AHA, Passport Health Plan to distribute CPR Anytime kits


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PIKEVILLE – Passport Health Plan (PHP) and the American Heart Association (AHA) are working together to create a new generation of lifesavers in eastern Kentucky. In conjunction with SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region), the AHA and PHP are giving away CPR Anytime kits in rural areas of Kentucky throughout the spring and summer. The groups will be working together to assure the kits are distributed to families and at-risk groups where CPR training will have the best opportunity of saving lives.

The first distribution of these lifesaving kits was held March 16 at Union College at the SOAR Obesity and Diabetes Roundtable and representatives from PHP, as well as the AHA were in attendance. SOAR’s involvement in the program is in direct correlation with their mission to improve the quality of life and support all those working to achieve these goals in Appalachian Kentucky.

“This collaboration is an example of how partnerships can lead to increased access to education and resources in our region,” said Jared Arnett, SOAR executive director. “We are bringing together the best and brightest to strategize around obesity and diabetes prevention and management at this roundtable. “Through this collaboration with AHA and Passport, we are able to help distribute information and kits that will equip people with the skills they need to save a life through cardiopulmonary resuscitation.”

Passport Health Plan has been administering Medicaid benefits to Kentuckians for nearly 20 years and has more than 300,000 members across the Commonwealth. With heart disease affecting approximately one in three people in Kentucky, Passport has focused for years on finding ways to spread the message that the area’s no. 1 killer is also the most preventable.

“We are proud to be collaborating with the American Heart Association to provide these CPR Anytime kits to our friends at SOAR and share them all over the region,” said Jill Bell, Passport Health Plan Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. “It is our mission to help improve the health and quality of life of all our members, and by working together, we can help all Kentuckians live healthier lives.”

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone. But those who have heart disease to begin with are more vulnerable. With obesity and type II diabetes on the rise in eastern Kentucky, as well as an epidemic of drug use, sudden cardiac arrest may affect more people. And since most cardiac arrests happen outside of a hospital setting, it’s important that all people know how to perform basic Hands-Only CPR. The CPR Anytime kits may be used in any setting, from homes to businesses to schools, and teach this lifesaving skill in just 15 minutes or less.

“We value our community supporters and our long-standing partnership with Passport Health Plan allows us to reach more people in our communities,” said Joey Maggard, executive director of the Lexington Division of the American Heart Association. “Our goals to save more lives and educate more people about their risk of heart disease are closely aligned. We are grateful to Passport Health Plan for their support of this initiative.”

For more information about the CPR Anytime distribution program, call the American Heart Association at 859-317-6880.

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