The Conversation: Expanding Vaccine Access for Rural Communities

Expanding and funding vaccine access for rural communities; Mental health repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Parents on the return to the classroom; A new book tracks the history of beer in Hawai‘i

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Nearly $32 million from the American Rescue Plan is slated for Hawai‘i community health centers and their fight against COVID-19. One of the recipients, Bay Clinic Inc. on the island of Hawai‘i, spoke to us about the importance and the challenges of hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics in underserved rural communities. Kimo Alameda, CEO of the clinic, said communities such as Ka‘u and Miloli‘i do not have the transportation, internet or general services needed to access mass vaccination sites. 

Mental health repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic

Vaccines may offer hope that certain aspects of life might return to normal, but some researchers warn the mental health repercussions of the pandemic could be long-lasting. The pandemic could trigger an illness anxiety disorder, also known as hypochondria, O‘ahu psychologist Cecily Sakai told us. The pandemic can make it difficult for people to differentiate between health anxiety and heightened awareness or caution around getting sick, she said.

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Parents on the return to the classroom | Full Article

Students at Hahaione Elementary School
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Coronavirus precautions look different at elementary schools statewide as thousands of young students return to in-person learning, Civil Beat reporter Suevon Lee told us. Parents of those children said the return to classrooms has put their families at ease and allowed them to return to work. But some schools have not been able to invite all students back due to size and population constraints, Lee said. 

A new book tracks the history of beer in Hawai‘i

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"Hawai‘i Beer: A History of Brewing in Paradise" is a new book released Monday about the history of beer in the islands, all the way back to 1778. Author Paul Kan grew up on the windward side of O‘ahu and now owns a brewery in Pennsylvania. Kan said there isn't much literature about beer in the islands, so he decided to dig in himself. He shares his findings about the first beer on the islands, the popularity of Heineken, and a local brewery's relationship with NASA. Find the book at this link

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