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Attacking Root Causes

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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Foodstuffs: Giving Food Stamp Recipients a Place at Farmers Markets

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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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In Ethiopia, model drought defenses are put to the test

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Addis Ababa is almost a whole new world from the rural communities surrounding it. Rural communities in Ethiopia suffer from reoccurring droughts and civil war. Aid and a government program designed to predict natural disasters and work to alleviate the systems before it occurs has helped save li...

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In Extreme Community Policing, Cops Become the Neighbor

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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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A Cheap Fix for Climate Change? Pay People Not to Chop Down Trees

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In a randomized experiment in western Uganda, scientists demonstrated the effectiveness of paying rural farmers not to chop down trees (responsible for annual CO2 emissions worldwide). They studied for two years the declines in forest cover between a control group (no payment) and the participant...

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Breaking the Opioid Habit in Dentists’ Offices

The New York Times

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Oral surgeons and other doctors tend to prescribe opioids to their patients following surgery, which has arguably contributed to a rising number of patients, especially those under the age of 25, developing addictions. Now, thanks to increased awareness and new protocols, doctors and dentists are...

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How Cleveland has become a leader in trying to eradicate human trafficking

The Christian Science Monitor

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Cleveland has been battling human trafficking in various forms. A small group of people have been in charge of these efforts, using billboards and gift bags –amongst other creative ways– to fight human trafficking.

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Reimagining failure: ‘Last-chance’ schools are the future of American high schools

The Hechinger Report

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An alternative approach to education has long existed, but in the last decade, collaborations between non-profit student-support organizations and public schools have fostered a model called "Last-Chance Schools" with remarkable success. The program targets root causes for dropping out, including...

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How Artificial Intelligence Could Democratize Financial Services In Asia

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The rapid evolution of technology is continually opening new doors for how microfinance projects can be implemented, improved, and scaled. The team at ADDO A.I. sees artificial intelligence as the catalyst for both microfinance and microinsurance in the emerging markets of Asia. A.I. reduces the ...

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Doctors Are Prescribing Park Visits to Boost Patient Health

National Geographic

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ParkRx, as one of many new programs spanning several states, allow doctors to give out Park Prescriptions to their patients in order to encourage them to go to parks and get physical activity. These programs are a way to encourage exercise, open patient and doctor dialogues, and reduce the use of...

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