First 5 SLO County

The mission of ACTION for Healthy Communities is to identify and address community needs to improve health and well-being in San Luis Obispo County. ACTION is a cooperative, collaborative effort of individual agencies and organizations, public and private, that are committed to improving the overall quality of life in SLO County. Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with members of the ACTION for Healthy Communities steering committee—Jason Wells,  associate director of First 5 SLO County and new ACTION chair, and past chair Susan Hughes—as they discuss ACTION’s eighth benchmark study of community issues since 1999. 

On this episode of Issues & Ideas, emergency relief for undocumented immigrants recently became available in California, but demand outweighs the supply of cash. We’ll learn how the California NanoSystems Institute at UCSB is repurposing 3D printers to make face shields for healthcare workers. And hear about the challenges facing small farmers in California due to COVID-19. We get an update on First 5 SLO County from director Wendy Wendt; the independent public agency, created by California’s Proposition 10, uses a tax on tobacco products to fund programs for children through age five and their families. The city manager of Morro Bay, Scott Collins, talks about having to discourage vacationers due to the pandemic. And finally, we’ll learn about an award-winning book by UCSB professor emeritus Tonia Shimin featuring the art of her late father, Symeon Shimin.

Broadcast date: 11/15/18

November 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Proposition 10, which established First 5 statewide and created guaranteed funding for services and programs that support 0-5 year olds and their families. To date, First 5 San Luis Obispo County has invested more than $32 Million in that effort countywide.

It is easy to see how looking out for the best interests of our children can benefit our community, but it is a challenge to articulate what this really means, and where do we state this as a public priority? The Children's Bill of Rights is a set of goals that tries to establish both of these issues, by writing up a set of desired outcomes, or "Rights" for our children so they have the best chance at thriving that we can provide for them. Host Kris Kington Barker will be joined by guests Susan Hughes and Misty Livengood from the First 5 of SLO County to discuss this topic.