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Attacking Root Causes

Solving problems by addressing the underlying factors. By digging deep and attacking the root causes of a problem, changemakers are able to treat the disease rather than just the symptoms. These solutions offer help to those in need, employ a comprehensive approach to problem-solving, and address the determinants that keep individuals and communities from succeeding.

  • Treating underlying conditions, specifically those that are structural and systemic that cause social problems. These issues arise as a consequence from the way a society is organized. For example, a solution that addresses patriarchy or a lack of jobs in a poor neighborhood. Addressing underlying issues
  • Thinking of behaviors such as addiction as diseases that require treatment. Help rather than punishment
  • Providing people with services that address multiple challenges at once. Using a comprehensive approach
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