Community Forum Series

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 most forum presentations. These events are recorded for broadcast on WRVO and for playback or download on any of your devices. Check back for upcoming forums and for archived material.

Past Community Forum Events:

Health forum: "Elder care: a community forum" [September, 2014 in Ithaca]

Health forum: "The heroin epidemic: how it's impacting upstate New York" [June, 2014 in Syracuse]

Health forum: "Childhood nutrition and physical fitness" [May, 2014 in Syracuse]

Health forum: "The State of Mental Health Care in New York State" [April, 2014 in Utica]

Health forum: "Health care for veterans & the military" [September, 2013 in Watertown]

Health forum "How do changes in government funding of healthcare affect upstate New York?" [June, 2013 in Oswego]

Living Longer, Living Better: Created and sustaining the academic-clinical-business partnerships that drive innovation for aging in place [October, 2012 in Dewitt]

What's powering your computer screen? [November, 2011 in 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.

Ways to Connect

Elder care, a community health forum

Nov 25, 2014
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This forum aired on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 7 p.m.

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This forum aired on Sunday, July 20 at 7 p.m.

Heroin is the latest illegal drug to become a scourge on communities in upstate New York and throughout the nation -- and it feels like it happened overnight.

What is causing this rise in heroin abuse? In part in can be linked to widespread abuse of painkillers and an effort to clamp down on them. Who is using it and how does it affect those who use it? Whether it's actor Philip Seymour Hoffman or SUNY Oswego students, heroin is impacting a wide range of socioeconomic groups.

Creating healthy habits for children

Jun 13, 2014
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Everyone from doctors to educators to first lady Michelle Obama seems to be concerned about the nutrition and physical activity children in this country are getting. A recent WRVO community health forum asked a panel of regional experts about what is being done and what should be done to improve the diet and fitness of the children in central and northern New York.

A startling statistic captures why there is such concern across the country about childhood obesity rates.

Lorraine Rapp / WRVO

This forum will air on Sunday, June 15 at 7 p.m. on WRVO. Listen locally on your radio, on your smart phone or tablet device, or online.

Keeping children healthy sounds like it's something that should be everyone's goal but how to keep America's youth healthy can be very controversial.

On air: Mental health care in upstate New York

May 5, 2014
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This health forum broadcast on WRVO Sunday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m.

The forum explored 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 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.


On air: health care for veterans & the military

Sep 19, 2013

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

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

Innovative Aging Symposium

Nov 5, 2012

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

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.

Community Forum - Culture Under Siege in Pakistan

Oct 28, 2011

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.


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.