Passport is making progress at the Health and Well-Being Campus site

Following the March 14 groundbreaking and community celebration attended by hundreds of friends and supporters, Passport Health Plan named Paul Mattingly/Congleton Hacker (PMCH) Construction as the general contractor to build its headquarters, parking garage, and surrounding public plazas.

Recently, PMCH began mobilizing at the site, installing temporary fencing and office trailers.

Over the coming weeks, 1800 West Broadway will become an active construction site with demolition of the abandoned day care and car wash buildings, making way for the new four-story Passport headquarters, slated for completion in Spring 2020.

For more information, please go online to passportwellbeing.com.

 

Passport Plans Member Education Sessions Around West Louisville

Passport Health Plan members and community advocates in West Louisville have a number of opportunities to learn more about Passport through member education sessions and other events.

Diane Corsey, Passport Community Engagement Representative, will be hosting Member Education Sessions for Passport members in which they will learn valuable information about their benefits, fill out their health assessment, and receive a special gift for attending.

Some upcoming programs of interest are:

  • Wednesday, April 4: Sister Visitor Center, 2235 W. Market St.
  • Monday, April 9: Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center, 234 Amy Ave.
  • Thursday, April 12: Louisville Urban League, 1535 W. Broadway
  • Saturday, April 14: Family Spring Explosion: Molly Leonard Portland Community Center, 640 N. 27th St.
  • Tuesday, April 17: Park Duvalle Community Health Center, 3015 Wilson Ave.
  • Wednesday, April 18: Nia Center, 2900 W. Broadway
  • Thursday, April 19: Ujima Neighborhood Place, 3610 Bohne Ave.
  • Tuesday, April 24: California Community Center, 1600 W. Catherine St.
  • Saturday, April 29: Kentucky Derby Festival GospelFest: St. Stephen Church, 1018 S. 15th St.

For specific times and to RSVP, or to help find other resources in your community, please contact Diane at diane.corsey@passporthealthplan.com.

 

Louisville Grows Brings Healthy-Eating Practices to Residents All Over Region

Insider Louisville LogoThe phrase “eat your vegetables” can refer to any responsible choice you make, whether in work, school, or life. Taken literally, it’s good advice when it comes to your diet.

Healthy eating can mean different things to different people, but almost everyone is making a conscious effort to improve their health by paying attention to what they put in their mouths. And vegetables are among the healthiest items anyone can choose.

Ked Stanfield, executive director of Louisville Grows, organizes programs and activities to encourage a healthy diet at the organization’s headquarters in the Portland neighborhood of West Louisville.

“Something that’s missing from a lot of American diets are vegetables,” he says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville.  “Vegetables have a lot of nutrients and they don’t have a lot of calories. Those micro- and macro-nutrients that are found in vegetables are things that we lack in our diet.”

To learn more about this, please click here.

 

You Could Be a Work of Art and Become a Part of Passport Health Plan’s Photo Mosaic

Passport is preparing to break ground on our new Health and Well-Being Campus in West Louisville on March 14, and we want you to be part of the big event – literally!

Here’s How: First, use your phone to take a selfie. Then, post it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #FacesOfPassport. These photos will then be used to create a giant mosaic that celebrates Passport’s mission: to improve the health and quality of life of our members. The final mosaic will be unveiled at Passport’s groundbreaking celebration on March 14, and – thanks to the generous support of the Passport Foundation – it will be installed as a lasting piece of art in Passport’s future headquarters.

Don’t wait, though! Post your selfie by Friday, February 16, and you’ll have a chance to be part of this lasting tribute to the groundbreaking change Passport is bringing to the people of Kentucky. For more information, please click here.

Important Note: Please understand that by posting your selfie, it becomes a publicly available image that Passport has the right to obtain and use for commercial, promotional, educational and other purposes. Although not every photo is guaranteed to be part of the final mosaic, you can increase your chances by posting multiple selfies.

 

Passport plans second ‘Community Conversation’ to talk about Health and Well-Being Campus

Well Being Campus LogoPassport Health Plan will be hosting another “Community Conversation” on November 28 to discuss the progress of the Passport Health and Well-Being campus being planned for West Louisville.

