Interior design workshop will help high school students learn more about spaces that promote health and well-being

Passport and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) are presenting a special interior design workshop devoted to encouraging, inspiring, and informing high school students about the field of Interior Design.

The workshop — which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Louisville Central Community Center (LCCC), 1300 Muhammad Ali Blvd. — will provide young people access to knowledgeable professionals and local universities who offer an Interior Design Major. Information regarding the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) will also be available.

During the event, students will take part in a mini-trade show and a design charrette emphasizing spaces that promote health and well-being.

Universities that will be represented include the University of Louisville, Sullivan University’s College of Technology & Design, Western Kentucky University, and the University of Kentucky. Vendors that will be taking part in the mini Trade Show include Shaw (Commercial Carpet and Hard Surface), Wilsonart (Laminate and Solid Surface), PPG (Paint), Patcraft (Commercial Carpet and Hard Surface), Louisville Tile (Wall & Floor Tile), and Koroseal (wall covering).

For more information or to register, please click here. To learn more about the Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of IIDA, please click here.

 

Rural health organization seeks nominations for “Community Stars” to recognize on National Rural Health Day

To honor the nation’s rural health leaders, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) is seeking nominations of “Community Stars” — individuals and organizations that work every day to close gaps, open doors, address challenges, and develop solutions through collaboration, education, innovation, and communication.

Selected Community Stars will be featured in an electronic publication that will be released on National Rural Health Day (Nov. 15, 2018).

To nominate a Community Star, visit https://bit.ly/2OMEoFW. Nominations are due by Friday, August, 24, 2018.

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health is the membership association of the nation’s 50 State Offices of Rural Health. State Offices of Rural Health are anchors of information and support for rural communities, health professionals, hospitals and clinics across the nation.  They are dedicated to collaboration, education, communication and innovation to improve health in small towns around the country.

 

Look for Passport at These Events Around South-Central Kentucky

Passport members and community advocates around south-central Kentucky have a number of upcoming opportunities to come out and see your Passport Community Engagement Representative.

Passport will able to answer questions you might have about Kentucky HEALTH, your Passport benefits, and more. We will have representation at the following events:

  • Thursday, August 9 – Monticello Elementary Back to School Event
  • Friday, August 17 – St. John’s Health Day in Edmonson County
  • Monday, August 20 – Metcalfe County Back to School Social
  • Wednesday, October 10 – First Annual Reentry Expo in Bowling Green

If you have any questions, please contact Priscilla Schwartz via email at Priscilla.Schwartz@passporthealthplan.com.

 

Passport Mails out Kentucky HEALTH Postcard to Members

KY Health NoticeFollowing up on the postcard that was produced and distributed by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Medicaid Services (DMS), Passport has also produced a postcard for our members regarding Kentucky HEALTH, the new health and well-being program for certain low-income adults and their families.

The card discusses four simple things that all members can do now:

  1. Make sure your address is up-to-date with the Department for Medicaid Services (DMS). It’s very important that you’re getting your mail!
  2. Read over everything you get in the mail from DMS and Passport. You’ll be getting information about how Kentucky HEALTH may or may not affect you.
  3. Learn as much as you can about Kentucky HEALTH by visiting www.KentuckyHEALTH.ky.gov or www.benefind.ky.gov or www.passporthealthplan.com/together.
  4. Call us here at Passport at 1-800-578-0603. We’ll be happy to help answer your questions!

To see a PDF version of the postcard, please click here.

 

 

A Good Night’s Sleep is One of the Most Important Things We Can Do to Be Healthy

Insider Louisville LogoOf all the components of good health, there’s one that’s as essential as eating, breathing and physical activity. According to Lisa Bellafato, a health education manager at Passport Health Plan, a good night’s sleep can have a positive effect on everything from your energy level to your ability to lose weight.

“Sleep is a restorative time for the body,” Bellafato says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep. Some can get less, some need more. Teens need more, but for some it’s almost impossible to get the recommended hours.”

Bellafato spends time talking to teens about health issues, and notes that technology is a big factor in depriving young people of sleep. Phones, and the need to be constantly connected, is a huge factor. She recommends a family charging station, and said parents should insist on every family member placing phones at a central location at bedtime – even themselves.

For more information, please click here.

 

Passport Partners with Bluegrass Harvest to Bring Fresh Produce to Lexington Residents

Passport Health Plan has signed on with Bluegrass Harvest, a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program administered by Community Ventures, to sponsor weekly deliveries of locally grown produce for low-income residents of Lexington’s East End community.

The program, which is expected to benefit up to 70 families, will include 20 weekly boxes of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables from local farms this spring and summer. In addition, the CSA box recipients will have access to additional health and wellness-oriented events throughout the five-month program, including cooking demonstrations, exercise classes, food tastings, meet-the-farmer events and more, said Sandy Noble Canon, president of Bluegrass local food initiatives for Community Ventures.

The program is aimed at not only improving access to healthy food, but also encouraging healthy behaviors that can lower health costs and improve outcomes while at the same time supporting local farmers.

