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High Country News

Anna V. Smith

30 November 2020

Lincoln County, Oregon, United States

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After a contact tracing effort spurred by an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Lincoln County, Oregon resulted in the realization that resources weren't being offered in Indigenous Mayan languages, the Oregon Health Autho...

Prism

Aaron Mok

19 November 2020

Vermont, United States

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A first-of-its-kind worker-led program in Vermont is helping dairy migrant workers to "hold farmers, corporations, and suppliers in the dairy industry accountable for the rights of workers in their supply-chains throu...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

13 November 2020

Sacramento, California, United States

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An initiative being piloted in the Sacramento hospitality industry aims to decrease the stigma restaurant workers face when talking about mental health concerns with their peers. This peer-to-peer mental health suppor...

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Morgane le Cam

21 August 2020

South Africa

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After realizing the difficulty that people in South Africa were facing when carrying water back to their communities, two South African engineers devised a machine "that brings all the water back in one trip by rollin...

The Seattle Times

Evan Bush

10 March 2020

Kirkland, Washington, United States

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It was a "longshot" that resulted in doctors at a Seattle-area hospital diagnosing the first cases of coronavirus, but how they responded may serve as a model to other hospitals attempting to contain the spread furthe...

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Yuki Noguchi

12 December 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Making mental health a priority at the workplace reduces the risk of suicide. The RK construction company in Salt Lake City has responded to employee suicide by changing its workplace culture. The company has implemen...

The Toledo Blade

Toledo Blade

3 November 2019

Toledo, Ohio, United States

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The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has implemented a program that encourages those returning from being injured on the job to dispose of their leftover opioids. While the bags aren't a new concept and have shown...

Burlington Free Press

Elizabeth Murray

3 November 2019

South Burlington, Vermont, United States

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Vermont’s South Burlington fire department has started offering its firefighters yoga and meditation services as a way to cope with trauma. The services are offered by the Vermont Center for Responder Wellness, which ...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Sabine Galvis

2 October 2019

Wilcox, Arizona, United States

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Health care can be hard to access for those in rural communities, so for one Arizona community, the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center partnered with the University of Arizona to bring health education to ...

Christian Science Monitor

Henry Gass

29 May 2019

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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Across the country, police departments are increasingly providing mental health services for law enforcement. Among the services deployed are internal support teams, post-incident debriefs, psychological first aid, an...

KXAN-TV

Erin Cargile

29 April 2019

West, Texas, United States

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After a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, the state has developed a safety course that focuses on fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate – one of the causes of the deadly fire years ago. While the course is still ...

Kensington Voice

Henry Savage

29 April 2019

Kensington, Pennsylvania, United States

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Peer mentoring and other mindfulness practices are being implemented into industries where vicarious trauma or secondary traumatic stress can occur. These self-care practices are intended to help promote resiliency in...

KXAN-TV

Erin Cargile

16 April 2019

West, Texas, United States

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Following a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant, cities in Texas are taking preventative measures. Emergency Management Specialists have updated and are employing software that tracks hazardous material storage in ...

University of Oregon

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Corrin Avchin

Winter 2019

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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The Eris Conflict Resolution life-coaching company is using conflict mediation and resolution to help those experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace. The company works with both stakeholders and the businesses ...

CNN

Parija Kavilanz

9 January 2019

Houston, Texas, United States

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Founded on addressing the lack of properly fitted workwear for women in the labor industry, SeeHerWork sells designed and tested products like gloves, safety vests, and backpacks specifically for women. In doing so, t...

San Francisco Chronicle

Tara Duggan

29 March 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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In Oakland, California a restaurant has created a system that allows servers to covertly notify management of harassment from customers. Employees of the establishment, Homeroom, came together to develop a color-coded...

Outside

Krista Langlois

31 January 2018

United States

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As the United States grapples with its culture of sexual harassment and assault, women in the outdoor industry are starting demand action. Particularly in river guiding, harassment and discrimination are built into th...

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Abigail Klein Leichman

8 October 2017

Israel

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In Israel, approaches to help traumatized IDF soldiers were emotionally focused and did not succeed in restoring well-being. The Six C’s model presents a cognitive approach by Dr. Farchi, which involves stimulating th...

Vox

Dean Peterson

24 August 2017

United States

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Burying the deceased in a traditional casket has shown to have harmful impacts on the environment. Reforming this process by implementing one of the several green options such as cremation, natural burials, or alkalin...

Shorthand

Alaa El Dirini

20 May 2017

Cairo, Egypt

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Large amounts of mismanaged medical waste are a concern in Cairo, since they can cause a wide range of illnesses and negatively affect the environment. NGO's are working to direct waste to proper sites, provide medica...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Kym Klass

10 March 2017

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Military suicides has grown dramatically in recent years, and new programs are trying to educate and reduce the stigma of confronting mental health. A new 10-day intensive outpatient program has been implemented as we...

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Kiundu Waweru

20 June 2016

Nairobi, Kenya

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For sex workers or other vulnerable populations, they are at a high risk to be exposed to HIV. Truvada is an HIV prevention pill that is currently being tested and could help protect individuals from this disease.

Mother Jones

Jaeah Lee

31 May 2016

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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A new tool that studies human behavioral data is being piloted in an effort to prevent police abuse and violence. Using data kept by individual police departments, this new program studies officers’ history of past pr...

Bright Magazine

Rachel Cernansky

4 May 2016

Seoul, South Korea

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Nearly 300 people have fallen ill from working in Samsung’s Seoul-located factory. In order to advocate for those that became sick and the rights of current employees, the Supporters for the Health And Rights of Peopl...

NPR

Claire Leschin-Hoar

16 February 2016

Half Moon Bay, California, United States

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Catch share programs—where fishermen are allotted a set quota of the catch—reduce the notoriously risky behavior fishermen are known for, like sailing in stormy weather, a new study finds.

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