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.

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Community
4:12 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Navigating the Red “C”

Broadcast date: 4/16/2015

Hepatitis C is a silent disease. 

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Community
3:11 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Strengthening Families, Preventing Abuse

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.

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Community
4:14 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

An Introduction to Dying Wise

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. 

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Environment
5:00 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Our Oceans, Our Coasts

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. 
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Community
4:42 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

No-Drama Discipline

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. 

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Community
7:11 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Living Trans on the Central Coast

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. 

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Issues in Health Policy
1:55 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity: What Does It Mean?

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.  

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Rape and Sexual Violence
5:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Sexual Assault on College Campuses

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.  

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End-of-Life Issues
8:32 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Advanced Care Planning – Hope Is Not a Plan

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. 

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An Update & Open Enrollment News
1:55 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Implementing Health Reform

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.

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Sustainable Food Systems
2:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Keeping Local Agriculture Local

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.

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Suicide Prevention
6:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

We All Play a Part in Preventing Suicide

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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Politics
1:39 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Why Voting Matters: The November 4th Election

 

Broadcast Date: 9/18/2014

 

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Education
6:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

The ABC's of Literacy

Broadcast date: 9/4/2014

The San Luis Obispo Literacy Council reports as many as 25 million Americans cannot read or write. There are an estimated 25,000 functionally illiterate adults in San Luis Obispo County alone. 

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Long Term Care
7:51 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

What Does An Ombudsman Do?

Broadcast date: 8/21/2014

The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program of San Luis Obispo County was created in the 1970’s to meet the needs of residents experiencing care problems in nursing homes. Today, Ombudsmen serve as advocates for over 3,000 residents of long term care facilities in San Luis Obispo County, including nursing homes, board and care homes and assisted living facilities. These volunteers and staff work to promote the best possible quality of life, support residents’ rights, encourage respect and ensure residents are free from abuse.

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