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Why Food Could Be the Best Medicine of All

Time

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Bringing nutrition and diet under the purview of a patient’s medical care helps reduce lifetime healthcare risks and costs. The Fresh Food Farmacy, part of the Geisinger Health System in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, helps provide patients who are food-insecure with access to healthy foods...

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Australia is building community alternatives to prisons — they work

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With their national imprisonment rate on the rise, Australia is pivoting to a justice reinvestment strategy that diverts money towards "early intervention, prevention and diversion." Although this has yet to be implemented on a large scale, small projects are underway in parts of the country and ...

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How the Robin Hood Foundation is fighting a hunger emergency in New York caused by the shutdown

FastCompany

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In response to the government shutdown in December 2018, the Robin Hood Foundation pieced together a food-aid puzzle to provide food for low-income families that weren't receiving their monthly SNAP benefits. By re-stocking food pantries around the city, donating to food delivery services, and wo...

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The $15 Minimum Wage Doesn't Just Improve Lives. It Saves Them.

The New York Times

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Economists have often debated the positives of a higher minimum wage in the United States as a matter of productivity, profits, and losses but in this article, Matthew Desmond explores another way that the success of increasing minimum wage can be measured: through public health and impacts on t...

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At the Riyadh mall, Saudi women sell everything from lingerie to popcorn. Meet the kingdom's new workforce.

Public Radio International (PRI)

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Changes in the law and social expectations encourage women in Saudi Arabia to enter the workforce outside of the home. With sales-representative positions now open to Saudi women, more women are entering the workforce and claiming a new-found sense of confidence and independence.

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Finding Reparations in an Unlikely Industry

Yes! Magazine

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In Portland, legislation to legalize marijuana also includes a provision to provide funds specifically to marijuana businesses run by those disproportionately impacted by the "war on drugs." Now, Portland offers competitive grants to small cannabis companies so that entrepreneurs can thrive.

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