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A Depression Fighting Strategy That Could Go Viral

The New York Times

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A strategy for stopping widespread depression in developing countries should be as obvious as one for combatting epidemics. A new strategy aims to downshift jobs to local workers to act as peer therapists.

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A special program helps women combat depression, other mental health issues

KPCC

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A unique program at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center is combining prenatal care with psychiatric treatment for low-income women who might otherwise not seek help for mental health issues during pregnancy.

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At a YMCA Near You, a Course for a Diabetic Nation

The New York Times

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We know how to prevent diabetes - but the U.S, medical system, with its twisted priorities, doesn’t cover prevention. A new program at the YMCA aims to build structured, effective prevention measures.

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Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014

The New York Times

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A overview of 2014's Fixes columns - connecting the dots between 60 or so ways that people are trying to change the world.

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Changing Course

The Connecticut Mirror

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Science suggests that having a secure relationship with a caregiver can help protect a child’s brain and body from the effects of adversity. A Connecticut program for very young children who have experienced trauma or other challenges has gotten results by focusing on that relationship – and the ...

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Coordinated Care for Those Nearing Life's End — But Does It Save Money?

KQED

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People of low income often have bad health habits and more ER visits which is a large cost for Medicare. AIM, a pre-hospice program in Oakland, found that personalized and preventive care reduces ER visits, is less expensive and improves their patients quality of life.

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Cost of Diabetes: Atlantic City hospital system turns traditional healthcare model on its head to battle diabetes

Corpus Christi Caller Times

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In Atlantic City, AtlantiCare is saving money while improving the lives of diabetics by offering free personalized medical attention. Diabetics are treated before the disease gets out of hand, minimizing the number of expensive procedures.

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Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here's how this idea got its start.

TED Blog

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Crisis Text Line is a counseling system via text—a comfortable medium for teens. It allows counselors to ask for backup and collects data for research.

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Depressed? Try Therapy Without the Therapist

The New York Times

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MoodGYM is an online program targeted to help those suffering from depression for whom it is a challenge to access therapy because of location or the stigma it carries.

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Doctor Hotspot

PBS Frontline

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The highest hospital costs come from preventable emergency room visits. A doctor in Camden developed a home visit program which gives better and cheaper care.

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