Kris Kington-Barker


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: 10/20/16

Broadcast date: 9/29/16

With 17 measures on the California statewide ballot, for the upcoming November election, it is the longest list of state propositions on a single ballot since March of 2000. With hot button issues like marijuana legalization, the repeal of the death penalty, school funding, and gun laws before voters, just to name a few, it’s not just the decision whether to read the record setting 224-page voter guide that is daunting.

Broadcast date: 9/15/16

Long Term Care Ombudsman advocate for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes and assisted living facilities. They work to promote the highest possible quality of life and care for all residents in long term care facilities, in addition to educating consumers and providers and resolving residents' complaints. The Administration on Aging (AoA) reports that there are more than 8,000 volunteer ombudsman nationally, and in 2014 the program investigated over 191,553 complaints on behalf of 125,642 individuals. 

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Karen Jones, Executive Director with Long Term Care Ombudsman Services of San Luis Obispo County and Volunteer Ombudsmen about the important work they do advocating for compassionate and caring assistance for residents in long term care facilities.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 9/1/2016

Central Coast Voices has joined NPR this week in a special reporting project, called A Nation Engaged.

With the twists and turns in the national political campaigns, and the turbulent and often traumatic news we receive from throughout the world, and too often here at home, we want to continue to help you stay and feel engaged, while providing the conversation vital to be an effective citizen.  

This week we will be exploring topics such as diplomacy, immigration, and military and asking this question: “What is America’s role in the world?" Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with experts in international affairs, Alfred J. Fonzi II, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), Shelley Hurt, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science at Cal Poly, and Robert Schaeffer, Professor, Department of Sociology at Cal Poly. We hope you will listen and be part of the conversation.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 8/18/2016

How does a community engage the under 40 crowd to involve them in discussion, idea sharing and to shape the future of a city’s political, business and overarching community life?

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Ermina Karim, president and CEO of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, Audrey Bigelow, Member of the Founding Five for the SLO Scoop and Courtney Meznarich, a leader with SLO U40.  They will be discussing recent efforts to increase U40 (under 40) engagement in the City of San Luis Obispo.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Urban Century

Aug 3, 2016

Broadcast date: 8/4/2016

After many decades of decline due to suburban sprawl, downtown communities are being reborn. Across the country, downtowns are once again becoming vibrant, desirable destinations to live, work, and play. The documentary film Urban Century – America’s Return to Main Street, examines the current revitalization of Main Street America and the significance that downtown's play in their communities and the possibility that they may be the key to economic prosperity moving forward.

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with members of the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association, Executive Director, Dominic Tartaglia, and downtown business owner, community leader, and Economic Committee chairwoman, Jules DuRocher, owner of Jules D. They will talk about the upcoming documentary film screening of Urban Century – America’s Return to Main Street and the current revitalization of Main Street America, discuss the film and the emerging economic, residential and entertainment trends in the hearts of cities just like yours.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 7/21/16

We are enduring one of the most polarizing elections in recent memory.  The nominees for the major political parties are entering the election with historically low popularity, and minor party candidates are gaining support in polls.  Is this the end of the American party system as we know it?  How are these nationwide patterns impacting political competition and representation on the Central Coast?

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with political scientists Alex Keena, a Visiting Lecturer in American Politics at the University of Richmond in Virginia and Michael Latner, Director of the Cal Poly Master’s in Public Policy Program, two of the four co-authors of the new book Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty, to discuss electoral competition and its consequences.  They will explore the evolution of our political parties, and how political institutions shape representation and sovereignty in this turbulent era. 

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 7/7/16

The documentary film In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye shares the intimate story of three individuals, who like a growing number of families are in search of a more personal and fulfilling way to say goodbye to loved ones. Rejecting the mainstream tradition of hiring funeral professionals, the documentary film examines the growing trend of families caring for their loved ones after death.

Both a critical look at the American relationship with death and an inquiry into the home death care movement, In The Parlor: The Final Goodbye takes viewers on a journey where very few have gone, and challenges us to reflect on this uncomfortable subject, which so often is hidden away and ignored.

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Heidi Boucher, writer, producer, and director, of the documentary film, In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye as they discuss how individuals, with the support and guidance of their families, and communities, are being cared for after their death, at home.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast Date: 6/23/16

Improving the quality of life by providing the gift of better vision and health, I Care International collaborates with community service groups, civic and government organizations, translators, and the medical and business communities, both locally and in host countries to provide eye care services to less fortunate men, women and children around the world.

