Central Coast Voices

Thursdays, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices addresses the many ramifications of change and how today's choices will affect tomorrow's community. This program is an extension and production of "Action for Healthy Communities" an organization committed to identifying and carrying out projects that will improve the quality of life in San Luis Obispo County. The show's topics and guests focus on raising public awareness through credible and valid information about local and regional concerns such as health care access, neighborhood design, the state of our education infrastructure, the economic impacts, and much more. Your hosts Kris Kington-Barker and Fred Munroe invite you to join the conversation. To participate, call 805-781-3875 during the program.

Ways to Connect

Broadcast date: 5/25/17

The Honor Flight Network, is an organization created solely to honor America's veterans for their service, by transporting our heroes to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials and recognize the ultimate sacrifices of their friends who never made it home. They transported 20,558 veterans in 2016 alone to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial. More than 27,272 more are still on a waiting list.

Broadcast date: 5/18/2017

A survey, by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) shows that about 8% of Americans don’t take their medicines as prescribed by a doctor because they can’t afford them. According to the 2016 SLO County Commission on Aging report, an estimated 38 percent—or more than 13,000—of SLO County seniors older than 65 didn’t have enough income to meet their basic needs, this includes health care and prescription medications. Even with Medicaid, nearly 10% of older adults were unable to pay for their prescriptions, because of a coverage gap, known as the "donut hole" and those without insurance or living below the federal poverty level faired even worse— nearly 14% did not take medications as prescribed.

Broadcast date: 5/11/17

The Central Coast is often considered a road bicycling and mountain bicycler’s paradise. And yet, in the 2016 ACTION Vital Signs Report, even more bike paths and mountain biking trails together earned the third most wanted public recreation opportunities that people would like to see more of in San Luis Obispo County. Whether biking for enjoyment or to work, many are increasingly seeing the benefits of this activity for health, happiness, and the environment.

Broadcast date: 5/4/2017

Deaths from drug overdoses have jumped in nearly every county across the US since 2007. Every community has been affected by this trend. Today, drug overdoses kill more than cars, guns, and falling.

Broadcast date: 4/27/17

While we spend a lot of time discussing the issue of violence, we rarely devote as much time to talking about the subject of peace. What is Peace Literacy? It is thought to be the next step in the development of our global civilization.  Teachers of peace literacy, like those on this program, believe that it is necessary in an interconnected world where the fate of every nation is tied to the fate of our planet.  They also claim that during an era when humanity has the technological capacity to destroy itself, peace literacy can be “survival literacy.” They believe a peace literate world is a secure, just, and prosperous world, and they work to bring peace literacy education to schools and communities around the world.

Broadcast date: 4/20/17

The new administration’s funding proposal has called for drastically cutting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by 31 percent in order to increase funding for defense programs and immigration enforcement. Yet, these cuts to the EPA have the potential to put many of us at greater risk.

Resilience

Apr 7, 2017

Broadcast Date: 4/13/2017

“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. While the original research was controversial, experts now consider the findings to have revealed one of the most important public health findings of a generation. Understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.

Broadcast date: 4/6/2017

The United States is a nation of immigrants and has benefited immeasurably from the talents, values, and contributions of newcomers to our shores. But with shifts in immigration policy, the Trump administration has tightened enforcement and increased deportation actions, and immigrant families and children, who have always faced a multitude of barriers, are living in a heightened state of fear and anxiety.

Broadcast date: 3/30/17

Thriving communities preserve and celebrate their shared histories. So, the History Center of San Luis Obispo County has launched a new campaign to remind us all of the importance of this, and invite important conversations about where we came from, who we are, and what we hope to become together.

Broadcast date: 3/23/2017

Everyone knows that volunteering is meant to improve and support our community by giving our time and energy to nonprofit agencies that provide much needed services. However, that’s not where the benefits stop. There are a multitude of personal and professional benefits one can gain from volunteering.

Broadcast date: 3/16/17

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) individuals face discrimination in almost all aspects of their lives. They are often denied access to employment, education, housing, health care, and yes, even bathrooms. They are targeted for attacks solely because of their gender expression or perceived sexual orientation. Many face violence.

