Grab breakfast and coffee and join us for our final Good Morning SLO program of 2020. To preserve some community connection in this time of being apart, you’ll have the chance to interact with speakers by asking your most pressing questions. Zoom invite will be sent upon registration.
December topics include:
HOSPITALS MOVE AHEAD
The technology for virtual doctor visits has existed for years but many of us hadn’t experienced a telehealth appointment until midway through 2020. Dr. Scott Bisheff will share his perspective on the future of healthcare and whether or not it’s arriving amidst one of the greatest challenges the system has ever experienced.
First 5 SLO County and We Are the Care have been working to create the Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit, but one of the changes they advocate for most fervently, a flexible workplace, has come to many offices as a byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic. First 5 SLO County Executive Director Wendy Wendt will share how this new understanding might help reshape the way we work.
Government doesn’t have the best reputation for acting nimbly, and this year municipalities have been put to the test. SLO City Manager Derek Johnson will share how the City met this challenge, shifted their operating structures, acted rapidly to support business, and the possibility of making these changes permanent.
EATING LOCAL & STAYING SAFE
When restaurants were forced to close at the onset of the pandemic, local farms also felt the pressure — but soon after, they experienced a resurgence of local customers at farmers’ markets, signing up for Community Supported Agriculture boxes, and showing up at farm stands. Agriculturalist of the Year Jerry Rutiz will share what that shift was like for Rutiz Farms and where they stand today.
THE PANDEMIC’S BEST FRIEND
Americans trying to fill the void with canine companions has arguably been the cutest buying frenzy of this year. Woods Humane Society CEO, Neil Trent will share insights into the mass exodus of shelter pets and the problem no shelter ever thought they’d have — a shortage of animals to fill the endless demand for adoption.
PEOPLE FINALLY WASH THEIR HANDS
At the start of this year, no one would have imagined Dr. Penny Borenstein being a household name — especially her. And while she would be the first to admit that, in a typical year, public health is doing a good job when you forget it exists. County Health Officer Dr. Borenstein has some positive outcomes to share from this public health crisis and being thrust into the spotlight.
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