Kris Kington-Barker

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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.

Broadcast date: 5/28/2015

Broadcast date: 5/14/2015

Broadcast date: 4/30/2015

Broadcast date: 4/16/2015

Hepatitis C is a silent disease. 

Broadcast date: 4/2/2015

Child abuse and neglect can be found in families across the social and economic spectrum. Why does child abuse occur?

Social isolation, financial stress, poverty, substance abuse, and domestic violence are all factors that can lead to adults abusing children.  ACTION reports in San Luis Obispo County although there has been a 12% decrease in cases of child abuse from 2006 to 2012, the rate of cases was still higher than the state rate in 2012.

Broadcast date: 3/19/2015

What is Die Wise Training? Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. 

Broadcast date: 3/5/2015

There are more than three hundred miles of ocean along the Central Coast of California, between Santa Cruz and Carpinteria. 

Broadcast date: 2/19/2015

What parent hasn’t been in the middle of a store when their toddler throws a tantrum?  Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. 

Broadcast date: 2/5/2015 

Most people have little understanding of what it means to be transgender. At the most basic level transgender is a term for a person who doesn’t clearly fit into society’s standards of what we believe a woman or a man is supposed to look or act. 

Broadcast date: 1/22/2015

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), mental health and substance use abuse coverage has been expanded greatly.  Prior to its implementation, about one-third of individuals with health insurance had no coverage for substance use disorder services, and almost 20 percent had no coverage for mental health disorders.  

Broadcast date: 1/08/2015

Stories of sexual assault on American college campuses have dominated the news this past year. Although a recent federal report estimated only about .02% of enrolled students reported a forcible sex offense, many experts believe that sexual assault is seriously under-reported, and incidences are likely much higher.  

Broadcast date: 12/18/2014

In a 2011 California Healthcare Foundation poll Californians were asked if they felt it was important to discuss Advance Planning with their healthcare providers. 

Broadcast date: 10/30/2014

In 2013 the most recent ACTION report showed that a growing number of San Luis Obispo residents were without insurance, with 12% in 2006 and increasing to 18% in 2013.  The report noted that only 26% of Spanish-Speaking parents had health insurance.  Lack of insurance can be a significant barrier to quality health care, and in many cases results from rising health care costs.

Broadcast date: 10/16/2014

Supporters of building local, sustainable and fair food systems believe that by connecting members of our community to the abundance of local food and farming in the County they can bridge the gap between what people eat and where it comes from, and in doing so, can  strengthen the food culture and the relationship people have with their food. These efforts have the potential to foster strong connections among farmers and have the ability to not only nourish our community, but make local food products more accessible for everyone.

Broadcast date: 10/02/2014

According to the CDC, with over 38,000 people dying by suicide in the U.S. each year, the numbers of deaths from suicide now surpass deaths from motor vehicle accidents. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention claims as many as 90% of individuals dying by suicide have treatable mental disorders, many of which have gone untreated or discovered.  

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