Central Coast Voices

Thursdays, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices addresses the many ramifications of change and how today's choices will affect tomorrow's community. This program is an extension and production of "Action for Healthy Communities" an organization committed to identifying and carrying out projects that will improve the quality of life in San Luis Obispo County. The show's topics and guests focus on raising public awareness through credible and valid information about local and regional concerns such as health care access, neighborhood design, the state of our education infrastructure, the economic impacts, and much more. Your hosts Kris Kington-Barker and Fred Munroe invite you to join the conversation. To participate, call 805-781-3875 during the program.

Ways to Connect

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 Fred Munroe talks with Rick Robinett, Assistant Superintendent of the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. They discuss educational standards for the State of California in English/Language Arts and Mathematics, sometimes referred to as the Common Core. They define what students need to know and be able to do at the end of each grade level.

This week Fred Munroe talks with Senator Bill Monning and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian about their perspectives on our communities, their work in Sacramento, as well as their interest in working together to achieve their goals. We’ll also hear about what changes they anticipate happening as they look to improve conditions as we come out of a recession

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, Fred Munroe will be talking with Joe Craven about music education and how it can help set a fire in our children’s creative spirit. Known to many of us as both the MC of KCBX’s annual Live Oak Music Festival and a truly gifted musician, Joe devotes a great deal of his time to igniting a passion for life through musical education. Craven is preparing to present a series of concerts at local schools, along with a public concert with Cal Poly Arts on October 25.

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.

This week Fred Munroe will be talking with Sister Theresa Harpin, Director of Restorative Partners. This is a program working to change our criminal justice system in how we work with inmates of prisons and juvenile hall. Their approach includes working with everyone affected by crime including the families, the victims, and the inmates with a goal of restoring them back to a healthy and functioning life when they return to 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.

This week on Central Coast Voices we talk with Ann McDowell from SLO County Public Health, Krista Hanni from Monterey County Health, and Paige Batson from Santa Barbara County Communicable Disease program. This week's discussion focuses on the results of a recent study about the leading causes of death here on the Central Coast. Accidents, disease, and bad habits are just some of the factors that are leading to our eventual demise.

This week on Central Coast Voices we will be talking with Cathy Orton and Summer Frappier from San Luis Obispo's CASA Organization. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and they are the advocates for children in the welfare and foster system. They are launching a new mentoring program for 18-21 year olds to transition out of their system and into our communities as young adults.

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