...Today I received my second dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine... A door has been opened to walk through, but I fully don't know what is on the other side. The After is different. It's what we want it to be...
"...White Earth has done a tremendous job vaccinating folks from the tribe, but also from across the region. They've been vaccinating folks from the surrounding communities and we just wanted to stop here and lift it up and talk about how powerful it is to be a good neighbor..."
"...I have never felt such a calling to help people as I have since The Pandemic, not even because of the virus itself, but because of the pain and suffering and fear its sinister presence has had on our humanity..."
"...The Pandemic showed me that I really need to invest in myself as a leader to be able to lead people through it. This meant reaching out to people and saying 'I don't know how to do this' more than once..."
"...It was so emotional to be in the Minneapolis Convention Center- it was filled with hundreds of educators (including my high school social studies teacher and another teacher from my school) and a feeling of overwhelming hope..."
"...spring was the hardest for sure. I am lucky and privileged enough to be back in school now, but what I lost in the end of my sophomore year and most of this year are things I will never get back..."
"...I’m still carrying a lot of grief, frustration and anger over the injustices of the past year. I can’t change the past and I can’t change most minds, but I’m changing what I can and I’m making the time to do it..."
"...I feel relief, happiness, and a little bit of sadness. I'm glad I'm finally able to see the light but I think about all the people who didn't get to see or feel this because (they died) of Covid..."
"...Some of my clients are still dealing with food insecurities, housing needs, mental health and chemical health support and language barriers, to name a few. The pandemic has made it harder for my clients to access services and get the support that they need..."
A year into the Pandemic and it's maybe more important than ever to take care of your whole person. Which means maintaining those yearly wellness checks. And asking for help if you're experiencing anxiety and/or depression.
"...we have a lot of work yet to do... I truly hope we can keep a focus on reenvisioning a true public safety system over our broken policing system, on equity and helping those in our community in need, and speaking out against injustice—and not go back to business as usual..."
"...When I completed my Master's in Public Health (MPH) degree at the U of MN School of Public Health in the mid-1980's, there was a lot of emphasis on prevention in healthcare... As more and more of our healthcare systems became privatized, less and less attention was paid to preventive health services..."
"...I had the experience of having COVID and it was a difficult and painful time. But. I realized that there are wonderful people with noble hearts who are always there to help you in good and bad moments. Thank God I'm fine now and I already got my vaccine..."
"...2020 brought very little new challenges to our country, but dramatically exposed a set of deeply seeded challenges that were always there just below the surface, but barely recognized, let alone addressed..."
Editor's note: Every family is doing the best they can in an impossible situation. Thank you to the Futrell-Carters for sharing how they are making it work with By A Thread.
"...We kids need to go and be in the world to be good people and we need to go to school to get jobs and we need to see friends so we can learn to be around people. All of these things help us kids to be good people and we can't do any of them right now..."
"...The coldest day of winter so far was a big day for our family, as I took my in-laws to get their first Covid vaccine dose. While their vaccination stories are their own to tell, I woke up today thinking of my mother..."
shifted so many ideas around community and support. While the mechanics
behind how we engage each other has been a challenging adjustment, the
essence of why we engage has been amplified..."