Youth leaders inspire a compassionate future at Healthcare Leadership School

Insider Louisville LogoHorrified by needless deaths of patients in the Emergency Room, medical student Eddy Uwoghiren began to question his motives in becoming a doctor.

“In Nigeria,” he said, “talented young students took up medicine because of parental expectation and wanting to be rich.”

But for Eddy, asking why Nigeria doesn’t have an ambulance system became a more important question.

Following his experience at North America’s first Healthcare Leadership School (HLS), which was held June 10-18 in a rural setting an hour from Louisville, he’s committed his life to building trauma services in Nigeria, by becoming a trauma surgeon and also by advocating for improved services.

“I will be a great journalist as well as a surgeon,” he proclaimed, according to a Passport-sponsored article in Insider Louisville.

To read more about the 2017 HLS, which was hosted by the Healthcare Constellation of Compassionate Louisville, please click here.


Dental-Related ER Visits Have Doubles Nationwide Since 2000

courier jounral 2According to an analysis of federal data, dental-related visits to emergency rooms (ERs) doubled from 1.1 million in 2000 to 2.2 million in 2012, or one visit every 15 seconds. Officials with the American Dental Association (ADA), as well as many other dentists across the nation, tell Louisville Courier-Journal  reporter Laura Ungar that the problem persists despite health reform.

“This is something I deal with daily,” Dr. George Kushner, director of the oral and maxillofacial surgery program at the University of Louisville, said in a recent article. “And there is not a week that goes by that we don’t have someone hospitalized. … People still die from their teeth in the U.S.”

Preventive dental care is critical to good oral health and overall health, especially for the Medicaid and uninsured population, which have traditionally been underserved in Kentucky. The average cost per visit is $749 if the patient is not hospitalized, as some are, and most of the problems are preventable, experts say.

For more information about what is being done around the Commonwealth, check out Gov. Steve Beshear’s KyHealthNow website for more information.


Pair of Courier-Journal Articles Focus on Key Healthcare Issues

courier jounral 2A pair of articles that appeared in the Monday, May 4, edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal put a focus on some key health issues facing Kentuckians – the increasing number of people visiting emergency rooms, and the new things being done to help Kentuckians struggling to breathe because of their asthma.

In the first, with the headline Emergency room visits rise under Obamacare,” reporter Laura Ungar writes about the results of a poll showing that “three-quarters of emergency physicians say they’ve seen ER patient volumes surge since Obamacare took effect — just the opposite of what many Americans expected would happen.” The article cites a few key reasons for these increases, including lack of enough primary care physicians to handle all the newly insured patients and lack of education about the need for preventive care and other options.

In the second, with the headline Smart inhalers may help find asthma hotspots,” reporter James Bruggers writes about a new study that “used ‘smart’ emergency inhalers to identify possible asthma hot spots in Louisville is moving into a second phase after showing it helped patients better control their illness while exploring ties to local air quality. With a $750,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil is now signing up local companies to equip some of their employees with the Propeller Health emergency inhalers that track location and frequency of their use. Individuals can also participate.” Passport Health Plan is an initial partner in the second phase of this program, called Air Louisville.