Camden Mayor Dana Redd waves as she speaks at Northgate II in Camden, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Camden, a city known for its crime and poverty, is developing a reputation for something positive: an innovative effort to cut health care costs.

An official from President Barack Obama’s administration and two members of Congress were among the dignitaries who came to the city Tuesday to celebrate something simple — the opening of a nurse practitioner’s office in a building with more than 300 apartments for the elderly and the disabled. The office is the latest step in a citywide effort to cut health care costs.

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