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PHOTO: Social workers are starting to navigate the topic of improving their clients' financial health with an online toolkit first tested in Oregon. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer/Morguefile.

EUGENE, Ore. - A new online toolkit that was tested in Oregon is showing social service case managers how to talk about and help improve their clients' personal finances. Groups and agencies that advise lower-income Oregonians about the assistance they need can now also offer options on achieving a ...Read More

PHOTO: The database for ParentAware.org now includes more than 12,000 child-care and early-education programs. Parents can research everything from schedules to quality ratings. Photo credit: Morgan/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Experts agree quality early childhood is one of the keys for future success in life, and Minnesota parents now have more tools to find the perfect education provider for their kids. The website ParentAware.org has been expanded with a database parents can now search that includes ...Read More

PHOTO: An independent study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health says there's no difference in concussion risk among high school football players using different brands of helmets. Photo credit: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

MADISON, Wis. - A just-released study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health concludes there's no difference in concussion rates among Wisconsin high school football players using different brands and ages of football helmets. Tim McGuine, se ...Read More

PHOTO: Clatsop County may soon be known for more than its beautiful beach scenery. It has been selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, the Way to Wellville, with a $5 million prize at stake. Photo credit: Steven Pavlov, Wikimedia Commons.
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ASTORIA, Ore. - Clatsop County on the Oregon Coast is one of five communities in the U.S. selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, with a prize of $5 million. Several Oregon communities applied, but Clatsop County is the only Oregon finalist. The project is called the "Way to Wellvill ...Read More

PHOTO: Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation to expand the scope of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force, a year after the task force was first charged with finding solutions to the heroin epidemic in Illinois. Photo credit: Psychonaut/Wikipedia Commons.

JOLIET, Ill. - State leaders are digging deeper for solutions as they try to fight heroin abuse among Illinois youth. The Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force has been hearing testimony and gathering information on heroin use among high school students over the past year. Recently-signed legislation ...Read More

PHOTO: The executive order that allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as young children and have grown up here to stay for school and work was issued on June 15, 2012. Photo credit: Sadie Hernandez/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas – The tens of thousands of young people without documentation across Texas who are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) can get free advice and information about the program on Saturday, as part of this summer's second anniversary of the executive order. I ...Read More

PHOTO: Some simple changes in packing a school lunch can prevent tons of trash from ending up in Tennessee landfills. Photo credit: www.anotherlunch.com/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Students across the state returning to school this month, forming friendships and making the team, but also generating a massive amount of trash. Over the next school year it's estimated the average student lunch will generate more than 60 pounds of garbage, says Leslie Holsapple, ...Read More

PHOTO: Some simple changes in how a school lunch is packed can prevent tons of trash from ending up in Iowa landfills, so parents and students are being urged to go with reusable containers. Photo credit: www.anotherlunch.com/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Students returning to school across Iowa this month won't just be forming friendships and making the team. They'll also generate a massive amount of trash - although proper planning can reduce that greatly. According to Leslie Holsapple, program and outreach manager for Metro Was ...Read More

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