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Mario Espinoza-Kulick profile photo 2021

Mario Espinoza-Kulick

Host of Central Coast Voices

Mario Alberto Viveros Espinoza-Kulick, PhD, is co-host of Central Coast Voices, heard every Thursday afternoon on KCBX from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Mario is an advocate, community leader, health equity expert, poet, and author. He uses decolonial-inspired research with Latinx Immigrant and Indigenous communities to improve health on California’s Central Coast.

Dr. Espinoza-Kulick's work has been published in Oxford University Press, Psychological Services, Health Promotion Practice, New Directions for Evaluation, and regional news outlets like El Latino, Santa Maria Times, and the Santa Barbara Independent.

Mario is the Inaugural Ethnic Studies faculty at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. He serves on the Board for Corazón del Pueblo: The Cultural and Creative Arts Center of the Santa Maria Valley as Secretary and Arts for the People Chair. He also volunteers as Board Member for Access Support Network, an organization serving HIV and HCV affected communities in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Monterey counties.

Mario's email: mario@kcbx.org

  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he speaks with guests from the Cancer Support Community California Central Coast, Candice Sanders, Executive Director, and board member Dr. Brian DiCarlo, hematologist, and medical oncologist at UCLA Health. In recognition of National Cancer Prevention Month, they will discuss the importance of prevention in lowering known risks through healthy lifestyle choices, getting recommended cancer screenings, and vaccinating against certain viruses.You are invited to listen, learn, and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 2/2/23Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he speaks with guests E. onja Brown, president of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara (MLKSB), Lauren Lee, Anna Morrison, and Olgha Mbarka. They will discuss the importance of the MLK holiday, and the mission of MLKSB to foster positive relationships between the many diverse groups of their community.You are invited to listen, learn, and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 1/5/23Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he speaks with guests from the San Luis Obispo Tobacco Control Program Amy Gilman, Program Manager for Tobacco Control at the County of San Luis Obispo, Trent Johnson, Co-Chair San Luis Obispo County Tobacco Control Coalition, as well as the Program Manager of the Tobacco Policy Studies research group at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, and Ari Khalameyzer, Cal Poly Public Health Club President. They will discuss how communities on the Central Coast can work together to decrease teen and adult tobacco use and in turn save lives.Broadcast date: 11/3/2022Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.
  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he speaks with guests Dusty Colyer-Worth, Executive Director with the GALA Pride and Diversity Center, Maryam Guiahi, MD, with Planned Parenthood, and Jenny Taranto, MSN, RN, and PHN with the County of San Luis Obispo. They will discuss the ongoing monkeypox (MPX) outbreak.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 10/6/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he speaks with guests Lynda Plescia, Recreation Services Manager with the City of Paso Robles, and Dennis Smitherman, Assistant (Interim) Director with the City of Santa Maria. They will discuss the significance and benefits of local parks and recreation programs, especially for youth and the elderly.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 9/1/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he speaks with guests Chief Probation Officer with the County of Santa Barbara, Tanja Heitman, and Dr. Jill Sharkey, Professor Dept. of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, Associate Dean for Research and Outreach with UC Santa Barbara. They will discuss the future of juvenile justice on the Central Coast.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 8/4/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he speaks with guests from Access Support Network (ASN) David Kilburn, Executive Director, Karla Quiroga, Program Manager, and Elena Salias, Compliance & Program Development. They will talk about their work providing support to people living with HIV or Hep C, and offering harm reduction and prevention education opportunities.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 6/2/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he speaks with guests C.R. Lara, President of the Latino Outreach Council, and Victoria Condor-Williams, community activist. They will discuss the meaning of Cinco de Mayo and share insights into Latinx culture.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 5/5/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he speaks with guests Tom Brandeberry, Founder and Executive Director of Los Amigos de Guadalupe, Alma Hernandez, President of Los Amigos de Guadalupe, and Daniel Segura, Youth Organizer with Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE). They will discuss how the work of Central Coast community and economic development nonprofits are working to increase capacity in rural and low-income communities to promote access to recreation services.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 4/7/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he honors the American civil rights hero, Cesar Chavez. Mario will be joined by Marc Grossman, longtime press secretary, speechwriter and personal aide to Cesar Chavez, and spokesperson for the Cesar Chavez Foundation and the United Farm Workers (UFW), and Bonita Villalobos Rivera, National Vice President and UFW Operations Manager for the Central Coast. They will discuss the history of Cesar Chavez and how the legacy of Chavez continues today.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.