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The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 August 2020

Pennsylvania, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic has largely led to the expansion and adoption of telemedicine, which has helped those seeking treatment for addictions more easily access care. Although advocates of medication-assisted treatm...

The Hechinger Report

Jill Barshay

3 August 2020

United States

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An ed-tech researcher continues to investigate the success of a study that looked into the effectiveness of "crowdsourcing homework tips." In the study, the homework tips were pre-written by teachers for students to a...

Inkline

Laura Puttkamer

3 August 2020

Mexico City, Mexico

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The people in a neighborhood in Mexico City are coming up with innovative solutions to handle climate-related disasters like flood. They use an early warning system that uses a radio signal and WhatsApp to warn reside...

Montana Free Press

Johnathan Hettinger

3 August 2020

Sweet Grass County, Montana, United States

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A partnership between Montana State University and Seattle-based Waypoint Health Innovations is helping bring virtual mental health services to rural communities in Montana. Although the program has only been in resea...

Next City

Edward Belleville

3 August 2020

Berlin, Germany

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Cities around the world are using apps and interactive platforms to encourage resident volunteers to care for their urban forests. For example, in Berlin, Gieß den Kiez (Water the Neighborhood) is an app that allows u...

KQED

Holly Korbey

31 July 2020

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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Summer, which is usually the busiest season for libraries around the United States, brought with it challenges due to the pandemic, but resourceful librarians innovated ways to connect with their most valuable patrons...

Christian Science Monitor

Jingnan Peng

31 July 2020

Michigan, United States

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The Daily Moth is a daily online news channel devoted to the news accessible to the deaf community. Recently, the channel's focus is on stories about Covid-19 and the fight for racial justice. The programming elevates...

Mother Jones

Samantha Michaels

31 July 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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After two failed attempts, Oakland Ceasefire retooled its approach and since 2013 has been a significant factor in lowering homicides and nonfatal shootings. The program, used in various ways in many cities, identifie...

The Marshall Project

Christie Thompson

24 July 2020

Olympia, Washington, United States

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Since April 2019, Olympia’s Crisis Response Unit has sent civilian first-responders instead of police officers to hundreds of “quality of life” calls such as a mental health crisis or problems related to addiction or ...

FoodPrint

Lela Nargi

23 July 2020

United States

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The ability of community gardens to supply healthy food to those who might not have their basic needs met has grown in importance as coronavirus continues to spread across the United States. For example, the New Roots...

Civil Eats

Brian Allnutt

16 July 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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A multi-year experiment in Detroit is looking at environmentally sustainable ways to build urban soil. Some urban farmers are concerned about the high alkalinity levels in their soils, which can lead to potentially co...

The New Yorker

Linnea Feldman Emison

15 July 2020

Stockton, California, United States

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Universal basic income, or UBI, was implemented in Stockton, California through a pilot program known as SEED. Each participant was given $500 with no conditions on how to spend it. The data shows that the largest exp...

Washington Monthly

Ellie Vance

14 July 2020

New York, United States

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During the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, early efforts at contact tracing by different states in the U.S. proved successful when they relied on people instead of applications or software, which showed high rates ...

Waging Nonviolence

Loretta Graceffo

14 July 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Nonviolence Chicago uses street-outreach workers to mediate disputes and connect residents of violence-prone neighborhoods to needed services. Its work, amounting to tens of thousands of contacts per year with people ...

Mission Local

Lydia Chavez

10 July 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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The Latino Task Force emerged in response to Covid-19 and has effectively provided services to the Mission District’s Latinx community. Formed by longtime grassroots activists turned influential community leaders, the...

Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

Rachel Dissell

Ginger Christ

8 July 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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When COVID-19 emergency plans by Cleveland agencies to reduce crowding in homeless shelters excluded people still living on the streets, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless developed a plan to house people i...

Kensington Voice

Solmaira Valerio

7 July 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Step Up to the Plate is a collaborative effort of local organizations that began as a way to help those experiencing food insecurity due to Covid-19. Three outdoor sites have expanded to provide free meals, mental hea...

Nigeria Health Watch

Christabel Ligami

7 July 2020

Mathare, Kenya

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In Kenya's rural communities and densely populated areas, accessing sanitation and hygiene methods can be difficult, but in one slum, a nonprofit organization has teamed up with a group of young men in the community t...

The Hechinger Report

Delece Smith-Barrow

6 July 2020

United States

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Students at colleges across the U.S. are taking to social media to confront racism and biases at their campuses. Over 40 "Black at" Instagram accounts were launched in June on which students share their personal stori...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Jean Hopfensperger

6 July 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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In Minnesota, volunteer chaplains are attending community events at the request of the participants to provide counsel and support to anyone who may be experiencing symptoms of trauma. Before attending any event to le...

CNN

Scottie Andrew

5 July 2020

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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The CAHOOTS crisis-response program saves its city money and its people living on the streets a great deal of unwanted police contact – contact that in other places is a common cause of excessive force and arrests tha...

Generocity

Erin Flynn Jay

1 July 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia (NSM) adjusted its promotora model of organizing, which relies on neighbor-to-neighbor interaction to assess community needs, due to Covid-19. The immigrant justice nonprofit...

Berkeleyside

Frances Dinkelspiel

25 June 2020

Berkeley, California, United States

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City officials in Berkeley have recently implemented a mobile testing site for Covid-19 to better reach vulnerable populations throughout the region. Although the physical testing site will remain as the central point...

Cleveland Jewish News

Stephen Langel

25 June 2020

Ohio, United States

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Ohio philanthropies shifted to a rapid-response model of providing support for the coronavirus. A coalition of 81 philanthropies in Northeast Ohio quickly raised over $8.7 million from more than 2,200 donors and alloc...

Yellowstone Public Radio

Sarah Brown

25 June 2020

Billings, Montana, United States

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As the traditional food supply chain is upended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local food systems in Montana are connecting farmers and ranchers with buyers. The Yellowstone Valley Food Hub, a cooperative that started ...

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