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This Little Girl's Disease Is Treatable. It's Just Too Bad She Lives In America.

In a perfect world, Nia (the star of this clip) wouldn't have to go to the emergency room for this. But when you don't have insurance, you don't have much of a choice.

This Little Girl's Disease Is Treatable. It's Just Too Bad She Lives In America.

At 1:01, we learn a really jarring statistic about African-Americans' health. After that, Nia's dad breaks down the reasons why Americans are having these issues and points out what seems to be the obvious solution.


This clip comes from a storytelling project developed by the creators of the award-winning documentary "The Waiting Room," which follows patients and staff on a busy night in the emergency room of a public hospital in Oakland, California. Even with the ACA, there are still a lot of Americans who go without health coverage — and even for those of us who have it, it's not always adequate. (I mean, if some form of universal health care is good enough for France, Israel, Taiwan, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Norway, Mexico, and Canada*, it sure seems good enough for us.) For more compelling stories, visit the storytelling project here. The documentary itself is available on Netflix, and you can look for live screenings here. Follow "The Waiting Room" on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop.

*This list is nowhere near exhaustive. Click here for a full list of countries that provide universal health coverage.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.