Welcome to Our Community Broadcasting Network. Having been involved in public affairs broadcastingand community activism in the greater Denver area since 1999, I became aware of the many issues impacting the families that make up the greater metro Denver communities. In 2019, I decided to use my broadcasting experience to create OCBN, an online broadcasting network, to present issues important to these various communities. Past programs covered important topics such as healthy lifestyle living, DEI (diversity, equity & inclusion), brain health, higher education, family caregiving issues, and more. Some of the most recent programs can be viewed on the Archived Programspage.
Due to a growing behavioral health crises impacting our communities, I have narrowed my focus by becoming involved in mental health and substance abuse issues. As a member of the Behavioral Health Planning & Advisory Council for Colorado , I am active on the Prevention Committee to promote best practices in behavioral health and get information to the public about services and support available for those living with mental health/substance abuse disorders (visit the Newsroom for more about BHPAC). Through a collaboration with key behavioral health experts, I will be introducing a weekly video podcast in early 2024 that will feature behavioral health issues and highlight educational institutions, non-profits, healthcare providers, community activists, and government agencies that are utilizing best practices in creating and maintaining behavioral health programs and initiatives that support the community. It is important to acknowledge that living in one of the most diverse communities in the country has a major impact on behavioral health. This diversity, though generally celebrated, can also have an impact on communities struggling with behavioral health disorders due to cultural, economic, or social systems that are different and unique from others. As defined by the AMA, "Behavioral health generally refers to mental health and substance use disorders, life stressors and crises, and stress-related physical symptoms. Behavioral healthcare refers to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of those conditions.”
The interviews and presentations will be captured utilizing the Zoom platform and then edited to broadcast quality hi-def. This online virtual approach makes it possible to have interviews and presentations originating from all over the country. I have programs posted with people in New York, Memphis, San Francisco, Indianapolis, and Houston to name a few. The ability to embed the programs on websites and e-newsletters will be available as well. I am interested in discussing potential collaborations with organizations with an interest in promoting behavioral health issues and advocacy. I believe this is a positive and effective way to educate and inform the public about behavioral health with examples of the many ways the issues are addressed. I hope you find the OCBN programming informative and useful. Thank you for your interest in Our Community Broadcasting Network.
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