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What Happened When This Spanish City Went Car-Free

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Nearly two decades ago, Pontevedra, Spain, made a radical shift away from cars and focused on redesigning the center from the sight line of a child walking on the street. Combined with affordable residences in the urban area, the strategy has revitalized the center, luring young families and crea...

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This City’s Overdose Deaths Have Plunged. Can Others Learn From It?

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Fatal overdoses in Dayton, Ohio have fallen 50% in the past year. The city's success is a combination of multiple factors, including cooperation between health workers and police agencies, widespread availability of Nalaxone, Medicaid expansion, and more; however, whether these changes can be rep...

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Gun Shops Work With Doctors To Prevent Suicide By Firearm

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In Colorado, where 80 percent of gun deaths are suicides, a coalition of gun shop owners, public health researchers and doctors works to raise awareness of suicide and the role of firearms in those deaths. Staff in gun shops are trained to look for signs of mental distress in customers and partic...

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Denver Becomes the Latest City to Take Mental Healthcare Into Its Own Hands

CityLab

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Colorado has recently adopted a new .25 percent sales tax to create a pool of funding for mental health and addiction services. The initial funds are earmarked to create a new mental health center, while the overall vision for the funds is to create services to move addiction to a public health r...

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Detroit homeless court changes lives for its defendants

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Street Outreach Court Detroit is a collaboration between the courts and service providers to waive legal and financial obligations post-conviction if a person makes a commitment to an individualized action plan. These plans can include steps such as substance misuse treatment, enrolling in a work...

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Colorado anti-bullying program, fueled by pot tax dollars, considered one of the best in the country

The Denver Post

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In Colorado voters approved spending money from marijuana tax sales on education. As much as $2 million is distributed to Colorado schools to spend on evidence-based anti-bullying programs. “Usually it means getting students, teachers and parents and the community involved.” The effort is worki...

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Michigan Cities Face Eviction Crisis — Here Are Some Solutions

WDET News

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As Michigan cities struggle with high eviction rates, Cleveland is trying out some creative ways to mitigate the difficult effects of eviction. One effort, mediation between tenants and landlords, might lead to eviction being erased from someone’s record - a huge win. Another program connects soc...

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Beyond the Stigma: State launching push to promote 'recovery-friendly' workplaces

New Hampshire Union Leader

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A state program is providing supports for businesses to create 'recovery friendly' workplaces for employees with substance use disorders. Supports include connecting employees with a licensed counselor, peer supports, and posted information about recovery resources.

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Reimagining Norman Rockwell’s America

The New York Times

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In the midst of a seemingly increasingly divided political and racial landscape, some artists of color are pushing back to create art that represents marginalized communities. Some artists have chosen to do this by recreating Norman Rockwell’s paintings, which in the earlier part of his career ma...

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Can people be saved from a terrible childhood?

The Guardian

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As more research has found links between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and negative health outcomes, a growing number of organizations and sectors are incorporating trauma-informed screening and training into their work. Police officers, primary care pediatricians, parents, and school coun...

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