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

One of the most important aspects of planning for our community's future is understanding the present. To help do this the Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo conducts the Vital Signs reports, which is the latest in a series of reports issued by ACTION for Healthy Communities. The report provides real data on community issues from homelessness to education to quality of life topics.

As traditional western medicine focuses more on care and cure, a gap widens for individuals with serious and life-limiting illnesses who need care and comfort but are not ready for hospice care.  Palliative Medicine enhances the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses by relieving symptoms, pain, and stress.  Host Kris Kington Barker talks with health care professionals about the growing need for Palliative Medicine and its benefits.

This week Kris Kington Barker talks with Tony Huffaker, Director of Counseling for Hospice of San Luis Obispo County.  Tony discusses the upcoming International Survivors of Suicide Day.  We will hear what the Day is about, misconceptions about suicide, and where people can go for support.

This week Kris Kington Barker talks with Steve Mahr and Fred Aguilara from the Community Health Centers of the Central Coast. They discuss the national healthcare plan roll-out from the viewpoint of an institution that will be providing care, and is involved in helping people to sign up right now. They address the most common misconceptions about the plan, including what your choices are and the state of the website.

This week on Central Coast Voices, Kris Kington Barker talks with Joyce Ellen, Randy Harris, and Julie Cox from the Area Agency on Aging. They discuss the results of their recent Elder Needs Assessment study and will be able to give a current picture of the many facets and life situations of Central Coast seniors. They also share how our counties are working to address these needs.

This week on Central Coast Voices, Kris Kington Barker will be talking with Stephanie Teaford and Chuck Stevenson about the upcoming Healthy Communities Workgroup. Their project is understanding the way our communities build our buildings, workspaces, roads and more, and that these environments affect our health. Designing environments for better health will be done by city leaders, planning commissions, and school boards and will be the focus of the upcoming workshop.

This week on Central Coast Voices,Kris Kington Barker will be talking with Bruce Howard from Otter Productions and Steve Larian director of Cal Poly Arts. Each of them will be discussing the trials and tribulations of booking and selling entertainment acts in our communities.

Central Coast Voices…hears from Joel Diringer, who is a Central Coast health consultant and advocate, and Dr. Penny Borenstein, San Luis Obispo's County Health Officer. This week's topic will be learning about healthcare reform and starting to understand its many complexities. Learn how this dramatic change in US healthcare will be affecting you and our community.

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