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Tiny Spark

Amy Costello

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30 July 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Neighborhoods in Chicago suffer from gang violence and gun-related deaths. A church leader and a physician trained in infectious diseases created Cure Violence, a program that sends teams of local residents to meet wi...

The Guardian

James Meikle

21 July 2015

United Kingdom

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The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), a charity dedicated to improving health and wellbeing in society, has outlined plans for different occupations – including cleaners, hairdressers, postal workers, and restau...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Robert Boos

19 July 2015

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The state of Louisiana is disappearing at an incredible rate, and its sinking deltas threaten some of the nation's crucial oil, gas, and fisheries industries. Industry and government have created an unprecedented plan...

Model D

MJ Galbraith

14 July 2015

United States

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Two local hospital systems have worked diligently to balance the preservation of the historic character of their campuses with the need to keep their facilities state-of-the-art. Communities have chosen to repurpose o...

Dallas Morning News

Sylvan Lane

22 June 2015

Dallas, Texas, United States

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An in-depth study of Texas youth crime records helped them find a path forward on juvenile criminal justice reform, but they still struggle with limited resources and a culture stuck on incarceration.

Women's eNews

Molly Ginty

22 June 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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At St. John Hospital in Detroit, the principles of cultural sensitivity and collaboration—as well as lots of fundraising—have boosted previously low breastfeeding rates by black mothers.

PolitiFact

Louis Jacobson

4 June 2015

Estonia

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In Estonia, filing a tax return takes five minutes or less. The country has a simple tax system and laws that permit the government to gather data from employers, banks, and other third parties to generate pre-filled ...

WHYY

Irina Zhorov

28 May 2015

Bogota, Colombia

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Bogotá is largely credited with originating the concept of “open streets” —where city roads are closed to car traffic and given over to people for fun and fitness—but it has grown beyond that city, surfacing in Pennsy...

Toronto Star

Catherine Porter

23 May 2015

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Poverty increases the risk of illness due to insecure housing, unstable employment, poor education, etc. A hospital program in Toronto addresses these social determinants for health by prescribing patients to apply fo...

The Ithaca Voice

Jeff Stein

22 May 2015

Ithaca, New York, United States

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The law often traps offenders in a cycle of lawbreaking. LEAD allows for drug users to become committed to a program that helps them through the quitting process instead of throwing them into prison and isolating them...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Anita Hofschneider

20 May 2015

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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Problems such as discrimination, unemployment, and homelessness can be at the root of chronic health problems such as diabetes. The Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Hawaii provide a holistic approach to healt...

Al Jazeera

Gelareh Darabi

18 May 2015

Ajdovščina, Municipality of Ajdovščina, Slovenia

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"Ghost gear" are nylon nets and other waste left behind in our oceans by fishing boats - they cause massive environmental damage, releasing toxins in the water, ensnaring wildlife, and clogging up beaches. Now one org...

NPR

Maanvi Singh

14 May 2015

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Brown's Super Stores operates seven profitable supermarkets in traditionally food desert neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The founder says it's because they brought together a group of community leaders and asked them e...

KQED

Anna Gorman

10 May 2015

Newport Beach, California, United States

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Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, under pressure from the insurance network to lower maternity costs, used a number of tools to lower the rate of cesarean sections done. The changes not only helped drastically redu...

Investigate West

Ben DeJarnette

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27 April 2015

Ashland, Oregon, United States

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Summer in the Northwest presents great risk of wildfires. A pile burning operation, just one facet of the strategy that Oregon has enacted in conserving its forests, clears undergrowth to lessen the risk of megafire.

Toronto Star

Sara Mojtehedzadeh

18 April 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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After decades of economic and social despair that once saw it named the poorest big city in America, Cleveland has become a model of revitalization, thanks to a unique “anchor strategy” that harnesses the immense weal...

Minnesota Public Radio

Jennifer Vogel

26 March 2015

Saint Michael, Minnesota, United States

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A new three-year project between the health department and the U.S. Geological Survey designed to improve the way arsenic, a carcinogen, is measured in private wells and to develop guidelines to help contractors avoid...

KPCC

Stephanie O'Neill

9 March 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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LAPD's special team, the Mental Evaluation Unit, is teaming up police officers with mental health clinicians to better approach and address individuals suffering from a mental health crisis. Rather than sending them t...

The New York Times

Sara Neufeld

20 February 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Preschoolers in the U.S. who misbehave are increasingly being expelled. In Connecticut, trained counselors educated teachers about how to deal with emotionally traumatized kids which reduced expulsions.

The Arizona Republic

Megan Cassidy

27 January 2015

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Assertive community treatment teams working through of outreach-centered programs in Maricopa County, AZ have become an industry standard for treating those with persistent and severe mental illnesses, because they pr...

NationSwell

Chris Peak

20 January 2015

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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New Orleans implemented an extraordinary 10-year plan that engaged unprecedented cross-sector collaboration between government, non-profit, and private entities to provide housing and housing services to the city's ho...

The National

Jennifer Hattam

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4 January 2015

Istanbul, Turkey

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Istanbul is often congested with traffic, especially as the population grows and more people buy cars but the lack of bicycle infrastructure has prevented biking from being an alternative transportation. This is chang...

The Atlantic

John Tierney

23 December 2014

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Creating a synergy between the various stakeholders in a city’s economic performance leads to success. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the tech industry is thriving thanks to cross-sector collaborations between the regio...

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

14 December 2014

Clint, Texas, United States

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Population growth, historical dryness and predictions of a warming climate all mean a future of scarce water in the Rio Grande's Upper Basin. Farmers and the irrigation districts are left to try and find ways to conse...

The Atlantic

John Tierney

11 December 2014

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Investments into the arts serve as significant economic catalysts. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, legacy foundations like the Heinz Endowments, Benedum Foundation, and Richard King Mellon Foundation pooled their resourc...

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