Broadcast date: 3/9/2017

What is the quality of life like in San Luis Obispo County? Do residents feel safe? Are there enough employment opportunities? Do people feel they have access to good schools and services? Is our community healthy? These are just a few of the questions that a consortium of public and private health, education, business, environmental, human service and civic organizations set out to answer when they began the ACTION for Healthy Communities project in the late 1990s. The Vital Signs report is compiled every three years through a collaboration of local organizations which sponsor the project. It is the longest running in San Luis Obispo County.

Creativity at the core

Feb 28, 2017

Broadcast date: 3/2/17

Creativity at the Core is a statewide program to support arts learning in California’s public schools, grades Pre-K through Twelve. Led by the California County Superintendents Arts Initiative, there are many state partners including the California PTA. Here on the Central Coast the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and ARTS Obispo are partners, working with local interest groups and school districts, to further Creativity at the Core regionally.

Broadcast date: 2/23/17

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) was founded in 1975 to open doors for women entrepreneurs by transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers. In the beginning, there were twelve women business owners who met informally in the D.C. area to share information about federal contracts, access to capital and other issues related to their businesses. Since then it has become a unified voice of over 10.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy. Find out how NAWBO propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

Broadcast date: 2/16/2017

How can California fight climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and still meet its energy needs?

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests about how to plan for a low emissions future for California. He will be joined by Dr. Ray Weymann, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, who since retiring from his career in astrophysics has used his experience to give numerous lectures in climate science and is one of the founders of the Climate Science Rapid Response Team,  George Williams, past chairman of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, and James Kelly, Chief Executive Officer for ARES North America as they discuss how California’s energy supply, infrastructure and energy usage will evolve, and what it might look like by 2050.

Broadcast date: 2/9/2017

It is widely believed that “the eyes are the window to your soul,” but what many don’t know is that the mouth is the window to the health of the body--or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body. Yet, a report by the American Dental Association found more than 100 million Americans fail to see a dentist each year. And many parents still believe that tooth decay (cavities) are just a normal part of growing up—with tooth decay one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the U.S. The CDC reports about 1 in 5 children 5 to 11 years of age have at least one untreated cavity—and yet they are nearly 100% preventable!  

Broadcast date: 2/2/17

Founded on February 12, 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.

Kayla’s Story

Jan 26, 2017

Broadcast date: 1/26/2017

Donna Kelley lost her daughter, Kayla Peach, to a drug overdose in 2012. Kayla, a Templeton High School graduate, was just 24 years old at the time of her death. Kayla who had been full of life, died from a combination of alcohol and morphine pills she had been given at a house party. She was transported the next morning after not being able to be awaken, carried into the car and drove over 30 minutes to her house in Atascadero. She was then left in her bed. She was found later by a roommate unresponsive. Kayla’s story is the story of the silent but very real epidemic of addiction and substance abuse related deaths among our youth.

Broadcast date: 1/19/17

An institution in San Luis Obispo County, the Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville has been presenting live professional theatre on the Central Coast, five nights a week, year-round, for more than 40 years. Performed in a classic melodramatic style, with patrons encouraged to cheer the hero and boo the villain, an evening at the Melodrama promises affordable fun and laughs for all ages.

Broadcast date: 1/12/17

On January 21, 2017, more than 2,000 individuals from all over San Luis Obispo County, as well as residents of Monterey and Santa Barbara counties, will unite in San Luis Obispo to show support for the Women’s March on Washington. They will stand together in solidarity with friends, families, and women everywhere, for the protection of women’s rights, human rights, safety and health, and to look forward to a positive future.

Broadcast date: 1/5/17

When a person is diagnosed with a serious mental illness, the whole family is affected. How does a family cope and best offer support? NAMI’s Family to Family program is designed to help families better understand how their ill relative experiences their illness, how to best support their relative’s recovery process and how to better cope with the impact of the mental health disorder on the entire family. The program has graduated some 750 participants in Santa Barbara and is often referred to as “life-changing.”

