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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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 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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Healthy Hoops Kentucky to celebrate 10th annual event at a new location: Central High School

Healthy Hoops Kentucky is an event where asthmatic children and their families can learn more about having asthma and other asthma-related conditions, in addition to learning some great ways to get exercise and stay healthy with Louisville basketball legend Darrell Griffith!

Healthy Hoops Kentucky is FREE for all asthmatic children ages 7 to 14 and their families. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, and will be held at a new location this year: Central High School, 1130 West Chestnut Street. Families can register by going online to healthyhoopsky.com or by calling (502) 585-8429.

Event features include:

  • In the morning, children and their families will receive a comprehensive clinical screening to evaluate their asthma, a free consultation with an asthma health professional, and nutrition counseling. They will also learn how to lead active lives while managing their breathing, how to use medications appropriately, how to monitor exercise, and how to keep asthma under control. Each family will leave the screening with an “Asthma Action Plan” and tools to keep their asthma under control.
  • Then, after a free lunch, the children will head to the basketball court, where on-court legend Darrell Griffith will lead a team of celebrity basketball coaches in a series of workshops designed to teach the children how they can play the game even if they have breathing issues.

“I’m so excited to be involved in the Healthy Hoops Kentucky event to help these kids and their families,” said Griffith. “The work that we do to help these young people manage their asthma and learn how they can stay physically active has changed their lives.”

Healthy Hoops Kentucky is sponsored by Passport Health Plan, the University of Louisville, the AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership, the American Lung Association, and other local organizations. It is not a requirement to be a Passport Health Plan member to participate in Healthy Hoops Kentucky. For more information, please click here.

 

Cedar Lake honored at ‘A Commitment to Compassion’ luncheon

Compassionate LouisvillePassport Health Plan, Compassionate Louisville, and Insider Louisville celebrate inspiring individuals and organizations in healthcare annually through “A Commitment to Compassion,” a luncheon that shines a light on those who embody compassion and make a difference in the lives of others every day.

As we prepare for the 2018 luncheon, we wanted to take a look back at the six people and one organization honored at the 2017 event.

Cedar Lake, a private not-for-profit organization, activates its commitment to compassion through its support of more than 200 of our neighbors with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The faith-based organization was founded in 1970 by Louisville-area parents of people with intellectual disabilities. For more information, please click here or go online to cedarlake.org.

 

Passport presents Sixth Annual WLOU Summerfest Prayer Breakfast next month in West Louisville

Passport Health Plan is proud to present the Sixth Annual WLOU/WLLV Summerfest Prayer Breakfast at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 16, at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Downtown Louisville.

The theme for this year’s event is “We Believe In West Louisville.”

The Keynote speaker for the event will be Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Senior Pastor of St. Stephen Church and President of Simmons College of Kentucky. Also speaking will be Passport CEO Mark B. Carter, YMCA CEO Steve Tarver, and Metro Louisville Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith.

For more information, please click here or call Angela Lee Price at (502) 776-1240.

 

March of Dimes and others continue to help women reduce risk factors of premature births

HopeEvery expectant mother has an ideal vision of the birthing process, one that results in her holding her newborn in her hospital room with family gathered around.

But the reality is that premature births happen — and in Kentucky they happen at a rate 2 percent higher than the national average. When a baby is born prior to the 37th week of pregnancy, it is considered premature. There’s no official cause of premature birth, and the March of Dimes spends millions of dollars on research to determine ways to help mothers carry babies to full term births.

“The cause of premature birth is unknown,” Ryan Burt, Wellness Manager at Passport Health Plan, said in an Insider Louisville article. “There are certain risk factors that can lead to premature birth and we can tell women to be sure to lower their risk, but the actual reason is still unknown.”

To read more about this, please click here. To register for the March of Dimes’ biggest annual fund-raiser, the Greater Louisville March for Babies, on Saturday, May 13 on the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park, please click here.

 

Passport and American Diabetes Association encourage all Kentuckians to take part in Diabetes Alert Day

ADA-passport-logoAre you at risk for developing diabetes? The American Diabetes Association and Passport Health Plan are asking all Kentuckians to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test in honor of all the Association’s annual Alert Day set for Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Alert Day is a day to sound the alarm about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes across Kentucky and our country.

Companies and/or organizations interested in participating in Alert Day can download the complete e-toolkit by visiting WellLivesHere.org.

The following locations in Lexington will have screenings on Alert Day, March 28, from 10 am to 2 pm:

  • Walmart – 4051 Nicholasville Road
  • Walmart North Park Marketplace – 500 New Circle Road

Paper type 2 diabetes risk tests and other diabetes materials will also be available on Alert Day from 10 am to 2 pm at the following locations:

  • Walmart- 112 Osbourne Way, Georgetown
  • Walmart- 2350 Grey Lag Way, Lexington

The following locations in Louisville will have screenings on Alert Day from 9 am to 2 pm:

  • Neighborhood Place Ujima – 3610 Bohne Ave.
  • Neighborhood Place Charmoli – 200 Juneau Drive, Suite 200
  • Neighborhood Place3 South Central – 4255 Hazelwood Ave.
  • Neighborhood Place South Jefferson/Fairdale – 1000 Neighborhood Place
  • Family Health Centers Portland – 2215 Portland Ave.

For more information, 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.