Dealing with Health Anxiety as Mask Requirements End in WA / Public News Service

Mask requirements are coming to an end in Washington state on Saturday, more than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic. But the transition could be stressful for some. Dr. Trenton James – a psychiatrist for Kaiser Permanente in Seattle – said stress, fear and exhaustion are normal responses to this health crisis. He said people … Read more

Weaving Personal Stories into IA Mental Health Policy Debates / Public News Service

Iowa is considering proposals to address access issues for people seeking mental-health care. And it isn’t just lobbyists meeting with lawmakers; More people are choosing to become first-time advocates and share their stories. The pandemic shifted a bigger spotlight onto mental-health issues, and providers around the country report higher demand for services as people speak … Read more

Advocates Extend Child Nutrition Waivers Past June 30 / Public News Service

Children’s advocates are sounding the alarm about the expiration of a program they say has been key to keeping low-income children fed during the pandemic. Child nutrition waivers were created by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of March 2020, which gave the US Department of Agriculture the power to approve more than two dozen … Read more