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

Advanced Care Planning – Hope Is Not a Plan

Broadcast date: 12/18/2014

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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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Health
3:25 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Disease and Immunizations on the Central Coast

Broadcast date: 8/7/2014

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Clean Energy
3:35 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Creating a Local Clean Energy Economy

As communities throughout the state continue to look for opportunities to increase the availability of clean energy, many are looking at the feasibility of forming Community Choice Aggregations. What is Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)? CCA allows communities to pool together participating electricity customers for purchasing and generating power on their behalf.

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People with Disabilities
5:01 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Access as a Civil Right

Since 2010 the County of San Luis Obispo has seen a marked increase in the number of people with disabilities. ACTION reported in 2013 at least 14% of survey respondents either had a permanent physical or mental disability that substantially limited a major life activity, or there was someone in their household who did. Although many would consider access for people with disabilities as a civil right, too often people with disabilities are treated as a social minority.

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Veteran's Health
5:07 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

PTSD: An Affliction of the Soul

Nationwide there are more than 2.3 million American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In San Luis Obispo County alone, ACTION estimates veterans make up close to 10% of the population.  Reports suggest that some 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD and/or Depression.  It’s believed that 50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment. PTSD can have potentially lethal consequences. Asking for help is extremely shaming, especially for combat arms soldiers.

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Issues of Social Justice
2:30 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Modern Day Slavery—The Crime of Human Trafficking

What is human trafficking? This serious offense carries no simple answer to that question. This problem, inherent in almost every country across the globe, is multifaceted and complex and its victims are increasing in numbers.  The human trafficking industry globally earns an expected $32 billion every year. And California is no stranger to these crimes.

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Addiction, Abuse, and Treatment
12:44 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Continuing the Conversation...Opiates in Our Community

Opiod abuse and addiction to such drugs as heroin and prescription painkillers, like oxycontin, is considered  a serious public health issue, and can have potentially devastating consequences on the individual, family and community.  What treatment options are available for individuals battling this deadly disease? How can we work as a community to help families and individuals dealing with these issues?

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Addiction, Abuse, and Treatment
11:42 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Opiates In Our Community

In 2013 ACTION reported more than three quarters of the people they interviewed in San Luis Obispo County were concerned about drug, tobacco and alcohol abuse. Among these groups of drugs, rates of opiate addiction across the nation are increasing at alarming rates.  Last year, the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) noted a dramatic 183% increase in emergency room intakes associated with pharmaceutical opiates and opioids from 2004 to 2011. Heroin intakes also increased by 21%.

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Bicycling
2:18 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Bicycling on the Central Coast

While heart disease and lower respiratory disease remain leading causes of death in the U.S., 25% of household income is spent on transportation and 40% of car trips are less than 2 miles. In spite of these statistics, Americans are changing their behavior. From 2000 - 2011 we have seen a 47% increase in bicycle commuting in the United States. In San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles that number increases to an incredible 80%.  

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