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The Solutions Story Tracker™ is a curated database of rigorous reporting on responses to social problems. We collect and tag every story, providing you with the ability to find coverage of effective or promising ideas and approaches— by issue, location, journalist, and success factor (strategic insights that emerge as patterns).


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Not Just For Soldiers: Civilians With PTSD Struggle To Find Effective Therapy

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Many people associate post-traumatic stress disorder as a diagnosis exclusively reserved for military or emergency responders, and this limited definition can lead to misdiagnoses for everyday civilians. Training more therapists in cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure therapy, howe...

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From aromatherapy to yoga: How schools are addressing the ‘crisis' of childhood trauma

NBC News

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Adverse childhood experiences such as physical or substance abuse, parental divorce and emotional neglect can often negatively impact children's behavior at school. Recognizing this, some schools have started implementing alternatives to punishment that focus on addressing this trauma on-site rat...

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A.I. Took a Test to Detect Lung Cancer. It Got an A.

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For doctors, reading CT scans can be time consuming and the readings aren't always accurate. In a possible move towards better efficiency, researchers from Google are collaborating with several medical centers to use artificial intelligence to interpret hard-to-read scans such as those that indic...

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Oakland's 'Pothole Vigilantes' Take Street Repairs Into Their Own Hands

KQED

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In Oakland, CA, two men deemed the Pothole Vigilantes have paired up to fix every pothole in the city. Made possible by crowdfunding the venture, the two have now developed public meetups to teach others how to fix potholes themselves. This has caught the attention of city officials, who, partly ...

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Once Enemies, Now Police Join Forces With Violence Data Activists

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Across the United States, tech platforms and organizations are developing ways to use data in a way that decreases police violence. They range in purpose – one maps instances of police violence, while another publishes the frequency police use force and the races of those involved. And while they...

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From bleak to bustling: how one French town solved its high street crisis

The Guardian

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Mulhouse, a small city in France, brushed off its negative reputation and used community networking, clever financing, and urban renewal as tools to become a bustling center once again. The town relied on many community associations and local voices to grow their economy; now, the city has more s...

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Struggling to Make Rent? For Middle-Class Millennials, Help Is on the Way

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Affordable housing finance models, from public-private partnerships to sustainable investments, offer millennial professionals a way to own or rent housing without the burden of skyrocketing rents popping up in cities around the country. While restrictive zoning laws and increasing tax rates enco...

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After a 27-Year Sentence, This Man Is Giving Prisoners Hope and Knowledge

Global Citizen

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After receiving parole following a 27-year sentence, Lawrence Bartley started News Inside – a print publication that is distributed in jails and prisons across the United States. As part of the Marshall Project, News Inside provides incarcerated individuals with stories and information about crim...

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How the Mental Health Community Is Bracing for the Impact of Climate Change

Rolling Stone

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Climate change is impacting not just the environment but the way in which humans are able to exist within the altered landscape. As ecosystems shift, storms worsen and loss of homes continues to rise, the mental health industry is looking towards changing traditional practices in order to account...

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Cañada Cove COPEs with disaster planning

Half Moon Bay Review

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San Mateo County’s coastside residents have created their own, volunteer-based disaster response system. Considering that they make up just 5% of the county’s population, and are just as much at risk for natural disasters like wildfires, flooding, and landslides, they recognized that they had to ...

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He Spent a Decade in the System. Now He's Keeping People Out of Prison.

Global Citizen

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After years in prison, Coss Marte opened a fitness company run by and for formerly incarcerated people. The business, ConBody, was born out the passion he found for fitness while incarcerated and from the near impossibility of finding employment upon release. Beyond providing employment, Marte ha...

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Periods! Why These 8th-Graders Aren't Afraid To Talk About Them

NPR

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When a group of middle school girls got tired of having their periods treated as a stigmatized issue, they decided to start their own podcast in order to educate their peers and start a conversation around this natural process. "When I heard we were gonna talk about periods, at first I was disgus...

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