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The Solutions Story Tracker™ is a curated, fully-searchable database of rigorous reporting on responses to the world's most pressing social problems. We collect and tag every story, providing you with the ability to find coverage of effective innovations and ideas—by issue, location, journalist, or even success factor (how a solution was achieved).

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This Germantown native helps Philly dogs get adopted and takes strays off the streets

Billy Penn

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'New Leash on Life' involves inmates caring for shelter dogs to make them more adoptable, helping both the inmates and the dogs. The program helps with various animal problems across the city and can be an employer for inmates after their release.

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Americans want fewer prisoners. What’s art have to do with it?

Generocity

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It is expensive for government's to pay to imprison inmates, additionally there is a high rate of recidivism. 'Songs in the Key of Free' brings inmates together to write songs that can then be played by professional musicians to the public, it has resulted in improved inmate behaviour and attitud...

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The deportees who want to 'Make El Salvador Great Again'

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The number of people deported from the USA back to El Savador is only rising under the Trump administration, leaving these individuals with the daunting task of starting over. English Cool is a program where deportees teach students English while acting as mentors and pushing them to think about ...

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What works: In rural Tennessee, ex-offenders get a second chance and a new career

Philly.com

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In rural Tennessee the unemployment rate can be very low, making it hard for inmates to find jobs upon their release, which then increases the rate of recidivism. The Rural Reentry Program has set up training programs for inmates while in jail in order for them to earn their certification and the...

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In Africa, Rural Clinics Entice Pregnant Women With ‘Baby Pictures’

The New York Times

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Pregnant women in rural African villages tend not to seek medical services until they are in labour, but there are many services that should be performed earlier in the pregnancy in order to help ensure the survival of the mother and child. Bridge to Health Medical and Dental is a charity that br...

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SNAP-Ed addresses food insecurity with lessons on healthy eating, living

Richland Source

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Food insecurity, obesity, and poor nutrition are all currently major challenges facing many US communities, particularly in the Midwest. A program called SNAP-Ed is helping to tackle all of those issues through a program that teaches food stamp recipients handy tips such as better shopping habits...

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For Wounded Vets’ Children, a Special Summer Week

The New York Times

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Camp Corral is an organization that brings together the children of military personnel who have suffered in combat. This is a unique experience for the youth because for the first time they can interact with other kids who have to face the same issues on a daily basis resulting in increased conf...

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Can a Philly community bail fund fix our criminal-justice system?

Philly.com

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People who can not afford to pay their bail remain in jail pretrial, making them more likely to plead guilty, lose their jobs, and their lives are more interrupted. Programs such as 'Black Mama’s Bail-Out Day' pay bail for individuals who can not afford it themselves, helping to level the playing...

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A Smarter Smart City - The Philadelphia Citizen
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The Philadelphia Citizen

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Philadelphia is one of the poorest cities, its poverty is a huge concern and feeds into many of the negative aspects of the city. The city is now looking to Smart Cities technology such as smart streetlights, to provide information to various government sectors to help them implement new strategi...

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Sickle Cell Patients Suffer Discrimination, Poor Care — And Shorter Lives
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Kaiser Health News

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The prognosis for sickle cell patients has decreased over the past few decades due to the rise of the opioid crisis, lack of information, and race disparities in health care. Vichinsky's center, on the other hand, is a specialty clinic that is providing proper care based on proper testing and int...

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In a City Where 15 Percent of Voters Elected the Mayor, Downtown Is Claiming Power

Next City

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POWER Northeast is trying to fight against voter disenchantment and reach the parts of the community that usually feel excluded and disillusioned by politics. This organization goes all over Allentown, Pennsylvania speaking to the formally incarcerated and minorities, advocating to political lead...

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Birthing Beautiful Communities: Organization working to change Cleveland's high premature death rate

ABC News 5 Cleveland

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Black women in Cleveland have the highest prematurity rate in the country. Birthing Beautiful Communities program acknowledges the stress that this racial disparity creates for mothers, and provides support and education to help women carry their babies to term.

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In Haiti, A Building That Heals

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After a massive earthquake in 2010 hit Haiti, cholera broke out and treatment was conducted in tents where spread of the infectious disease was rampant. GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center was built in order to provide a dignified building to treat patients, while also being architecturally sophisti...

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As communities rebuild after disaster, we must keep nature in mind

Ensia

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There have been many examples of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, damaging entire cities and resulting in high death tolls. In the future, rebuilding after these disasters should focus on green building, preventing future damage and protecting the environment.

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Acupuncture for pain: Ancient medicine may hold the key to solving the opioid epidemic

ABC News 5 Cleveland

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With the growing opioid crisis, patients and doctors are looking for alternative ways to treat pain. Acupuncture is becoming more popular for its relief of migraines and pain.

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Our issue area taxonomy was adapted from the PCS Taxonomy with definitions by the Foundation Center, which is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 4.0 International License.

Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

Fondriest Environmental, David De Wit / Community Eye Health, Linda Steil / Herald Post, John Amis / UGA College of Ag & Environmental Sciences – OCCS, Andy B, Peter Garnhum, Thomas Hawk, 7ty9, Isriya Paireepairit, David Berger, UnLtd The Foundation For Social Entrepreneurs, Michael Dunne, Burak Kebapci, and Forrest Berkshire / U.S. Army Cadet Command public affairs

Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license, and are credited to the following photographers:

Ra'ed Qutena, 段 文慶, Fabio Campo, City Clock Magazine, Justin Norman, scarlatti2004, Gary Simmons, Kathryn McCallum, and Nearsoft Inc

Photos are licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

Burak Kebapci and SCY.

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