Participant 241-245 Community Conversations Focus Group



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Trenton, N.J.: New Jersey State Library



In this focus group, participants share that the COVID-19 pandemic removed the personal interactions and conversations they had prior to the pandemic, both in their work and personal lives. Participants express that the pandemic has reduced the number and quality of services that are offered to community members receiving support from harm reduction centers. They discuss the challenges that homeless populations and people with substance use disorders face when trying to access mental health services and other resources. They talk about the challenges of not being able to see family and loved ones, especially during the holiday season.


COVID-19 Health Behaviors, Social and Economic Factors, Access to Care, Social Disconnect - Social Isolation and Loneliness, Clinical Care Resources Needed, Employment, Those Left out of Virus Response, Homeless Individuals, Recommendations, Resilience, Mental Health, Housing Insecurity_Instability, Unpredictability, Health Behaviors, Secondary Suffering and Trauma, Positive Outlook, Negative Mental Health Outcomes, Loss of Job or Business, Communities of Color_Minoritized Individuals, Vaccine for COVID-19, Older Persons, View of the Federal Government's Response (in 2020), Lack of Financial Means to Support Basic Needs, Food Insecurity, Education, Social Re-Connect, Digital Divide, Financial_Economic (In)stability, Individuals with High-Risk Health Conditions, View of NJ Government's Response to the Pandemic, Hudson Co. (N.J.), Bergen Co. (N.J.), Atlantic Co. (N.J.), Essex Co. (N.J.), Monmouth Co. (N.J.), New Jersey, COVID-19 Pandemic