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Solving problems by addressing the underlying factors. By digging deep and attacking the root causes of a problem, changemakers are able to treat the disease rather than just the symptoms. These solutions offer help to those in need, employ a comprehensive approach to problem-solving, and address the determinants that keep individuals and communities from succeeding.

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Black Neighbors Band Together to Bring in Healthy Food, Co-op-Style

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In Detroit, and throughout the country, many people find themselves in "food deserts", or places where access to fresh fruits and vegetables is extremely limited. In Detroit, Black residents are addressing these issues via the creation of their own food production and supply network resulting in ...

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New Zealand Tries a Different Kind of Private Prison

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The privatized prison system is largely skewed against inmates, as most are funded based on the number of individuals incarcerated, creating a disincentive to invest in the rehabilitation and comprehensive treatment of inmates. But the Wiri prison in Auckland is piloting a new approach that focus...

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Courting the ones who need it

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Eugene's community court is helping improve the problem of recidivism in offenders by treating criminogenic needs (factors that make an offender likely to re-offend). Individuals are put in programs of various lengths, and do community service in the area they were cited in, and are aided in addr...

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Home Visits Help New Parents Overcome Tough Histories, Raise Healthy Children

Kaiser Health News

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Home visit programs, where family support workers meet with expecting and new parents, are at risk of not getting funding. Advocates stress the importance of these programs for improving parenting skills, providing a confidant for parents, and helping reach children before they are already strugg...

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Free Lunch at the Library

The New York Times

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Foodstuffs: Giving Food Stamp Recipients a Place at Farmers Markets

NHPR

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While farmers’ markets popularity has increased in the last decade, the higher prices mitigate equal access to such provisions -- and, by extension, the health benefits. As a result, non-profits and farmers' markets across New Hampshire are collaborating with a state program, Granite State Market...

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Food pharmacy a possible solution to combat food insecurity, related health issues

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‘Neighborhood Mothers’ Share Integration Wisdom with Refugees

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Germany has welcomed many refugees in recent years, and programs across the country are trying to help integrate them as quickly as possible. 'Neighbourhood Mothers' is one such program of migrant women who mentor new refugees.

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In Ethiopia, model drought defenses are put to the test

The Christian Science Monitor

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s cosmopolitan capital, has long been considered a whole world apart from surrounding rural communities, all of which suffer endlessly from reoccurring droughts and civil war. But now, thanks to international aid and government intervention, things are looking up for the who...

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In Extreme Community Policing, Cops Become the Neighbor

Governing

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In efforts to diminish violent crime, police agencies are revisiting a model law enforcement strategy of the 1970s, "community policing," as an alternative to the more recent "broken windows" style of the late nineties. Research substantiates its effectiveness, too, in building citizens' trust of...

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