Passport plans second ‘Community Conversation’ to talk about Health and Well-Being Campus

Well Being Campus LogoPassport Health Plan will be hosting another “Community Conversation” on November 28 to discuss the progress of the Passport Health and Well-Being campus being planned for West Louisville.

The event, which is being co-hosted by the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chestnut Street Family YMCA, 930 W. Chestnut Street, Louisville. A light meal will be served and free child care will be provided by the YMCA.

During the event, updates will be given about the two major projects in development for the intersection of 18th Street and Broadway – the Passport Health and Well-Being campus and the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA – we’ll review feedback from the June 1 neighborhood meeting, we’ll share how this input has shaped the projects, and we’ll continue gathering input from community members.

There will also be leaders from the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) to provide information on happenings that are bringing additional programs and services to the surrounding neighborhood.

For more information, please click here. To RSVP for this free event, please click here.

 

Passport sponsors educational symposium for medical professionals to learn more about chronic kidney disease

Passport is sponsoring a live professional education symposium called, “CKDinform: Early Detection and Prevention” for primary care practitioners (PCPs) to learn more about chronic kidney disease (CKD).

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) event takes place on Saturday, November 11, at the Marriott Louisville East, 1903 Embassy Square Blvd., in Louisville.

The 3-hour symposium focuses on the unique role that PCPs play in managing CKD patients. Topics will include the burden of CKD to the population, modifiable CKD risk factors, screening methods, and interpretation of test results. Evidence-based treatment recommendations and management plans for CKD will be presented, and the program will also address the need for timely referral to nephrologists, in addition to the importance of patient education and counseling.

It  is designed for physicians (primary care, cardiologists, endocrinologists), nurses, advanced practitioners, and other clinicians who care for people with CKD.

Attendees at the event will earn up to 3.0 continuing medical education/continuing education (CME/CE) credits/contact hours. Registration in advance is $25; registration at the door will be $30.

For more information, please click here.

 

Louisville Health Care Community Celebrates Acts of Compassion

Insider Louisville LogoActs of compassion are being committed daily in Louisville in all walks of life. There aren’t many cities that celebrate compassion with a full week of giving every year, with Mayor Greg Fischer encouraging community members to give thousands of hours to performing acts of compassion to improve our community.

Those who work in the healthcare community seem to have an extra sense of compassion, with many working to help those who struggle with various challenges in their lives. Two years ago, the first luncheon was held to shine a light on those who make a difference in the lives of others, sponsored by Passport Health Plan, Insider Louisville, and the Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation.

For a closer look at two of the honorees from the 2017 event, please click here

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Keisha Deonarine named Executive Director of Passport Foundation

KeishaKeisha Deonarine has been named Executive Director of the Passport Foundation.

She joins Passport with a background in banking, economic development, fundraising, and community development. She most recently served as the Senior Community Health Director for the American Heart Association; prior to that, she was the Economic Development Manager for Louisville Forward, the economic and community branch of Metro Louisville government.

“Keisha has a proven track record, securing development funds for Metro Louisville,” said Passport CEO Mark B. Carter. “We are very excited to have her join our team during this time of transformational opportunity within the communities we serve.”

The Passport Foundation will seek philanthropic support to fuel innovation that positively impacts the social determinants of health and promotes health equity, with a special focus on marginalized populations across Kentucky. An initial focus for the Foundation is securing support for creation of the Health and Well-being Campus in West Louisville. Philanthropy will help build this world-class campus, which will serve as a model of collaboration to build a healthy community where everyone has the opportunity to flourish.

For more information, please click here.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Learns That every Day Matters

Insider Louisville LogoIt’s one of those statistics that is hard to imagine — 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Most Americans know someone whose life has been affected by the disease, and the support they’ve shown is encouraging — from the thousands of local fundraisers held this month to the prevalence of pink on everything from ribbons to NFL uniforms.

While breast cancer remains the second-leading cause of death among women, survival rates have increased, thanks to early detection and treatment improvements. Today, in America, 3 million women count themselves as breast cancer survivors. One of them is Sarah Gorman of Louisville, who was diagnosed seven years ago and has emerged from her cancer journey with her positive outlook intact.

