Passport Offers Providers Two chances for Buprenorphine Waiver Trainings

Passport Health Plan is inviting providers in the network to attend an upcoming buprenorphine waiver training sessions from the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort.

The American Society of Addiction Management (ASAM) Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course covers all medications and treatments for opioid use disorder, and provides the required education needed to obtain the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.

Two 8-hour classes – combining 4 hours of online learning followed by 4 hours of live learning – will be offered:

  • In Lexington on Saturday, February 24, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Board Room, Building #2, 1351 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511. To register for this event, please click here.
  • In Hazard on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the ARH Regional Medical Center, Joe Craft Tower Conference Room, 100 Medical Center Drive, Hazard, KY 41701. To register for this event, please click here.

If you have any questions about these trainings, you may email or call (301) 656-3920.


Passport bringing Health and Resource Fair to Eastern Kentucky on October 24

Passport logoPassport Health Plan is co-sponsoring a Health and Resource Fair with the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health on Monday, October 24, in Hazard, Kentucky.

At the event – which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, 750 Morton Blvd., in Hazard – people will be able to learn all about the importance of receiving preventive care and having a relationship with their primary care physician (PCP).

There also will be a number of different vendors at the Health and Resource Fair, offering health screenings and educational information about resources that are available in the community to help people live healthier lives. In addition, there will be door prizes, entertainment, refreshments, and much more!

Some of the groups that will be in attendance at the event include Kentucky HomePlace, Appalachian Regional Hospital, Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), Application Assistors (formally Kynectors), and more.

The event is free of charge and no registration is required.


Kentucky Oral Health Coalition hosts meeting in Hazard to increase dental awareness

KOHC logoThe Kentucky Oral Health Coalition and its members – including Passport Health Plan – will host a regional oral health meeting on July 29 in Hazard to increase dental awareness and develop strategies to address the widespread dental-access issues in Eastern Kentucky, says the Kentucky Rural Health Association.

This is the third of four regional meetings this year, welcoming local policymakers, health advocates, health professionals, educators and students.

Dr. Daria “Nikki” Stone, associate professor at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and director of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program in Hazard, will speak at the convening about the dental status of the Eastern Kentucky region, according to Kentucky Health News.

The meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 29, at the University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard. It is free and open to the public, but registration is suggested. Click here to register.

For more information about KOHC, go online to


Hepatitis takes center stage during annual conference in Lexington and town-hall meeting in Hazard later this month

Soar logoKentucky, which leads the nation in hepatitis C infections, will have its third annual hepatitis conference July 26 in Lexington, followed by a Hepatitis C Town Hall Meeting in Hazard on July 28, World Hepatitis Day.

The first meeting, “Hepatitis: Breaking the Silence,” is hosted by the Kentucky Rural Health Association, the state Department for Public Health’s Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Program, and the Kentucky Immunization Program, according to Kentucky Health News. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at the Embassy Suites in Lexington and will offer continuing education credits for medical professionals. Click here to register and view the draft agenda.

The conference will also look at screening strategies in children and infants, an update on syringe-exchange programs, diagnosis and treatment, barriers to treatment, using telehealth to treat hepatitis in primary care settings, and regional data on addiction and treatment.

“The Kentucky Rural Health Association has fast become the premier organization to educational outreach throughout Kentucky and some nationally,” KRHA Executive Director Tina McCormick said in an e-mail to KHN. “We will have attendees from other states at this year’s conference, which spreads the word across state lines.”

Then, on Thursday, July 28, the state Department for Public Health is partnering with Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) to host a Hepatitis C Town Hall Meeting at  Hazard Community and Technical College.

“The meeting aims to increase community awareness, provide best practices on prevention, detection and treatment of Hepatitis C, HIV and substance abuse and engage multi-sector community, state and national stakeholders to organize resources and enhance engagement,” says a news release.

This meeting is free and open to the public, though registration is required because space is limited. Click here to register.