Kris Kington-Barker

Host of Central Coast Voices

Kris Kington-Barker has worked in healthcare fields ranging from mental health to hospital administration over the past 30 years and has served as a volunteer and board member for many central coast non-profit organizations.   She owns and operates a local business and, since 2006, has been providing private management consulting with a focus on strategic planning and leadership development for healthcare organizations and nonprofits.

Kris is currently the Executive Director for Hospice of San Luis Obispo, President of the board of the Long Term Care Ombudsman of SLO County and a member of ACTION for Health Communities. She became involved in radio in 1986 when she started hosting Health Matters for KVEC as a volunteer. Kris later hosted Voices on KCBX from 1999 to 2001, and now co-hosts Central Coast Voices with Fred Munroe.

Ways to Connect

Broadcast date: 1/17/19

Orchestra Novo’s Co-Creation Project (CCP) aims to make classical music accessible to underserved members of our local community by deploying music as inspiration for their creation of original visual art, helping community members express themselves in creative, empowering ways. The CCP then extends these works of imagination to the broader community as part of a live event blending music and visual art, building empathy and deeper recognition of shared humanity.

Broadcast date: 1/3/19

The 9th Annual San Luis Obispo (SLO) Jewish Film Festival is the premier event on the Central Coast celebrating Jewish culture from around the world. The festival offers features and short films, narratives and documentaries, as well as opportunities to meet the award-winning filmmakers in up close and personal discussions after each screening. You don’t have to be Jewish to join the celebration and celebrate Jewish culture, this film festival has something for everyone. 

Broadcast date: 12/20/18

The winter holidays are in full swing with ugly sweater contests, gift exchanges, family get-togethers, jovial music blaring in stores and company and friend gatherings for celebrations. However, for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, the holidays can be an especially challenging time.  It is not uncommon for grief to spike around the holidays when memories of good times and togetherness at the holiday season serve to remind us of our loss. A common question for someone grieving the death of a loved one however may be, “How am I going to get through this?”

Broadcast date: 12/6/18           

While many on the Central Coast will be enjoying the warmth of the holidays over the next few weeks with family and friends, those that are homeless may be caught out in the cold this coming winter. Although a 2017 Homeless Point-in-Time Census Report showed the number of homeless people in San Luis Obispo County has plunged since 2013 by 49% percent, homelessness is still a very real concern for many areas of the County, especially in the North County where services are lacking.

Broadcast date: 11/8/2018

Adventure Club San Luis Obispo is a unique outdoor and creativity focused day program for adults with neurodevelopmental and cognitive disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders, down syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and traumatic brain injuries. They have been guiding adventure programs for over twelve years, and currently serve more than seventy individuals on the Central Coast.  In addition to spending nearly every day in nature, exploring the outdoors, they also make movies, working with clients through improvisational acting and music to enhance connection and collaboration.

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Broadcast date: 10/11/2018

Most parents will agree that one of the biggest challenges of our time is parenting  children in the Digital Age. In a recent study one-in-three parents said they have had concerns or questions about their child’s technology use in the last year. Parenting issues include struggles over video game time limits, social media safety, and internet addiction, just to name a few.

Broadcast date: 9/27/2018

In 1998, The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County began its mission to provide the local community with an enduring form of local support. Today, 20 years later, this mission continues, by providing leadership and encouraging charitable giving for the issues that improve and enhance lives in the county.  In 2017 through a commitment to philanthropic leadership and the help of forward-thinking donors and community partners, they were able to distribute a record $5 million in grants and scholarships to support a variety of important work in San Luis Obispo.

Broadcast date: 9/13/2018

Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United Sates Constitution and is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. A focus of the holiday is to engage the community in an appreciation of the Constitution so that they are imbued with an understanding and appreciation for the individual rights and civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. 

Broadcast date: 8/30/2018

A revolution for aging better is happening in California.
 Baby Boomers are redefining the aging process. Today, over 90% of seniors in our community want to continue to live independently in their own home. More importantly, they want to stay connected to their community, and to continue to do the things that are important in their lives. Many cannot do this without some type of support system, and in the coming years, this system will become taxed as the Baby Boomers age, and resources become strained.

