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.

Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation is Hosting the First U.S. Healthcare Leadership School

Louisville’s commitment to compassion in healthcare extends beyond the region.

One example of the reach of this commitment is Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation’s announcement that it will be hosting North America’s very first Healthcare Leadership School (HLS) for emerging health care leaders from around the globe in June 2017.

HLS is a weeklong immersion that mobilizes the next generation of healthcare leaders to catalyze compassionate change for the health of the communities they’re called to serve. Started four years ago by a group of international medical students, HLS has already reached hundreds of young professionals through programs sponsored in the Netherlands, South Africa and Portugal.

The HLS experience is filled with interactive lectures, group collaborations and exercises that boost personal and professional growth, leadership skills and connections that allow participants to emerge as the inspired, courageous and resilient leaders that are needed to transform health in our communities and the world. The rich curriculum is delivered by peers, seasoned teachers and wisdom practitioners.

The HLS-Louisville Organizing Team has reserved 20 participant slots for students and emerging health care leaders from Louisville to join international participants from more than a dozen countries. The team’s vision is for the HLS experience to inspire ongoing collaboration, so our future leaders are even better prepared to work together to make compassion the driving force of every Louisvillian’s experience with our health care system.

For more information, please click here.

 

“A Commitment to Compassion” luncheon sponsored by Passport honors six Louisville health care professionals

Insider Louisville LogoThe second annual “A Commitment to Compassion” luncheon was held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, to recognize and honor dedicated health care professionals who exemplify true compassion in the workplace.

The event, at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville, was co-sponsored by Passport Health Plan, Compassionate Louisville and Insider Louisville.

Jean West, Executive Director of Communications for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, served as emcee for the event, which honored six people who go above and beyond their job duties to extend needed consideration, kindness and compassion to patients, their colleagues and the broader community. They are:

  • Betty J. Adkins, Community Resource Development Manager at Louisville Metro Department of Health and Public Wellness
  • Lisa Benner, Transformation Coach at ChooseWell Communities
  • Sarah Daniel, Nurse Practitioner with MD2U
  • Mary Haynes, President and CEO of Nazareth Home
  • Diane Riff, Assistant Professor and Family Nurse Practitioner, UofL School of Nursing
  • Jonathan Sayat, M.D., Pediatrician and Associate Professor with UofL Physicians

In addition to recognizing these outstanding individuals, the luncheon honored one organization — Cedar Lake — for their active celebration of compassion. Cedar Lake is a private not-for-profit organization that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For more information, please click here.

 

Local healthcare professionals honored for compassionate care at Passport-sponsored ‘Compassionate Care’ event

Compassionate LouisvilleThe Louisville community is fortunate to have many healthcare professionals who are beacons of compassion. A luncheon in downtown Louisville on Tuesday, Feb. 7, aims to shine a light on these inspiring individuals who make a difference every day in the lives of others.

“A Commitment to Compassion” will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th St., in Downtown Louisville. The event is co-sponsored by Passport Health Plan, Compassionate Louisville, and Insider Louisville.

“We are pleased to sponsor this event to honor healthcare professionals who go the extra mile by offering compassion and loving kindness to their patients,” said Jill Joseph Bell, Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Passport Health Plan. “Studies have proven that when healthcare providers practice compassion, their patients have a shorter recovery time and better overall health outcomes.”

For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, please click here.

 

Passport and March of Dimes co-sponsor “NICU to Now” event to highlight Prematurity Awareness Month

MofDPremature birth is the No. 1 cause of death for newborns in the U.S., with the nation’s preterm birth rate worsening for the first time in eight years. Around the U.S., 1 in 10 babies are born preterm, and in Kentucky, the numbers are even worse, with 1 in 8 babies born preterm.

That’s one reason why Passport Health Plan has partnered with the March of Dimes to be the Prematurity Awareness Sponsor for the Greater Louisville March for Babies. As part of our efforts, we are hosting a luminaria lantern lighting event on Thursday, November 17, during which we will honor families that have had a preterm birth and talk about ways to help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

The event – which will comprise “NICU to Now” photo sessions during the day, followed by a luminaria lantern lighting in the evening – will take place at the Jefferson Mall Macy’s, 4809 Outer Loop in Louisville, on Thursday, November 17. Photo sessions for families will be taken from noon to 5 p.m. near the Macy’s entrance inside the mall, and the luminaria lantern lighting takes place at 6:30 p.m. outside the Macy’s entrance on the north end of Jefferson Mall (closest to Target).

 

Passport co-sponsors Charla Young’s Power Up Summit in Louisville on November 12

power up graphicPassport Health Plan is proud to co-sponsor the Power to Exhale movement’s Power Up Summit on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Canaan Christian Fellowship Center in Louisville.

The Power to Exhale movement was created by Charla Young, an author, blogger, motivational speaker, internet radio show host, and host of an empowerment reality television show. Power to Exhale exists to establish a community of love, support and positivity for all women of all ages, all races and all financial and socio-economic backgrounds, according to its Facebook page.

The event, which will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., will follow the theme of “Why Not Now?” and focus on different ways that attendees can “Power Up” their health, relationships, finances and more so that they can impact their communities in a powerful way and realize their full potential.

Along with the speakers, free health screenings, power breaks, and discussions about topics including mental health, depression, relationships, finances, power, purpose and more, the American Heart Association will also be on hand to provide a “Have Faith in Heart” blood pressure screening and help educate attendees on how to have a healthy heart.

Cost of the event is $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and includes a special T-shirt and lunch. For more information or to buy a ticket, please click here.

 

Bingham Fellows launch 5 bold initiatives to get Louisville healthier

lllThe Bingham Fellows program has provided experienced leaders in Greater Louisville with the opportunity to put into practice the skills that credential them as a leader of leaders since 1988. Side by side with peers, participants provide critical issues with visibility and momentum to move our community forward.

The Bingham Fellows Class of 2016 – which included Passport Health Plan Health and Wellness Manager Ryan Burt – focused on the topic of “Empowering Citizens to Live Healthier Lives,” and they brought their expertise and passion to help Louisville improve its collective health. This is a significant challenge because Louisville is regularly rated as one of the unhealthiest cities in the United States by many metrics used to measure wellness. As the class discovered, improving the health of citizens is a complex issue.

They began in January 2016 by engaging local and national companies, nonprofit organizations and public agencies to develop a deep understanding of how they might impact positive change. At their recent “graduation,” the class presented five innovative projects empowering citizens to lead healthier lives and touching all factors that impact health, including social and economic factors, health behavior, clinical care and physical environment. The projects are:

  • Smoketown Family Wellness Center: A New Model for Healthcare Delivery
  • SaturPlay: Building Healthy Bodies and Strong Character
  • Louisville Active: Creating a Culture of Active Lifestyles
  • Smoketown Laundry: Transforming Vacant Space into a Place that Improves the Health and Well-Being of a Community
  • Healthy Teen Break Up Summit: Promoting Peaceful & Healthy Relationship Skills for Teens

For more information about the projects, please click here. For more information about the Bingham Fellows program, please click here. For more information about Leadership Louisville, please click here.