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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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Black People Are Charged at a Higher Rate Than Whites. What if Prosecutors Didn't Know Their Race?

The New York Times

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The San Francisco District Attorney’s office has been instituting “blind charging,” making it impossible to see someone’s name, race, and other demographics before deciding to charge them with a crime. This new practice comes as a response to accusations of racial bias and profiling when deciding...

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The Sights and Sounds of Collaboration in Newark

CivicStory

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In Newark, New Jersey, an organization called Creative New Jersey brought together over 300 people to take part in over 50 different community improvement conversations during a convening called Call to Collaboration. Participants first brain storm questions, introduce themselves, and then decide...

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Can You Reshape Your Brain's Response To Pain?

NPR

Radio / 5-15 Minutes

People who experience trauma in their early childhood are at a higher likelihood of experiencing chronic pain in later years, which often goes untreated. However, emotional awareness and expression therapy, which combines talk therapy with cognitive behavioral therapy, has shown significant succe...

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Blight is eating American cities. Here's how Mobile, Alabama, stopped it

FastCompany

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While the entire nation struggles to combat blight and rundown housing, the city of Mobile, Alabama put together a task force and managed to slow the spread of blight in the town and even change the state constitution. Now, the city is able to purchase blighted houses, make necessary repairs, and...

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Free heroin? Unusual clinic offers 'chance at being human again'

CBC News

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In Vancouver, a program at the Crosstown Clinic is combatting drug overdoses by administering low-dose heroin to people who use drugs to keep them from experiencing withdrawal symptoms. The idea behind this approach is to treat the addiction like a medical problem rather than a criminal one.

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‘It's OK to not be OK:' How One High School Saved Lives with a 34-Question Survey

KQED

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Colorado has one of the highest rates of suicide for both adults and children in the country. Ignoring concerns about liability issues, one school is giving high school students a mental health screening to determine how and when to best intervene to help struggling teens.

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A Program Gives Jobs To Those Most At Risk For Violence; Can Chicago Afford It?

WBEZ News

Radio / 5-15 Minutes

An anti-violence program in Chicago called the Rapid Employment and Development Initiative, or READI, identifies and engages with those most vulnerable to partake or be a victim of gun violence, and provides them with the support they need to avoid it. Born out of a collaboration between the Univ...

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A Hub for Justice

The Philadelphia Citizen

Multi-Media / 5-15 Minutes

The city of Philadelphia has been experimenting and iterating on the development of a Juvenile Justice Hub – a program that would transform interactions between the city’s youth and the police. The Hub is in the testing phase, as it is part of a Bloomberg Philanthropies competition for $1 million...

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Gun violence has sharply declined in California's Bay Area. What happened?

The Guardian

Multi-Media / 1500-3000 Words

California’s Bay Area has seen a 30% decrease in gun homicides, despite increasing economic inequality. The region has had many interventions to reach this decline, but the key to all of them is their community-driven nature. From collaborations between law enforcement and social services, to com...

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Sweden Finds a Simple Way to Improve New Mothers' Health. It Involves Fathers.

The New York Times

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New mothers are often overwhelmed once they leave the supports of a hospital and find themselves home alone with a newborn. In Sweden, a new law that allowed the other parent to take a month's worth of time off to help with infant care has shown promising results in reducing maternal stress and i...

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