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Brent Cunningham

10 April 2019

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

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After gaining attention in 2008 for having an obesity crisis, the city of Huntington, West Virginia started making slow and steady changes that have culminated into positive changes in the community's overall health. ...

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Samantha Schmidt

26 March 2019

Bethesda, Maryland, United States

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Female students at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland took a stand inspired by the #MeToo movement when their male classmates circulated a list they had made ranking the girls on the basis of their looks. Wh...

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Debbie Truong

24 March 2019

Vienna, Virginia, United States

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A move towards solar energy in schools in Fairfax County, Virginia has been spurred by environmentally-aware students. It’s working because of power purchase agreements, which make solar panels affordable. In these ag...

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Nina Hall

9 December 2018

Marrakesh, Morocco

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The Global Compact for Migration, the first international agreement on migration under the United Nations, affirms the human rights of migrants and refugees and notes the benefits of migration. However, the impact of ...

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Pamela Constable

8 December 2018

Kartarpur, Punjab, Pakistan

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For 70 years, India’s Sikhs have faced barriers to visiting one of the holiest sites in their religion, a template just three miles across the border in Pakistan. Now, the Pakistani government has announced plans to o...

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Lenny Bernstein

27 November 2018

New Hampshire, United States

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Employers are creating “recovery friendly’ workplaces by providing support for employees with substance use disorders in the same manner as they would for employees who needed support for any other disease. A job and...

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Wesley Lowery

Steven Rich

9 November 2018

Sacramento, California, United States

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Sacramento is implementing a program developed in 2011 in Richmond, Calif., that showed success curtailing gun violence among young men caught up in gangs or potential shootings. They get numerous social services and ...

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Michael Ollove

4 November 2018

California, United States

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While maternal mortality rates climbed in the United States, California decreased its incidence of maternal death in childbirth. A collaborative group formed to study the issue and started the Maternal Data Center to ...

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Karla Adam

27 October 2018

Glasgow, Scotland

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Glasgow used to be known as the murder capital of Europe. But police began tackling crime as a public health issue and partnered with doctors, social workers and educators, while also increasing stops and searches of ...

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Joshua Partlow

26 October 2018

Pijijiapan, Chiapas, Mexico

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A small Mexican town called Pijijiapan is embracing the recent migrant crisis with open arms. When they heard that a caravan of migrants was passing through soon, the entire community pitched in to welcome them with f...

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Mike Plunkett

26 October 2018

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Cities around the United States look to tiny homes as a solution to the national homeless crisis. From Kansas City, Mo. to Seattle, Wa., community members and city officials come together to build tiny homes and provi...

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Patricia Sullivan

17 October 2018

Blountstown, Florida, United States

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Small, cost-effective improvements to home construction were often the difference between houses that suffered small amounts of damage from Florida hurricanes and those that were destroyed. Knowing to ask for extra na...

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Amy Ellis Nutt

23 September 2018

Austin, Minnesota, United States

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In order to reduce autism stigma, the city of Austin, Minn., became an autism-friendly town. A system was created to label businesses as autism-friendly, if they implement specific requirements that reduce autism trig...

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Vidhi Doshi

23 September 2018

New Delhi, India

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India launched a new nationwide healthcare program dubbed “Modicare.” The massive plan is supposed to provide healthcare to 500 million people. Most importantly, it will provide “poor families insurance of up to $6,95...

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Luisa Beck

14 September 2018

Berlin, Germany

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Although commonplace in many parts of the world, Berlin has recently adopted the practice of using water fountains to cut back on plastic bottle usage. Not everyone supports this environmental push, but the mayor is h...

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Marrisa J. Lang

Arelis R. Hernández

11 September 2018

United States

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Immigrant Families Together is a coalition of volunteers trying reunify parents and children that were separated due to the Donald Trump administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy. They are paying for bonds, releasing i...

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Keith Alexander

6 September 2018

Washington, D.C., United States

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The Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act was passed is a D.C. law that allows people who commited a crime before the age of 18 to have their sentences reduced if they’ve served at least 20 years in prison. The law wa...

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Jessica Contrera

3 September 2018

United States

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In the 1900s Lewis Hine posed as a bible salesman so he could get inside factories and take pictures of child workers. At the time children from 10-15 were put to work, and had no legal protections. Years later his p...

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Karin Brulliard

30 August 2018

Ashland, Oregon, United States

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In Ashland, Oregon exists the one of a kind U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory. Handling both federal and international trade crimes, the lab uses a combination of forensic tactics to identify species...

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Katherine Shaver

27 August 2018

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States

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How do you make a public space inviting so people will gather, but also safe from the growing danger of attackers using vehicles to ram large numbers of people? Many cities have responded to such attacks with concrete...

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Jackie Mader

26 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Christopher House, a nonprofit organization in Boston, believes wraparound services and family support are key to running a successful preschool. “You can’t teach a child without family,” says Karen Ross-Williams, dir...

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Nick Anderson

25 August 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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A Harvard study found that, in Boston, 10 to 20 percent of college-bound high school graduates weren't actually ending up enrolling in college. Researchers think they might have found a partial solution to what is kno...

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Timothy Pratt

3 August 2018

South Fulton, Georgia, United States

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South Fulton is the only city in the U.S. to put black women in charge of it’s criminal justice system—from the judge, to the prosecutor, to the public defender. “The result: A focus on community policing, pretrial di...

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Audrey Hoffer

2 August 2018

Broomgrass, West Virginia, United States

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Family farms are facing challenges nationwide amidst a backdrop of land development. A community in West Virginia took a stand by piloting a new way or rural co-habitation in the form of a farm community protected via...

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Nathaniel Morris

23 July 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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More cities like Albuquerque and Louisville, are implementing programs that pair the resources of mental health professionals like psychiatrists with police departments to help officers deal more effectively, and less...

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