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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 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.

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...

The Tampa Tribune

Anastasia Dawson

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...

The Guardian

Daniel Boffey

4 May 2013

Copenhagen, Denmark

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In Copenhagen's fixing room, drug addicts are able to take intravenous drugs through the supervision of nurses. The room provides a clean environment with sterile needles that can be disposed of. Since it opened, ther...

POZ Magazine

Benjamin Ryan

21 February 2013

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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People with HIV/AIDS don't always know where to go for help or don't feel empowered to return when psychiatrists or doctors seem unwelcoming. Organizations throughout Washington, D.C. are working against perception by...

BBC

Sanchia Berg

21 February 2013

London, United Kingdom

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For many years, students in London's secondary schools consistently scored worse on exams than their peers in other parts of the country, but now, other regions are looking to London as a model. Under the "London Chal...

ThinkProgress

Tara Culp-Ressler

4 February 2013

New York, New York, United States

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From 2001 to 2011, New York City's teen pregnancy rate decreased by 27 percent as a result of increased access to contraceptives. Public schools started providing Plan B and condoms to students.

The New York Times

James Dao

1 February 2013

Kandahar, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

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More than one million service members, veterans and their families take college courses financed with federal tax dollars. Their experiences are more complicated than those of their fresh-faced civilian peers, leading...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

19 September 2012

New York, New York, United States

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PowerMyLearning, a program that any student, parent, or teacher can use for free, helps students take ownership of their own learning. When most attention is being placed on teacher effectiveness, this program redirec...

Philadelphia Magazine

Steve Volk

23 August 2012

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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When kids grow up in violence-ridden areas, the psychological stress they endure can have impacts mimicking PTSD symptoms and often leads to less resiliency when it comes to joining gangs. Although there is no quick f...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

11 July 2012

United States

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An Irish-based company, ALISON, provides free, high-quality e-courses to people around the globe in order to help close the gap between education and workplace skills. Particularly focused on providing access to areas...

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

26 January 2012

Kenya

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By depicting crucial social issues such as infant mortality, domestic abuse, and alcoholism, TV and radio soap operas are being used internationally as a powerful tool for mass behavior change.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

19 January 2012

Kailalia District, Nepal

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How can rural African children learn to read when there are no books in their languages? Save the Children helps kids to create their own books, creating a homemade library for their village.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

12 January 2012

United States

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LIFT, founded in 1988 by college students, employs an approach to poverty alleviation grounded in building relationships with communities. LIFT finds volunteers who have demonstrated empathy and then employs them to m...

The New York Times

Lisa Margonelli

17 November 2011

Brunswick, Maine, United States

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Bus service for people who live outside major cities is either nonexistent or might as well be. But some communities are helping bring mobility to non-drivers with bus service they can really use.

AARP Magazine

Sally Abrahms

31 October 2011

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Rather than having assisted living facility residents passively appreciate the arts, many programs are creating opportunities for residents to pursue creative expression. These programs include dance and physical expr...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

11 October 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Child-mentoring programs around the United States have helped at-risk youth during crucial years of development. However, New York City's Friends of the Children has improved the model by placing at-risk youth with ad...

The New York Times

Maia Szalavitz

22 September 2011

Massachusetts, United States

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury-related mortality. Naxolone, a drug used to revive overdose victims, is only available by prescription. Howev...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

13 September 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Little Kids Rock has helped to revitalize and broaden music education in more than a thousand schools by encouraging children to learn to play popular music, form bands and compose their own songs. Despite a backlash...

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