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Students convince Medford to install ‘3-D' crosswalks at elementary schools

The Boston Globe

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In an effort to promote safe driving, a local artist painted a three-dimensional crosswalk near an elementary school. The idea came from school-aged children, noticing the intersection needed improvements, who brought it to City Hall officials. This initiative is part of a larger trend in using o...

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More Benches, Special Goggles: Taking Steps to Assist Older Travelers

The New York Times

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As the number of people over 60 years old continues to rise, airports and hotels around the country are implementing features and senior-friendly design into their spaces. Some of the changes are simple – new benches, brighter lights, or luggage assistance – but some are much more complex, like i...

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What Can the U.S. Health System Learn From Singapore?

The New York Times

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In Singapore, government officials have taken the opportunity to learn from gaps and failures in their health care system in order to enact a more progressive, proactive and accessible process. From subsidizing housing to implementing healthier school lunches to combat diabetes, the country's hea...

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As mountain suicides soar, Vail Health is committing $60 million to mental care in Eagle County

The Colorado Sun

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Colorado's Eagle County identified that the community was facing a suicide crisis after rates started rapidly rising, especially amongst adolescents. To combat the issue, Vail Health invested $60 million towards improving mental health care access, reducing the stigma of seeking treatment and cre...

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How Lakota Horse Culture Is Helping Treat Child Trauma in South Dakota

Pacific Standard

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Using animals as a form of therapy is not a new concept, but combining this practice with traditional Lakota horse rituals has proven to be a powerful anecdote for treating youth mental trauma in these communities. Treating the donated horses as companions, the youth learn how to care and train t...

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This ‘Innovative' Housing Program Serves Just 3 Households

Stateline

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While a partnership between the city of Denver and surrounding businesses sparked an affordable housing program, the city still wants to push the program to a much larger scale. The program rent-controls specific apartments for folks spending more than 30% of their income on rent, though only a s...

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How drones are delivering lifesaving medical supplies in Rwanda

PBS NewsHour

Broadcast TV Programs / 5-15 Minutes

Drone-powered medical deliveries are no longer a concept of the future, thanks to Zipline, a California-based start-up that is delivering medical supplies to rural hospitals in Rwanda. While the drones are limited to carrying less than four pounds and dropping the supplies by parachute, this tech...

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Local group offering rehabbed homes to families on Cleveland's East Side

WEWS-TV (ABC News 5 Cleveland)

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Systemic issues like redlining, re-entry after incarceration, and addiction have left many people in search of affordable and sustainable housing options. Cleveland’s Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries is rehabbing homes and offering them to individuals who are in need of a second chance.

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In African Villages, These Phones Become Ultrasound Scanners

The New York Times

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In rural parts of Africa, where access to quality medical attention is hard to come by, a hand-held portable ultrasound scanner is revolutionizing care. Although primarily being used to diagnose cases of pneumonia, doctors in these isolated areas are finding that the device has other uses, such a...

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Can Community Investment Trusts Help Slow Down Gentrification?

Pacific Standard

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In East Portland, Oregon, a new Community Investment Trust is working to ensure that low-income residents have the opportunity to build equity by investing in their real estate. The program is limited to four zip codes with a maximum contribution of $100 to ensure that the investments stay open o...

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Changes Coming To Housing Program For Former Inmates

Montana Public Radio

Multi-Media / 5-15 Minutes

The Montana State Government designated funding toward a Supporting Housing pilot program that aims to help offenders experience a smooth re-entry into society after they get out of prison. Though the state is looking to adjust funding methods and dispersal to create a more impactful program, for...

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A Shave, a Haircut – and a Blood Pressure Check

U.S. News & World Report

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The African American community is disproportionately impacted by high blood pressure, but barbershops across Los Angeles County are stepping up to fill a gap between diagnosis and care. A New You Barber and Beauty Salon ch a detection and management program to that includes checking patrons blood...

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