Passport helps present event focused on future of food security in Louisville

Passport is joining with other area organizations and agencies to present “The Future of Food Security in Louisville,” an event designed to discuss solutions that could reduce food insecurity across the community.

The forum — which takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, at Home of the Innocents, 1100 E. Market St. in Louisville — will include a keynote address from Dr. Wayne Tuckson, president of the Greater Louisville Medical Society, a panel discussion featuring representatives from four local nonprofits, two Metro departments and the Jefferson County Public Schools district, and more.

Light refreshments consisting of organic farm-fresh produce from one of New Roots’ 12 community Fresh Stop Markets will be prepared onsite and served to attendees.

Joining Passport as event organizers are Louisville Urban League, the Jewish Community Center, and the American Heart Association. Other participating agencies include Dare to Care, Lift a Life Foundation, JCPS, New Roots, Farm to Table, The Center for Health Equity, Louisville Cooperative Grocery, and Greater Louisville Medical Society.

For more information or to register for the free event, please click here.

 

Parents have a right to get involved if they think their teen is getting addicted to drugs or alcohol

Addiction is a troubling and potentially earth-shattering disease at any age, so when a teen becomes addicted to drugs, alcohol, or even something that seems harmless like a video game, the consequences can be devastating.

Insider Louisville LogoAndrew Davidson is a licensed clinical social worker whose private practice is centered on 14- to 18-year-olds. In other words, he knows how teenagers’ minds work, what motivates them, and what triggers addictive behavior.

Teens are most likely to experiment with alcohol, he says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville, adding that he has seen the whole list of addictive drugs, from marijuana to stimulants to opioids, in his patients. And he is quick to point out that gambling and video games are increasingly affecting young people in a negative way.

“I use a harm-reduction approach – I’m trying to reduce any kind of harm they could do,” he says. “If they choose to use, they need to know what the dangers are.”

To hear more from Davidson, please click here. To read more, please click here.

 

More Services Become Available for Louisvillians Seeking Treatment in Opioid Crisis

Insider Louisville LogoAddiction does not discriminate. Its victims cross all demographic and socio-economic lines, live in every part of our city, and are members of every age group and gender.

Thankfully, the number of available beds for rehab treatment in Louisville has been increasing, but it is still not enough to match demand. Heroin may be the drug most likely to send someone looking for help today, but other substances – including alcohol – have the capacity to ruin lives.

For Shreeta Waldon, a licensed chemical and drug counselor at House of Ruth in Old Louisville, the key is for people to acknowledge an issue exists in the first place.

“First you have to tell me that you believe that there’s a problem,” she says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “You can’t create a new life, or replace that old life with a new one, if you don’t think you had a problem with it.”

To hear more from Shreeta Waldon, please click here.

 

Passport is making progress at the Health and Well-Being Campus site

Following the March 14 groundbreaking and community celebration attended by hundreds of friends and supporters, Passport Health Plan named Paul Mattingly/Congleton Hacker (PMCH) Construction as the general contractor to build its headquarters, parking garage, and surrounding public plazas.

Recently, PMCH began mobilizing at the site, installing temporary fencing and office trailers.

Over the coming weeks, 1800 West Broadway will become an active construction site with demolition of the abandoned day care and car wash buildings, making way for the new four-story Passport headquarters, slated for completion in Spring 2020.

For more information, please go online to passportwellbeing.com.

 

Passport’s Health and Well-Being Campus Project Featured on National Website

AHIPPassport’s announcement in 2017 that it would be moving its corporate headquarters to be the centerpiece of a new Health and Well-Being Campus in Downtown Louisville generated a lot of regional and national interest, and that interest is not waning.

A recent article  from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) highlights the work that Passport plans to do, both in the new building and with community partners around the new campus.

“We’ve always said that good health is about more than just going to the doctor,” Passport CEO Mark Carter says in the article. “Our mission is to improve the health and quality of life of our members, and we really take that to heart. This campus and our new headquarters building will be our chance to show how a health plan can really transform health outcomes for an entire community.”

AHIP is the national association whose members provide coverage for health care and related services that improve and protect the health and financial security of consumers, families, businesses, communities and the nation. AHIP advocates for public policies that expand access to affordable health care coverage to all Americans through a competitive marketplace that fosters choice, quality, and innovation. For details, go online to www.ahip.org

 

Passport Sponsors Another Season of Friday Fest at Highview Park in Louisville

Passport Health Plan is sponsoring another summer of great local music in Louisville with Friday Fest at Highview Park.

Two acts play during each event, which start at 6 p.m. every other Friday from June 1 thought August 10.  Along with great music, attendees can purchase hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks, and water during the event.

