower than states where cannabis is banned.

Kaleigh Rogers

April 18, 2017

New York, New York, United States

In Africa, millions of people suffer from HIV and the majority of them are women. The dapivirine ring decreases the risk for women to receive HIV. The ring is in the piloting phase but early results show that it reduces the of contracting HIV by up to 75%.

The Development Set

Dinsa Sachan

April 17, 2017

Uganda

Two million people with mental illness are booked into jails every year, preventing them from receiving treatment and creating a burden on prisons. Experts say communities like Victoria, Texas should start mental health courts, which address a defendant’s underlying illness rather than punish them for crime. The model seems to be working in neighboring Midland.

Victoria Advocate

Jessica Priest

April 8, 2017

Victoria, Texas, United States

Mongolia, under the influence of Dr. Odontuya Davaasuren, has become very advanced in its palliative care. Patients are given full information about their diagnosis, are provided with the proper pain medications, families are involved and guided and spiritual considerations are included creating a better system of care.

Quartz

Andrew North

April 6, 2017

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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

New Jersey legislators are introducing a series of actions that can help drastically reduce food waste and ensure more food is provided to those going hungry. The varied measures include provisions for farms where post-harvest produce is collected and donated, as well as clarifications on food labeling to help prevent confusion about expiry dates.

The Press of Atlantic City

THOMAS BARLAS

March 30, 2017

Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

Young adults who decide to abandon their cloistered Jewish communities have only one another to help them navigate the alternate reality of modern-day New York. Leaving their families and life can be extremely difficult in a myriad of ways, 'Footsteps', is a nonprofit organization that brings formerly ultra-orthodox people together to talk and learn to navigate their new worlds.

The New York Times Magazine

TAFFY BRODESSER-AKNER

March 30, 2017

New York City, New York , United States

Haiti is currently battling the biggest cholera epidemic in recent history caused by lack of access to clean drinking water. Soil is an NGO which delivers dry, compost toilets to peoples’ homes - alternatives to water guzzling flushing toilets, which need infrastructure such as sewers - to help keep sewage from contaminating water sources and provide dignified, safe toilet facilities.

BBC

Gemma Newby

March 28, 2017

Cap-Haïtien, Department of Nord, Haiti

Japanese cities have created specialized taxi services for pregnant women to decrease the use of ambulances, and in South Korea pregnant women can carry a sensor that wirelessly lights up an alert on city transport vehicles, letting fellow passengers know of her presence and possible need for a seat.

Spring Wise

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March 22, 2017

Tokyo, Japan

Transitions, a “pre-hospice” program in San Diego, helps chronically ill and elderly patients live longer, live better lives while avoiding the hospital. The model is also saving the health care system money.

Washington Monthly

Anna Gorman

March 19, 2017

San Diego, California, United States

In Scandinavian countries where the sun doesn’t rise very high during the winter the residents are more prone to seasonal affective disorder. A town square In Norway, has mounted mirrors that create a high sun affect for two hours a day and schools are waking the students up during the wintertime with artificial lights in the classroom that mimic the light intensity cycle of a summer day.

The Atlantic

Linda Geddes

March 14, 2017

Rjukan, Norway

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 the per-patient and per-month payment plan models, which encourages health providers to solve the patients’ issues. First time patients are given long comprehensive clinical visits to cover all their needs and then given extensive support through phone calls, etc. to make sure they stay on track with their health and are getting better.

Washington Monthly

Heather Boerner

March 1, 2017

Stanford, California, United States

An unconventional team of doctors figured out how to provide high-need, "medically fragile" Stanford university employees with radically better primary health care by structuring it - like an ICU in a hospital - around their complex medical needs. This had the double effect of creating less strain on the greater system overall.

Washington Monthly

Heather Boerner

March 1, 2017

Stanford, California, United States

This piece introduces a series of three articles as published in Washington Monthly addressing issues in the current health care systems that result in high expenses and inefficient treatments, and what various programs around the nation are doing to improve quality of care at lower costs.

Washington Monthly

Shannon Brownlee

March 1, 2017

United States

Patients with a complex cocktail of medical maladies account the bulk of the nation's medical costs, and they can be difficult to treat when their providers don't communicate well. Crider Health Center in Missouri, a federally funded community facility, provides improved quality care at a lower cost through integration and harmonization. Will Republicans in Washington kill the ACA funding that has improved their services?

Washington Monthly

Sheree Crute

March 1, 2017

St. Charles, Missouri, 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

The average homeless person costs taxpayers 120,000 Canadian dollars a year, while just 18,000 Canadian dollars to house someone. In Alberta Canada, the program “housing first” gets homeless people into homes regardless of whether they are mentally ill, alcoholic or even drug abusers, almost eliminating homelessness.

The New York Times

craig smith

February 26, 2017

Alberta, Canada

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

While the National Health Survey of England was reviewing pre-exposure prophylaxis, an HIV prevention pill, a homeless man made a website telling readers where to buy cheap, non-branded versions of the drug from overseas and significantly decreased the number of gay men being diagnosed with HIV.

Buzzfeed

Patrick Strudwick

February 25, 2017

London, United Kingdom

In Nampula, Mozambique people living in remote, rural communities do not seek medical attention when they get sick because of myths that diseases are caused by spirits. So a non-profit, Malaria Consortium, is training ordinary people, to teach others about the cause and treatments of common illnesses thus motivating the villagers to seek care at health facilities.

The Huffington Post

Sarah Ruiz-Grossman

February 24, 2017

Mozambique

Women veterans, who often have military sexual trauma, are less likely to sleep outside or stay in shelters for fear of their safety or of losing rights to their kids. Non-profits are attempting to meet women veterans’ needs by creating women veteran shelters and the website, WomenVeteransHousing.com, was created with a listing of state-by-state housing resources for women veterans.

The Huffington Post

Lily Casura

February 21, 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Africa has the highest TB death rate per head of population and though antibiotics can cure Tb many patients are never diagnosed because the diagnostic tests have a 40% error rate. A group of scientists in Tanzania have trained rats to diagnose TB with a 30% error rate, inspired by rats trained to search for land mines and dogs trained to smell cancer.

Mosaic Science

Emma Young

February 16, 2017

Morogoro, Tanzania

The majority of women veterans experience Military Sexual Trauma, which according to VA research, leads to post-traumatic stress disorder at a rate even greater than combat. Online and in person support groups help many women cope.

The Huffington Post

Lily Casura

February 14, 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

Police actions at a crime scene often exacerbate the victim’s trauma and trigger a person with mental illness who is going through a crisis. The Trauma-Informed Response Team in Milwaukee, is part of a national trend to train police officers in crisis intervention so they can identify signs of mental illness, and efficiently and safely get someone in crisis into the care of a mental health professional.

Buzzfeed

Maura Ewing

February 9, 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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