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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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Fighting TB with phone calls: A project that reminded patients to take their medicine

The News Minute

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To remind tuberculosis patients to take their medication, hospitals in India incorporated the use of mobile phones. When patients received their medication by mail, the packaging material instructed them to call a toll-free number, which allowed the healthcare providers to check back in on those ...

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California community colleges work to solve housing for foster youths

EdSource

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Several programs have cropped up throughout California to help former foster youth navigate what has been identified as the biggest challenge of aging out of the foster case system -- housing. NextUp and other initiatives at community colleges provide counseling and financial support to students ...

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A new initiative is trying to make searching for tampons easier for Highland Park women. It's part of a national movement.

Chicago Tribune

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In 2013, the United Nations deemed access to menstrual supplies a human right. Since then, Illinois has taken a number of steps to make access to these products even easier. This story includes solutions such as free dispensers in public restrooms, eliminating the "luxury" or "tampon" tax, and dr...

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A Greener Afterlife

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Philadelphia’s West Laurel Hill Cemetery has gone green. While the burial business may be notoriously filled with chemicals, this cemetery has introduced 50 different sustainability initiatives, including banning machinery use, only allowing biodegradable caskets – or no caskets at all – and keep...

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At Colleges, What's Old Is New: Retirees Living on Campus

The New York Times

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At Arizona State, retirees pay a fee to live on campus, take classes, and be a part of the college community. This setup offers a unique opportunity for intergenerational mixing and mentoring and a new revenue stream for institutions with declining enrollment.

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How A Prenatal 'Bootcamp' For New Dads Helps The Whole Family

NPR

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Some health care providers across the U.S. have started to offer single-sex prenatal classes for men that are tailored to the needs and questions of new dads: "While a new mother's role in modern society is often directed by her baby's needs to breastfeed, cuddle and sleep; a new father's role is...

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Breaking the cycle of poverty: Cambridge housing program prepares young residents for college - The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe

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A program run by the Cambridge Housing Authority that provides wraparound support to students in eighth grade through sophomore year of college has helped two-thirds of program alumni move out of the city's public housing. Classes and mentoring sessions focus on career preparation, job training, ...

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Veterinarians Are Killing Themselves. An Online Group Is There To Listen And Help

NPR

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Recent statists are showing that an alarming number of veterinarians are committing suicide due to a variety of reasons from emotional stress to financial strain. Not One More Vet, a Facebook group started by a veterinarian in California, is serving as an unofficial mental health resource for man...

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China Improves Childhood Cancer Treatment, but Work Remains

U.S. News & World Report

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Not all hospitals in China are equipped to address childhood cancer, but that may be changing thanks to a new focus on clinical research and patient-centered care. While some success has already been documented from the partnerships the country has formed, there hope is that China will eventually...

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PROJECT OKLAHOMA: Miami school district creates new program to keep teachers

KTUL (ABC 8 Tulsa)

Broadcast TV News / 3-5 Minutes

To stop teachers from leaving the state, the Tulsa, Oklahoma, school district developed a mentoring and professional development program. Compared to four years ago, when the state lost 37 teachers to neighboring states, in the most recent school year, this number was down to two.

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