Passport Health Plan partners with The Little Clinic to increase healthcare access for members around Kentucky

little clinic logoPassport Health Plan has added The Little Clinic inside select Kroger stores around Kentucky to its growing network of accepted healthcare providers, effective January 1, 2017.

“We are very excited to add The Little Clinic to our network of healthcare providers around the Commonwealth,” said Mark B. Carter, CEO of Passport Health Plan. “Opening access to these additional services will allow our members to get the care and treatment that they need to live healthier lives.”

The Little Clinic locations are staffed with board-certified nurse practitioners authorized to diagnose, treat, and write prescriptions for many common illnesses such as bronchitis, sinus infections, seasonal allergies and the flu. The clinics also provide a wide selection of additional wellness services such as physicals, health screenings, tobacco cessation, and a number of vaccinations.

The Little Clinic provides care for the entire family from age 24 months and up, seven days a week, including evenings. Appointments at The Little Clinic are not necessary and patients will experience little or no waiting time before being seen.

For more information, click here.

 

Bingham Fellows launch 5 bold initiatives to get Louisville healthier

lllThe Bingham Fellows program has provided experienced leaders in Greater Louisville with the opportunity to put into practice the skills that credential them as a leader of leaders since 1988. Side by side with peers, participants provide critical issues with visibility and momentum to move our community forward.

The Bingham Fellows Class of 2016 – which included Passport Health Plan Health and Wellness Manager Ryan Burt – focused on the topic of “Empowering Citizens to Live Healthier Lives,” and they brought their expertise and passion to help Louisville improve its collective health. This is a significant challenge because Louisville is regularly rated as one of the unhealthiest cities in the United States by many metrics used to measure wellness. As the class discovered, improving the health of citizens is a complex issue.

They began in January 2016 by engaging local and national companies, nonprofit organizations and public agencies to develop a deep understanding of how they might impact positive change. At their recent “graduation,” the class presented five innovative projects empowering citizens to lead healthier lives and touching all factors that impact health, including social and economic factors, health behavior, clinical care and physical environment. The projects are:

  • Smoketown Family Wellness Center: A New Model for Healthcare Delivery
  • SaturPlay: Building Healthy Bodies and Strong Character
  • Louisville Active: Creating a Culture of Active Lifestyles
  • Smoketown Laundry: Transforming Vacant Space into a Place that Improves the Health and Well-Being of a Community
  • Healthy Teen Break Up Summit: Promoting Peaceful & Healthy Relationship Skills for Teens

For more information about the projects, please click here. For more information about the Bingham Fellows program, please click here. For more information about Leadership Louisville, please click here.

 

Rural Health Association plans annual conference this month in Bowling Green

rural health logoThe 18th annual Kentucky Rural Health Association’s annual conference will be held Aug. 25 and 26 in Bowling Green.

Matt Jones, a three-time cancer survivor, author and motivational speaker, will open the meeting with the keynote address titled “Rural Health Care is a Marathon: Developing your Marathon” and state Health Secretary Vickie Yates Brown will close the meeting. The breakout sessions will cover a range of topics, including rural population health, wellness and immunization initiatives, and rural health advocacy, among other topics.

KRHA says that at the end of the conference attendees will be able to “build an overview of the state of rural health in Kentucky, understand current initiatives to improve rural health services” in the state and “become a skilled advocate and promoter for rural health at the local, regional and state levels.”

The conference will be held at Western Kentucky University’s Knicely Center. Registration fees are $175 for KRHA members, $225 for non-members, $45 for student KRHA members, and $55 for students who are not members. Continuing education credits are available. Click here for the agenda, registration and hotel information.

 

Passport Health Plan receives prestigious national award from American Psychological Association for promoting employee well-being and performance

APA logoIn recognition of our efforts to create a healthy, high-performing work environment, Passport Health Plan has received the 2016 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the American Psychological Association (APA).

One of just six U.S. employers to receive the award, Passport won in the medium not-for-profit category. Passport previously won the Kentucky Psychological Association’s state-level Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, qualifying us to be nominated for the national APA award. The official recognition will take place at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27.

Passport excelled in our efforts to foster employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance, and employee recognition, according to the APA. Passport’s comprehensive wellness program, behavioral health services, team-building and education, and kudos peer-to-peer recognition program are several examples of the workplace practices that helped us earn the 2016 award.

Passport’s psychologically healthy workplace practices have reaped rewards for both the organization and our employees. Since embarking on the “Cultural Change” program, Passport has enjoyed higher staff job satisfaction and increased productivity. Moreover, looking to promote from within, Passport has had 76 internal promotions within the last two years.

“The culture at Passport has always been one of our strongest attributes, along with our compassion, our dedication, and our commitment to quality healthcare,” said Passport Health Plan CEO Mark B. Carter. “Over the past several years, we’ve all been working very hard to improve our culture from top to bottom. I believe this award is a testament to the success we have achieved and that will continue as we grow and evolve as a team. All of us at Passport are proud and honored to be recognized by the American Psychological Association for all of this hard work.”

The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. For more information about the APA, please click here.

To read the full press release about this award, please click here.

 

Passport Honored by American Heart Association as Fit-Friendly Worksite

FitFreindsPassport Health Plan has been recognized for the second straight year as a Gold Level recipient of the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition program. This program is a catalyst for positive change in which worksites throughout the nation join the initiative by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority. Passport was recognized as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the AHA’s “My Heart My Life” initiative for:

  • Offering employees physical activity support
  • Providing/increasing healthy eating options at the worksite
  • Promoting a wellness culture
  • Implementing at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture

The mission of the AHA is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. For more information, go online to heart.org.