VTDigger is excited to work with Vermont Care Partners to promote the much needed services of its sixteen respective member agencies which, includes NCSS. They also understand how important it is for our elected officials to know how to support the needs of Vermonters.
This thirteen week series is a collaboration produced by members of the Vermont Care Partners statewide network of sixteen non-profit, community-based agencies providing mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disability support.
Below is the ninth installment of the series from Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS) focusing on the challenges due to COVID isolation ranging from connecting virtually to food insecurity and effects on children, elderly, and people with disabilities.
COVID Isolation Hits Hard in Vermont’s Rural Communities
COVID-19 has exposed challenges for rural families: insufficient broadband connectivity, inadequate health care and rising food insecurity. Furthermore, rural communities are comprised of populations that are older, are in poorer health, and have higher rates of chronic conditions, all factors that negatively impact well-being. Social distancing and social isolation under these circumstances are tragically difficult to bear. Read more…
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