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PBS NewsHour

Nick Schifrin

11 May 2021

Australia

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Strict and early knockdowns and consistent public health messaging have helped Australia effectively eliminate Covid-19. Now, the country and its residents have largely returned to business as usual, despite many citi...

The Buffalo News

Sandra Tan

8 May 2021

Buffalo, New York, United States

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In Erie County, New York, residents are receiving a free drink along with their Covid vaccine as part of a program that aims to incentive those who have been on the fence about getting vaccinated. Although it is not b...

The New York Times

Amanda Rosa

5 May 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Community centers in New York are playing a crucial role in helping to connect the city's Asian residents with Covid vaccine appointments. From training translators on medical lingo to collecting local resident's info...

KLC Journal

Audrey Korte

4 May 2021

Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States

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To help protect the predominantly Black community in Sedgwick County, Kansas, the county collaborated with local leaders and residents to create an information and messaging campaign that specifically addressed commun...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Alberto Mariani

4 May 2021

Whiteriver, Arizona, United States

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The White Mountain Apache Tribe in eastern Arizona was able to slow the spread of Covid in the community by implementing a daily routine of "contact tracing, surveillance of high-risk individuals, and vaccinations." S...

Next City

Rebecca Greenwald

30 April 2021

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The Live Venue Recovery Fund offers a path for independent music operators to purchase their venue. The fund buys the properties, and collects rent, but are limited to a 12% return rate and the contract lays out a pat...

CityLab

John Surico

29 April 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Many cities created "open streets" during the pandemic, limiting traffic on certain streets to give people a safe outdoor place to relax and play. Which programs outlive the pandemic depends on a host of factors, most...

MIT Technology Review

Varsha Bansal

28 April 2021

India

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In India, citizen-led small-scale digital efforts are helping to connect Covid-19 patients with the resources, supplies, and medical equipment they need to survive. The citizen groups are largely using online platform...

National Geographic

Erin Blakemore

27 April 2021

United States

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In the 1950s, the National Institute for Infantile Paralysis launched a nationwide public health campaign to encourage teenagers to receive the polio vaccine. Tactics included interviewing and recruiting teenagers to ...

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Julia Hotz

27 April 2021

Astoria, New York, United States

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Neighborhoods throughout New York are banding together to create their own mutual aid networks to help their community members during the coronavirus pandemic. From grocery shopping to fundraising for resources such a...

NPR

Frank Langfitt

26 April 2021

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Sheikh Nuru Mohammed uses weekly sermons as imam at Al-Abbas mosque to dispel false information about the COVID-19 vaccine, inspiring hundreds of skeptical congregants to get vaccinated. He also turned the mosque into...

The Washington Post

David Montgomery

26 April 2021

United States

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To help address Covid vaccine hesitancy, the non-profit marketing firm Ad Council and its partners developed a multi-dimensional public service campaign. Relying on a balance between appealing to personal responsibili...

Truthout

Brian Dolinar

24 April 2021

Illinois, United States

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After incarcerated people, their families, and advocates pressured the state of Illinois to prioritize offering the Covid vaccines to those in prison, the rate of Covid transmission among the population significantly ...

ideastream

Conor Morris

23 April 2021

Ohio, United States

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Black churches in Cleveland are transforming into vaccine clinics during the coronavirus pandemic to help get shots into the arms of those who have had trouble accessing a vaccine appointment. The sites have largely r...

News48

Francesco Ciampa

22 April 2021

Rimini, Italy

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An organization in Italy, spearheaded by a father who has a child with autism, is working to train local businesses how to recognize, react, and serve families who may have a member in their party with autism. Althoug...

The New York Times

Danya Issawi

Derek M. Norman

21 April 2021

Vermont, United States

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Vermont is the only state where no people incarcerated in prison died of COVID-19 in the first 12 months of the pandemic, and its infection rate is relatively low. The prisons took steps that other prison systems eith...

Christian Science Monitor

Francine Kiefer

20 April 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Anti-Asian hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic have sparked a movement nationwide to stand up against bias and to help protect those most vulnerable to attack, the elderly. In one of America's oldest Chinese encl...

Noozhawk

Giana Magnoli

19 April 2021

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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In Santa Barbara, California, mobile vaccine clinics are helping farm workers and those living at senior housing developments receive their Covid vaccination by bringing the vaccines directly to their communities. Key...

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Nikka G. Valenzuela

18 April 2021

Philippines

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Community pantries in the Philippines are providing fresh produce and basic neccesites to Filipinos struggling with food insecurity during the pandemic. The pantries have sprung up in multiple cities, with cash and fo...

East Oregonian

Shane Hoffman

17 April 2021

Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon, United States

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The Wave Foundation distributed sustainable and fresh food during the pandemic on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The Portland nonprofit is a sustainability coalition that works with communities to better understand ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Judy Bankman

16 April 2021

West Virginia, United States

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In the race to vaccinate hundreds of millions of people, innovators in certain places have excelled at getting shots into arms, including in hard-to-reach or vaccine-reluctant populations. West Virginia broke from the...

Documented

Kevin Duggan

15 April 2021

New York City, New York, United States

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New York City’s Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs relied on help from 34 community groups to distribute a $20 million relief fund from the Open Society Foundation. The groups verified who needed the funds, and no p...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Kagondu David Njagi

15 April 2021

Kwale, Kenya

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As a way to combat unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent further deforestation in Kenya, local rangers are using smartphones, satellite feeds, and global mapping to monitor their forests. The projec...

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Conor Morris

15 April 2021

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States

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In Cuyahoga County, Ohio, a phone line has helped tens of thousands of residents access information about Covid-19 as well as make appointments to receive their vaccinations. The helpline is a "natural extension of th...

Cleveland Scene

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Claudia Longo

14 April 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cleveland failed to provide Spanish translation services even though 11 percent of its residents identify as Hispanic. The oversight is a threat to public health, especially in the midst of a pandemic. The Spanish-spe...

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