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No Road Home: Three Doctors Reflect on Aleppo and the Future

Though targeted attacks on hospitals are against International Humanitarian Law, the non-profit group Physicians for Human Rights has documented 400 attacks on 276 separate facilities between March 2011 and the end of July 2016. According to Elise Baker, a research coordinator at Physicians for Human Rights, a variety of attacks on health care are happening in other countries, “but what makes Syria unique is the scope and scale of these attacks.”
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Steel to Pavement: Building the Calumet-Sag Trail

Whenever the weather cooperates, Blue Island resident Marci Frederick rides her bicycle from her home to her job as director of the library at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights. The 49-year-old has been in a few small car crashes in her lifetime, so she prefers the serenity of a bike ride to the frustrations of a car any day. But without a strong trail infrastructure nearby that allows her to ride on bike paths or trails, Frederick mapped out her own route, where she purposefully avoids
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A Victory for Rogers Park Family Facing Eviction

After the rally, Erica, 34, told Mechanics that her mother would be proud. "She was a single parent, so for me to step up by myself, with no husband or nothing, and fight this fight, and not be scared to fight this fight, yeah she's pretty proud of me, I think so. I can feel it," she said. "I was never a community person, now I most definitely am a community person because people don't realize how much their community will back them...You have to be able to talk and let people know what's going on in your community, and yeah your community will reach out for you, because at the end of the day, we're all human."

Emotions stretched to their limit: More than household incomes are pulled thin these days

But both Regnier and Brady said, at a time when mental health services are most needed a decrease in grants and state funds is significantly impairing the programs' abilities to help. Many of their clients are on Medicaid and depend on their services. "While the need for services are going up, our capacity is being decreased because of the same economic challenges," Brady said.

New Nurses’ Program Helps Rape Victims Receive Necessary Treatment

SANE nurses receive advanced education in forensic exams and in how to provide emotional support to sexual assault victims. "That initial contact with that victim makes such a huge difference for them. It begins their healing process from that day forward," Healy said. "If they have a bad encounter at a busy emergency room, and they're left to wait for eight hours, what does that really leave the victim emotionally feeling?"