Broadcast date: 8/16/2018

The 2016 election was marred by an unprecedented disinformation campaign from sources at home and abroad. A recent survey showed that 66 percent of people asked believed that outside groups were actively trying to plant fake news stories in the mainstream media and that it was a serious problem. Since then a central strategy of the current administration is a sustained assault on journalists and news media. In an unprecedented response today close to 350 editorial boards join the Boston Globe in affirming their commitment to a free press and the truth.

Broadcast date: 8/2/2018

Drag has long played a large role in the LGBTQ community. Many believe the first person to throw a brick in defense at the Stonewall Riots, which is often considered the birth of the LGBTQ movement, was a drag queen named Marsha P. Johnson. 

Broadcast date: 7/19/2018

Parents are often confronted with significant barriers to obtaining high quality child care. Among these obstacles are often low wages and high costs.  Quality of care varies greatly, and limited or unexperienced providers are frequently an issue. While many working families continue to struggle to afford the cost of care, a growing body of research shows that quality child care is important to the foundational development of children and their potential to thrive. Whether or not we help working parents in their struggle has the potential to impact our communities for years to come.

Broadcast date: 7/5/2018

More than six months after the #MeToo movement began, its effects continue to be widely felt across the nation. Hardly a week goes by when another media story isn’t published. The movement which began by exposing the abuses of powerful men in the media industry, has now spread to numerous other industries and occupations, including a variety of well-known corporations and educational institutions.

Broadcast date: 6/21/2018

On June 9, 2016 California’s End of Life Option Act (SB 128) went into effect, and the state became the fifth is the U.S. to permit physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. That means that a patient who has been diagnosed as having six months or less to live can then request life-ending medication from their physicians. The law was and remains highly controversial, and now a series of recent court rulings has placed the law in jeopardy, and its future remains uncertain.

Broadcast date: 6/7/2018 

“Chosen Families” are the networks we form around ourselves that transcend genetic bonds -- it can be an especially important part of queer experience where people are sometimes rejected by their own relatives or may feel out of place with traditional American social norms.

Broadcast date: 5/24/2018 

This week on Central Coast Voices in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday we will visit with members of the San Luis Obispo Veterans Service Collaborative (SVSC) about how we can honor the sacrifice of Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, by supporting veterans and active military and their families in our community.

Broadcast date: 5/10/2018 

This week on Central Coast Voices we will be celebrating Mother’s Day! We hope you will join host Kris Kington Barker as we celebrate mom, as well as motherhood, the maternal bond, and parenting, as we discuss the love, strength, understanding, patience, compassion, courage and selflessness it takes to be a mom.

Broadcast date: 4/29/2018 

This past weekend around the world individual’s and cities celebrated Earth Day, which is marked on April 22 every year. This year's Earth Day was focused on ending plastic pollution in the oceans, the land and in our bodies. 300 million tons of plastic are sold each year and that 90% of that is thrown away.  A huge percentage of those plastics end up in our landfills, our oceans, our wildlife and our bodies.  It’s with that concern, that organizations and people around the world are calling on government leaders to take the health risks of plastic seriously and asking them to ban single use plastics and non-recyclable products.

Broadcast date: 4/12/2018 

Talking about your end of life wishes can be difficult but making sure your loved ones and doctors know what kind of medical treatment you want is a very important and necessary step in receiving quality and compassionate medical care if or when the need should arise. National Healthcare Decisions Day is dedicated to helping Americans start conversations about advance care planning, and exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers to take action, because avoiding these decisions can lead to unwanted care, ineffective treatments and both patient and family suffering.

Broadcast date: 4/5/2018

This week on Central Coast Voices we will be joined by U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal who represents the 24th Congressional District of California. The District includes the entirety of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, and a portion of Ventura County. Since assuming office in January of 2017, the Congressman has actively served the Central Coast. He is a member of both the  House Committee on Armed Services and House Committee on the Budget, as well as participates in over twenty caucuses.

