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A Rundown on Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Implementation
The Affordable Care Act's (ACA) health insurance provisions will take effect in six months. Commonwealth Fund brings together an overview of updates to bring to light some issues propelling towards...more

Volunteer Search and Rescue Units Score New Helmets
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office's all-volunteer search and rescue teams have received new helmets as protection and unifying equipment. The purchase of the new headgear is funded by...more

Lessons Learned from a Russian Social Enterprise
Craig Dearden-Phillips, who writes for The Guardian, attended a a conference in Moscow. Craig explains that the social innovations conference is an eye-opener. He dishes out three points he has...more

USD, Civil Society Work Together to Bring Awareness to Human Trafficking
The University of South Dakota and Civil Society join forces to spread awareness about human trafficking. The two groups held a forum that assemble law enforcement officials, social service...more

EITC Expansion Plan for Low-Wage Childless Workers
New York City has announced the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), an anti-poverty and pro-work program, expansion plan for low-income workers without dependents. Up to $2,000 in reimbursements is...more

Berkshire County Gets Federal Community Improvement Funds
Three communities in Berkshire County received a part of the $27.5 million federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for neighborhood revitalization projects. The Berkshire County...more

Wisconsin Agencies As Navigators for Obamacare
The US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $67 million in grant awards to 105 Navigator grant applicants in the Federally-facilitated and State Partnership...more

Household Routine Improvement Interventions Reduce BMI in Minority Children
According to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, household routine improvement interventions can reduce body mass index (BMI) among low-income, minority children. The study aims to evaluate...more

Hunger and Homelessness on the Rise in San Diego
An article on the World Socialist Web Site describes the increased impact the economic downturn has had on one community in San Diego, CA. Many immigrant families are experiencing increased...more

Oregon Food Bank Sees A Record Number of Volunteers on MLK Day
Grace Epstein, junior at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, has consistently been volunteering at the Oregon Food Back for the last eight years. This year, she says she has noticed...more

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