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Next City

Emily Nonko

11 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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To address the growing isolation facing senior citizens, a Brooklyn-based organization started an initiative called The Sharing Network to connect volunteers with seniors via telephone calls. Taking the participants' ...

The New York Times

Sharon Otterman

9 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Online volunteer assistance efforts in New York have played a crucial role in the dissemination of the COVID-19 vaccine, while city and state appointment systems have caused confusion or created barriers for many. Alt...

WBEZ

Patrick Smith

8 February 2021

Illinois, United States

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Since 2017, two publicly funded trauma recovery centers in Illinois have helped violent-crime survivors cope with the emotional fallout that can accompany a loved one's murder or surviving their own violent attack. Ca...

Burlington Free Press

April Barton

8 February 2021

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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The San Antonio Independent School District developed an app to help combat the Covid-slide among its students, including English Language Learning students. The app tracks interactions, class attendance, and complete...

Chicago Sun-Times

Manny Ramos

7 February 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Since June 2019, Chicago's Grounds for Peace pilot project has begun cleaning up vacant, city-owned lots using an approach to urban beautification that has been shown in other cities, and in one Chicago neighborhood, ...

USA Today

Grace Hauck

6 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In its first six months, Denver's STAR program (Support Team Assistance Response) handled 748 emergency calls that in the past would have gone to the police or firefighters. Two-person teams of a medic and clinician h...

Vox

Kelsey Piper

5 February 2021

United States

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The eradication of smallpox offers lessons and insight for health officials and governments focused on containing the novel coronavirus and avoiding future pandemics. Although COVID-19 presents unique challenges – suc...

Bridge Michigan

Ted Roelofs

5 February 2021

New York, United States

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A home health care agency in New York has "become a nationwide model" for hiring and retaining home health aids. Crucial to the program's success is a series of incentives offered to employees such as "subsidies to pa...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

4 February 2021

Rhode Island, United States

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The Substitute Teacher Training Program in Rhode Island is helping to fill a need for substitute teachers, as well as helping those looking for a job a quick way to find employment. The program is completely free, sel...

Next City

Kristi Eaton

4 February 2021

Oklahoma, United States

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The Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program is an immersion program that pays adults to learn the Cherokee language, which is quickly disappearing yet important for preserving Cherokee culture. The program require...

The Washington Post

Rachel Hatzipanagos

3 February 2021

Georgia, United States

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Black and Latino organizers with the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) knocked on over 300,000 doors in between the general election and Senate runoffs. Canvassing in predominantly Latino neighborhoods,...

Transitions Online

Tina (Tiko) Tsomaia

Ia Shalamberidze

2 February 2021

Georgia

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Across Georgia, a community-based mental health care approach has decreased both the duration and frequency of hospitalization for clients. This approach relies on mental health and other healthcare specialists delive...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

2 February 2021

Nigeria

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The Covid-19 pandemic complicated health care for women living in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Nigeria who already lacked access to family planning services and education, but collaborative efforts are ...

The Daily Tar Heel

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Jennifer Tran

2 February 2021

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United Arab Emirates

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Black in Technology was created to support Black students in STEM at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The organization has planned numerous events for its members related to mentorship, recruitment, an...

Sacramento Bee

Jeong Park

2 February 2021

Sacramento, California, United States

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Digital Upskill Sacramento is providing 9-week paid training sessions to participants who want to enter the tech industry. The program is allowing people who didn’t have the time, resources, or opportunity before to g...

Scalawag

Alexis Wray

2 February 2021

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

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In 2018, The A&T Register, the online student-run newspaper for North Carolina A&T State University, the largest Black university in the country, conducted a media investigation. It examined the way local media wrote ...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

1 February 2021

Wales

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A housing initiative in Wales is combining affordable housing with ecological sustainability. The One Planet Development policy (OPD) gives residents an exemption to stringent countryside planning laws if they commit ...

The New York Times

The New York Times Editorial Board

1 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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New York’s vaccination effort has largely left out Black and Latino people due at least in part to the decision to use an online-based system for booking appointments. With the data to back this observation up, the go...

Wall Street Journal

Andrew Beaton

Louise Radnofsky

31 January 2021

United States

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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL played all scheduled games during its regular season – including the Super Bowl – by enacting strict protocols and using data to make adjustments as necessary. The league reli...

The Narwhal

Julien Gignac

30 January 2021

Yukon, Canada

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Under the structure of unique treaties called final agreements, Yukon First Nations are able to exercise the powers of self-governance over projects proposed on their land. Implementation of the agreements isn’t alway...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Maya Rao

30 January 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Next Step is a hospital-based violence intervention program based at Minneapolis' Hennepin County Medical Center that counsels gunshot victims to try to help lower the chances that they will be harmed again or seek to...

KSDK-TV

Christine Byers

28 January 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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When people emerge from long prison sentences, they can be in a hurry to put their lives back on track. But, when enrolled in a voluntary re-entry program called the Concordance Academy of Leadership, they first must ...

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Adele Peters

28 January 2021

West Virginia, United States

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West Virginia has implemented a digital platform that allows residents to sign up for notifications if leftover doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are available for use near them. Although the system is only accessible to ...

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Peter Yeung

28 January 2021

Paris, France

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Paris hosts a dozen "repair cafes," which are free, monthly events where residents can fix household objects and electronics with the help and advice of volunteers. The events usually have about 25 attendees who seek ...

South Dakota News Watch

Bart Pfankuch

28 January 2021

South Dakota, United States

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A new therapeutic treatment known as a monoclonal antibody infusion has been made available across the U.S. for Covid-19 patients who are most at-risk of being hospitalized for the virus. In South Dakota, one of the ...

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