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Reasons to be Cheerful

David Byrne

27 August 2021

China

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China’s path to officially eliminating malaria began in the 1950s when a scientist in a government-funded program discovered the ancient Chinese herb Wormwood had been used to treat symptoms for centuries and went on ...

The News Minute

Cris

20 August 2021

Wayanad, Kerala, India

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Wayanad is the first district in Kerala to have vaccinated the entire adult population with at least one COVID-19 vaccine. Rather than waiting for people to make appointments, officials went door-to-door providing all...

Wired

Julia Hotz

18 August 2021

United Kingdom

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“Social prescribing” is an increasingly popular approach to healthcare that addresses “social determinants” of health with non-pharmaceutical prescriptions for patients in the form of activities in their local communi...

Global Press Journal

Aline Suárez del Real

14 August 2021

Lerma, Mexico, Mexico

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The Lerma river in Mexico is one of the most polluted rivers in the country. Water from the river leaves behind yellow stains and causes headaches and dizziness. To help bring clean, drinking water to the community a ...

FreshWater Cleveland

Cid Standifer

9 August 2021

New Mexico, United States

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While prisons generally have struggled to contain the spread of the coronavirus among staff and incarcerated people, New Mexico's program to vaccinate staff has succeeded where others have failed. New Mexico prison an...

Eugene Weekly

Taylor Perse

5 August 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Disaster preparedness in the form of close inter-agency coordination and communication helped Cuyahoga County, Ohio, protect its unhoused population from COVID-19 to a greater extent than Lane County, Oregon. Although...

USA Today

Andrew Yawn

5 August 2021

Dare County, North Carolina, United States

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Dare County, a relatively isolated and rural coastal county in North Carolina, has the highest vaccination rate in the southern U.S. The successful vaccination campaign is due in part to an existing communication infr...

Vogue

Emma Specter

5 August 2021

Lowell, Massachusetts, United States

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The Greater Lowell Health Alliance offered COVID-19 vaccines using a “block party” model where community members enjoy free food, music, activities, and even childcare, while also having access to information about va...

Next City

Solcyre Burga

3 August 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As a solution for the garbage littering his block, a Philadelphia resident has launched a much-needed movement to keep the streets clean. Sanitation services have been affected since the pandemic, leading to staff sho...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Allison Frost

29 July 2021

Taiwan

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Taiwan responded to COVID-19 quickly, which helped keep cases low and avoid widespread shutdowns. The country had closely tracked its PPE stockpiles since the 2003 SARS outbreak, has a national health command center t...

The Current

Ty Baniewicz

26 July 2021

Acadiana, Louisiana, United States

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Members of Asociación Cultural Latino-Acadiana and the Rotary Club of Lafayette North went door-to-door in neighborhoods that are home to Spanish-speaking households to find people eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. ...

Vox

Christina Thornell

6 July 2021

Taiwan

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Throughout 2020, Taiwanese society largely remained open and the country had 7 COVID-19 deaths. Taiwan’s 2003 experience with SARS set up an existing infrastructure to act quickly, including a centralized information ...

The Connecticut Mirror

Dave Altimari

6 July 2021

Vernon, Connecticut, United States

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Grassroots volunteer groups are helping people across the country make COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Get Out the Shot: Los Angeles has 100 vetted volunteers who have booked 300 appointments through the group’s system...

100 Days in Appalachia

Taylor Sisk

1 July 2021

Williamson, West Virginia, United States

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Williamson Health and Wellness Center is a federally qualified health center in rural West Virginia, that provides medical, dental, and mental health care as well as chronic-disease management and wellness coaching on...

TVO

Justin Chandler

30 June 2021

Ontario, Canada

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The “hockey hub” mass-vaccination model uses large spaces, like sports arenas, to vaccinate up to 70 people per hour, compared to 6-10 with traditional systems. Rows of 30 cubicles, each with a single chair, allow a h...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Kaylie McLaughlin

24 June 2021

Marysville, Kansas, United States

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The vaccination rate of Marshall County is six percentage points higher than the state overall, a success that is built on an existing infrastructure of public health and trust-building that predates the pandemic. The...

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Sarah Ravits

21 June 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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As demand for vaccinations plateaued and vaccination rates in Louisiana lagged outside of New Orleans, health officials found a variety of targeted, small events to reach various subcultures. These pop-up events dealt...

Scientific American

Tanya Lewis

17 June 2021

Ohio, United States

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Several states are offering incentives to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Ohio’s Vax-a-Million program was one of the first state-based cash lotteries, awarding five residents over 18 a $1-million...

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Hannah Grabenstein

17 June 2021

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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The Shelby County Voter Alliance, who was used to using publicly available information to run get-out-the-vote and voter registration drives, pivoted to door-knocking to increase vaccination rates. Using a grant from ...

The Verge

Sanket Jain

17 June 2021

India

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Accredited social health activists (ASHA) across India fight COVID-19 related misinformation on WhatsApp. ASHAs provide basic health care to people in their villages, which puts them on the frontline of treating COVID...

News48

Lorenzo Di Stasi

17 June 2021

Milan, Italy

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Milan’s tampone sospeso or “suspended test” initiative provides rapid COVID-19 tests to stop the spread of the virus. The initiative sets up in highly visible public areas of Milan and is based on a model of mutual su...

Dallas Free Press

Sujata Dand

16 June 2021

Dallas, Texas, United States

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The new Southpoint Community Market in Dallas is the product of seven years of planning in a process based on community input about the need for accessible, nutritious, affordable food and other everyday groceries. An...

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