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Reasons to be Cheerful

Priti Salian

17 August 2021

India

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Noora Health’s Care Companion Program (CCP) trains nurses to deliver actionable health information to the families of hospital patients on how to care for them once discharged. The trainings are in local languages and...

KSTU-TV

Sydney Glenn

8 July 2021

Utah, United States

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Intermountain Healthcare implemented an opioid reduction plan as part of Utah’s statewide ‘Know Your Script’ initiative. The plan, which includes an opioid-free surgery program that utilizes nerve blockers and non-opi...

100 Days in Appalachia

Taylor Sisk

1 July 2021

Williamson, West Virginia, United States

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Williamson Health and Wellness Center is a federally qualified health center in rural West Virginia, that provides medical, dental, and mental health care as well as chronic-disease management and wellness coaching on...

WHYY

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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....

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Ekpali Saint

22 March 2021

Ozalla Edem-Ani, Enugu State, Nigeria

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To help address a gap in health access for those living in a rural community in Nigeria, a nonprofit that "gives health, educational, and livelihood support to poor groups in Enugu State" built a hospital to serve tho...

Time Magazine

Max Blau

9 November 2020

Clinch County, Georgia, United States

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Rural hospitals across the country often struggle to stay open in states where Medicaid has not been expanded, but a method known as "swing beds" has helped two critical-access hospitals in Georgia to avoid this fate....

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Hannah Weinberger

30 October 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Hospitals in King County launched programs to help inpatients register to vote and cast their ballot. Some adopted VotER, a program that sets up voter registration kiosks and QR codes that can be scanned for voting in...

IowaWatch

Lyle Muller

16 October 2020

Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States

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During the coronavirus pandemic, leaders and administrators of small hospitals have learned through their failures about the limitations of their facilities. While some of these hospitals have relied on streamlining a...

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Lyle Muller

16 October 2020

Osceola, Iowa, United States

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Small hospitals in rural regions in America have quickly had to learn how to cope with the influx of COVID-19 cases during the pandemic. While many lessons have been learned, in Iowa, hospital personnel have seen succ...

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Maayan Silver

14 October 2020

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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VotERdoctors partners with doctors, clinics, community centers, and hospitals to register voters. Staff can wear badges with a QR code that patients can scan with their cellphone, which takes them to a webpage that of...

Global Press Journal

Nakisanze Segawa

13 September 2020

Uganda

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Uganda has introduced community health insurance plans that helps serve those who do not find the free health insurance suffienct but find private insurance too expensive. Although it doesn't appease everyone and some...

Associated Press

Linda A. Johnson

20 August 2020

Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States

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Although offering at-home care has been a practice for some time, the coronavirus pandemic has helped prompt more health insurance companies to allow health care workers to implement the practice at a larger scale. Tr...

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Joan van Dyk

James Oatway

20 August 2020

Gauteng, South Africa

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A color-coded system is being adopted at hospitals throughout South Africa after seeing success in Taiwan during the COVID-19 pandemic. The system uses red, yellow, and green color-coding to warn health care officials...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Patricia McKnight

27 July 2020

Wisconsin, United States

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The VotER initiative registers voters while they wait at 75 hospitals and community health centers across the country. The founders feel that voting will help their patients because there are social and political issu...

The Verge

James Vincent

9 July 2020

United States

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Covid-19 has accelerated technological innovations and robots are being used to minimize the virus’ transmission. Mobile disinfectant units using UV light to break apart the virus’ genetic material are in use at some...

Nigerian Tribune

Ifedayo Ogunyemi

15 May 2020

South Korea

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As a response to hospital bed shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic, South Korea developed a strategy that divides individuals who tested positive into four categories – mild, moderate, severe, and extremely severe –...

The New Yorker

Atul Gawande

13 May 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, attention is starting to shift toward reopening and recovery. Looking to healthcare professionals as models for doing so can help. A five-part strategy, te...

The New York Times

Alyson Stamos

Meiying Wu

17 April 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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An informal awareness campaign led by Chinese Hospital in San Francisco's Chinatown has played a prominent role in helping to keep the spread of COVID-19 cases to a minimal in the community. Working with local health ...

USC Annenberg Media

Celine Maia Mendiola

13 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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With restaurants closing and hospital staff working extra hours, Los Angeles communities are finding ways for them to support one another. As a response to COVID-19, people are donating money to local LA businesses li...

KING-TV

Kierra Elfalan

7 April 2020

Tacoma, Washington, United States

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A hospital in Washington has become the third hospital in the United States to install a new technology that allows for decontamination of N95 masks. This technology, which will help decontaminate up to 80,000 masks p...

The Washington Post

Julie Zauzmer

2 April 2020

United States

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As more individuals are hospitalized and in critical condition from COVID19, religious leaders are finding unique ways to connect. While the norm may be to be at bedsides, in this unprecedented time where that isn’t p...

The Huffington Post

Molly McCluskey

16 March 2020

Davis, California, United States

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In an attempt to offer healthier meals and reduce stigma around hospital food, hospitals are reinventing their dining services by hiring professional chefs, nutritionists, and dieticians. At the UC Davis Medical Cente...

Bloomberg

Claire Ballentine

28 January 2020

New York, New York, United States

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The supply chain for Valentine's Day flowers is incredibly toxic for the environment and produces mass amounts of waste. In response, a "floral gifting" service industry emerged in which flowers from special events ca...

Vox

Tara Golshan

22 January 2020

Maryland, United States

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Maryland's health care system is based on three pillars – all-payer rate setting, a global budget, and total cost of care – that, together, have shown positive results both for the patients and for the state's hospita...

Wisconsin Watch

Parker Schorr

30 October 2019

Hurley, Wisconsin, United States

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In order to keep already existing health care facilities open while also planning for the possibility of future expansions, a county in rural Iowa is looking for ways to attract new residents to the area. After consid...

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