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with founder of I Care International optometrist Dr. Phil Ortiz, OD, and Central Coast volunteers, Jim Patterson, Leigh Livick, and AVID student Jabnia Hernandez, about how these dedicated individuals work to change the lives of individuals one by one. 

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 6/9/16

On June 9th, California’s End of Life Option Act (SB 128) will go into effect, and the state will become the fifth in the U.S. to permit physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. That means that a patient who has been diagnosed as having six months or less to live can then request life-ending medication from their physicians. The law has been highly controversial, and heavily protested, by groups far and wide, from faith groups to patients rights’ organizations. Now, with its passage, efforts turn towards educating the terminally ill, their families and medical providers about the law.

Broadcast date: 5/26/16

The purpose of HomeShareSLO is connecting people and homes. 

Broadcast date: 5/19/16

While the Affordable Care Act has made coverage more available and affordable for many Americans through subsidized insurance and an expansion of Medi-Caid in states which have opted to do so, several million Californians still don’t have health insurance. 

Broadcast date: 4/28/16

The upcoming Americans for the Arts Survey has important economic, social, and educational value to  the Central Coast and can benefit local schools and arts organizations on a local and regional level. 

Broadcast date: 4/14/16

East LA Interchange is a documentary film that follows the evolution of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights from multiethnic to predominately Latino and a center of Mexican-American culture in the U.S. 

Broadcast date: 3/31/16

In 2015 the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo housing opportunity index reported San Luis Obispo as the 4th least affordable housing market among regions of similar population size, placing it at the lowest end of the affordability scale in small markets. 

Broadcast date: 3/3/16

Despite the swift passage of SB 277, mandating childhood immunizations, many parents continue to be concerned about the safety of vaccines and their effectiveness. 

Broadcast date: 2/18/16

What is cyberstalking? The Justice Department defines cyberstalking as “the use of technology to stalk victims.” 

Broadcast date: 2/4/16

Trauma Informed Care (TIC), is a treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. 

Broadcast date: 1/21/16

Our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are at risk. Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 killers of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year– more than all cancers combined. 

Broadcast date: 1/7/16

Although concussions are the most common and least serious form of brain injury, a concussion should not be thought of as just ‘getting your bell rung.’  

Broadcast date: 12/10/15

A new report just released by the Women’s Legacy Fund (WLF), an endowed field of interest fund of The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo, shines a light on significant issues affecting women and girls in our community. 

Broadcast date: 12/03/15

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW, founder of the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA), as they discuss the role of doulas in serving the dying and their families, and how they are able to enrich hospice end of life care.

Broadcast date: 11/12/15

Broadcast date: 10/29/15

Predicting the weather can be a challenging business. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, asserts the El Niño that developed last spring is among the strongest recorded events since the 1950s. Forecasters believe El Niño will dramatically impact the weather and climate over the United States, especially in the coming winter months.

Broadcast date: 10/15/15

In today’s world we are living longer lives, but often are diagnosed with many more complex health conditions. In times of need, individuals often turn to family members for their care and support, and so the numbers of family caregivers is not only increasing, but becoming more challenging too. The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) estimates 43.5 million adults in the United States have provided unpaid care to an adult or a child in the prior 12 months.

Broadcast date: 10/1/15

Reins of H.O.P.E. empowers clients to improve communication and problem solving skills, build confidence and trust in self and relationships and decrease mental health issues with the help of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). 

Broadcast date: 9/17/15

As a nation are we spending too little where it matters most? The “Raising of America,” a new and compelling documentary special, seeks to spark a first-ever national conversation about how conditions faced by children and families during infancy and the early years—can literally alter the developing brain and affect a child’s future success—in school and life. 

Broadcast date: 9/3/2015

Confidence in government’s ability to solve basic problems is at or near an all-time low, and voting across the Central Coast resulted in a near record low turnout in the 2014 elections. 

Broadcast: 8/27/2015

According to the last ACTION survey close to half (48%) of all adults in San Luis Obispo County were overweight or obese, and nearly 10% of children were overweight for their age, an increase from 7% in 2003. Since the 1980s, there has been a massive increase in overweight and obesity in all age, race, and education groups. 

Broadcast date: 8/6/2015

The Central Coast relies heavily on roads, bridges, highways and transit systems to get people to work and school, take goods to and from our area, and bring travelers to see what local treasures we have to offer.