Podcast: Frontline report of Refugee Crisis in Greece with Kelly Milligan

We are witnessing a global refugee crisis unfold before our eyes and when we look to our own country, racism and fascism are on the rise.   Kelly Milligan of Sisters in Health,  spoke to us just before she left for Greece last year (listen to that podcast here) and has returned to the states to tell the tale from a front line account of the refugee rescue operation on the shores of Greece. This show aired live on WPRK 91.5fm on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

Listen to the podcast here:

About OUR GUEST

 

milliganKelly Milligan is a Midwife and Naturopath & the Executive Director of Sisters in Health. In the process of attaining her ND with a specialty in women’s and community health, Kelly specializes in low resource women’s health care and disaster relief. Providing care on the front lines is her passion.

In addition to continuous education in Biology, Psychology, Global Women’s Health, Alternative Medicine and Disaster Relief, Kelly has also lived and worked around the world learning about women from their own communities and is currently writing a book about her adventures traveling the world, the world of women around the globe, and providing health care for women and families and chronicles her life in the field on her blog.

In 2014, while responding to the devastation that was left from Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, Sisters In Health came to her as she sat in the birth tent with her sisters from around the globe & from there her non-profit organization, Sisters In Health, was born to serve all sisters of the globe on the premise that we all deserve to live our lives healthy, well and empowered. The Sisters in Health mission is to bring humanized health care, peace, and love to the women that have given up everything in order to survive.

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Podcast: Trusting Women with their Bodies

Reproductive healthcare often gets brought into the headlines when organizations such as Planned Parenthood are under attack by false claims & fraudulent accusations. Mass media reporting is male dominated and rarely allows time for more than a sound bite.

Three experts in our community: Dr. Jennifer A. Sandoval, Dr. M.C. Santana and Anna Eskamani will discuss in depth what is at the heart and root of reproductive healthcare and the imperative to cultivate a socio-cultural climate that trusts women to make decisions about their bodies and health, while understanding the impact on women of color and LGBT individuals better. We will also touch on recent legislation and the role that abortion stigma plays in supporting restrictive bills.

About Our Guests

JenS-Sold3Jennifer A. Sandoval, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Faculty at the Nicholson School of Communication at UCF and holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s of Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Dr. Sandoval brings her experience as a mediator, project manager, trainer, and consultant to the classroom and her research program at UCF. Her research focuses on the communicative elements involved in the intersection of identity, the body, and health policy. Currently, she is continuing to investigate these elements in the context of fertility tourism- specifically international surrogacy in India. Additionally, she examines the rhetoric of choice and Assistive Reproductive Technology for women, as well as looks at reproductive health access for the LGBT community. Dr. Sandoval also continues work with community based-participatory research projects focusing on health intervention in underserved and underrepresented populations.  Jennifer has published this research with her colleagues in journals such as Health Education Research, Communication Monographs and the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication.

Santana2016.jpgM. C. Santana, Ph.D. is the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at UCF where she teaches First and Second Wave Feminism, Theory of Feminism, Women, Race & Struggle and Introduction to Women’s Studies, among other courses. She is a firm believer of action, not just talking! Her students think of her as funny and caring. She is co-Chair of the International Task Force of the National Women’s Studies Association and a national member of the American Association of University Women and Winter Park/Orlando branch. Dr. Santana has won five leadership awards and four teaching awards in the last 12 years.

jess_regan_photography_anna_headshot_session_002_8x10_webAnna Eskamani serves as the Director of Public Policy and Field Operations for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. Anna holds dual bachelor degrees in Political Science and Women’s Studies and a certificate in Service Learning and was awarded Order of Pegasus – the highest honor that a UCF senior can receive. She also holds a masters in both Public Administration and Nonprofit Management with a certificate in Gender Studies. A Certified Nonprofit Professional, she will begin teaching at UCF with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program while pursuing a PhD in Public Affairs.