Dates and headliners are:

  • June 1 – Johnny Berry and the Outliners
  • June 15 – JD Shelbourne
  • June 29 – Monarchs
  • July 13 – The Wolfe Brothers
  • July 27 – 100 % Poly
  • August 10 – Justin Paul Lewis

Highview Park is located at 7201 Outer Loop in Louisville, with parking available behind the park. For more information, check out the group’s Facebook page by clicking here.

 

 

Task Force Streamlines Human Trafficking Notification Process to Better Assist Victims, Investigations

Attorney General Andy Beshear and Catholic Charities of Louisville recently released the 2017 Human Trafficking Task Force Reportthat focuses on Kentucky’s coordinated efforts to fight human trafficking.

The report highlights Kentucky’s new streamlined notification process that better assists in investigations and follow-up victim services for reported cases of human trafficking across the state.

The changes allow for a quicker response to incidents of suspected human trafficking in Kentucky and is one of numerous efforts outlined in the annual report of the Kentucky Human Trafficking Task Force, of which Passport Health Plan is a member.

The report is the first overall look at the state’s coordinated efforts to fight human trafficking since Beshear’s office and Catholic Charities of Louisville, co-chairs of the task force, received a federal grant in 2016. The grant was the first from the U.S Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Victims of Crime ever awarded to a Kentucky agency for human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is a growing and gruesome crime in the Commonwealth,” Beshear said in a news release. “In order to combat it, we needed to streamline the information sharing protocols between our federal, state and local task force members to more efficiently respond to reports of human trafficking. Now, law enforcement can immediately investigate and advocates can immediately offer victim services.”

 

Passport Discusses Requested Zoning Change for Health and Well-Being Campus in Downtown Louisville

Well Being Campus LogoPassport held a public meeting on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss a requested change in zoning for the Health and Well-Being Campus that is being planned in the West End of Downtown Louisville.

During this meeting, Jon Baker, an attorney with Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, discussed the zoning request that Passport will be making.

Passport is requesting a zoning change from C1 (Commercial), EZ1 (Enterprise Zone) and R6 (Multi-Family Residential) to PD (Planned Development). This is because PD zoning is a good fit here, allowing Passport to have design flexibility while maintaining oversight that ensures every building fits into the vision of the Health and Well-Being Campus. PD zoning respects and supports the existing neighborhood, integrating the new development to ensure it is compatible; it provides flexible design standards to create a livable community; and it promotes efficient and economic land usage.

In the next few weeks, Passport will file a zoning application with Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services. During this step, agencies like MSD, Public Works, the Fire Department and Health Department also have a chance to review the plans. Once their comments are addressed, Passport will be scheduled to attend the Land Development & Transportation Committee, which is open to the public. If LD&T determines that everything is in order, they will set another Public Hearing date. After the Public Hearing, the plan goes through Metro Council which has final say on the re-zoning. This entire process usually takes 6 to 8 months.

Nothing in this process will derail the current construction under way on the headquarters.

 

Passport Plans Public Meeting to Discuss Requested Zoning Change

Well Being Campus LogoProperty owners and neighborhood group representatives who live and work near the site of the future Passport Health Plan headquarters building and Health and Well-Being Campus at 18th and West Broadway in Downtown Louisville are invited to an informal meeting on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss a requested change in zoning.

Passport has filed applications with Metro Louisville Planning & Design for a change in zoning to Planned Development (PD) and variance relief involving the property at and near 1800 W. Broadway, 1912 W. Broadway, 2014 W. Broadway, and 2028 W. Broadway. This will be an informal meeting to give residents the opportunity to review the proposed plans and provide comments.

  • WHAT: Informal meeting to discuss applications for a change in zoning
  • WHEN: 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17
  • WHERE: Roosevelt-Perry Elementary School, 1615 W. Broadway, Louisville
  • RSVP: Please go online to www.passportwellbeing.com or call (502) 585-7301

Representatives of Passport will explain the proposal and address any questions that residents may have. Due to the short length of this meeting, there will be no refreshments served. For more information, please click here.

 

Passport Sponsors WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday Concerts in Downtown Louisville All Summer Long

Passport Health Plan is excited to sponsor the 2018 season of WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series, which takes place in Downtown Louisville on the last Wednesday of the month from April through September.

Passport will have a tent at each concert, where we will be able to answer your questions and give away some educational information and fun stuff.

The Great Lawn opens at 5 p.m. for each show, with the music beginning at 6 p.m. The concerts are all free and open to all ages. The dates for this year’s shows (rain or shine) are:

  • April 25
  • May 30
  • June 27
  • July 25
  • August 29
  • September 26

For more information, including a complete FAQ guide and updated list of performers, go online to wfpk.org.