“I’m doing everything I can, I’m living life,” she says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “I often said at the end of that whole experience that I could have written a book titled ‘How cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me.’ People came out of the woodwork with cards and flowers and I had no idea all those people even cared. I get goose bumps now even talking about it.”

For more information, please click here.

 

Passport rated as one of the top Kentucky Medicaid Health Insurance Plans by National Committee on Quality Assurance

Passport Health Plan has been rated 3.5 out of 5 by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, according to “NCQA’s Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2017-2018,” and has also been awarded “Commendable” Health Plan Accreditation status by the organization.

With this rating from NCQA, Passport remains one of the top-rated Medicaid plans in Kentucky. A complete list of the ratings can be found at http://www.ncqa.org/ratings. The searchable database provides a detailed view of each plan’s ratings in consumer satisfaction, prevention, and treatment.

In awarding Passport with the Commendable accreditation status, NCQA’s evaluation process looked at how well Passport manages and performs in more than 700 different requirements, quality measures, and member satisfaction.

“Achieving NCQA Commendable Health Plan Accreditation Status is a reflection of Passport’s promise and commitment to quality for our members and getting them the care and service they deserve while partnering with our provider delivery system,” said Dr. Steve Houghland, Passport’s Chief Medical Officer. “We’re proud that each team member stepped forward to meet the challenge, pushing us to this great accomplishment.”

For more information, please click here. For more about NCQA, please go online to ncqa.org.

 

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Passport sponsors the 16th Annual Fall Safari at Louisville Zoo

Passport is sponsoring a special “Fall Safari” at The Louisville Zoo for grandparents raising grandchildren and other relatives raising children. This is open to children who are Passport members and their caregivers.

This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, at The Louisville Zoo. Along with free zoo admission, attendees will receive lunch, ride tickets, parking passes, and splash water park tickets. Strollers are not provided, and each child must have a parent or guardian with them at the event.

To register, please call 1-800-578-0603 ext. 7955. For more information, please click here.

 

Commitment to Compassion Luncheon Recognizes Those Who Extend Consideration in Their Work and Lives

Insider Louisville LogoLouisville is fortunate to have individuals who bring a compassionate attitude to their work, people who inspire others to extend consideration and kindness in the way they go about their lives.

The city is also fortunate to see that some of those compassionate champions are recognized, thanks to the annual “Commitment to Compassion” luncheon. The second annual event took place at the Muhammad Ali Center in February, honoring six individuals and an organization.

The event, which will be celebrated again in 2018, is sponsored by Passport Health Plan, Compassionate Louisville, and Insider Louisville.

To read about two of the women who were honored in 2017 – Betty “BJ” Adkins and Lisa Benner – please click here.

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Passport hosts Cancer Prevention and Care forum on Saturday in West Louisville

Passport Health Plan is hosting a Cancer Prevention and Care forum on Saturday, September 23, at St. Stephen Church in West Louisville.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will include information about the importance of having a strong relationship with your doctor and information on smoking, as well as a number of free services:

  • Blood pressure readings
  • Kidney screenings
  • Vision screenings
  • Diabetes screenings
  • Flu shots
  • And more!

The forum will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the St. Stephen Church Family Life Center, 1508 West Kentucky Street, Louisville, KY 40210. For more information, please click here.

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Passport joins with American Diabetes Association to help kids eat healthier

ADA-passport-logoPassport Health Plan and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have created a “Healthy Habits” placemat to help kids understand what they should be eating at school and home to live healthier lives.

The placemats, which are available here, will be shared at schools all across the Commonwealth this month in advance of National Healthy Lunch Day, which takes place on Tuesday, September 19.

According to the ADA, there is lots of confusion about what to eat, including what’s healthful and what’s not. Often the food choices people make are full of calories yet lack the nutritional value the body needs. The result is expanding waistlines, low energy and rising rates of type 2 diabetes and obesity-related illnesses.

The goal of Healthy Lunch Day is to help inspire, encourage and empower people of all ages to eat healthy lunches as much as possible.