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What Can the U.S. Health System Learn From Singapore?

The New York Times

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In Singapore, government officials have taken the opportunity to learn from gaps and failures in their health care system in order to enact a more progressive, proactive and accessible process. From subsidizing housing to implementing healthier school lunches to combat diabetes, the country's hea...

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Local group offering rehabbed homes to families on Cleveland's East Side

WEWS-TV (ABC News 5 Cleveland)

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Systemic issues like redlining, re-entry after incarceration, and addiction have left many people in search of affordable and sustainable housing options. Cleveland’s Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries is rehabbing homes and offering them to individuals who are in need of a second chance.

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How Nature Therapy Can Help People of Color in Traumatic Jobs

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People who work in caring professions often experience vicarious trauma, and don't always take the time to seek care for themselves. Rino Consulting Solutions aims to help solve this issue, especially as it impacts people of color, through "a unique mashup of professional guidance and outdoor-bas...

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LeBron James Opened a School That Was Considered an Experiment. It's Showing Promise.

The New York Times

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One year after LeBron James' I Promise School opened its doors, its students, picked for being some of the worst performing in Akron, Ohio, have shown significant improvement on district assessments. I Promise is funded like other public schools, but also benefits from an additional $600,000 from...

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How Norway designed a more humane prison

Vox

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Halden Prison in Norway has re-designed itself so that the look and feel of prison life isn’t an added punishment to restricted freedom. Designers took into consideration the role campus design plays in promoting or disrupting guard-inmate relations and created a campus that promotes community ra...

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Where Homeownership Starts at $1 per Square Foot

Yes! Magazine

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In Detroit, a new program is offering homeownership for just $1 per square foot to marginalized and vulnerable people, including those who are unhoused, people with disabilities, or the formerly incarcerated. After proving an income of between $7,000 and $12,000 and the abilities to pay rent, as...

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By Forgiving Warrants and Fines, Communities Give People a Fresh Start

Yes! Magazine

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For people driving with suspended licenses, doing so can entrench them in a cycle of unpaid fines, unemployment, and, ultimately, poverty. Stand With Dignity – a grassroots, community organizing group in New Orleans – recognized how this issue fell at the intersection of criminal justice and empl...

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Facing opioid and foster-care crisis, Spokane's Rising Strong seeks to keep families together

The Seattle Times

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Keeping families together eases the burden on the foster care system and reduces issues such as homelessness and substance abuse in the long term. Former foster children in Spokane, Washington, end up relying heavily upon other social welfare institutions throughout their lives. To break this cyc...

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When Your Stuff Breaks, Don't Throw It Away — Go to These Cafes

NationSwell

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Encouraging people to repair their broken items is an important step toward reducing consumer-generated waste. The Repair Cafe Foundation, a nonprofit based in the Netherlands, helps volunteers open their own repair cafes worldwide. So far, thirty-five countries have opened such cafes, with more ...

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New Jersey high school opens doors every Friday night to keep students off streets

WABC-TV (ABC 7 NY)

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In Newark, NJ, kids are opting to stay late at school on Friday nights to hang out. This is possible because of West Side High School’s Lights On program, created to give students structured entertainment and to protect them from gun violence and crime.

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