Broadcast date: 3/29/2018

Have you ever wondered why practical money management isn't more commonly taught in schools? Have you ever wondered what it would take to help students be good with money? Pockets Change is a new creative way to empower students to change their financial paths, by inspiring financial capability, teaching financial literacy through the universal language of Hip Hop.

Broadcast date: 3/1/2018

As part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week we will be changing the conversation around food, body image and eating disorders. 30 million Americans will struggle with a full-blown eating disorder and millions more will battle food and body image issues that have untold negative impacts on their lives. Eating disorders can affect anyone, anywhere. And no one has to struggle alone.

Broadcast date: 2/15/2018

This week The Center for Service in Action at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is hosting the 16th Annual Change the Status Quo: A Social Justice Conference. This conference aims to empower students to use the Learn by Doing spirit to challenge social norms, ask critical questions, demand solutions and make lasting social change. Through guest speakers, inspiring workshops, and engaging sessions, students will leave the conference with a new-found sense and understanding of social justice, and how they can take ownership of their role in moving the needle with regard to social change.

Broadcast date: 2/1/2018

The plan for new offshore drilling proposed off the California Coast by the Trump Administration -- said to be the largest expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. history— along with local concerns over the threat of expanded oil production and fracking in San Luis Obispo County, has bought worry to many along the Central Coast.  Memories of recent devastating oil spills in Santa Barbara and the Deepwater Horizon oil rig catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, both of which caused massive environmental disasters, are still fresh in people’s minds, as well as numerous reports of increased earthquake activity in fracking areas.

Broadcast date: 1/18/2018

Momentum is building in many communities to reform the nation's cash bail system. According to a recent report issued by the Pretrial Detention Reform Workgroups the system is “unsafe and unfair,” “exacerbates socioeconomic disparities and racial bias,” and disproportionately advantages those with big bank accounts. However, there is obvious resistance in many communities, and especially from specific interest groups like the bail bond industry.

Although technology does provide many positive benefits for learning, it can also have many negative effects on child development and many believe it can rob children of their ability to function in the "real world." Join Kris Kington-Barker as she and her guests discuss how the Savvy Leadership Academy endeavors to empower today's youth with a foundation of leadership skills and knowledge, cultivating self-confident, well-mannered and prepared leaders of our future.

Broadcast date: 11/30/2017

This week we will continue our coverage of a large national poll by NPR which asks people about their personal experiences with discrimination. We will be joining with other NPR member stations for the series called "You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America."

In the poll, about a third of Asian Americans say they have personally experienced racial or ethnic slurs and people making negative assumptions or insensitive or offensive comments about their race or ethnicity. Overall, Asian Americans report numerous personal experiences of discrimination, across many areas of life. Kris Kington Barker will join this important conversation with a local perspective with guests Elliott Gong, with the Central Coast Chinese Association (CCCA), and members of the Japanese Student Association at Cal Poly, BJ Yebisu, past President, and Jarrett Shirouzu, they will discuss discrimination in the Asian American community and share experience and views. They will examine both the state of discrimination in America and discuss issues and attitudes closer to home. You are invited to join the conversation and share your thoughts…we would like to hear from you about your personal experiences with discrimination. Call in a be part of the discussion at (805) 781-3875.

Today we will be turning our attention to the experiences and views of Native Americans and Indigenous peoples. In a new poll, Native Americans report substantial and significant personal experiences of discrimination, across many areas of life.  The report shows that 75% of Native Americans believe there is discrimination against Native people in America today. Kris Kington Barker speaks with Northern Chumash Tribal co-chair and 35th District representative for the Democratic Party Violet Cavanaugh and Roberto Monge, co-founder of City Repair SLO about the experience and views of Native Americans and Indigenous peoples and examine both the state of discrimination in America and discuss issues and attitudes closer to home.

Broadcast date: 11/2/2017

Have you felt discriminated against in the workplace? In health care? What about interactions with law enforcement?  This week we will continue our coverage of a large national poll by NPR in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health which asks people about their personal experiences with discrimination. We will be joining with other NPR member stations for the series called "You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America."

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