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Dec 5, 2022

When a disaster such as a tornado, flood or fire occurs, it’s easy for friends, neighbors and community to offer assistance to those in need. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a disaster that’s created ripple effects that are much harder to identify. Mental health is a ripple effect that many continue to struggle with. The Kansas Health Foundation’s Distinguished Professor of Health at Kansas State University, Elaine Johannes, says the pandemic didn’t hit everyone the same and that the ripple effects are different, depending on a number of factors. However, she says community can play an important role in the recovery process.