Our award-winning public affairs program, For the People is hosted and produced by John Voket. Each week the program features several segments and announcements focusing on critical issues in our communities.
We open with a special report featuring the nonprofit International Institute of Connecticut, providing services for hundreds of immigrants, political refugees and others. we'll focus on the four core services the Institute provides including efforts to address human trafficking, and protecting individuals who are being scammed when seeking temporary or permanent residence and citizenship in the United States. Then, the first of a two-part series with the Connecticut Better Business Bureau will provide consumers with a raft of tips on everything from retail layaway programs to furnace and chimney cleaning scams. And we'll wrap talking with Soundview Family YMCA Executive Director Doug Shaw about how the 7th Annual Branford Rotary & Y 5k Run & Walk helps the Y provide programs and a safe, fun atmosphere for the shoreline community.11/23/2012 listen download
We'll open with Ridgefield Prevention Council's co-chair - a Danbury Emergency room doctor, and a representative of the Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism about the insidious epidemic of opiate drug addiction happening in Fairfield County, and an event in Ridgefield aimed at preventing young people from falling victim to prescription drugs and heroin addiction. Then we'll visit with the CEO of the Connecticut Health Exchange,which is providing free online resources for families searching for the right health plan, and connecting people with health insurance professionals ready to to help. Then we'll replay an interview with the President of Housatonic Community College first broadcast in September - discussing some of the unique programs HCC offers to connect students of all ages to the state's 21st Century workforce.11/16/2012 listen download
With all the dominant news about Hurricane Sandy, we've temporarily lost sight of the tremendous number of individuals sickened and lives lost as a result of the fungal meningitis outbreak gripping the nation. So with that in mind we're going to spend much of today's program bringing you a special report on the pharmacy industry in Connecticut, and how the thousands of beneficial, mom and pop compounding pharmacies are dealing with the onus brought upon them by one large compounding and manufacturing operation gone bad up in Massachusetts. Then we'll wrap up the program introducing you to Norwalk-based CancerCare, which provides free, professional support for anyone affected by cancer, from patients and survivors, to caregivers, loved ones, even related healthcare professionals. And we'll invite you to the organization's upcoming 'Blocks of Love LEGO expo' November 17 in Bridgeport.11/7/2012 listen download
According to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) youth ages 12 to 17 in Connecticut rank in the top percentile of the nation in abuse of both illicit drugs and alcohol. With that disturbing news in mind we're going to introduce Liberation Programs - an agency working to educate the community about addiction while providing programs that are saving lives and treating addiction from Greenwich to New Haven. Then we'll talk with the President of Discount Power about how various partnerships with his company are providing funds to boost culture and arts programs as well as human service agencies. And we'll visit with the valley United Way to hear about how that agency's partnership with Discount Power is making a positive difference in the greater Naugatuck valley. And we'll wrap with a panel discussing The Kennedy Center's latest partnership with CVS, which is helping connect individuals with developmental and other disabilities to Connecticut's workforce.11/2/2012 listen download
Today we'll open with an extended segment focusing on efforts to open the first Cancer Support Community in southern Connecticut, which will offer free cancer support and education for patients and their families living with cancer. And we'll chat with cancer caregiver, cancer survivor and actress Julia Sweeney of Saturday Night Live who is the keynote guest at an upcoming gala to benefit the cause. Then we'll speak with a representative and client of The Connection, about all the work this agency is doing serving more than 3,000 Connecticut families each month. And we'll remind you to come out to the Connection's Wicked Good 5k and family Festival on October 28 in New Haven Then we'll wrap up talking to Connecticut based Healing the Children Northeast - a non-profit, non-partisan, volunteer organization that has helped more than 33,000 children throughout the world receive medical care unavailable to them due to a lack of medical and financial resources or health insurance.10/25/2012 listen download