“If you think about ways to improve health and quality of life, there’s only so much that going to the doctor can do,” said Michael Rabkin, communications director for Passport Health Plan. “We know that food directly impacts someone’s health, whether it’s losing weight or preventing diabetes or lowering someone’s heart rate.”

For more information on Bluegrass Harvest, please click here. For more information about this partnership, please click here.

 

Louisville Grows Brings Healthy-Eating Practices to Residents All Over Region

Insider Louisville LogoThe phrase “eat your vegetables” can refer to any responsible choice you make, whether in work, school, or life. Taken literally, it’s good advice when it comes to your diet.

Healthy eating can mean different things to different people, but almost everyone is making a conscious effort to improve their health by paying attention to what they put in their mouths. And vegetables are among the healthiest items anyone can choose.

Ked Stanfield, executive director of Louisville Grows, organizes programs and activities to encourage a healthy diet at the organization’s headquarters in the Portland neighborhood of West Louisville.

“Something that’s missing from a lot of American diets are vegetables,” he says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville.  “Vegetables have a lot of nutrients and they don’t have a lot of calories. Those micro- and macro-nutrients that are found in vegetables are things that we lack in our diet.”

To learn more about this, please click here.

 

You Could Be a Work of Art and Become a Part of Passport Health Plan’s Photo Mosaic

Passport is preparing to break ground on our new Health and Well-Being Campus in West Louisville on March 14, and we want you to be part of the big event – literally!

Here’s How: First, use your phone to take a selfie. Then, post it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #FacesOfPassport. These photos will then be used to create a giant mosaic that celebrates Passport’s mission: to improve the health and quality of life of our members. The final mosaic will be unveiled at Passport’s groundbreaking celebration on March 14, and – thanks to the generous support of the Passport Foundation – it will be installed as a lasting piece of art in Passport’s future headquarters.

Don’t wait, though! Post your selfie by Friday, February 16, and you’ll have a chance to be part of this lasting tribute to the groundbreaking change Passport is bringing to the people of Kentucky. For more information, please click here.

Important Note: Please understand that by posting your selfie, it becomes a publicly available image that Passport has the right to obtain and use for commercial, promotional, educational and other purposes. Although not every photo is guaranteed to be part of the final mosaic, you can increase your chances by posting multiple selfies.

 

2017 KIDS COUNT County Data Book Details Current Status of Well-Being for Kentucky Children

The 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. It also offers detailed data for all 120 Kentucky counties, and calculates how many children would be impacted if Kentucky was able to make just a 10 percent improvement for each measure.

“The message behind the KIDS COUNT data is clear: giving children opportunities to succeed is essential if our state is to reach its potential,” said Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA). “Looking at data change over time illuminates areas of progress and areas of needed policy change and investment. If all of our kids-no matter their families’ income, skin color, or zip code-are to grow up to be healthy and productive citizens, their needs must be prioritized.”

The 2017 County Data Book allows users to investigate areas in which Kentucky and its counties are making progress and those needing focused attention for improvement by highlighting information and data in four domains of child well-being: economic security, education, health, and family and community.

“Quality data helps us focus our efforts to build healthier and safer communities,” said Mark Carter, CEO of Passport Health Plan, the signature sponsor of the Data Book. “That’s why we are so pleased to sponsor a tool that health provider partners, community agencies, youth, and advocates across Kentucky can utilize to build stronger communities for our future – our children.”

For example, health data continues to show progress for Kentucky kids. Nearly 96 percent of children under age 19 and 77 percent of young adults age 19-25 have health insurance, which they depend on to stay healthy. In addition, rates of smoking during pregnancy, babies born at low birthweight, and teen births all improved over the past 5 years.

Read the 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book and access the Kentucky KIDS COUNT Data Dashboard, featuring data trends from the 2017 report, at  kyyouth.org.

 

Kentucky ranks 49th in seniors’ well-being, new survey shows

WellBeingFor the seventh year in a row, Kentucky has been ranked as the second-lowest state when it comes to the well-being of people aged 55 and older, beating out only West Virginia.

The rankings  are part of the 2015 Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series. Kentucky’s “well-being index score” was 61.2, ranking just ahead of West Virginia (59.9) and just below Oklahoma (62.0), Ohio (62.5), Indiana and Vermont (62.7 each). The score is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the best. Hawaii ranked No. 1, with a score of 67.0.

The analysis ranks states according to five different measures of well-being for seniors and then ranks them based on the overall score. Those measures (with Kentucky’s ranks noted in parentheses) are:

  • Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals (48)
  • Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life (46)
  • Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security (41)
  • Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community (40)
  • Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily (49)

James Kimbrough, president of AARP Kentucky, told Darla Carter of The Courier-Journal that he thought the problem was rooted in poor eating habits and a lack of physical activity and said he would like to see state’s legislative leaders be public role models in these areas.

“The healthiest states in the country have a culture of encouraging people to exercise, to be outdoors, to not sit in front of the TVs,” he said.