central missouri community action

Today Paul Pepper welcomes LISA GOLDSCHIMDT and LEAH CHRISTIAN, who tell us about "Light Up Rotary," a joint effort between Columbia Metro Rotary Club, Central Missouri Community Action's Weatherization Program and the CoMo Energy Challenge to reduce energy use in 38 low-income homes. At [5:04] LEAH CHRISTIAN and MICHAEL TRAPP, Columbia Ward 2 Council Member, encourage everyone to attend the Smart Growth Parking Community Forum and Workshop September 22nd at City Hall. The results of the recent parking audit and the future of parking in downtown Columbia will be discussed! September 14, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with cardiologist DR. ARUN KUMAR, MU Health Care, about a 'revolutionary' new procedure for those who need a heart valve replacement, but cannot have one via traditional surgery. At [4:19] JULIE McNEILL, Foster Grandparent Program Manager for Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA), and MARGARET McGEEHON, Volunteer Coordinator, invite those 55 and over (who are not working) to volunteer 15 hours a week to work with special needs children. Details on today's show! July 13, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with DARIN PREIS, Executive Director at Central Missouri Community Action, about "Hot Butts Barbecue," a special fundraising event for CMCA in which you're invited! At [4:55] our topic is Family Facets; Assoc. Dir. of Operations, MELISSA SELSOR, and RACHEL BAILEY, MSW, LMSW, tell us about the mission behind this Columbia-based organization that seeks to protect children from abuse and neglect. June 1, 2015

A report issued Tuesday by the federal Department of Health and Human Services found that almost 200,000 Latinos in Missouri may have new options for health coverage. The report says they might qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or for lower costs on premiums  through the Health Insurance Marketplace. 43,000 of the eligible Missouri Latinos are currently uninsured, the report says.

Aaron Swaney, outreach and enrollment specialist at the Family Health Center, said the center does have a sizable portion of patients who are uninsured and Latino.

Head Start

The National Head Start Association says that a donation of $10 million from two philanthropists will help keep Head Start programs in six states, including Missouri, from closing during the federal government shutdown.

Government shutdown affects some in mid-Mo.

Oct 1, 2013
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The government shutdown has affected some, but not all, federally-funded organizations in the area.

Medical Buildings

The Columbia Vet Center is operating regularly Tuesday despite the shutdown. The Center’s funds are appropriated ahead of time, meaning they did not lose any funding to the shutdown.

“Our funds are appropriated a year ahead of time so our 2014 fiscal year funds, which start today, were appropriated last year,” Acting Team Leader  Shawn Martin said.

Mo. Board of Education recommends new assessment program

Jun 21, 2013
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The Missouri Board of Education is recommending a new assessment tool state wide for early childhood development. The Desired Results Developmental Profile, created by the California Department of Education, is an assessment that will help determine a child’s learning needs before he or she enters kindergarten.

The assessment will not only give teachers an idea of how their student is progressing, but it will also help give the state a better idea of how ready kids in Missouri are for kindergarten.

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The future of early childhood education programs like Head Start hangs in the air as recent federal budget cuts, or sequestration, will eliminate resources aimed to provide low-income families a quality foundation for the beginning of a child’s education. The most recent cuts have put Columbia Public Schools in the position of funding two instructional aides.

Early Childhood programs lack necessary Funding

Feb 25, 2013

Central Missouri Community action hosted Mid-Missouri Legislators in Columbia at the Park Avenue Head Start Facility Monday.

Lunafest travels to Columbia

Apr 13, 2012
Photo courtesy of Lunafest

This week's show highlights a film festival by for and about women. Andlater in the show: an audio essay from a woman who gives a unique perspective to  kissing and being kissed.

A new apartment complex for homeless youth will be built in Columbia.