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.

 

Symposium will help primary care practitioners learn more about detection and prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease

In an effort to help primary care practitioners (PCPs) and other healthcare professionals learn more about Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), the National Kidney Foundation, with the support of Passport Health Plan, is presenting “CKDinform: Early Detection and Prevention Symposium” from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 20, at the Marriott Louisville East. ***UPDATE: This event is being rescheduled until early 2019 — stay tuned for more details, or email alana.miller@kidney.org.***

CKDinform is a collection of evidence-based resources provided in a diverse “toolbox” that will enable them to recognize CKD earlier and develop treatment protocols to slow progression.

Physicians, nurses, advanced practitioners, and other clinicians who care for people with CKD are invited to sign up for a morning of learning and networking. As a bonus, all those in attendance can earn up to 3.0 CME/CEs for just $25. Breakfast is included.

Register at www.kidney.org/ckdinform-louisville or contact Alana Miller by sending an email to alana.miller@kidney.org or calling (502) 585-5433.

The National Kidney Foundation is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease.

 

Head injuries can take longer to heal, especially for young athletes

Injuries are, for the most part, an accepted consequence of participating in youth sports. Beginning as early as preschool, kids are encouraged to participate in sports as a good way to help them learn about socialization, competition, and fitness.

Insider Louisville LogoBroken bones almost always heal. So do sprains and bruises. But parents, coaches, and kids are learning too often that bumps on the head must be taken more seriously. Brain injuries, including concussions, can have long-lasting effects that make it difficult to concentrate, focus, and remember important details.

That was the case for soccer goalie Ruby Fitzer, who had to quit playing the game she loved after suffering her fourth concussion. But she, and her parents, knew they had to make that difficult decision because they realized that the cumulative effect of the concussions could eventually lead to long-term damage.

“I loved playing soccer and I miss it all the time,” she said in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “I’ve had too many head injuries, and the risks of playing outweigh the benefits.”

Eddie Reynolds, executive director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky (BIAK), said the brain must be allowed to heal after an injury. He said a concussion is like a short in the brain’s wiring, and it needs to rest both physically and cognitively to heal. That means no computer, TV, or phone activity while in recovery.

“If a young person receives a second concussion, it can cause catastrophic damage. Removal from play is important. You have to get over the mindset that you just have to suck it up and be tough. You’ve only got one brain, and it’s important to take care of it,” he said.

To hear more from Ruby and Eddie, please click here.

 

Southern Kentucky Reentry Council hosts “Reentry Expo” on October 10 in Bowling Green

The Southern Kentucky Reentry Council is hosting its first “Reentry Expo” on Wednesday, October 10, at the Warren County Library’s Bob Kirby Branch in Bowling Green.

The event, which is co-sponsored by Passport, will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be an Expungement Informational Session that begins at noon, in which attendees will receive an official copy of their record and learn about the process of expungement. Please note that no attorneys will be available following the presentation for one-on-one consultations, but Legal Aid will have a table during the event to set up future appointments.

There will also be resources available on a number of subjects including substance use disorder, mental health, second-chance employers, community resources, job coaching, and more.

Free snacks and drinks will be provided while supplies last.

For more information, please go online to southernkyreentry.org or call 270-883-2299.

 

Dignity has a home at Louisville’s Hildegard House

The spirit of compassion permeates the air at Hildegard House, the Louisville home where 65 volunteers serve on a rotating schedule to care for those “individuals at the end of life who have no home or loved ones to care for them.”

Insider Louisville LogoKaren Cassidy, a palliative care nurse, is the executive director. She led the drive to establish Hildegard House, and the non-profit was able to purchase the former church property, which was home to Ursuline Sisters for decades, in 2016.

Before taking on the leadership role at Hildegard House, Cassidy said that she was witness to many sad stories of individuals who came to the end of life with nothing.

“Every day I would see people at the end of life who had no home or caregivers to care for them,” she said in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “It’s hard to see someone die by themselves.”

On Sept. 22, a fund-raising event, “An Evening with Hildegard” is planned from 5-8 p.m. at the Atria Hospitality Center at 300 E. Market St. Local TV personality Rachel Platt with emcee the event, with guest performances by the Louisville Ballet and performance artist Jeannde Ford. Tickets are available through Hildegard House.

For more information, please click here.

 

Passport implements new requirement for medically frail members

Effective July 1, 2018, Passport Health Plan has implemented a new requirement for medically frail members.

