Lexington nonprofit tying haircuts to health

By Quin Welch, Building Kentucky In many communities, the barbershop is more than just a place for a haircut. It’s a gathering place where stories are told, and information is exchanged. Project Ricochet, a community-based organization working diligently to increase equity in health care, hosted its first Barbershop Showcase and Public Health Fair at Lexington’s […]

Shively Area Ministries seeks to help neighbors maintain health coverage

By Quin Welch, Building Kentucky As Americans everywhere become at risk of their health coverage because of the national Medicaid unwinding, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid of Kentucky continues to travel the state and work with community-based organizations throughout the Commonwealth to prevent Medicaid members from losing their health coverage. . Shively Area […]

Food insecurity rises dramatically across the U.S., Kentuckiana

By Tom Lally, Building Kentucky The number of people living in food insecure households in the United States grew drastically in 2022. In the U.S. 1 in 7 people, including 1 in 5 children live in food insecure households, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In total, 44 million […]

Critical behavior and mental health services coming to Louisville schools, neighborhoods

By Jamie Johnson, Building Kentucky LOUISVILLE, KY. – Maryhurst, Kentucky’s longest-operating child welfare agency, announced today a new, thee-year grant totaling $450,000 from Kentucky Association of Health Plans (KAHP), the trade association representing commercial insurers and Medicaid managed care organizations in the Commonwealth. The grant supports the growth and operation of Maryhurst’s Renewal program, a […]

Q&A: Sitting down with Maryhurst’s Demarco Harris

By Quin Welch, Building Kentucky With a passion for destigmatizing mental health and making treatment resources more equitable in Louisville amongst youth and underserved populations, Demarco Harris is changing lives every day in his role as the Community Partner Manager for Maryhurst’s Renewal program. Having just been awarded the University of Louisville’s Dean’s Scholarship for […]

How to celebrate Juneteenth in Kentucky this weekend

By Marvin Bennett, Building Kentucky Many cities across the Commonwealth are preparing to celebrate Juneteenth. On June 19th, 1865, after Union troops marched through Galveston Bay, TX and successfully freed the last of the approximately 250,000 enslaved Africans from involuntary servitude, the former slaves dubbed the day Juneteenth, signifying the end of slave labor and […]

Organizers prepare for Derby Diversity Week

Derby Diversity Week (DDW) founder and Louisville Business First Power 50 2022 honoree Tawana Bain is preparing for the sixth annual Derby Diversity Week, beginning on May 1 in Louisville. DDW attracts some of the world’s top suppliers, buyers, executives and business leaders to four action packed conference days of networking and excitement, along with […]

New health campaign committed to cutting hair and cutting minority health disparities

By Quin Welch, Building Kentucky A community-based organization working hard to increase equity in health care held its first “Barber Shop Initiative” event on Saturday at Well Groomed Barber Shop in Lexington. Partnering with Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield Medicaid and other community sponsors, Project Ricochet’s Barber Shop initiative is designed to develop and […]

Op-Ed: Get Prepared Now for Medicaid Renewals, Kentucky

By Kennan Wethington, President of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky When COVID-19 hit three years ago, the federal government responded with a series of actions made possible by declaring a Public Health Emergency, also called the PHE. One of these actions was to freeze a process called Medicaid renewal, allowing Medicaid members […]