Rural health organization seeks nominations for “Community Stars” to recognize on National Rural Health Day

To honor the nation’s rural health leaders, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) is seeking nominations of “Community Stars” — individuals and organizations that work every day to close gaps, open doors, address challenges, and develop solutions through collaboration, education, innovation, and communication.

Selected Community Stars will be featured in an electronic publication that will be released on National Rural Health Day (Nov. 15, 2018).

To nominate a Community Star, visit Nominations are due by Friday, August, 24, 2018.

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health is the membership association of the nation’s 50 State Offices of Rural Health. State Offices of Rural Health are anchors of information and support for rural communities, health professionals, hospitals and clinics across the nation.  They are dedicated to collaboration, education, communication and innovation to improve health in small towns around the country.


Passport Partners with Bluegrass Harvest to Bring Fresh Produce to Lexington Residents

Passport Health Plan has signed on with Bluegrass Harvest, a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program administered by Community Ventures, to sponsor weekly deliveries of locally grown produce for low-income residents of Lexington’s East End community.

The program, which is expected to benefit up to 70 families, will include 20 weekly boxes of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables from local farms this spring and summer. In addition, the CSA box recipients will have access to additional health and wellness-oriented events throughout the five-month program, including cooking demonstrations, exercise classes, food tastings, meet-the-farmer events and more, said Sandy Noble Canon, president of Bluegrass local food initiatives for Community Ventures.

The program is aimed at not only improving access to healthy food, but also encouraging healthy behaviors that can lower health costs and improve outcomes while at the same time supporting local farmers.

“If you think about ways to improve health and quality of life, there’s only so much that going to the doctor can do,” said Michael Rabkin, communications director for Passport Health Plan. “We know that food directly impacts someone’s health, whether it’s losing weight or preventing diabetes or lowering someone’s heart rate.”

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