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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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Changing the mindset of the healthcare system

Alaska Public Media

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Alaska’s Southcentral Foundation has implemented “integrated” primary care which brings together a patient’s primary care and behavioral health providers as well as navigators, legal assistance, and nutritionists all within the same “wellness team.” This model helps providers view the patient hol...

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Youth Farm In Hawaii Is Growing Food And Leaders

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An impoverished corner of Hawaii may not sound like the foundation of a successful agriculture endeavor, but local youth have proved otherwise. MA'O translating into youth food garden aims to show college-aged youth a way onto a different path by teaching them sustainable and organic farm practic...

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Ideas We Should Steal: Threat Assessment Teams

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Increasingly, schools are using threat assessment teams to prevent shootings. Composed of school and law enforcement officials, the groups direct potentially dangerous students to appropriate resources. One study found no racial bias in the process compared to zero tolerance policies that show si...

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How to Help Homeless People in Hospital

BBC

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The “pathways” model of care brings together a multi-discipline team to improve the care of homeless patients in-hospital by addressing immediate needs and ensuring that they are not discharged without a place to stay.

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Munich teaches women how to run a startup while having a family

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Starting a business is a daunting task for anyone, but women often face the additional barrier of caring for a family at the same time as launching a company. Guide is a Munich-based consulting service that has provided education, resources, and training to over 5000 female founders to help their...

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Addicts to get help, not arrested at nine Downriver police agencies

Detroit Free Press

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Studies have found that addicts are more likely to seek help at police stations than at hospitals, but many and police agencies and officers are unequipped to send a person with an addiction to treatment instead of jail. Hope Not Handcuffs, a non-profit based in Southeast Michigan, is hoping to c...

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Women’s Homelessness Is a Growing Problem. Denver Is Pioneering a Solution.

Slate

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Denver’s Women’s Homelessness Initiative (WHI) is unique because it is the only church-based shelter program in the country that offers housing for women throughout the entire year. By giving women a place to stay off the streets, they are safer and have a better chance at getting back on their f...

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Helping Montgomery Families Initiative seeks comprehensive approach to truancy, suspensions

The Montgomery Advertiser

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Inspired by Mobile, Alabama's own program, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office is implementing a crime prevention program that identifies students missing school and intervenes with informational meetings and home visits. Since the Mobile program began in 2003, over 4,000 children ha...

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The homeless in San Diego are getting jobs - thanks to a 16-year-old boy

CNN

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High school junior Kevin Barber became aware of a program that was helping the homeless find work in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Inspired by it and what he knew of the homeless population in his hometown, Barber decided to try to implement a similar program in San Diego. He and his mom reached out t...

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Reading, Writing, Evicted: How Austin, Texas, hopes to combat student turnover

Oregon Live

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When families are priced out of their homes in hot housing markets because of increasing property values/rental prices, they often have to move to new educational districts, pulling children out of their schools in the middle of the year and stalling progress. In Austin, the Austin Independent Sc...

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