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Hannah Grabenstein

17 June 2021

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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The Shelby County Voter Alliance, who was used to using publicly available information to run get-out-the-vote and voter registration drives, pivoted to door-knocking to increase vaccination rates. Using a grant from ...

The Verge

Sanket Jain

17 June 2021

India

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Accredited social health activists (ASHA) across India fight COVID-19 related misinformation on WhatsApp. ASHAs provide basic health care to people in their villages, which puts them on the frontline of treating COVID...

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Courtney Gousman

17 June 2021

Stark County, Ohio, United States

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“Take what you need—leave what you can" is the motto etched on the 16 anonymous “Blessing Boxes” set up around Stark County. The wooden cabinets are stocked with non-perishable food, household items, and personal hygi...

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Charlotte West

16 June 2021

Riverside, California, United States

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Riverside County launched College Comeback to address the COVID-19 related decline in graduating high school students going to college. Six counselors each spend 25 hours a week reaching out to the high school class o...

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Aaron Parseghian

14 June 2021

Michigan, United States

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A new initiative in Michigan is helping locals over the age of 25 attending community college free of charge. The Reconnect program helps those who have yet to complete a post-secondary degree by covering all the cost...

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Hunter Funk

12 June 2021

Wichita, Kansas, United States

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Rise Up for Youth is a program built into some Wichita schools that works to keep teenagers out of gangs and helps them focus on positive changes in their community. There are two programs — one for males called the B...

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Christopher Curtis

11 June 2021

St-Jérôme, Quebec, Canada

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To reduce overdose deaths from the increasing number of deadly substances found in street drugs, Centre SIDA Amitié uses lab testing to help understand exactly what drugs users are putting in their bodies and how to s...

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Henry Pan

10 June 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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With extra buses available due to lower ridership during the pandemic, Metro Transit worked with key partners to turn six buses into mobile vaccination clinics. Metro Transit provided drivers and retrofitted the buses...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Priti Salian

8 June 2021

Mumbai, India

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Volunteers with India’s Meds For More initiative (MFM) collect leftover unused medications from recovered Covid-19 patients by canvassing their apartment buildings, offices, student clubs, schools, and other locations...

New Hampshire Public Radio

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Gabriela Lozada

8 June 2021

Nashua, New Hampshire, United States

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Community health workers are engaging small business owners to host local COVID-19 vaccination clinics. These smaller clinics, like La Fama 2 Barbershop, are effective because of the strength of interpersonal relation...

The Bemidji Pioneer

Josh Verges

6 June 2021

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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In St. Paul, Minnesota, the St. Paul school district switched from a letter grade structure to a pass/fail system. A trend that was seen across other districts in the states. The move came after the pandemic resulted ...

The Local

Brannavy Jeyasundaram

4 June 2021

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Toronto’s Vaccine Engagement Teams Grant has awarded $5.5 million to community organizations in 140 neighborhoods to hire and train local ambassadors for vaccine outreach. Because the ambassadors share a lived experie...

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Megan Sanctorum

4 June 2021

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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A mobile food pantry is helping to increase food availability for those in the Indianapolis community. A 28-seat passenger bus was converted by Pro-Act Indy and turned into a food pantry, which takes the food to those...

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Alan Yu

4 June 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A large number of hospital closures pushed the remaining obstetrics chiefs to work together to maintain safe and accessible maternity care, especially for low-income and English as a second language community members....

Reasons to be Cheerful

Tolu Olasoji

31 May 2021

Mombasa, Kenya

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Persons Marginalized and Aggrieved in Kenya works with religious leaders over the course of many years to build empathy and understanding towards the LGBTQ community. Faith leaders are often not immediately aware of t...

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Victoria Bouloubasis

28 May 2021

North Carolina, United States

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Because of coordinated partnerships between local governments, state health departments, and nonprofit groups, more and more farmworkers are receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Through the N.C. Department of Health and H...

WTVR-TV

Shannon Lilly

27 May 2021

Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania at first lagged in its push to vaccinate its residents. But the state vaulted ahead in the race to vaccinate, collaborating with vaccine providers and the medical community to make vaccines easy to receiv...

The Washington Post

Rachel Hatzipanagos

26 May 2021

United States

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Comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination strategies helped some Native American Nations achieve high vaccination rates. Tribal sovereignty gave Nations the flexibility to create their own methods of distributing the vaccine...

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Darryl C. Murphy

26 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A pilot program in Philadelphia’s transit system is providing social services for people struggling with addiction. Loitering violations in and around SEPTA stations are on the rise in the wake of the pandemic, spurri...

Orange County Register

Brooke Staggs

25 May 2021

Orange County, California, United States

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Orange County congressional members increased the number of town halls they hold since the coronavirus pandemic forced them to from in-person to virtual events. Going virtual increased the frequency of citizen’s acces...

What's Next Magazine

Natalie Mead

21 May 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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Six San Francisco neighborhoods are now served by the city's Street Crisis Response Teams, which answer 911 calls for non-violent mental or behavioral health crises without police involvement. In its first two months ...

WRTV-TV

Stephanie Wade

21 May 2021

Indiana, United States

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Indiana partnered with Overdose Lifeline to make the overdose reversal medication naloxone available via NaloxBoxes. The boxes, which are placed in neutral public areas that aren’t intimidating, hold several kits that...

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Talib Visram

20 May 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Saturday Night Lights is run by the DA’s office and aims to reduce gun violence by providing organized sports for school-aged kids on weekend nights, when crime often goes up. Active in 20 locations across the city, S...

Mississippi Today

Kelsey Davis Betz

20 May 2021

Mississippi, United States

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Transit operations have been repurposed to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines among underserved communities in the Delta. A fleet of transit buses that were sitting unused at Mississippi Valley State University now ...

The Chronicle

Lungelo Ndhlovu

19 May 2021

Chiredzi, Zimbabwe

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Rural communities in Bandama and Dungwe villages in Chiredzi and Mwenezi are using biogas technology to cook instead of cutting down trees for firewood. The technology relies on fermenting cow dung and using the mater...

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