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This Nurse Practitioner Saw a Need to Support Moms' Mental Health — and Created a Clinic and a Hotline
Christena Raines tells PEOPLE about opening the first in-patient Perinatal Mental Health unit in the country and serving as the Board Chair of Postpartum Support International
This Ocean Activist Says Plastic Pollution Is a 'Women-Centered Issue' — and Is Empowering Women to Tackle It 
"There’s no silver bullet to solve the problem but there are hundreds of ways to tackle it," says Emily Penn
Coach Almost Died in Burundi Genocide — Now He Spreads Hope: 'Vengeance Isn't the Solution'
"You'd think he should be bitter and angry," says Jenna Bush Hager, one of Gilbert Tuhabonye's former runners. "But he channeled that through running and teaching. To me, he embodied pure love and grace."
Scientist Is Donating Kidney to Raise Awareness About 'Great' Need for Diversity in Research
As part of his job, Norbert Tavares works to "increase the participation of people of color in research," but he tells PEOPLE that "it's another thing to live it"
Hero Veterans Are Stepping Up to Feed Fellow Vets Suffering from Food Insecurity: 'It's Personal' 
Food insecurity among post-9/11 veterans is more than twice the national average, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made things worse
9-Year-Old Girl Saves Family from Carbon Monoxide by Unlocking Dad's Phone with His Face to Call 911
"I heard my dad screaming and saw my mom passed out," Jayline Barbosa Brandão recalled

More Heroes

Mich. Mom of 4 Runs into Burning Home to Rescue Her Kids: 'She Is an Absolute Hero'
Firefighters say Michigan mother Mikala Vish repeatedly ran into her burning home to save her children, ages 12, 6, 4, and 9 months
Quadriplegic Woman Is on a Mission to Make Beaches Accessible for All: 'This Is My Purpose'
"The nature of a disability is an exclusion from many things. It feels good to break down these barriers," says Sabrina Cohen, who became paralyzed from the neck down at 14

11-Year-Old Boy Honored as Hero After Rescuing Baby Brother from Drowning

Jayden Groves received the Heroism Award from the St. Louis Fire Department