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Lois M. Collins

11 April 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Contact tracing, the act of identifying the people that someone infected with COVID-19 has come into contact with to reduce transmission, is front and center for Salt Lake City County’s Infectious Disease and Epidemio...

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Amy Joi O'Donoghue

24 November 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Food waste often ends up in landfills, but the Wasatch Resource Recovery facility in Utah transforms the thrown-out food into renewable energy instead. Companies such as Kroger, Dannon, and Nestle send their food wast...

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Amy Joi O'Donoghue

9 November 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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To address worsening droughts and limited water resources in the 2nd driest state in the country, Utah government officials are implementing different methods of water metering throughout the state as a tool for water...

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Amy Joi O'Donoghue

23 October 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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After struggling to control the rapidly growing wild horse population in the West, organizations and local governments across the region collaborate to plan adoptions, humane roundups, and other techniques to control ...

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Lauren Bennett

15 February 2019

Utah, United States

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By removing barriers to access, the Accessible Arts Academy empowers visually impaired students to engage with the arts. The three-week program at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind brings together schools and co...

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Emily Hoeven

8 February 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Utah played a key role in passing federal legislation that set aside $100 million for underserved communities — without the government having to pay a dollar upfront. In this model, the government doesn’t pay for ...

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Annie Knox

2 February 2019

Nephi, Utah, United States

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In 2016, the state of Utah took control over the funding model for individual county's legal defenders in order to better use resources. Thanks to the restructuring, in just a year, counties have seen noticeable incre...

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Sara Israelsen-Hartley

12 December 2018

Utah, United States

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Rates of mental health issues including anxiety and depression are on the rise across the nation, inspiring families, schools and communities to take action. In Utah, some schools are implementing meditation methodolo...

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Erica Evans

14 November 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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In an effort to get people to change habits to decrease pollution in Salt Lake City, the city is trying several approaches using behavioral psychology to encourage residents to change their long-standing habits. For i...

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Erica Evans

17 October 2018

Oslo, Norway

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Faced with poor air quality, the city of Oslo instituted a set of policy measures that have resulted in a dramatic improvement. Many of these policies center around transportation including incentivizing the productio...

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K. Sophie Will

15 October 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Washington State is using behavioral science and kinder, more compassionate communications to help encourage full payment of child-support from non-custodial parents. With their efforts, including friendlier communica...

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Lois M. Collins

3 October 2018

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

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As colleges around the country struggle to meet rising mental health needs among the student population, the University of Michigan created a network of small support groups that helps students connect with and provid...

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Gillian Friedman

27 December 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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The state of Utah passed legislation in 2016 that made Naloxone, a life-saving overdose reversal drug, available over the counter to non-medical personnel as part of an initiative to reduce opioid related overdose dea...

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Erica Evans

20 December 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A program piloted in Seattle and now replicated in several cities nationwide aims to redirect low-level drug offenders into a case management system that can help them change their lives by connecting them with social...

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Jesse Hyde

20 July 2017

Reykjavik, Iceland

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The Youth Iceland program has lowered rates of teenage alcohol abuse not by counseling teens to say no to drinking, but by providing opportunities to establish a healthy life and relationships. The program entailed in...

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Sara Israelsen-Hartley

5 January 2017

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Polls suggest that teenagers’ attitudes and beliefs about sex come mainly from their parents, but parents rarely feel like experts talking about sex. “Talk, the New Sex Ed,” is a non-profit in Pittsburgh which works w...

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Jesse Hyde

14 December 2016

Highland, Utah, United States

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Young adult suicide rates are at record highs, and where issues such as trauma and poverty were once believed to be the primary causes, more and more affluent communities like Alpine, Utah are facing another factor: ...

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Allison Pond

6 March 2016

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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As views become more polarized, people increasingly sort themselves into tribes based on political ideology. In a effort to diminish this polarization, a small group of activists and academics is searching for ways to...

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Eric Schulzke

24 September 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Kids from low income families miss out on college prep conversations at home. A high school work study program in Chicago is helping these students succeed in college by connecting them with white collar professional ...

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Lane Anderson

24 June 2015

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Researchers from Yale and MIT conducted a poverty study across various countries and found that aid can relieve poverty if it is comprehensive and gives people a productive asset.

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Lane Anderson

27 April 2015

Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

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Thirty-five percent of Americans will never own their home and risk a rent increase or eviction. Owned Communities USA enables working-class families to become home owners through manufactured homes, loans, and legal ...

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Lane Anderson

9 April 2015

Yonkers, New York, United States

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Yonkers Partners in Education offers free SAT test prep and college guidance counselors in Yonker's high schools. The program aims to increase college enrollment rates for low-income students who lack the same access ...

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Lane Anderson

18 January 2015

Bath, Pennsylvania, United States

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Many people who own a trailer home live in a corporate-owned community where the rent goes unregulated but it is too expensive to relocate the trailer. In New Hampshire many manufactured home communities are owned by ...

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Lane Anderson

5 January 2015

Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada

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In a pilot program in a Canadian city, the working poor were given monthly cash supplements to their income. The recipients did not stop working and were able to access opportunities to make a better living long term.

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Lois M. Collins

10 November 2014

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder number about one-fourth of military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, roughly 500,000 veterans so far. Inmates in prisons nationwide train...

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