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Community leaders are working together to address the issue of food insecurity in Mansfield. By definition, food insecurity is "the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity

Richland Source

Emily Dench

April 21, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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

NPR

Rachael McDonald

April 20, 2017

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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

The building at 359 W. 4th St. that housed E&B Market is undergoing renovation and will be home to a grocery store once again. K.V. Market is expected to open

Richland Source

Emily Dench

April 13, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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

RedTire is a program operating in Kansas that has help coordinate business selling and buying. This has been critical in rural areas that often only have one pharmacy or other critical institutions and would suffer greatly if it were to shut down due to no one buying it, thus RedTire helps these communities find people to take over.

Naked Capitalism

Kaela Bamberger

April 4, 2017

Kansas, United States

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

Despite comprising a third of the population, poor and minority students are drastically underrepresented in gifted education programs across the nation, even if their academic performance is on-par with their white peers. Federal Way Public Academy in Washington has re-examined its methods for finding academically talented kids and is changing the numbers.

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

April 2, 2017

Federal Way, Washington, United States

In Latvia, a new software-Edurio- helps educators learn from insights that go beyond grades by surveying students, families and teachers. This allows for fast feedback and alterations to improve educational experience.

Spring Wise

Spring Wise

March 31, 2017

Riga, Latvia

ShopRite stores in New Jersey are motivating their employees to raise money to help feed hungry children in their area through a program that rewards the highest achievers with their photo featured on a Cheerios box.

The Press of Atlantic City

THOMAS BARLAS

March 30, 2017

Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

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

In many parts of the United States, people struggle with economic mobility and have a hard time achieving the American Dream. Salt Lake City’s rate of economic mobility is at the highest in the country. An investigative journalist explores the Mormon-influenced structure of charitable giving, helping the homeless, and physical and mental health perspectives, and discovers that compassionate conservatism and some government welfare programs has aided in this economic mobility.

Bloomberg

Megan McArdle

March 28, 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah, 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

N/A

March 22, 2017

Tokyo, Japan

Living alone can be tough for seniors, for those without family nearby to check on them no one will know if they suffer a medical emergency. Hundreds of suburban and rural police agencies in the US are offering seniors a free automated phone call every day which they will follow up with a house visit if not answered.

GovTech

Jenni Bergal

March 21, 2017

United States

There’s potentially very good news here for climate change — if we decide to build on this.

Vox

Brad Plumer

March 21, 2017

New York, New York, United States

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

High school drop out rates, especially for Black and Hispanic students, is alarmingly low, which led North High School in Minneapolis to rebuild the school model resulting in a dramatically increased graduation rate. Through daily advisory periods with teachers, a community of peer support, close contact between teachers and parents, and outside guidance the school has seen overwhelming improvement.

MinnPost

Erin Hinrichs

March 17, 2017

Minneapolis, United States

High school drop out rates, especially for Black and Hispanic students, is alarmingly low, which led North High School in Minneapolis to rebuild the school model resulting in a dramatically increased graduation rate. Through daily advisory periods with teachers, a community of peer support, close contact between teachers and parents, and outside guidance the school has seen overwhelming improvement.

MinnPost

Erin Hinrichs

March 17, 2017

Minneapolis, 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

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