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Emily Nonko

18 February 2021

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Since it was reported that Newark’s lead levels in the city’s drinking water were higher than federal standards, the Newark Water Coalition installed a Water Box. This is a portable filtration system that removes cont...

The Counter

Katarina Zimmer

18 February 2021

United States

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To weather the uncertainties of the pandemic and geopolitical trade disputes, many small, locally-operated fisheries in the United States have upended the way they do business by selling their catches directly to cons...

Energy News Network

Sarah Shemkus

18 February 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston University is getting all of its electricity from a wind farm in South Dakota, which should cover its annual energy needs of 205 million kilowatt-hours. Some energy advocates say the higher education institutio...

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Taylor Moore

17 February 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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Some cities across the U.S. are offering "free or cheap transportation to vaccine distribution sites" as a means of increasing access for those who don't have access to a vehicle, are unable to drive, or don't live ne...

The News & Observer

Adam Wagner

6 February 2021

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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A partnership between WakeMed and Wake County Public Health made 1,700 shots available with vaccine clinics in 16 churches and a community center. Trusted messengers, like pastors, are more effective at communicating ...

The Boston Globe

James Vaznis

5 February 2021

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Although the pandemic brought many difficulties to school across the globe, some institutions saw it as the time to innovate and rethink learning delivery. Cambridge High School Extension Program, "an alternative scho...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rina Chandran

4 February 2021

New Delhi, India

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Because of internet shutdowns, six friends created a bilingual newspaper to document and record the farmer protests in India. Thousands of farmers have been protesting for weeks about the government’s new agricultural...

KERA News

Sujata Dand

3 February 2021

Waco, Texas, United States

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When a Dallas nonprofit failed to attract a corporate grocery owner to one of the city's food deserts, a nonprofit looked to Waco's Jubilee Market as a model for a nonprofit, community-based grocery. Jubilee's parent ...

The Daily Tar Heel

Bethany Lee

2 February 2021

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Prison Books Collective and a partner organization, N.C. Women's Prison Book Project, for 15 years have collected donated books and then distributed them inside North Carolina prisons to incarcerated people who crave ...

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Terry Greene Sterling

29 January 2021

Navajo Nation, Arizona, United States

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A collaborative experiment between Indigenous community activists, tribal officials, loggers, nonprofits, and the U.S. Forest Service is delivering firewood to residents who need it for heating and cooking. The progra...

Connecticut Health Investigative Team

Elizabeth Heubeck

28 January 2021

Danbury, Connecticut, United States

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Connecticut’s school-based health centers, which offer medical and behavioral health care to children, have been able to remain open during the pandemic by using a mix of on-site and telehealth options. Although servi...

WCHS-TV

Jenifer McAndrews

28 January 2021

West Virginia, United States

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West Virginia relied on strategic partnerships, collaboration, and efficient use of medicine to successfully outpace every other state in the U.S. in COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Rather than turning to nationally-ru...

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Adele Peters

28 January 2021

West Virginia, United States

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West Virginia has implemented a digital platform that allows residents to sign up for notifications if leftover doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are available for use near them. Although the system is only accessible to ...

Second Wave Michigan

Jane Simons

28 January 2021

Battle Creek, Michigan, United States

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In Battle Creek, Michigan, a church has turned to holding online Sunday service during the pandemic, and in doing so, has gained a larger congregation. While there are limitations to attending online services, and som...

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Neal Earley

25 January 2021

England, Arkansas, United States

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While drive-thru testing sites became fairly commonplace during the coronavirus pandemic, a local pharmacy in a small town on the Arkansas Grand Prairie has now converted a church into coronavirus vaccination drive-th...

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Jordan Frias

25 January 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Using data to determine which neighborhoods would likely be disproportionately at risk for COVID-19, the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center has been moving their pop-up testing site to a new area every two weeks a...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Imran Mukhtar

25 January 2021

Nagarparkar, Sindh, Pakistan

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A government scheme in Pakistan involves the construction of water-harvesting dams in areas that experience droughts, which allows farmers in the region to use the irrigation water from the dams for their crops. One f...

The Marshall Project

Keri Blakinger

19 January 2021

United States

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When the pandemic forced jails and prisons to ban educational classes and cut off visits between outsiders and their loved ones behind bars, some jailers opened their facilities to remote-learning and -visiting tools....

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Jared Brey

12 January 2021

Central Falls, Rhode Island, United States

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A small public housing authority in Rhode Island took the initiative to develop a methodology to administer the COVID-19 vaccine once the city began to offer the vaccine publicly. While a significant number of the res...

The Local

Tanushree Basuroy

7 January 2021

Germany

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When the coronavirus pandemic caused Germany to enter a period of lockdown, German authorities embarked on an effort to launch multilingual campaigns to make sure asylum seekers in the country had the information nece...

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Michael Waters

18 December 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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In the 1980s, a virtual messaging network, then known as bulletin board systems (BBSs), acted as a support group for many who were in search of peer support and reliable information as the AIDS epidemic spread. Althou...

The Local

Marta Silvia Viganò

15 December 2020

Wales

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In Wales, the African Community Centre which has previously offered culturally competent mental health care services to youth in the African community in the city, has expanded its services to "Black, Asian and minori...

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Katia Mullova

3 December 2020

Germany

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To mitigate the problem of unfair supply chains, Tip Me allows consumers to send money directly to the workers creating the merchandise in factories halfway across the world. Brands pay a fee to sign up for the system...

Kaiser Health News

Aneri Pattani

1 December 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Black churches across the U.S. are collaborating with psychologists and counselors to offer their community access to mental health care services during the coronavirus pandemic. Although not all congregants were init...

The New York Times

Matt Richtel

28 November 2020

United States

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Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous are turning to Zoom and other telehealth tools to maintain a connection with clients during the coronavirus pandemic. While data are lacking about "the effectiveness of onli...

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