The event, which is being co-hosted by the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chestnut Street Family YMCA, 930 W. Chestnut Street, Louisville. A light meal will be served and free child care will be provided by the YMCA.

During the event, updates will be given about the two major projects in development for the intersection of 18th Street and Broadway – the Passport Health and Well-Being campus and the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA – we’ll review feedback from the June 1 neighborhood meeting, we’ll share how this input has shaped the projects, and we’ll continue gathering input from community members.

There will also be leaders from the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) to provide information on happenings that are bringing additional programs and services to the surrounding neighborhood.

For more information, please click here. To RSVP for this free event, please click here.

 

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 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.

 

Passport Announces Decision to Move Company Headquarters to West Louisville

Passport Health Plan announced today that it has acquired a significant West Louisville property at 18th Street and Broadway. Passport’s plan for the 20-acre site is to create a state-of-the-art Health and Wellness Campus to serve the needs of the local community and house its 500-plus employees in its new corporate headquarters.

Plans for the campus would include health- and service-based retail sites adjacent to the newly announced YMCA facility. Together, the new developments will help transform this important section of West Louisville by providing much-needed services, jobs, and economic development opportunities. Before construction begins, Passport will engage the West Louisville community through a series of meetings and listening sessions to hear about residents’ needs and desires for the Health and Wellness Campus.

“Passport Health Plan is growing because of the great service we provide to our members, and we need to find a new home for our current and future employees,” CEO Mark B. Carter said at a news conference announcing the purchase. “After 20 years in the Louisville community, we realize that to truly meet our mission – to improve the health and quality of life of our members – we need to build a new model in healthcare. This new campus, and our initiative to integrate social determinants of health into our health plan, will ensure access to resources and services in our community and beyond to help our members flourish in all aspects of their lives.”

The corporate headquarters will initially be home to Passport’s current 500-plus employees, but will be designed with the extensive future growth in mind.

To read more about this announcement, please click here. For more information about the terms of the agreements, please click here.  To see an early rendering of what the site could look like, please click here

West Louisville Health Literacy Project Seeks Residents for Focus Groups

The West Louisville Health Literacy Project is looking for adults living in West Louisville for focus groups to talk about health insurance and how to make it easier to understand.

These focus groups are for anyone who lives in the Shawnee, Parkland, Russell, and California neighborhoods of West Louisville. The Health Literacy Project is led by Ryan Combs at the University of Louisville School of Public Health.

For more information, please click here or contact Ryan Combs at (502) 852-1995 or Ryan.Combs@louisville.edu.

 

Passport sponsors event to celebrate 51 years of St. George’s Scholar Institute youth programs

St. George’s Scholar Institute has announced that they will host the “51st Anniversary Celebration of Success Event” to celebrate 51 years of youth programming in the Parkland, Park-hill, and California neighborhoods of West Louisville from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

During the event – which is sponsored by Passport, US Bank, PNC Bank, Transit Authority of River City, and others – guests will hear from St. George’s Scholar Institute Executive Director Arthur Cox and current St. George’s Community Center youth while dining on a delicious breakfast and raffling on multiple gift baskets.

Founded in 1964, St. George’s Scholar Institute offers after-school programs designed to prepare West Louisville youth in grades 4-12 for college and post-secondary endeavors. Its mission is to launch youth into flights of self-discovery by impacting their lives for the benefit of the community. Today, SGSI thrives as one of the premier youth-development agencies in west Louisville. Its programming has transformed the center from a “recreational hangout,” where youngsters come for basketball and talent shows, into a thriving and educational environment for the youth of surrounding neighborhoods.

The event will be held at The Brown Hotel Crystal Ballroom, 335 West Broadway. Event tickets are $50 each and raffle tickets for gift baskets are available for purchase by calling (502) 775-6232. Past gift basket items have included a customized facial, YMCA gym membership, University of Louisville football tickets, Churchill Downs box seats, and so much more! All proceeds go directly towards youth programming at St. George’s Scholar Institute. Through your contributions, SGSI is able to provide students with opportunities that will impact them for the rest of their lives.

For more information, contact Arthur Cox, SGSI Executive Director, at acox@stgeorgesky.org or (502) 775-6232.