Attorney General seeks help to create a logo for Kentucky’s Human Trafficking Task Force

Part of combating human trafficking around Kentucky is helping residents understand how to identify trafficking victims and report the crime, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear. As part of this educational effort, his office is launching an initiative with state and local partners to help raise awareness of human trafficking – whose victims, according to Beshear, are often the most vulnerable in Kentucky’s communities. The initiative calls on high school juniors and seniors, and all college students to create a logo for Kentucky’s Human Trafficking Task Force, which Beshear’s office and Catholic Charities of Louisville co-chair.

“Human trafficking is a growing and gruesome crime in the Commonwealth and in order to combat it, we need the help of every community to recognize what it is and to report it,” Beshear said. “Our logo initiative not only engages young adults to help us further promote awareness through our task force, but also teaches them that victims of human trafficking are often the most vulnerable in our communities – victims of abuse and violence, runaways, refugees, immigrants or those who are homeless.”

Amy Nace-DeGonda, with Catholic Charities of Louisville, said the purpose of the logo is to support the anti-human trafficking movement in Kentucky.

“Both adults and children can be coerced into sex or labor trafficking and awareness of this is key,” Nace-DeGonda said. “With raised awareness of what trafficking is, the indicators of trafficking, prevention can occur as well as those who have been trafficked can reach needed services. I appreciate this effort being done throughout the state.”

In promoting the logo initiative, the attorney general’s office and Catholic Charities of Louisville are joined by Free2Hope, Women of the Well Ministries, the Kristy Love Foundation, and the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work.

The deadline to submit a logo is Oct. 8. For more details go to

Beshear said it is the law to report any suspected case of child trafficking, and that everyone has a role to play in preventing human trafficking:

  • If a human trafficking victim is in immediate danger, dial 911.
  • To report suspected human trafficking of a child, call 877-KYSAFE1 (877-597-2331).
  • Victims of human trafficking may also call the National Human Trafficking hotline at 888-373-7888 or text BEFREE. Interpreters are available.


Passport works with Kosair Children’s Hospital to get Jefferson County elementary schools moving with GoNoodle

Go NoodlePassport Health Plan is joining Kosair Children’s Hospital to make GoNoodle available to all Jefferson County public and private elementary schools. Through this sponsorship, more than 67,000 students in 178 schools now have access to a premium version of GoNoodle for three years (through the 2017-18 school year).

GoNoodle gets kids moving with short bursts of physical activity delivered through online movement videos and games. It is an interactive resource used in classrooms to increase students’ physical activity and improve academic performance. Through online physical activity breaks, GoNoodle makes it easy for teachers and parents to get kids moving, which helps improve their behavior, focus, and engagement.

Funding from Passport Health Plan and Kosair Children’s Hospital – through the Children’s Hospital Foundation – has made it available for use in public and private elementary schools, as well as in students’ homes.

The news media is invited to an official announcement and demonstration of GoNoodle as it is already being used in the schools on Monday, November 23, at 10:30 a.m. at Whitney Young Elementary School in Louisville. Representatives of Passport Health Plan, Kosair Children’s Hospital, GoNoodle, and more will be in attendance, and will be available to speak after the demonstration, along with a teacher and students.

Passport also recently announced a similar partnership with Hardin Memorial Health to bring the GoNoodle program to all of the elementary schools in Hardin County. This makes five partnerships for Passport Health Plan around Kentucky that covers 22 counties, more than 300 elementary schools, nearly 6,500 teachers, and almost 120,000 students. Since the start of the school year, these students have logged nearly 8 million minutes of physical activity with GoNoodle!


Passport Expands Partnerships to Bring GoNoodle into More Elementary Schools

Go Noodle LogoDid you know that less than 25 percent of schoolchildren get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day?

Or that only four percent (4%) of elementary schools provide physical education (P.E.) classes?

Or that the amount of “screen time” that children spend in front of televisions, computers, tablets, and smartphones is increasing every year?

We at Passport Health Plan know about this, and that is why we have formed a partnership with GoNoodle, a website with interactive games and videos that is used in classrooms to increase students’ physical activity and improve their academic performance. GoNoodle’s online physical activity breaks, or “brain breaks,” make it easy for teachers to get kids moving inside the classroom and improving students’ behavior, focus, and engagement.

For the 2014-15 school year, Passport partnered with two hospital systems – Highlands Regional Medical Center (covering Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, and Martin counties in Eastern Kentucky) and Owensboro Health (covering Daviess County in Western Kentucky) – to bring the GoNoodle product into public and private elementary schools. Through this partnership, more than 7,000 students were reported as active, and the total number of minutes of physical activity was more than TWO MILLION MINUTES!

This year, we are continuing those partnerships, increasing our service area, and adding two new partnerships to increase the number of schools, classrooms, and students that are getting healthier!

  • In Eastern Kentucky, we are maintaining the partnership with Highlands Regional, and adding a new partnership with St. Claire Regional Medical Center  to cover elementary schools in 10 counties: Bath, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Lewis, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Rowan, and Wolfe counties!
  • In Central Kentucky, we are adding a new partnership with Hardin Memorial Hospital to bring GoNoodle into elementary schools around the Greater Elizabethtown area!
  • In Western Kentucky, we are expanding the partnership with Owensboro Health into Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, and Muhlenberg counties, as well as continuing our work in Daviess County!

Passport Health Plan is proud to be working with these hospital systems to implement the GoNoodle product in our schools. We hope to continue to find new, innovative ways to collaborate with more groups around the Commonwealth that are in line with our mission of improving people’s health and quality of life. Together, we can help Kentuckians live healthier lives.


Children’s Vaccinations Need to Be Updated Before They Head Back to School

‎ilThe waiting rooms at the offices of pediatricians and primary care physicians are most likely filled this month with anxious children, especially those going into kindergarten and 6th grade, the years when students must show proof that they’ve had required vaccines, according to an article posted on Insider Louisville.

In Kentucky, Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) services are mandated by the federal government and provided to all Medicaid-eligible children at specific ages. Because they are considered preventive, there is no cost to the child’s family for these screenings, which include preventive check-ups, growth and development assessments, vision tests, hearing tests, dental checks, immunizations, and laboratory tests.

To read more about this, including information from Dr. Sarah Moyer, interim director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, please click here.