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Working to develop and strengthen communities. These stories center on programs that build and strengthen the social, physical, and economic aspects of communities, urban and rural alike. Included are programs and services such as sustainable development plans, financial services, community housing, job counseling, public transportation, entrepreneurship, and tourism.

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Rural Hospitals Find Ways to Survive, Expand

U.S. News & World Report

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Close collaboration between stakeholders in a community allows rural health centers to remain in operation. With the failure of many rural hospitals across the United States, medical providers, nonprofit organizations, and even city governments are coming together to invest and save institutions ...

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Inside the Ambitious Campaign to Drive Homicides in Chicago Below 400

The Trace

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In Chicago, community organizations, public officials, and private funders have come together behind a campaign called “<399” – with the goal of bringing homicides to under 400. This collaboration has taken on a comprehensive, community-centered approach that includes initiatives like community o...

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With Rural Health Care Stretched Thin, More Patients Turn To Telehealth

NPR

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Almost a quarter of rural Americans surveyed by NPR had used a telehealth service in the past few years. While new technologies are allowing remote patients to gain new access to healthcare, lack of broadband service and outdated insurance policies are making it hard for more widespread adoption.

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As Floods Keep Coming, Cities Pay Residents to Move

The New York Times

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The city of Nashville is a model for other U.S. cities focusing on how to deal with homes that are flooding more consistently than before. The National Flood Insurance Program exists to help insure homes that wouldn't be covered by private insurance; for some homeowners, the frustration of consta...

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How grassroots partnerships are working toward long-term food security

Columbia Missourian

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Overcoming the causes of social isolation plays a crucial role in combating food insecurity. From faith-based community meals paired with job programs in Branson, to food recycling initiatives that tap into local markets in Kansas, multiple organizations across Missouri and the United States are ...

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How Sonoma's Vineyards Survived a Siege of Fire, Smoke and Ash

The New York Times

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Through collective action and informed practices, such as promoting grazing in vineyards, residents in fire-ravaged communities build a more resilient future. Across California’s wine region, locals have begun to reorient their way of life to mitigate the effects of future wildfires. The Good Fir...

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