Participant 190 - 194 Community Conversations Focus Group



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Trenton, N.J.: New Jersey State Library



In this focus group, participants share challenges and opportunities in adapting support services during the COVID-19 pandemic for populations living with substance use disorders, as well as personal impacts such as losing in-person connections with loved ones. Participants share that undocumented essential workers, incarcerated persons, and African American communities were left out of the pandemic response plans. They also discuss their expectation of the federal government in terms of relaying a uniform, consistent, and factual information about the pandemic to the public. They confess they did not realize their blessings until after experiencing the pandemic.


Morris Co. (N.J.), Sussex Co. (N.J.), COVID-19 Pandemic, New Jersey, Social Disconnect - Social Isolation and Loneliness, Social and Economic Factors, Access to Care, Those Left out of Virus Response, Unpredictability, Positive Outlook, Negative Mental Health Outcomes, COVID-19 Health Behaviors, Individuals with High-Risk Health Conditions, Resources Needed, Social Re-Connect, Digital Divide, View of the Federal Government's Response (in 2020), Older Persons, Secondary Suffering and Trauma, Recommendations, Disabled Individuals, Resilience, Transit, Frustrations with Lack of Adherence, Challenges with Remote Schooling_Virtual Learning for Children, Undocumented Individuals, Factors Impacting the Digital Divide, Children, Young Adults, Communities of Color_Minoritized Individuals, Loss of Health Insurance, Older Persons, Homeless Individuals, Perceived Politicization of Public Health Response, Clinical Care, Self-Care Strategies, Acts of Kindness, Health Behaviors



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