Community Forum Series

Occasional, recorded before a live audience.

The WRVO Community Forum series brings together experts to discuss timely topics of regional significance.  We invite you to join us for these lively events as part of the audience.  Opportunities for audience members to ask questions follow each forum presentation.  These events are recorded for broadcast on WRVO radio and for download as podcasts for playback on any of your devices.

Upcoming Community Forum Events:

"The State of Mental Health Care in New York State"

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center

Sister Johanna and Rose Vincent Conference Rooms

Utica, NY

3 p.m. - Tuesday, April 22

The forum will explore the current situation for mental health care particularly in upstate New York. What impact does the state government, federal programs like the Affordable Care Act, and non-profits have on mental health care in the community. We will discuss the needs and future of mental health care in the region – and how government funding and the social, demographic and economic situation are changing both.


Shawn Johnston, Licensed Master Social Worker, St. Elizabeth Medical Center
Linda Nelson, New York State Office of Mental Health Central New York Field Office Director
Matthew Shapiro, National Alliance On Mental Illness New York State

Catherine Loper, WRVO News Director will moderate.

This forum is sponsored by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York.

Past Community Forum Events:

Health forum: "Health care for veterans & the military"
September, 2013, Jefferson Community College, Watertown, NY

Health forum: "How do changes in government funding of healthcare affect upstate New York?"
June, 2013, Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, Oswego, NY

Living Longer, Living Better: Creating and Sustaining the Academic-Clinical-Business Partnerships that Drive Innovation for Aging in Place
October, 2012, IMPARA/Menorah Park, Dewitt, NY

What's Powering Your Computer Screen?
November, 2011, SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Syracuse

Culture Under Siege in Pakistan
October, 2011, City Hall Commons, Syracuse

The Green Economy
November, 2010, SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Syracuse

WRVO has also hosted community forums on public education funding, the science of hydrofracking, how veterans reintegrate into central New York, a debate between those running for mayor of Syracuse in 2009, higher education in the new economy, and federal stimulus in central New York. A list of panelists and more information on our archived community forum discussions is also available.




Thu September 19, 2013
Station Announcement

On air: health care for veterans & the military

This health forum broadcast on WRVO Sunday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

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Fri May 31, 2013
Station Announcement

Health forum: government funding of health care in upstate New York

Credit 401(K) 2012 / Flickr

Join us for the first in a series of community forums on health care.

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Mon November 5, 2012
Innovative Aging Technology

Innovative Aging Symposium

Creating and Sustaining the Academic-Clinical-Business Partnerships that Drive Innovation for Aging in Place

A panel discussion moderated by Catherine Loper, WRVO Director of News and Public Affairs; Thursday, October 11, 2012; IMPARA/Menorah Park, Dewitt, NY

Organized by WRVO Public Media, the SUNY Oswego Metro Center and IMPARA of Central New York

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Wed November 30, 2011
Community Forums

Following the Power Lines

We're drilling for gas, planning pipes from Canadian tar sands, and pumping millions of dollars into green energy projects.  

But the energy mix that we'll end up with in New York State is still a work in progress. What do we want to see powering our toasters and laptops in the years to come?

We've posed those questions to a panel of experts, to find out what's being built, how the marketplace might shake out, and what the social and political ramifications are of how we produce and consume power.

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Fri October 28, 2011
Community Forums

Community Forum - Culture Under Siege in Pakistan

WRVO Program Director Fred Vigeant introduces Fergus Nicoll, Commentator on the BBC World Service program 'The World Today.'

Culture in Pakistan is under threat from widespread insecurity, ultra-conservative religious intolerance and police harassment. In a special edition of WRVO’s Community Forum we’ll discuss what role culture can play in rolling back the tide of intolerance.  This program was recorded in front of an audience at City Hall Commons at Hanover Square in Syracuse, NY on October 10th, 2011. It aired on WRVO Friday October 29th, 2011.


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Mon November 22, 2010
Community Forum

WRVO explores the state of the "Green Economy" in Syracuse and Central New York.

Syracuse, NY – What is the state of the "Green Economy" in Syracuse and Central New York? Are initiatives with green technology reinventing Syracuse? Is it helping the Central New York economy? Are current investments working? We hope to get a progress report on the "Green Economy" in Central New York.

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