Broadcast date: 12/22/16

While many on the Central Coast will be enjoying the warmth of the holidays over the next few weeks with family and friends, those that are homeless may be caught out in the cold. Although a 2015 Homeless Point-in-Time Census Report showed the number of homeless people in San Luis Obispo County has plunged since 2013 by 31 percent, homelessness is still a very real concern for many areas of SLO County, especially in the northern parts of the county where the problem has increased and services are lacking.

Broadcast date: 12/15/16

Every year the holidays become wrapped more in stuff and less in meaning. However,  this increased commercialization of the holiday season has come with hidden costs to our environment. Are we doing more harm than good with our altruistic consumption?  Can we shop smarter and be more mindful consumers?  How can we all do our part to conserve environmental resources and protect our planet while still taking part in the joy of holiday gift giving?

What is a SLOlio?

Dec 5, 2016

Broadcast date: 12/8/16

The definition of an “olio” is a “mixture or medley; a hodgepodge; a collection of various artistic or literary works or musical pieces; a miscellany.” SLOlio is a gathering, a collection, an “olio” of true stories and story-loving people. Creators of the monthly storytelling event in San Luis Obispo want others to think of it as a kind of a “story slam.” However way you describe it, for attendees of SLOlio, it is an opportunity to come together to celebrate good stories, told by both seasoned storytellers and those less experienced, to share their stories.

Broadcast date: 12/1/16

In the homogenous communities of the Central Coast, it can be awkward and uncomfortable to confront matters of racial justice, but given the dramatic killings of unarmed African Americans in other areas of the country, it becomes difficult to turn a blind eye to our country's institutional racism. R.A.C.E. Matters SLO County, and other like-minded individuals, have begun to advance a local dialogue around race to provide space for marginalized groups to be heard.

The 2016 Election Wrap-Up

Nov 17, 2016

Broadcast date 11/17/16: 

The elections for 2016 are over, resulting in the election of Donald Trump as president, thousands of state and local officials, and numerous ballot initiatives. Residents of the Central Coast are coming to terms with our new electoral world, and trying to understand what comes next. Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with political experts and newly elected politicians about what the results of the recent presidential, congressional, state, local races and ballot measures will mean for you. Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Every Student Deserves Healthy Food

Nov 10, 2016

Broadcast date: 11/10/16

The focus of the Farm to School movement is to improve the connections communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by modifying food purchasing and education practices at school and education sites. This benefits students by providing them with access to healthy, local foods as well as educational opportunities in agriculture, food preparation, health and nutrition, all while supporting the local economy and contributing to active communities. 

What you should know before anyone goes

Nov 3, 2016

Broadcast date: 11/2/16

When a loved one passes away, the grieving family and friends are often confronted with a myriad of decisions regarding the funeral. All of this must be done quickly and during a time of great emotional duress. What can be done to help ease the stress of shopping for funeral services during this difficult time? Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with members of the Funeral Consumer’s Alliance, Shannon Shoup, President and founder of the FCA of Southern California, as well as Advisor, Cari Leversee as they discuss its mission to promote and protect a consumer's right to choose meaningful, personalized, and affordable end-of-life arrangements. 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: 10/27/16

Few would deny the critical role that arts play in developing a vibrant and strong community. They have a crucial impact on our economy, and are vital to stimulating our creativity. In 2013, we found that almost half (43%) of ACTION survey respondents reported that they attended a music, dance or theater performance in the last month and that half of survey respondents were concerned about access to cultural opportunities in their community. These data illustrate the importance of the arts in our community.

Broadcast date: 10/20/16

Many experts believe that the epidemic of men’s violence and sexual assault in our country is related to what society is teaching boys about masculinity. But, this traditional “boys will be boys” mentality is beginning to change, as school campuses and community organizations are realizing that this type of unhealthy masculinity is harmful to both women and men, in many areas of their lives. Today, these groups are engaging young men and boys to build a new generation of male leaders who will model strength and masculinity, without violence, through a “Healthy Masculinity” movement to eradicate the harmful expectations and stereotypes our society teaches boys about what it means to be a man.

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