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The Indianapolis Star

Jordan Erb

19 October 2020

Pendleton, Indiana, United States

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In Indiana's maximum-security Pendleton Correctional Facility, the FORWARD program (Felines and Offenders Rehabilitation with Affection) puts incarcerated men in charge of caring for cats rescued from abuse or the str...

Nigerian Tribune

Justice Nwafor

19 October 2020

Nigeria

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By using an agricultural technique that doesn’t use soil to grow crops, a farmer is upending the traditional farming practices in Nigeria and offering job opportunities to those who might otherwise be unemployed. Hydr...

Next City

Sarah Kwon

14 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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A doula program in San Francisco is helping to create jobs and build equity in maternal health, especially for Black mothers. Training is free for the client as well as for the doulas, with trainees also receiving men...

Devex

Paul Adepoju

29 September 2020

Ibadan, Nigeria

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In Nigeria, a methodology known as task-sharing is helping to lessen the burden on the country's mental health care system. The premise of this model is to train "other health personnel, such as community health worke...

NBC News

Antonia Hylton

28 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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Outreach workers with CRED (Create Real Economic Destiny) in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood are paid under a city grant to de-escalate and mediate disputes among the same gangs that some of the workers once belonged ...

Rockford Register Star

Jeff Kolkey

19 September 2020

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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For 31 years, CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) has used unarmed medics and crisis intervention experts to respond to mental health and other non-violent crises, saving money and preventing potent...

The Guardian

Josh Wood

19 September 2020

Alexandria, Kentucky, United States

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When Alexandria, Kentucky's police chief realized how many of his officers' calls were for mental health crises or minor interpersonal disputes, and then how many of these unresolved problems resulted in repeat 911 ca...

The Guardian

Donna Ferguson

19 September 2020

Cambridge, England

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Facebook groups are reuniting bicycle-theft victims with their property by creating a place to report thefts and alerting others to be on the lookout for the bikes. A pandemic-inspired boom in bicycling, as a means to...

USA Today

Grace Hauk

18 September 2020

United States

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Daniel Prude's death in police custody illustrates a common flaw in how police respond to mental health crises, but reform advocates disagree on whether to improve police training or bypass police almost entirely. Men...

Yes! Magazine

Ray Levy-Uyeda

17 September 2020

California, United States

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The Fire and Forestry Recruitment Program serves as an intermediary between formerly incarcerated people trained as firefighters and the agencies they seek work from once they have been released from prison. Californi...

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

8 September 2020

Manhattan, New York, United States

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Two community living facilities have played integral roles in combatting the spread of diseases throughout New York's history by relying on mutual aid models. In the 1980's the Manhattan Plaza residence started the AI...

Nation Africa

Winnie Atieno

4 September 2020

Bangladesh

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Although residents in Bangladesh were initially hesitant to take precautionary measures against COVID-19, once one county began reporting cases, the community took swift action. From implementing hand washing stations...

The New York Times

Richard Schiffman

1 September 2020

Culver City, California, United States

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High school and college-age volunteers in Culver City, California are playing a significant role in the creation of a food-distribution system that aims to help their neighbors who have been financially impacted by th...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Molly Bohannon

31 August 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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In Arizona, a teen-run suicide prevention hotline connects teens who need someone to talk to with a peer operator who works to listen to and calm the caller. The volunteer teenage operators don't offer medical advice ...

South China Morning Post

Gigi Choy

24 August 2020

Hong Kong, China

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In Hong Kong, a newly devised e-health system is teaching patients how to test and monitor their own symptoms during the coronavirus pandemic, rather than have a doctor administer in-person care. Using an exhibition c...

The Washington Post

Peter Hermann

19 August 2020

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Violence interrupters conducted a dozen meetings over Zoom to negotiate a truce between two warring groups in a neighborhood that went from 11 shootings in 5 months to none for at least 99 days following the truce. To...

The Guardian

Jodi Helmer

14 August 2020

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

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With many people out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some cities and nonprofits are creating outdoorsy job programs to relieve unemployment. Inspired by the conservation corps programs created during the Great D...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

10 August 2020

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Tuscon police use a combination of training and expanded resources to resolve mental health crises by putting people in the hands of mental health professionals, an approach that in 2019 diverted nearly 4,400 cases aw...

The Community Voice

Jazzlyn Johnson

7 August 2020

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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The nationwide non-profit Trauma Intervention Programs Inc. uses volunteers trained in "compassionate notifications" – informing families of loved ones' deaths, a task that often is bungled by untrained, rushed first ...

The New York Times

Melissa Eddy

5 August 2020

Germany

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Since the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Germany emerged as "one of the highest testers per capita in the world," due to decentralizing the creation and distribution of testing kits, requiring that tests be fu...

Spectrum News 1 New York

Clodagh McGowan

3 August 2020

New York, New York, United States

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In the nation's largest public housing development, 696 Build Queensbridge uses the Cure Violence approach to mediating disputes before they turn violent. In 2017, its first year, there were no shootings in the develo...

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...

WAVE-TV

David Mattingly

28 July 2020

Alexandria, Kentucky, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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Alexandria, Kentucky's 17-officer police department avoided the expense of hiring more police officers by adding two social workers to assist police in responding to the types of calls that can often turn into repeat ...

The Intercept

Brandon Soderberg

Baynard Woods

26 July 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore’s Safe Streets program, which uses a public-health approach to stopping the spread of community gun violence, mediated more than 1,800 conflicts in 2019 and is credited with preventing homicides altogether i...

The New York Times

Rachel Wharton

23 July 2020

New York, New York, United States

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For environmental organization GrowNYC, their one-acre teaching farm on Governor’s Island became a victory garden for New Yorkers who aren’t having their basic needs met during the COVID-19 pandemic. While future land...

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