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Better Hand-Washing Through Technology

The New York Times

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Washing hands in between contact with patients is one of the most important things a healthcare worker can do to prevent the spread of disease and reduce the rise of superbugs like MRSA. A new technology is increasing rates of hand washing by displaying, via a sensor in an employee's badge, wheth...

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A Plan to Make Homelessness History

The New York Times

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Roughly 700,000 people in the United States are homeless. By partnering with cities across America, the 100,000 Homes campaign is going directly to the streets to end homelessness - and it’s working.

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New Orleans ends veteran homelessness

NationSwell

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New Orleans implemented an extraordinary 10-year plan that engaged unprecedented cross-sector collaboration between government, non-profit, and private entities to provide housing and housing services to the city's homeless veterans. The city's success in providing homes for every single veteran ...

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New Phoenix team tackles recidivism of those with mental illness

The Arizona Republic

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Assertive community treatment teams working through of outreach-centered programs in Maricopa County, AZ have become an industry standard for treating those with persistent and severe mental illnesses, because they provide a long-term and comprehensive approach: aiming to halt a vicious cycle of ...

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New sanitation system tested in Arctic village of Kivalina

Anchorage Daily News

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Lack of access to sanitary bathrooms in the village of Kivalina, Alaska led to the implementation of a novel, home-based water sanitation system, currently being tested for effectiveness. The hope is that it proves to be a solution for areas all over the state with lack of access to clean water s...

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Houston's solution to mental health system problems offers a case study for Milwaukee

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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In Houston, TX, many individuals with mental illnesses cycled in and out of emergency care while arrested or incarcerated. Houston’s police department has decreased the number of incarcerated who have mental illness by opening a division to mental health called the Chronic Consumer Stabilization ...

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How does Ithaca fix its homelessness problem? 3 approaches

The Ithaca Voice

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In Ithaca NY, homelessness increasingly becomes a public concern when the winter weather approaches. An investigative journalist interviews different city representatives and professionals in human service to discover three solutions to the problem. The proposed solutions include affordable housi...

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One-way ticket back

San Francisco Chronicle

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San Francisco's Homeward Bound program provides transients a one-way ticket home once they can identify a family member or friend who is willing to take them in, helping to reunite families and reduce long-term homelessness.

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In India, Latrines Are Truly Lifesavers

The New York Times

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India has had a problem in which 620 million people openly defecate outdoors, causing harm to hygiene, sanitation, food, and water resources. The president of India funded an initiative to build public toilets for the people in his country, but the people did not use them because of old traditio...

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In This World Cup, the Goal Is a Better Life

The New York Times

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The Homeless World Cup is the premier soccer tournament for homeless players. Programs around the world use soccer as a means of building a sense of community, sublimating negative energies, and encouraging personal growth.

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