Passport hosts Cancer Prevention and Care forum on Saturday in West Louisville

Passport Health Plan is hosting a Cancer Prevention and Care forum on Saturday, September 23, at St. Stephen Church in West Louisville.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will include information about the importance of having a strong relationship with your doctor and information on smoking, as well as a number of free services:

  • Blood pressure readings
  • Kidney screenings
  • Vision screenings
  • Diabetes screenings
  • Flu shots
  • And more!

The forum will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the St. Stephen Church Family Life Center, 1508 West Kentucky Street, Louisville, KY 40210. For more information, please click here.

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Passport joins with American Diabetes Association to help kids eat healthier

ADA-passport-logoPassport Health Plan and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have created a “Healthy Habits” placemat to help kids understand what they should be eating at school and home to live healthier lives.

The placemats, which are available here, will be shared at schools all across the Commonwealth this month in advance of National Healthy Lunch Day, which takes place on Tuesday, September 19.

According to the ADA, there is lots of confusion about what to eat, including what’s healthful and what’s not. Often the food choices people make are full of calories yet lack the nutritional value the body needs. The result is expanding waistlines, low energy and rising rates of type 2 diabetes and obesity-related illnesses.

The goal of Healthy Lunch Day is to help inspire, encourage and empower people of all ages to eat healthy lunches as much as possible.

 

Healthy Hoops Kentucky helps bring hope to kids with asthma through doctors, basketball

No child wants to be on the sidelines during play time. However, it’s an unfortunate fact that children with asthma must often sit idly by while their friends run around.

Countless local kids with asthma have benefited from an annual program that offers support, education, and fun for a decade now. The 10th annual Healthy Hoops Kentucky event will take place at Central High School on Saturday, Sept. 9. The free event is open to any family with a child aged 7-14 who has asthma. You can sign up online or call (502) 585-8429.

Doctors, nurses, and other health professionals volunteer their time to provide information and education to families, and the kids love it – in part because of the presence of Louisville’s Doctor of Dunk, Darrell Griffith.

“Over a 10-year period, I’ve seen a lot of success stories,” Griffith said in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “The idea of educating parents, and brother and sisters, has been a really, really great program for the community. It gives the kids hope that they can participate, and be normal, because sometimes when you have asthma you don’t think you’re normal, especially at a young age.”

 

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.

 

Parents & teachers ‘have to be more vigilant’ to prevent bullying in schools and online

Insider Louisville LogoFor a significant number of school-age children, heading back to school is a happy time of reuniting with friends, meeting new teachers, and adopting new routines. But for an unfortunate few, it also means coming face-to-face with a most unwelcome sight – the bully.

Dr. Terry Scott is Director of the Center for Instructional and Behavioral Research in Schools at the University of Louisville’s Department of Special Education. He says that bullying in schools may not be more prevalent than it used to be, but social media provides more opportunities for bullies to do damage these days.

“What we’ve found is that if you simply go into a school and tell kids to stop bullying, the bullying tends to go underground,” he says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “And cyber-bullying is a great place for it to go underground because adults aren’t seeing every exchange the kids have.”

 

Passport Plans Workshops for Members of Provider Network to Learn About New Claims System and Provider Portal

Passport is holding annual provider workshops to educate providers on Medicaid processes, procedures, and more. This year, Passport’s workshops will be dedicated to training on the new claims system and provider portal.

Passport will offer training opportunities around the state of Kentucky:

  • Bowling Green – Tuesday, August 29, at the National Corvette Museum, 350 Corvette Dr.
  • Pikeville – Thursday, August 31, at the Hilton Garden Inn Pikeville, 849 Hambley Blvd.
  • Erlanger – Wednesday, September 6, at Receptions, 1379 Donaldson Hwy.
  • Paducah – Friday, September 8, at Baptist Paducah Church, 2501 KY Ave.
  • Ashland – Tuesday, September 12, at the Ashland Plaza Hotel, 1441 Winchester Ave.
  • Owensboro – Thursday, September 14, at Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn, 2840 W Parrish Ave.
  • Lexington – Tuesday, September 19, or Wednesday, September 20, at Fasig-Tipton Company, 2400 Newtown Pike
  • Louisville – Friday, September 22 or Monday, September 25 at Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Plaza 1, 4001 Dutchmans LN, St Matthews, KY 40207 or Wednesday, September 27 at Home of the Innocents 1100 Market Street, Louisville, KY 40206

All training workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time and will include lunch.

If a provider is unable to attend any of these dates, training webinars will also be offered on Tuesday, September 19, and Tuesday September 26, both at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

To register, providers should email their date/location to providerinquiries@passporthealthplan.com, or can go to the “Educational Resources” section of Passport’s website then click on Provider Workshops. For providers who have questions, they can call Passport Provider Services at (800) 578-0775.

 

New compassion initiative helps healthcare teams build strong “Foundations for Flourishing”

Compassionate LouisvilleCircumstances can sometimes make it difficult to develop and sustain optimal dynamics where people are at their best, fully engaged, and feeling truly valued and fulfilled in their work.

To support healthcare teams in developing dynamics that enable them to be their best and experience more of what is important to them, Compassionate Louisville’s Healthcare Constellation and Point C Business Consultancy are partnering on an initiative called “Foundations for Flourishing.”

Led by Katie Gaughan, president of Point C, this team and culture initiative combines experiential learning and transformative dialogue in phased sessions over several months.

“After four years volunteering in a variety of capacities for Compassionate Louisville, I am excited to have found a unique way to leverage my passion and expertise to cultivate compassion in support of the wellbeing of healthcare professionals, teams, and organizations,” Gaughan says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “It is amazing to witness people realizing their potential to truly flourish.”

 

Much more has been learned about how to help children with autism, but parents still face challenges

Insider Louisville LogoThere is ample evidence that the number of individuals with autism in America is growing, and with that growth comes a better understanding of what it is and how to treat it.

There is also mounting evidence that early detection, maybe as early as age 2, can allow for intervention that will make a true difference in a child’s life.

Yet being the parent of a child on the autism spectrum remains a very difficult challenge. Sandra Duverge has faced that challenge for two decades, learning the ins and outs of school systems, medical treatments and government benefits in providing for her son, Sebastian, now 23.

“I tell parents you’re going to put all this effort in, as you would anyway for your child, and you push so your child can have a typical life and be a happy person. That’s where you spend your energy,” she says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville.

To see a short video about this, please click here. Or to read more, click here.

 

Passport co-sponsors ‘Live Empowered’ event to teach people about diabetes

ADA-passport-logoPassport Health Plan, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and Charla Young are proud to present a special “Live Empowered” event designed to teach people how to live, thrive, and survive with diabetes.

The event – which takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, at St. Stephen Family Life Center, 1508 W. Kentucky St. in Louisville – aims to teach people who work with churches, community centers, and community health workers all about the ADA resources that are available.

Charla Young is an author, blogger, motivational speaker, internet radio show host, and host of an empowerment reality television show. She created the Power to Exhale movement 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.

If you’re interested in attending the event, please RSVP by July 31 to acarlos@diabetes.org or (859) 268-9129 ext. 3322. Click here for more information. Complimentary lunch will be served for attendees.