Category: mental health

Buyer Beware: How to Avoid Scams & Misinformation during COVID-19

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When a disaster or emergency affects a community, it’s normal for the community to come together. Many people go out of their way to care for each other and find ways to get involved. But others may try to profit off or take advantage of people’s fear and anxiety. Scams & price gouging during the Read More >

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Kitchen Conversations: How to Talk with Young Children About COVID-19

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This pandemic has been a challenge for everyone. The COVID-19 outbreak has changed our daily lives in ways we never could have imagined. As a result, many of us are wearing multiple hats, including that of a homeschool teacher. Children learn from adults outside of scheduled school time, too. Kids are observant. They soak in Read More >

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We the People: How to Create Community in an Emergency

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Creating community is important to building resilience to a public health emergency, but it can be incredibly difficult to do in a pandemic. On its surface, the idea of coming together to prepare and build resilience contradicts CDC’s guidance to put distance between yourself and other people (i.e., physical distancing). However, there are less traditional Read More >

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Be Prepared by Staying Informed About COVID-19

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The U.S. Government, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is coordinating an emergency response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, and it’s rapidly evolving situation. As new information and updated guidance becomes available, CDC is using traditional and digital methods, including social media, to inform the whole community, including schools, businesses, Read More >

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Physical Distancing & the Joy of Joining In

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  Physical distancing is the act of avoiding crowded places and putting space between yourself and others. In practical terms, it means staying at home (mostly) and away from public places, such as restaurants, where people get together. It’s a prescription that goes double for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick Read More >

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Preparing Children with Special Healthcare Needs for an Emergency

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In my home both of my children have special health care needs. My daughter Charlotte is 4 years-old, and my son, Zachary, is 2 years-old. Both were diagnosed with asthma at an early age. Having children with special health care needs means that my husband and I must think ahead, plan ahead, and prepare our Read More >

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