Participant 555 Community Conversations Interview



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Trenton, N.J.: New Jersey State Library



In this interview, Participant 555 shares their perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of working in the public health field. The participant discusses challenges with working around the clock since the pandemic started, and difficulty with work-life balance. The participant says they are surprised by how ill-prepared federal and state governments were for the pandemic, and that they wish there was more money invested in public health. They share frustrations toward people who do not take public health seriously. The participant also expresses feelings of excitement over the COVID-19 vaccine and that they are hopeful it will give people the opportunity to see family members again.


COVID-19 Health Behaviors, Perceptions from residents and societal views_ responses, Social and Economic Factors, Employment, Positive Outlook, Resources Needed, View of the Federal Government's Response (in 2020), View of NJ Government's Response to the Pandemic, Negative Mental Health Outcomes, Unpredictability, Perceived Politicization of Public Health Response, Acts of Kindness, Frustrations with Lack of Adherence, Secondary Suffering and Trauma, Mental Health, Those Left out of Virus Response, Resilience, Relationships, Clinical Care, Challenges with Remote Schooling_Virtual Learning for Children, Vaccine for COVID-19, Children, Parents or Guardians or Caregivers Functioning as Teachers, Childcare Arrangements, Social Re-Connect, Recommendations, Health Behaviors, Low Income Communities, Financial_Economic (In)stability, Education, Low Income Individuals, Self-Care Strategies, Digital Divide, Quality of Life, Factors Impacting the Digital Divide, Social Pods, Social Disconnect - Social Isolation and Loneliness, Morris Co. (N.J.), New Jersey, COVID-19 Pandemic



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