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Tom Moran

10 January 2021

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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In 2020, six years after the Justice Department imposed a series of reforms on the Newark Police Department, Newark police officers have reduced their use of force so much that they didn't fire their guns at all in 20...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

6 January 2021

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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When city planners rushed early in the pandemic to close streets to automobile traffic in order to give residents a safe space to roam outdoors, they ended up learning lessons entirely apart from their original goals ...

The New Yorker

Jay Caspian Kang

4 January 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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The San Francisco Bay Area has had fewer COVID-19 deaths than would be expected for such a densely populated area, largely by "drawing on resources and expertise that predated the coronavirus pandemic." Unlike other l...

The City

Yoav Gonen

Eileen Grench

3 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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For 50 hours over five days, police and community members collaborated on the Brownsville Safety Alliance pilot project, which kept police officers away from a longtime crime hotspot so that community members could pr...

The Washington Post

Robert Klemko

29 December 2020

East Haven, Connecticut, United States

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After East Haven, Connecticut, police officers were caught harassing residents based on race, the Obama Justice Department took the police department to court and won a consent decree requiring a long list of reforms,...

The Beacon Today

Amber Amortegui

23 December 2020

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

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In Florida, a hospital's respiratory department decreased readmission rates for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by emphasizing patient education and encouraging cross-sector collaboration between departme...

The 74

Linda Jacobson

20 December 2020

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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In order to keep track of students and prevent them from dropping out, the Nashville district created “Navigators.” A corps of 5,600 school employees- teachers, lunchroom workers, and bookkeepers, who track students t...

OneZero

Michael Waters

18 December 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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In the 1980s, a virtual messaging network, then known as bulletin board systems (BBSs), acted as a support group for many who were in search of peer support and reliable information as the AIDS epidemic spread. Althou...

The New York Times

John Florio

Ouisie Shapiro

18 December 2020

New York, New York, United States

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When a smallpox outbreak was deemed to be a likelihood in New York City in 1947, the city’s health commissioner rapidly launched a vaccination campaign that leveraged internal collaboration, consistent and transparent...

U.S. News & World Report

Anna-Catherine Brigida

17 December 2020

Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

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When the coronavirus pandemic threatened to spread to the Matamoros tent camp where thousands of asylum-seekers lived, local health officials and aid workers proactively launched a public health campaign to boost educ...

The Plug

Hadriana Lowenkron

15 December 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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To address gaps in the healthcare system that were only being exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic for Black Philadelphians, a group of healthcare professionals joined efforts to create the Black Doctors COVID-19 C...

The Hechinger Report

Kavitha Cardoza

14 December 2020

Adelphi, Maryland, United States

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Prince George's County in Maryland ranks fourth in the country for the number of unaccompanied students with sponsors. Often, these students have experienced a lot of trauma by the time they arrive at school. School o...

The Narwhal

Matt Simmons

10 December 2020

British Columbia, Canada

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The Canadian Coast Guard is building a working relationship with indigenous communities that live on the coast of British Columbia, in order to better coordinate rescue efforts. The indigenous tribes "have intimate kn...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Natalia Rodríguez Medina

7 December 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Chicago-based Latino Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders Alliance (LAMDA) has helped connect "Latinos who have memory diseases with clinical support" by focusing on creating connections and using memory-health survey...

The Daily Yonder

Judy Bankman

24 November 2020

Columbia Gorge, Oregon, United States

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The Bridges to Health program in Oregon is helping to improve community health by connecting individuals and families to resources such as housing, food aid, transportation options, and health-care facilities. Althoug...

Wall Street Journal

Bojan Pancevski

18 November 2020

Finland

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Both Finland and Norway have successfully kept COVID-19 cases at a minimum without fully implementing lockdowns within their countries thanks to a united government, closed borders, and mandatory quarantines. The stra...

The New York Times

Blacki Migliozzi

Ashley Southall

Ali Watkins

15 November 2020

New York, New York, United States

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New York City established its Civilian Complaint Review board in 1993 to strengthen its police-discipline system, a response to complaints that police officers rarely were punished for harassment and brutality, especi...

The Trace

J. Brian Charles

14 November 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The Violence Intervention Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center's Shock Trauma Center helps people meet basic needs after they have suffered a gunshot injury. Along with clothing, transportation voucher...

The Denver Post

Elise Schmelzer

13 November 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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By creating a centralized team of detectives to focus on non-fatal shootings, Denver police improved their rate of solving such crimes from 39% in 2019 to 65% in the program's first seven months. The team of six detec...

NPR

Yuki Noguchi

11 November 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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A health clinic in Minneapolis has played a significant role in combating racial gaps in health by prioritizing community-oriented primary care and recruiting staff – including leaders and doctors – from the local com...

70 Million

Sarah McClure

9 November 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Even while Los Angeles police criminalize homelessness with "sweeps" to clear encampments from public property, state and local programs have helped thousands of people find housing and receive services like counselin...

The New York Times

Kate Conger

Daisuke Wakabayashi

Mike Isaac

4 November 2020

United States

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Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube implemented pre-planned measures that limited the ability to use their sites to spread election-day disinformation. Twitter quickly added warning labels to election day tweets from polit...

The Land

Rachel Dissell

3 November 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Black and Latinx enrollment in clinical studies has nearly doubled in HIV vaccine clinical trials due to the HIV Vaccine Trials Network in Cleveland implementing an engagement model that addresses community distrust t...

CNN

Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

Rifaiyat Mahbub

3 November 2020

Senegal

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The death toll and infection rate from the coronavirus pandemic have been extravagant in the U.S., especially compared to that of other countries. The difference is largely explained in how different governments handl...

Associated Press

Julie Watson

31 October 2020

San Diego, California, United States

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A contact tracing program jointly launched by San Diego State University and San Diego County is helping to combat misinformation and dispel fears for immigrants, refugees, and minorities in San Diego by employing eth...

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