Passport Plans Member Education Events Around South-Central Kentucky

Passport members and community advocates around south-central Kentucky have a number of upcoming opportunities to learn more about Passport Health Plan and the Kentucky HEALTH program through member education sessions and other events.

Passport will be hosting a series of sessions for members in which they can learn valuable information about Passport, fill out their health assessment, and receive a special gift for attending.

Some upcoming programs of interest are:

  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. on July 9 at the Edmonson County Public Library, 280 Ferguson St., in Brownsville.
  • 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon on July 11 at the Warren County Health Department, 1116 State St., Bowling Green.
  • 2 p.m. on July 17 at the TJ Samson Pavilion, 310 North L. Rogers Wells Blvd., Glasgow.

For more information, to RSVP, or to find other resources in your community, please contact Priscilla Schwartz, Passport Community Engagement Representative, at Priscilla.Schwartz@passporthealthplan.com.

 

Passport Health Plan Breaks Ground on Health and Well-Being Campus

Well Being Campus LogoPassport Health Plan will officially break ground on the site of our new Health and Well-Being Campus at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, directly on the property at the intersection of West Broadway and 18th Street in Downtown Louisville.

Following the official groundbreaking – which will include remarks from Metro Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, and Passport CEO Mark Carter – a community celebration and forum will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Louisville Central Community Center’s Old Walnut Street Development, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Along with Passport, a number of community organizations will be on hand during the community celebration to share free resources and information, including: the American Red Cross, Dare to Care, Gilda’s Club Louisville, Goodwill of Kentucky, Hosparus Health, Louisville Central Community Centers, Louisville Digital Inclusion, Louisville Urban League, the Office of Housing and Community Development, the YMCA of Greater Louisville, TKT & Associates, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), the University of Louisville Youth Violence Prevention Research Center (YVPRC), and the UofL’s Office of Community Engagement.

For more information or to RSVP for these events, please go online to passportwellbeing.com.

 

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 Health Plan and Louisville Grows to Plant “South Points Food Forest” in Beechmont area on March 25

growsPassport Health Plan and Louisville Grows are planting the seeds for a healthier community in Louisville’s Beechmont neighborhood on Saturday, March 25, by installing a walk-by, free-to-all food forest on Bicknell Avenue, outside the Hope Community Farm.

Community members and volunteers are invited to come plant trees and bushes for the new “South Points Food Forest,” which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1400 Bicknell Avenue, near the intersection with Hazelwood Avenue.

“For too many Kentuckians, the greatest hardship they have to deal with in order to live a quality life is related to food. Too many people can’t afford to buy healthy foods, and too many people go to bed hungry every night,” said Jill Bell, Passport Health Plan Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. “That’s why we’re so proud to be working together with Louisville Grows to sponsor this Food Forest in Beechmont. Hopefully, the food produced here will help all community members improve their health and quality of life.”

The South Points Food Forest will be a community orchard that includes dwarf fruit trees (such as apple, pear, peach, apricot, nectarine, and plum), thornless berry bushes, pollinator-friendly plants, and clover cover crop. In order to address the need for easily accessible quality food, specifically fruits and vegetables high in nutrients, the South Points Food Forest will provide community members, gardeners, families, children, and anyone that walks by with fresh and organically grown fruit. Additionally, the South Points Food Forest is conveniently located next to Hazelwood Elementary School so children can walk to grab fruit during breaks or after school.

Community orchards, complete with educational signage detailing the type of tree and when to harvest, require minimal maintenance after installation and provide high yields of efficient and free harvests. Louisville Grows estimates an average of 2 bushels of fruit per tree and shrub at the South Points Food Forest, for a total of 200 bushels, or 8,000 pounds of free fruit per year, going into the hands and mouths of community members.

The Louisville metropolitan area ranks 12th nationwide among cities facing the most hardship. About one in four local households with children say they lacked money in the last 12 months to buy food, according to a Gallup poll of 176,000 households across the United States.

For more information about this event, please click here. For more information about Louisville Grows, please click here.

Passport names Dr. Christian Furman and Douglas Winkelhake to Board of Directors

Passport has announced the appointments of Christian Furman, M.D., and Douglas A. Winkelhake to its Board of Directors, effective Feb. 2, 2017.

Dr. Furman has been a professor in the University of Louisville’s Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine since July 2013. She has served as Medical Director for the University’s Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging since 2016, as well as Administrative Director for the University’s Geriatric Evaluation & Treatment (GET) Program since 2010. She also holds the Margaret Dorward Smock Endowed Chair in Geriatric Medicine. She received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Miami, and her M.D. from the University of Louisville.

Mr. Winkelhake is President of the Hospital Division for Norton Healthcare. Since joining Norton Healthcare in 1997, he served in numerous roles, most recently as President of Norton Brownsboro Hospital and interim Executive Director of Norton Neuroscience Institute. He is a native of Palatine, Ill., near Chicago. He earned a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Iowa, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kentucky.

The Board includes membership from a variety of organizations and community leaders in both rural and urban areas. The Board is responsible for pursuing Passport’s goals and is accountable to the community for all the actions of and accountable to various regulatory agencies, including the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS), the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and others.

For more information, please click here.

 

Passport Health Plan was presented with the Key to the City of Prestonsburg

key to the city picPassport Health Plan was presented with the Key to the City of Prestonsburg by Mayor Les Stapleton on Thursday, August 4.  During the special called City Council meeting, Mayor Stapleton presented community engagement representative Stacy Crum and provider relations representative Angela McGraw with the key to the city.

The mayor cited Passport’s extensive support of community events as a key factor in bestowing this honor.  He stated that since he took office, he has always had Passport’s support in initiatives to help the citizens of Floyd and the surrounding counties.  The most recent events that Passport has contributed to were last December’s Shop with a Cop Program and the Backpack to School Bash in July.  These community service projects demonstrate Passport’s commitment to serving the citizens of Kentucky and striving to better the lives of children throughout the state.

The key will be displayed at Passport Health Plan’s Prestonsburg office.