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A Housecall to Help With Doctor's Orders

The New York Times

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The health problems of millions of Americans are directly related to patients' failure to follow doctors’ orders. Community health workers are increasingly successful in New York and other American cities – not to substitute for doctors, but to help patients stick to their treatment plans.

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An Enlightened Exchange in Iran

The New York Times

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Two columns on how Iran averted a major AIDS epidemic through needle exchange programs; a conservative theocracy is successfully treating drug abuse as if it were Amsterdam.

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A Trade Barrier to Defeating AIDS

The New York Times

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One-pill-a-day generic AIDS drugs for poor countries are hard to make because each ingredient is patented by a different pharmaceutical company. The Patent Pool provides a way for companies to donate their intellectual property safely.

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Fighting Depression, One Village at a Time

The New York Times

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In many nations with highly traumatized people, psychologists and psychiatrists are absent. Different programs in various nations are training ordinary people and creating community groups to effectively satisfy the mental health needs of their community.

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Getting to Zero': Are We Close to a Cure for AIDS?

Pacific Standard

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For decades, AIDS has taken the lives of millions of people and infected millions more worldwide. The key to reducing the effect of AIDS, and even potentially curing it, involves treating patients as early as possible after being diagnosed with HIV, before the disease damages organs. San Francisc...

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Giving Where It Works

The New York Times

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Non-profit organizations and programs that seek to improve community or global life can have financial challenges even with donations. Investigative advocacy journalism has highlighted seven global programs that succeed in financial sustainability and demonstrate positive outcomes for the people ...

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Health Care for a Changing Work Force

The New York Times

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America’s system of health care is based on an old industrial-era model, without taking into account a decentralized, mobile, independent workforce that remains largely unprotected without health and unemployment insurance. The Freelancers Insurance Company, based in New York State, offers comp...

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HealthCare.gov is busted. These four state exchanges aren't.

Washington Post

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Accessible affordable health care is needed for millions of uninsured Americans. The Affordable Care Act is a viable solution that helps the uninsured. Although the launching of the website had some glitches, many states designed their own insurance marketplace and have successfully signed up pe...

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Health Care and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

The New York Times

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In a mountainous region of Lesotho, a man named Tsepo Kotelo visits 20 villages every week on his new motorcycle to provide health care to local villagers. The Elton John AIDS Foundation gifted the motorcycles to Kotelo and his colleagues, allowing them to increase the number of patients they vis...

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Doing Good by Default

The New York Times

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Forms that ask people to opt-in or opt-out can swing enrollment in programs such as organ donation and retirement savings accounts with a default choice that reflects the statistically more popular option. It could be an easy, cheap and effective way to nudge people to make choices that are bette...

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