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Expanding Access

Bringing products and services to new people, in new markets, in new ways. From developing medicines for neglected diseases to delivering contraceptives via aerial drones, these solutions focus on providing services to those in need. By expanding marketing and distribution, reducing costs, and rewriting rules in pursuit of equality, changemakers broaden the reach of their innovations, extending access to all.

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When Public School Starts at Age 3

The New York Times

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In Washington D.C., public preschool teachers are paid similar salaries to public elementary school teachers and each pre-K site receives Head Start funding. The system, which starts with three-year-olds, is getting early results.

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How Hydroponic School Gardens Can Cultivate Food Justice, Year-Round

NPR

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Brownsville Collaborative Middle School is one of a growing number of elementary schools in the U.S. using community gardens to teach predominantly low-income students about healthy food options and provide produce to larger communities situated in food deserts.

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With Rural Health Care Stretched Thin, More Patients Turn To Telehealth

NPR

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Almost a quarter of rural Americans surveyed by NPR had used a telehealth service in the past few years. While new technologies are allowing remote patients to gain new access to healthcare, lack of broadband service and outdated insurance policies are making it hard for more widespread adoption.

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How grassroots partnerships are working toward long-term food security

Columbia Missourian

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Overcoming the causes of social isolation plays a crucial role in combating food insecurity. From faith-based community meals paired with job programs in Branson, to food recycling initiatives that tap into local markets in Kansas, multiple organizations across Missouri and the United States are ...

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Residents turn detective to fight crime

BBC

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A U.S. company, Flock Safety, has developed a security and surveillance system that allows residents to monitor the color, model, and license plate of every car entering their neighborhood. The system uses car license plate cameras that aren’t monitored by the local police or governments, rather,...

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Kettering center grows in fight to combat infant drug exposure

Dayton Daily News

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For pregnant women impacted by the opioid epidemic, the lives of their infants are often affected if not given proper medical treatment after birth. Realizing this, a program in Kettering, Ohio that specifically works with this population has plans to expand their care after seeing success in its...

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Closing the achievement gap, with help from the Mayo Clinic

Washington Post

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By partnering with the Mayo Clinic, focusing on just two bachelor's degree programs (in health sciences), and emphasizing the importance of close support systems between faculty and students, the decade-old University of Minnesota at Rochester is quickly closing achievement gaps. Can the model, w...

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Evidence of a solution: Using data to report more than just bad news

DataJournalism.com

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Fact-based, data-driven, and solution-oriented journalism can shift the media paradigm from asking “what” to asking “how.” Solutions journalism, known also as constructive journalism in Europe, focuses on data and evidence to shift discourse from political advocacy and ideological debates to prob...

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Doctor smartphone and other tales from the bedroom

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Teenagers and young adults across Africa are using myPaddi, an app that allows the user to ask medical questions from the privacy of their own home. Eliminating stigma as well as information that is often derived from a religious or cultural angle, the app is helping bridge the gap between patien...

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Guiding Mothers and Babies Through the Opioid Crisis

The New York Times

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When the opioid crisis hit indigenous communities throughout North America, solutions that were working in urban areas, weren't available to these isolated, rural regions. To combat the crisis specifically as it relates to pregnancy, health care workers and community members from the tribes are w...

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