Anna is often recognized for her community involvement. She sits on boards of several nonprofit and political groups including the League of Women Voters of Orange County, Valencia College Peace & Justice Initiative, Women’s Studies Program at UCF Advisory Council, and Bithlo Advisory Board. She is the founder of Project Bithlo, an effort to streamline UCF engagement with the community of Bithlo. She was recently recognized by the Orlando Sentinel’s ‘Central Florida 100’ list, naming her as one of the most influential leaders in the greater Orlando region.

A passionate and focused individual, Anna is proud to call herself a feminist. Her writing has been published in the Central Florida Future, Orlando Sentinel, The Huffington Post, and Independent Journal Review.

This was recorded live for Front Porch Radio on WPRK 91.5fm on February 10th at 4pm.

Podcast: Social Justice with Susanna Barkataki and Kelly Milligan

Todays headlines are hard hitting & devastating: we are watching a global refugee crisis unfold before our eyes and when we look to our own country, racism and misogyny are at the forefront  with #blacklivesmatter and the recent attacks on Planned Parenthood.   What is the appropriate response at times like these, both as a community and as individuals? Susanna Barkataki & Kelly Milligan, both experts at the intersection of healing & justice spoke about these tough issues & what people can do, right now, to stand on the side of love & justice.

Listen in (the conversation starts around 7:20 minute mark):

About OUR GUESTS

susannabarkatakiSusanna Barkataki, M.Ed. E-RYT, is passionate about bridging self-care and community-care. She is a writer, speaker and educator working at the intersection of self-care, yoga, Ayurveda, socially-engaged entrepreneurship, and healing justice. A descendant of Ayurvedic healers and teachers, she integrates powerful tools for everyday wellness. She applies ancient teachings with an educator’s practicality and organizer’s healing justice twist.

She has a Masters degree in Education and is a Master Yoga teacher trainer with over 5,000 hours of certified training in diverse modalities in Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Energy Work and Ayurveda. She has taught over 2,500 students, been an educator for 15 years teaching social justice history K-12, and lead retreats, workshops and trainings for adults.

She is viral Wellness and Yoga Blogger, regular columnist for Huffington Post Healthy Living, and has been featured in Elephant Journal and Everyday Feminism magazine. She’s honored to be a member of the core community of mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh as well as serve on the board of the Yoga Service Council making yoga and mindfulness equally accessible to all.

Susanna is overjoyed to run current programs with groups and students in person and online on topics ranging from Healing Justice + Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher Trainings to Visionary Business Net-Workshops and Online Coaching Program. More on her offerings at www.SusannaBarkataki.com.

milliganKelly Milligan is a Midwife and Naturopath & the Executive Director of Sisters in Health. In the process of attaining her ND with a specialty in women’s and community health, Kelly specializes in low resource women’s health care and disaster relief. Providing care on the front lines is her passion.

In addition to continuous education in Biology, Psychology, Global Women’s Health, Alternative Medicine and Disaster Relief, Kelly has also lived and worked around the world learning about women from their own communities and is currently writing a book about her adventures traveling the world, the world of women around the globe, and providing health care for women and families and chronicles her life in the field on her blog.

In 2014, while responding to the devastation that was left from Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, Sisters In Health came to her as she sat in the birth tent with her sisters from around the globe & from there her non-profit organization, Sisters In Health, was born to serve all sisters of the globe on the premise that we all deserve to live our lives healthy, well and empowered.
Kelly is about to embark on another adventure to set up a women’s health tent clinic in Greece to provide care for the refugee women. Sisters in health mission is to bring humanized health care, peace, and love to the women that have given up everything in order to survive.

​Sisters In Health will be having a fundraiser to benefit the refugee women on December 12, 2015 5-9 at 2535 Lotafun Ave, Winter Park, Florida. For more information, click here.

Tune in on December 2nd at 4pm EST to WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL or listen live online here.

The Living Maya with Robert Sitler

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The Living Maya

Robert Sitler’s first exposure to the genius of Mayan culture came in the mid-70s while hiking in the rainforests of Chiapas. Since then, he has spent as much time as possible in the Mayan world, visiting regularly among natives from more than a dozen language groups. His long-standing relationships with Maya and their humble wisdom inform and inspire this book. Robert is currently a professor at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.