Mendoza’s moment

With his years of training and experience, Monroe County public health chief Michael Mendoza was prepared to take on the COVID-19 pandemic. But, he says, “anybody who thinks that they were completely ready is probably underestimating the gravity of this problem.”

A doctor’s life-altering diagnosis

In 2016, Joel Shamaskin M.D. learned he has ALS. He and his wife now live with the emotional and physical challenges of the disease, while being passionate advocates for research and treatment.

COVID’s mental health toll

The pandemic has brought an increase in the number of individuals suffering from anxiety and depression. Those already diagnosed with other mental health issues appear to be more vulnerable to these disorders.