Some of our members may be considered medically frail, meaning that they are exempt from any cost-sharing and are automatically placed into Passport’s Care Management programs. A person may be determined as medically frail if they have a severe condition including, but not limited to:

  • Activities of Daily Living (physical, intellectual or developmental limitations such as with dressing, eating, etc)
  • Disabling mental disorder (including serious mental illness)
  • Chronic substance use disorder (SUD)
  • Chronic homelessness
  • Serious and complex medical conditions

Providers who think they have a patient who is a Passport member and might be classified as medically frail should first check the Passport Portal to determine if they have already been deemed medically frail via claims data or another provider attestation. If the member has not been deemed as medically frail, providers are asked to submit an attestation on the patient’s condition.

The attestation form is available online by clicking here. Providers can check the Medically Frail Condition Guide for more information.

Providers who have questions should call Passport Provider Services at 1-800-578-0775, or contact their Passport Provider Services Representative.

 

Louisville Health Advisory Board plans free suicide prevention trainings to help reduce deaths

One person dies by suicide in Kentucky about every 11 hours, making it the 11th leading cause of death overall, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Efforts to increase suicide prevention and awareness include many different things, but the Louisville Health Advisory Board (LHAB) is adding something new this year.

To try to bring suicides in the city down to zero, LHAB — of which Passport is a proud member — is offering suicide prevention training in more than 85 locations during National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 9-15) as part of its “Bold Moves Against Suicide Louisville” initiative.

“The concept is that any suicide that exists may be related to an opportunity to stop that suicide,” said Dr. Val Slayton, a member of the LHAB behavioral health committee. “And an important part of being able to stop suicide is by having individuals understand what to look for. And then how to intervene.”

The free 90-minute “Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR)” training is designed to teach people how to respond to someone in crisis and is taught much like CPR. It is designed to teach people how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to offer hope and how to get help and save a life.

To see where the classes are being offered, please go online to qprlou.org. If you or someone you know is in crisis, the national suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255. The Crisis Text Line is also available 24/7 by texting HOME to 741741.

 

Charla Young’s “Power to Exhale” group brings Empowerment Tour around Kentucky during the month of September

Power to Exhale, a global women’s empowerment organization headquartered in Louisville, is bringing its empowerment tour to the state of Kentucky.

Sponsored by Passport, the Power to Exhale tour will partner with community, education, and entertainment providers in various communities around the Commonwealth.

“This will be an RV empowerment tour rolling from city to city to give people in the community everything from information on controlling their blood pressure to a road map on how to live your best life,” said Power to Exhale Founder Charla Young. “We will also stop to build a Habitat for Humanity Home, volunteer at Dare to Care of Louisville and stand proudly on the platform of empowerment as we march through a community parade. This RV Tour will be All Things Empowerment.”

The RV Tour kicks off Saturday, September 1, at the Big Four Bridge in Downtown Louisville, where more than 200 Power to Exhale members will gather to walk with a platform solidarity, sisterhood and service. Other stops will include Lexington, Bowling Green, Radcliff/Elizabethtown, and Covington. Every stop is free and open to the public.

To see the full list of stops, please click here.

For more information, please contact Charla Young at exhalequestions@gmail.com or by calling (502) 938-9454, or go online to powertoexhale.org.

 

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services continues to post updated resources on Kentucky HEALTH website

In an ongoing effort to keep all beneficiaries, stakeholders, and various partners up-to-date on the status of Medicaid and the Kentucky HEALTH program, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is continuing to post updated guidance and resources on the Kentucky HEALTH website.

All interested parties are encouraged to check out the Kentucky HEALTH Legal Decision Guide (for beneficiaries, providers, and partners), which was recently published on the Kentucky HEALTH website. This guide includes information about reinstated dental & vision benefits and non-emergency medical transportation, premium payments and reimbursements for Kentucky HEALTH, information about the impact of the legal decision on Medically Frail individuals, and more.

There has been a great deal of confusion and misinformation related to Kentucky HEALTH and coverage for Medicaid recipients. CHFS continues to remind people that benefits have not changed for pregnant women and children. Passport is collaborating with CHFS and working with providers and other community partners to address ongoing questions.

For other information related to Kentucky HEALTH, please visit KentuckyHEALTH.ky.gov and connect with CHFS on Twitter or Facebook.

 

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.