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Jane C. Hu

3 October 2018

Washington, United States

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As climate change takes it's toll across the world, volunteer scientists in Washington are helping to track the changes. MeadowWatch, a program made up of these volunteer scientists, encourages the collection of data ...

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Carl Segerstrom

20 August 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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The group Truckers Against Trafficking launched in 2009 to enlist the help of truck drivers to spot and report cases of human trafficking, which was common at many truck stops. The group trains truckers through video ...

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Zachariah Bryan

25 July 2018

Montana, United States

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In rural areas, access to mental health care can be a challenge, but Eastern Montana Telemedicine Network connects rural patients to mental health services in Billings through live video. Video consultations can spare...

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Zachariah Bryan

17 July 2018

New Hampshire, United States

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To fight suicide by firearm, an injury prevention center and a gun shop owner teamed up to form a group called the Gun Shop Project. The group empowers gun shop owners and employees with training in how to notice the ...

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John Blodgett

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16 July 2018

Montana, United States

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Funding cuts closed two community mental health centers, so regional Montanans set up a behavioral health network to fill the gap. The network invests heavily in prevention, called diversion, which takes the form of p...

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Alex Sakariassen

14 July 2018

Mirebalais, Haiti

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Although Haiti and Montana appear to be vastly different places, they have a few important things in common; they are geographically rural, they both face high rates of mental illness and a shortage of mental health c...

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James S. Rosien

12 July 2018

Anaconda, Montana, United States

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Pintler Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Montana trains community members in a mental health first aid method called QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer. The state of Montana is encouraging citizens who regularly intera...

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Eric Dietrich

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10 July 2018

Ronan, Montana, United States

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In rural Montana, peer support groups for addiction recovery are gaining ground as a State Senate Bill formalizes peer support specialists as a profession. Despite higher rates of mental health issues and addiction, f...

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Maya L. Kapoor

29 June 2018

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Ecological restoration has primarily been defined as redirecting the land back to what it used to be in terms of wildlife and plant life. However, with climate change altering the earth's landscape, many scientists an...

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Carl Segerstrom

11 May 2018

Montrose, Colorado, United States

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Thanks in part to the advancement of technology and federal reforms that now streamline a previously lengthy process, rural Colorado is proving to be a prime candidate for small hydropower projects.

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Anthony Moreno

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12 April 2018

Melrose, New Mexico, United States

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For over sixteen years Melrose Municipal Schools, a small rural school district which oversees the students of Melrose, New Mexico, sets aside funds for the Supercomputing Challenge, an annual science and engineering...

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Leah Todd

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6 April 2018

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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Across the United States, tribal lands have the lowest access to internet, an issue that restricts opportunity and education in those areas. In New Mexico, several small tribes have partnered to lay fiber-optic cables...

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5 April 2018

Taos, New Mexico, United States

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In New Mexico, the Kit Carson Co-op is providing broadband services in areas that traditional private contractors haven't reached. Co-ops around the country are diversifying their services to stay relevant, but funds ...

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Seaborn Larson

20 January 2018

Choteau, Montana, United States

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Small towns along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana have a history of putting on summer festivals to attract locals and tourists alike and to earn funds to benefit their communities. As the festivals now face challe...

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John Blodgett

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18 January 2018

Libby, Montana, United States

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Libby, a town in Montana, is seeking to rebrand itself as a beautiful outdoor destination as opposed to what many people still see it as: the site of a mine closure that led to an asbestos health emergency decades ago...

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James S. Rosien

18 January 2018

Anaconda, Montana, United States

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The Brownfields Program, funded through the EPA, helps towns across Montana redevelop contaminated buildings into new areas for economic development. Since 2016, when Anaconda and several nearby towns became eligible ...

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Micah Drew

12 January 2018

Ovando, Montana, United States

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Ovando, Montana, a tiny town just off a main highway, has benefited from economic growth as a result of almost one thousand cyclists who ride through each year. The Ovando Community Fund was started to build appropria...

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Beth Saboe

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11 January 2018

Choteau, Montana, United States

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The majority of counties in Montana face a shortage of healthcare professionals, especially those dealing with mental health. However, Montana is mobilizing its students to become doctors and stay in-state. The Target...

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Jan Anderson

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10 January 2018

Boulder, Montana, United States

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Boulder, Montana struggled upon learning that a major local employer, the Montana Developmental Center, was going to close. However, the news pushed the town toward a path of redevelopment. The Boulder Transition Advi...

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Jan Anderson

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10 January 2018

Boulder, Montana, United States

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Affordable housing often needs several solutions to make sufficient impact in a community. In Boulder, Montana, several groups and funding sources are working together to keep a diverse stock of affordable housing ava...

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Eric Dietrich

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10 January 2018

philipsburg, Montana, United States

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While many rural towns have struggled to retain residents and jobs, Philipsburg, Montana has enjoyed a newly bustling downtown because of tourism brought to the town by businesses with long-term advertising and renewa...

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Eric Dietrich

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9 January 2018

Libby, Montana, United States

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Despite the brain drain struggle that some Montana small towns face, young professionals are finding reasons to move back to the state and towns they call home. Some towns have tried specific strategies, such as promo...

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Maya L. Kapoor

11 December 2017

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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As wildfires become increasingly more prevalent and powerful, researchers in New Mexico are turning their attention to mitigation successes from ancestral generations. By implementing some of these methods such as sel...

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Ed Williams

27 October 2017

New Mexico, United States

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Indian Health Service, the Native American Health federal agency, has not always been an ideal health program due to lack of funding and lack of flexibility to each tribe. More tribes are opening their own clinics in ...

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Leah Todd

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24 October 2017

Luna County, New Mexico, United States

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Historically there has been stigma and pushback to bilingual and immigrant programs, but some counties are starting to embrace diversity as key to economic development. Greater diversity spurs innovation, entrepreneur...

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