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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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Beyond Books: How Libraries Are the Latest Front in the Opioid Fight

Governing

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Librarians across the nation are being trained to administer naloxone, a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. In Denver’s Central Library, 350 staff members were trained to administer the drug. “Libraries in New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Salt Lake County, Utah, among others, a...

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Singapore helps North Korea break out in business

Public Radio International

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More than 2,000 North Koreans have accessed entrepreneurship training through a Singaporean nonprofit called Choson Exchange, gaining exposure to market concepts such as pricing and branding -- often for the first time. Former students have opened a coffee shop among other businesses.

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'Where The Need Is': Tackling Teen Pregnancy With A Midwife At School

NPR

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In some D.C. neighborhoods with high rates of teen pregnancy, schools are stepping in with more than just school nurses; dedicated midwives have conversations with students, educating students, providing birth control, and supporting teens who have had children and continued with high school. The...

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How a novel wireless technology is helping conserve wildlife, fight pollution, save farmers money and more

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In Tanzania, low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) are a form of telecommunications technology that have the power to potentially stop poachers in their tracks when coupled with geolocation sensors. The application doesn't stop there, however, as others throughout the world are finding other proac...

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The Opioid Solution

The Muhlenberg Weekly

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In Allentown, when somebody overdoses on opioids, they get a visit from a Blue Guardian, a trained volunteer that tries to connect that individual to treatment. The outreach program, which also focuses on reaching out to the families of addicts, has had a huge impact on the community. Prior to it...

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Jordan's young protesters say they learned from Arab Spring mistakes

The Christian Science Monitor

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Protesters opposing a proposed income tax hike in Jordan stayed away from polarizing language and avoided proposing structural changes to the political system, a shift away from rhetoric used during the Arab Spring. “This is a Jordanian movement for the core causes that affect all Jordanians: tax...

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‘The Police Aren’t Just Getting You In Trouble. They Actually Care.’

Politico Magazine

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Police departments across eastern Massachusetts frustrated by the rising opioid epidemic decided to make themselves avenues to treatment rather than instruments of punishment. “It was pretty evident that we weren’t arresting our way out of anything.” The idea evolved into a national program calle...

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Twice a week, these Texas students circle up and talk about their feelings. It’s lowering suspensions and preventing violence.

Texas Tribune

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One year after first adopting a restorative justice approach to discipline, a Texas school decreased suspensions from 94 to 47. While students are enthusiastic about the change, teachers have been more reluctant to buy in, citing insufficient class time as the major barrier.

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VA turns to foster care for veterans instead of putting them in nursing homes

Washington Post

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The Medical Foster Home Program places military veterans with chronic, debilitating diseases into foster homes rather than assisted living facilities. These homes must meet strict regulations and the caregivers must be able to give care 24/7 or have relief help if they are unable to be there all ...

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Cash converters: could this Dutch scheme stop drivers speeding?

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A city in Holland known for its lead-footed drivers is finding success in changing behavior by offering small increments of funding for each car that stays at or below the speed limit. The initial effort raised 500 euros for a local playing field well before the three-week target date. The mobil...

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