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Reducing Gun Violence

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Oakland’s Ceasefire initiative takes a collaborative, comprehensive approach to reducing gun violence. City officials, community advocates, residents, and law enforcement work together by prioritizing data analysis, multi-stakeholder gatherings, personalized social services, specialized police tr...

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Fighting TB with phone calls: A project that reminded patients to take their medicine

The News Minute

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To remind tuberculosis patients to take their medication, hospitals in India incorporated the use of mobile phones. When patients received their medication by mail, the packaging material instructed them to call a toll-free number, which allowed the healthcare providers to check back in on those ...

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Beyond Jeffrey Epstein, suicide among inmates is a rising problem

Chicago Tribune

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After the public’s attention was grabbed by a high-profile inmate suicide, it brought awareness to the growing issue across the country. Across America, activists, lawyers, and prison and public officials are trying to address the issue that has gone often ignored by politicians and the public. R...

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California community colleges work to solve housing for foster youths

EdSource

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Several programs have cropped up throughout California to help former foster youth navigate what has been identified as the biggest challenge of aging out of the foster case system -- housing. NextUp and other initiatives at community colleges provide counseling and financial support to students ...

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Why some experts are trying to redefine suicide

Popular Science

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There is a movement amongst clinicians and researchers involved in suicide prevention to reclassify suicide as a "condition in its own right" in order to better teach and treat symptoms. In some places, such as Detroit's Henry Ford Health System, it is already classified as a specific mental heal...

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A new initiative is trying to make searching for tampons easier for Highland Park women. It's part of a national movement.

Chicago Tribune

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In 2013, the United Nations deemed access to menstrual supplies a human right. Since then, Illinois has taken a number of steps to make access to these products even easier. This story includes solutions such as free dispensers in public restrooms, eliminating the "luxury" or "tampon" tax, and dr...

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This Man Says His Anti-violence Plan Would Save 12,000 Lives

The Atlantic

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With support for a New York-based grant program, Buffalo has been trying various evidence-based approaches to decrease violence, especially gun violence, in the city. The grant program, Gun Involved Violence Elimination, or GIVE, provides funding for police departments to adopt strategies like ho...

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The gun solution we're not talking about

Vox

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While most Americans and politicians from across the partisan aisle support universal background checks for firearm purchases, that system has shown to not be as effective as many think. Instead, states are implementing licensing systems that require individuals wanting to buy a gun to take safet...

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A Greener Afterlife

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Philadelphia’s West Laurel Hill Cemetery has gone green. While the burial business may be notoriously filled with chemicals, this cemetery has introduced 50 different sustainability initiatives, including banning machinery use, only allowing biodegradable caskets – or no caskets at all – and keep...

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The Courtroom of the Future Looks a Lot Like This Navajo Tradition

NationSwell

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Brooklyn’s Red Hook Peacemaking Program, part of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, is bringing together individuals in conflict to practice restorative justice. The program accepts cases coming through various courts, schools, and personal references, and brings together families, friends, a...

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At Colleges, What's Old Is New: Retirees Living on Campus

The New York Times

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At Arizona State, retirees pay a fee to live on campus, take classes, and be a part of the college community. This setup offers a unique opportunity for intergenerational mixing and mentoring and a new revenue stream for institutions with declining enrollment.

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The psychiatrist helping mentally ill people left to wander India's streets

The Guardian

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In India, many of the homeless population suffer from undiagnosed mental illnesses, but a local psychiatrist is addressing the problem by treating their illnesses and reuniting them with their families. The psychiatrist, who started a foundation with his wife to tackle this issue, houses and trea...

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