Passport Health Plan becomes sponsor of University of Kentucky’s “CATS in the Community” student-athlete service group

CATS in the Community LogoPassport Health Plan has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of the University of Kentucky “CATS in the Community” group of student-athletes who participate in community service events.

“CATS in the Community” offers student-athletes the opportunity to volunteer their time to help those in the community. During the 2014-15 academic year, student-athletes volunteered over 4,300 hours of their time to community service in addition to going to class, attending practice, studying, and traveling to tournaments.

“At Passport, we take pride in working with local providers and community advocates to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve,” said Passport CEO Mark B. Carter. “That’s why this partnership with the UK CATS in the Community group of dedicated student-athletes just made perfect sense. Together, we can help all Kentuckians live healthier lives.”

“I’m honored to work with a first-class organization such as Passport Health Plan,” said Dustin Lewis, UK Life Skills Coordinator. “Passport is an industry leader and has always supported community-service initiatives in our state. Our student-athletes volunteer between 4,000 and 5,000 hours each year, so I’m excited that this partnership will recognize some deserving individuals who work hard to make this community a better place.”

If you have an organization and are interested in requesting some student-athlete volunteers to work with your group, please go online to catsacademics.com/services/community-outreach or send an email to Dustin Lewis at Dustin.Lewis@uky.edu.

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University of Kentucky professor, who is nation’s leading COPD expert, helps develop tool to help people breathe easier

World COPD DayMore than 12 million Americans were diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in 2011, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that twice that number suffer from undiagnosed cases.  Kentucky has the highest COPD rate in the nation, with 9.3 percent of the state’s population having the disease.

Thankfully, doctors around Kentucky are working hard to help people who have COPD, which describes a number of diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and some types of asthma. One such person is Dr. David Mannino, a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health who has been recognized by Expertscape News as the leading COPD expert in the U.S.

Dr. Mannino has collaborated with a national team of public health experts to develop a novel tool intended to hasten the process of detecting and diagnosing cases of COPD in moderate to severely impaired patients.

“Undiagnosed and untreated COPD can lead to detriments in quality of life, and basically people start doing less because they have difficulty breathing,” Dr. Mannino said in a statement.“Many people attribute this difficulty of breathing to just getting older when, in fact, they may have a disease that is potentially treatable.”

Patients with COPD experience reductions in lung function, which interfere with their ability to perform routine activities. Modern medical therapies and disease management practices for COPD can delay lung impairment and improve the patient’s quality of life. According to Dr. Mannino, at least one-third of Americans living with COPD discover their diagnosis after experiencing late-stage disease exacerbations. At this point, lung deterioration eliminates the possibility of intervention.

In Louisville, Passport has joined with a number of public, private, and philanthropic organizations to help improve asthma rates around Louisville by tracking when, where, and how often residents experience asthma symptoms and trouble breathing. For more information about the program, go online to airlouisville.com or instituteforhealthyairwaterandsoil.org.

 

Passport Sponsors University of Kentucky’s Student-Athlete Community Service Group

CATS in the Community LogoPassport has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of the University of Kentucky “CATS in the Community” group of student-athletes who participate in community service events around the Greater Lexington area.

“CATS in the Community” offers student-athletes the opportunity to volunteer their time to help those in the community, according to the official website.

During the 2013-14 academic year, student-athletes volunteered over 4,300 hours of their time to community service in addition to going to class, attending practice, studying, and traveling to tournaments.

And if you’re in Lexington on Friday, October 16, be sure to stop by and say hi to Passport at the Big Blue Madness event for the UK men’s and women’s basketball teams at Rupp Arena! (For those who can’t make it, the SEC Network will air the event, making the first time it will be televised live and in its entirety on a national platform.) The event begins at 7 p.m.