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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.

Attacking root causes

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The Courtroom of the Future Looks a Lot Like This Navajo Tradition

NationSwell

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Brooklyn’s Red Hook Peacemaking Program, part of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, is bringing together individuals in conflict to practice restorative justice. The program accepts cases coming through various courts, schools, and personal references, and brings together families, friends, a...

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5 Decades Later, New Communities Land Trust Still Helps Black Farmers

NPR

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The New Communities Land Trust was created in the 1960s as a way to build power and equity for and among African Americans in Georgia. The Trust works with Black farmers on many different levels, including helping them strengthen their farming practices and businesses. While the Trust was lost in...

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A Tale Of Two Cities: New York Providers Credit 'Aftercare' For Helping Youths Transition Home

WUWM 89.7 Milwaukee's NPR

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After kids spend time in one of New York City's community-based incarceration facilities, they are enrolled in an "aftercare" program, which includes group meetings and mentoring, to help with the transition. As Milwaukee continues to reform its youth prison system, it is looking to New York as o...

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After a Mass Shooting, Who Cares for the Coroners?

The Trace

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Following the Las Vegas mass shooting in October 2017, employees at the Clark County coroner’s office found themselves grappling with the psychological effects. The head of the department recognized this struggle and took action: bringing in counselors, offering yoga, meditation, and massages, an...

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Mental health solutions in Lampedusa's veg garden

BBC

Podcast / 5-15 Minutes

In Lampedusa, a small Italian island, those that are struggling with mental health issues are finding help and solace in a local vegetable garden. Although this solution is not intended to act as a stand-alone answer, it has provided a sense of purpose for many involved as well as addressed the s...

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Innovative jail design changes San Diego inmate experience

ABC 10 (San Diego)

Broadcast TV News / 5-15 Minutes

San Diego County’s Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility was redesigned to look less like a jail and more like a community. The newly designed facility prioritizes rehabilitation over punishment by providing educational facilities, like a fully stocked library, and mental health services. Wh...

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What follows punishment?

The Outline

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Minnesota’s Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) program takes a restorative, rehabilitative approach to sex offender re-entry and has lowered the risk of recidivism by 88%. The initiative provides participants with a group of volunteers that help them with emotional support, job finding,...

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A Decade Of Diversion: Franklin County's Court For Addiction Recovery

WOSU

Multi-Media / 3-5 Minutes

Merging accountability with treatment promotes recovery for those charged with drug possession. In Franklin County, Ohio, the municipal court system operates a program called Helping Achieve Recovery Together. The court recovery program provides a two-year track for participants to receive mental...

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The tiny kingdom fighting an epidemic

BBC

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Bhutan has committed to eliminating malaria from the country, as in on track to do so thanks in part to the Bhutanese government's consistent persistence to raise public awareness. Arming citizens with mosquito nets, spray and education, the small country has now outpaced India towards this publi...

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If violence spreads like a disease, it can be interrupted. How a new team in Milwaukee is trying to stop one shooting leading to another.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Milwaukee’s 414LIFE program is treating violence like a public health issue, seeking to interrupt and prevent its spread. The pilot program is a collaboration between the city’s Office of Violence Prevention, local nonprofits, and hospitals and healthcare networks. The initiative works closely wi...

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