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The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

18 December 2013

New York, New York, United States

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To educate and prepare new mothers, Centering Pregnancy and Centering Parenting sites in the United States offer community-based patient-centered care in low-income areas. Centering offers interactive learning, check-...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Rochelle Olson

13 December 2013

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Hennepin County Court, serving Minneapolis, MN and the surrounding area, has developed a co-parenting court – helping unmarried parents work together to raise their children, work through issues, and strengthen their ...

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Baier

12 December 2013

Northfield, Minnesota, United States

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Minnesota schools began a comprehensive program aimed at assisting children of minority groups to successfully navigate the college application process and push them towards higher education.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

11 December 2013

Brazil

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Physical illnesses trigger and exacerbate poverty because costs are too high to treat them. The Associação Saúde Criança in Rio de Janeiro counsels helps by assisting families with services such as food, medicine, voc...

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

27 November 2013

Tanzania

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In Tanzania, a country that has yet to fully embrace mobile phones and whose road infrastructure remains weak, farmers have embraced radio as a means of receiving pricing and planting information. The reach and relati...

Kaiser Health News

Ankita Rao

23 November 2013

Rockville, Maryland, United States

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In the United States approximately 15% Asian-Americans have no health insurance and have had a difficulty understanding the options available in the Affordable Care Act. Although the White House has reached out to Asi...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

16 November 2013

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Child obesity is decreasing even among poor children. Making healthy food more widely available, as well as using financial incentive programs, has greatly helped in increasing habits of healthy eating.

Orange County Register

Jordan England-Nelson

14 November 2013

Huntington Beach, California, United States

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The Twilight Education Club is a non-profit working to break down the barriers – transportation, child care and cost – that typically prevent the economically disadvantaged from accessing social services such as langu...

SFGate

Courtney E. Martin

8 November 2013

San Francisco, California, United States

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The Bay Area has the seventh-highest-ranking income disparity between rich and poor in the United States, and food is one of the most poignant indicators of the division. But a new collaboration between the design fir...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Meg Kissinger

5 November 2013

Houston, Texas, United States

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Milwaukee County’s mental health system put more resources in expensive emergency care rather than invest in programs that offer continual care. As a result, Milwaukee County identifies nine solutions from other citie...

NPR

Kavitha Cardoza

2 November 2013

Shoreline, Washington, United States

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When adults want to return to school, they face many challenges including the experience of long waitlists for classes, and poor relevance to the job skills they need for future employment. The Washington state commun...

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David Kestenbaum

25 October 2013

Siaya, Siaya, Kenya

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GiveDirectly, a non-profit organization, was simply giving impoverished people money intending for them to buy their own needs. Research shows that, contrary to popular belief, people are spending this money on what i...

BBC

James Fletcher

17 October 2013

Alice Springs, Australia

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The Aboriginal community in Australia is 31 times more likely than other Australians to die of alcohol-related causes. Could a "tough love" approach stressing accountability and making rehab mandatory work? Or is furt...

The Seattle Times

Brian M. Rosenthal

6 October 2013

Yakima, Washington, United States

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There is a mental-health capacity crisis gripping Washington state. The area’s response approach, crafted over two decades, centers on a set of intensive outpatient and early-intervention programs aimed at preventing ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

25 September 2013

Odisha, India

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Poor people are less likely to make smart financial decisions; however, new research in the U.S. says this is not about intelligence but rather about a brain being overwhelmed with issues related to poverty. To combat...

The Atlantic

Ankita Rao

10 September 2013

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Housing First programs enable homeless people to attain health care services and a place to live– which, advocates say, ultimately saves taxpayers money. One woman's story is a revival of dignity, if not health.

International Business Times

Roxanne Palmer

18 June 2013

New York, New York, United States

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Since 2011 the city has put several measures in place designed to deal with the bedbug problem, and the latest data from city officials shows a dip in bedbug complaints for the first time in years.

NPR

Eliza Barclay

14 June 2013

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Organizations in Detroit are piloting a program to apply food stamp credits in grocery stores towards the purchase of nutritious produce, in order to increase access to healthy items. The initiative can also help the ...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Meg Kissinger

8 June 2013

Houston, Texas, United States

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In Houston, TX, many individuals with mental illnesses cycled in and out of emergency care while arrested or incarcerated. Houston’s police department has decreased the number of incarcerated who have mental illness b...

Slate

Sam Kornell

5 June 2013

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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The American prison system is in dire need of reform. Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement, or HOPE, seeks to turn around behavior that the system ordinarily, though inadvertently, seems to perpetuate.

Associated Press

Martha Irvine

28 May 2013

Tampa, Florida, United States

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Conventional school policies fail to address the needs of transgender students. A school district in Tampa changed its human rights ordinance to include gender identity and expression.

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Allison Frost

21 May 2013

Oregon, United States

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Playworks, a recess-based school program, provides public schools with coaches who facilitate games that teach students skills for conflict resolution and cooperation. In Oregon, elementary schools across the state ar...

The New Yorker

Rebecca Mead

20 May 2013

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s or similar illnesses, and that number is growing as the population ages - without any immediate prospect of a cure, advocacy groups have begun promoting ways to offer ...

The Washington Post

Michael Alison Chandler

13 May 2013

Manassas, Virginia, United States

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Through programs across the country, nurses, social workers, or trained mentors offer support to new or expectant parents, imparting skills to help them become better teachers for their children. Through regular home ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

8 May 2013

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Bangladesh schools had very low attendance because children were kept home to work and conditions were unsafe for girls, ethnic minorities, and those with disabilities. BRAC, one of the world's largest and most compre...

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