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: 6/25/2015

The National Institute for Health defines autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as “a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.”

Broadcast date: 6/18/2015

As we prepare to celebrate the historic passage of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) more than 25 years ago, although much progress has been made, much remains to be done.

Broadcast date: 6/11/2015

Although there are a number of valuable career mentoring programs for youth on the Central Coast, there are none quite like this one. Through aviation education and mentoring, a Different Point of View shows students a world they’ve never seen before.

Broadcast date: 6/4/2015

Breastfeeding has many benefits: it can help in bonding with a baby, it provides cost savings for a family, and it offers both mother and baby a number of important health benefits. Although the choice of whether or not to breastfeed is a very personal one, for moms who choose to breastfeed, supporting this decision can have far reaching benefits.

Broadcast date: 5/28/2015

For most pregnant women, the labor and birth of a new child can be a time of both fear and joy. Although most women have positive birth experiences, for those who have had a difficult or traumatic birth, and, or who suffer from postpartum depression, this usually joyful time can be filled with pain, depression, and loneliness.

Broadcast date: 5/21/2015

Broadcast date: 5/14/2015

Mental illness, such as depression, is very common in older adults. Mental illness in an older adult can go untreated and unnoticed because people often dismiss it as a normal part of aging, or at times symptoms are associated with other medical conditions.  

Host Fred Munroe will be speaking with Dana Cummings, the Veterans Services Officer with the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Veterans Services about the many benefits and programs they have available and the upcoming Stand Down event benefitting homeless/at-risk veterans. Joining them is Janna Nichols Executive Director of 5Cities Homeless Coalition. She shares information on resources and support for homeless communities in San Luis Obispo County. 

Stand Down, for those veterans who are homeless/at risk or looking for work

Stand Down

May 6, 2015

Broadcast date: 5/07/2015

San Luis Obispo County has a growing number of homeless. In January 2014, HUD reported that San Luis Obispo County had the 3rd largest unsheltered homeless population in the country. At the last point in time count there were over 200 homeless veterans in our community, with hundreds more at risk.

Broadcast date: 4/30/2015

Broadcast date: 4/23/2015

Climate change is real and it is happening now. There is clear scientific consensus and understanding of the cause and effect relationships. It has already begun to adversely affect the economy, health and global social stability, and humans are mainly responsible for it. The problem is serious, but experts believe it is solvable, not with expensive new technology, but with political will and by taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The longer we wait the more expensive and difficult it will be to solve.

Broadcast date: 4/23/2015

Climate change: The problem is serious, but experts believe it is solvable, not with expensive new technology, but with political will and by taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The longer we wait the more expensive and difficult it will be to solve.

Broadcast date: 4/16/2015

Hepatitis C is a silent disease. 

Broadcast date: 4/9/2015

The purpose of public art is not only to enrich the community and improve our quality of life through its ability to enrich an environment, but also to ignite the imagination, encourage thought and to prompt discourse. Public art benefits the community through placemaking, bringing people together, and can be used as a tool in economic development.

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: 3/26/2015

People of Faith for Justice are an interfaith alliance in San Luis Obispo County, dedicated to promoting peace and justice for all. 

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: 3/12/2015

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Not only does it take a toll on health, but the monetary cost of smoking is heavy in California as 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. 

What is Drug Court?

Feb 26, 2015

Broadcast date: 2/26/2015

The San Luis Obispo County Drug Court Program is a court supervised, comprehensive and intensive 

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: 2/12/2015 

In 2013 in California, grapes accounted for more than 878,000 acres of the state’s agricultural crops.

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: 1/29/2015

The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have reignited a debate about race in our country. Although many consider these incidents isolated, and racism overcome, five decades after Martin Luther King gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech;

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.  

Hands in Nepal

Jan 13, 2015

Broadcast date: 1/15/2015

Seven years ago, Danny Chaffin, then only 19 years old, was volunteering in an orphanage in Kathmandu. It was here he learned about the dire social situation in Nepal. Danny found many children living in the city’s orphanages had been sent to Kathmandu by well-meaning parents, from remote rural villages, without schools, to receive an education. 

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.  

Happy New Year, or Not?

Dec 24, 2014

Broadcast date: 1/1/2015

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: 12/11/2014

Travel is a major economic driver on the Central Coast, and it’s not surprising that with a steady growth in the industry ACTION shows a consistent increase in travel spending over the past seven years. Now an important and beneficial new form of tourism for our County and the Country has arrived--Stewardship Travel. 

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