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Ambika Chawla

9 September 2021

Columbia, Maryland, United States

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Low-income communities of color have less access to nature, they experience "nature deprivation" at a rate three times higher than white people. Regular access to the outdoors improves respiratory health, physical fit...

Christian Science Monitor

Erika Page

8 September 2021

Malmö, Sweden

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Malmö's Sluta Skjut (Stop Shooting) program adopts a group violence intervention approach that has been used widely in the U.S. Gang members and others believed to be involved in street violence are summoned to "call-...

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Erik von Ancken

8 September 2021

Lake Mary, Florida, United States

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The Mental Health Intervention Group is a partnership of hospitals and community social services agencies formed by the Lake Mary Police Department to address mental health problems before they turn into crises. Avoid...

News48

Francesco Ciampa

7 September 2021

Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy

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Magna Graecia University partnered with prison administrators in Catanzaro, Italy, to help two incarcerated men find a form of rehabilitation by writing their own lives' stories. In a process called autoethnography, t...

San Francisco Chronicle

Rachel Swan

7 September 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Oakland Ceasefire's "delicate architecture" balancing law enforcement and community-based responses to gun violence, which seemed to have helped lower the city's gun violence by half since 2012, came crashing down dur...

Prime Progress

Ekpali Saint

4 September 2021

Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

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In Nigeria's Oyo state, survivors of sexual abuse and gender-based violence can find emergency shelter and a host of services at Women Safe House. The stigmas attached to these crimes and the government's failure to e...

Triad City Beat

Sayaka Matsuoka

1 September 2021

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

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Greensboro's version of the Cure Violence program, called Gate City Coalition, has helped reduce homicides nearly to zero in the two neighborhoods where it operates. At a time of escalated gun violence, the Cure Viole...

Mother Jones

Alissa Quart

September - October 2021

United States

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The cooperative business model has boomed in the aftermath of the pandemic. Worker cooperatives allow employees to run and own a business, giving them more control as well as a share of profits. Co-ops not only have a...

Crosscut

Nate Sanford

1 September 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Community Passageways does the kind of violence intervention work that the city of Seattle plans to invest in to expand its reach. Peer mentors reach out to young men at highest risk of suffering or committing violenc...

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Carey L. Biron

31 August 2021

United States

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Park Rx America is an online platform that helps the growing number of medical professionals who write nature prescriptions for their patients. The database contains thousands of parks and public lands, which prescrib...

Associated Press

Don Babwin

29 August 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, where the city's size and traffic would pose logistical and cost barriers to make mental health professionals first responders to mental-crisis calls, the Cook County sheriff's office has put 70 Zoom-enabl...

Reasons to be Cheerful

David Byrne

27 August 2021

China

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China’s path to officially eliminating malaria began in the 1950s when a scientist in a government-funded program discovered the ancient Chinese herb Wormwood had been used to treat symptoms for centuries and went on ...

Sparkling 92.3 FM

Vivianne Ihekweazu

26 August 2021

Adadama, Cross River, Nigeria

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A community-led sanitation approach ended the practice of open defecation, a major cause of water pollution and stomach diseases. The program educated people to change social norms and laws requiring every household t...

Colorado Newsline

Moe Clark

23 August 2021

Colorado, United States

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The Prison Arts Initiative program, jointly run by the Colorado prison system and University of Denver, puts personal expression through visual and performing arts at the heart of the prisons' mission to become less p...

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Sarah Ravits

23 August 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Various initiatives in New Orleans have created affordable housing in New Orleans specifically for musicians and artists as a way to both provide housing and revitalize neighborhoods after the widespread damage from H...

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Tonya Jameson

20 August 2021

United States

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Several organizations across the country are providing housing options for members of the trans community. Wraparound services address addiction and mental health issues in Atlanta, a land trust in Memphis has led to ...

Wired

Julia Hotz

18 August 2021

United Kingdom

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“Social prescribing” is an increasingly popular approach to healthcare that addresses “social determinants” of health with non-pharmaceutical prescriptions for patients in the form of activities in their local communi...

Route Fifty

Allen Arthur

18 August 2021

California, United States

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Starting in 2017, California has grown more open to licensing formerly incarcerated people to work as lawyers. State licensing authorities set high barriers to entry to the legal profession in their "moral fitness" li...

Adirondack Explorer

Mike De Socio

15 August 2021

Arizona, United States

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The Grand Canyon National Park launched a “hike smart” campaign as a way to educate hikers about the risks of traversing in the canyon and to decrease the number of search and rescue incidents. While measuring the suc...

Adirondack Explorer

Mike De Socio

14 August 2021

New Hampshire, United States

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Several years ago, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department created a form of insurance as a way to raise money for search and rescue operations for people hiking in the mountains. These voluntary insurance cards co...

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Marsha McLeod

12 August 2021

Canada

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In Canada, farmers are rewilding their farmlands, a process where a farmer restores their habitat to a more natural state. It includes things like planting trees, building hedgerows, and creating ponds. Rewilding can ...

Reveal

Eda Uzunlar

7 August 2021

Wyoming, United States

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Neighboring states of Wyoming and South Dakota take starkly different approaches toward youth who get in trouble. Side-by-side comic panels follow two real cases through each system. A South Dakota teen gets help that...

WEWS-TV

Danita Harris

5 August 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Esperanza Threads provides sewing training to refugees and immigrants so that they can find sustainable jobs and provide for their families. The students learn to make t-shirts, bags, and baby products, which are sold...

CNBC

Shepard Smith

4 August 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Eddie Bocanegra of READI Chicago describes his group's gun-violence-prevention model. Data from police and hospitals, plus community intelligence, identify those people most at risk of committing or being victimized b...

101 Reporters

Sameer Showkin Lone

4 August 2021

Raipur, Chhattisgarh, British Indian Ocean Territory

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In the district of Bijapur, a town in India, there was a malnutrition rate of 40 per cent in 2019. In order to tackle the problem officials identified the areas with high malnutrition and directed their efforts to tho...

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