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Overcoming the Big Challenges

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How One Community Brought Child Mortality Down From 154 To 7 Per 1,000 Live Births

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Providing door-to-door health care for mothers and children under five years of age greatly reduces mortality. Thanks to a program of home visits by community health care workers funded by the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Yirimadio neighborhood of Mali’s capital city, Bamako, has succeed...

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Inside the Ambitious Campaign to Drive Homicides in Chicago Below 400

The Trace

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In Chicago, community organizations, public officials, and private funders have come together behind a campaign called “<399” – with the goal of bringing homicides to under 400. This collaboration has taken on a comprehensive, community-centered approach that includes initiatives like community o...

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As Floods Keep Coming, Cities Pay Residents to Move

The New York Times

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The city of Nashville is a model for other U.S. cities focusing on how to deal with homes that are flooding more consistently than before. The National Flood Insurance Program exists to help insure homes that wouldn't be covered by private insurance; for some homeowners, the frustration of consta...

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How Sonoma's Vineyards Survived a Siege of Fire, Smoke and Ash

The New York Times

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Through collective action and informed practices, such as promoting grazing in vineyards, residents in fire-ravaged communities build a more resilient future. Across California’s wine region, locals have begun to reorient their way of life to mitigate the effects of future wildfires. The Good Fir...

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Preaching Faith in Democracy

The New York Times

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Shared expressions of community and fellowship are fostering a non-partisan approach to civic engagement. The nonprofit Citizen University, based in Seattle, Washington, provides small grants to trained community leaders who host Civic Saturdays. The meetings take place across the country in libr...

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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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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

Bhekisisa

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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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For Vitiligo Patients, New Treatments Offer Hope

The New York Times

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Vitiligo, an incurable autoimmune condition that impacts both children and adults, is often a cause of stress and stigma concerns for those affected. Recent efforts to reduce the skin discoloration that the condition is known for has lead to the discovery that medications and therapies already us...

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