Passport Health Plan has been working around the Greater Louisville area since 1997, and we know a lot of the people who live, work, shop, and play there. But how many of these movers and shakers do you know? Learn more about some of the community leaders and organizations working to improve the health and quality of life of all Kentuckians.

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Louisville Visual Art (LVA): Spreading the Message that Art Can Do Wonders for a Community

It began in 1909, with art classes offered for young people in 1929. Today, this organization (now known as Louisville Visual Art) has landed in Portland. Here, its mission of

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Victor Sweatt is Using Art to Make a Point in the Russell Neighborhood

Victor Sweatt is using art to make a point in the Russell neighborhood. Sweatt calls himself an art activist, and wants to teach young people about important values, the principles

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Flux Expands to Second Location in West Louisville with Focus on Education and Growing New Businesses

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Unlikely Meeting at First Baptist Church Leads to Dramatic Collaboration that Results in Play About Race and Tolerance

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Park Community Credit Union Offers New ‘Micro’ Loans to Help Business Owners Around West Louisville

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McDaniel Bluitt Teaches Kids About More Than Just Singing as Head of West Louisville Boys and Girls Choirs

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Cities United CEO Anthony Smith Works Hard to ‘Make Sure Young Black Men Have the Best Outcome Possible’

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Luther Brown’s ‘Little Hands Little Feet’ Program Aims to Teach Children About Gun Safety

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Portland Point Building Stays Busy After Departure of Tim Faulkner Gallery

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Portland Museum Contains Treasure Trove of Local History and Artwork for All to Enjoy

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Portland Pitcher-Turned-Painter Finally Makes it to the Big Leagues

It was once Richard Sullivan’s dream to be among the first players on the field when SunTrust Park opened as the new home of the Atlanta Braves in 2017.  Instead,

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LHOME Fund Helps Refugees and Residents Get Small Loans to Help Them Live and Thrive

For newly arrived refugees in Louisville, finding housing and steady employment are key first steps in building a new life. Many have ambitions beyond the basics, but need a little

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Farm to Fork Catering Puts Down Roots with Portland Storefront After Decade of Feeding Folks From Farmers’ Markets

To celebrate Farm to Fork Catering’s 10-year anniversary, owner Sherry Hurley is opening a cafe in a 115-year-old firehouse in the Portland neighborhood. “The reason I wanted a storefront is

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Barber Uses the Walls and Words in His Shop to Help Inspire Young People to ‘Be Something in Life’

Step into Rolando’s Barber Shop, at 40th and River Park, and you’re transported to a different time and place. Rolando Minter holds court, wearing a uniform bow tie, and a

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Park Duvalle Breaks Ground on New Health Clinic at 15th and Broadway

It’s easy for Ann Hagan-Grigsby, CEO of Park DuValle Community Health Center, to joke about the rickety sign in the hard-to-reach alley where the organization’s City View location has served

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One Man Hopes People Will Use Their Phones – and Their Noses – to Help Louisville Smell Better

Ted Smith believes in the power of “citizen science” – that’s the accumulation of data gathered by citizens used to improve the lives of those in a particular geographic area.

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Construction Company Owner Credits Church Teachings He First Learned in Prison with Helping Him Turn His Life Around

Joseph Scott is the first to admit that his success as the owner of Joash Construction is a surprise to anyone who knew him growing up on Kentucky Street in

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Environmental Advocate Continues to Push for Improvements to Air, Ground, Water Quality Around West Louisville

Arnita Gadson grew up in a West End home about one mile from Rubbertown.  It had a beautiful garden that produced much of her family’s food. During the summers, she loved

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Documentary Filmmaker Chronicles Lives of People Who Lived in Beecher Terrace

When he was 14 years old, Lavel D. White was just another angry young man from the projects. When a white Louisville police officer was acquitted in 2004 for shooting

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Scruples Salon Owner Stays Loyal to Original Owner’s Vision More Than 50 Years On

It’s a typical Saturday morning at Scruples Hair Dezine at 18th and Muhammad Ali Boulevard. Long-time customer Regina Busby has the first appointment with Janice Shahid, but there are already a

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Couple Opens ‘Hidden’ Coffee Shop in Hopes of Leading to More Opportunities Around the West End

It’s not easy to find Dish One Coffee and Sandwich Shop. The eatery is in the back of a two-story building at 20th and Broadway, and there’s no outdoor signage.

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Central High Alumna Returns Home to Open Mom’s Dream Store

When Tiffany Porter decided it was time to come home after 18 years of living and working in Arizona, she know exactly the kind of business she wanted to open

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Better Days Records Has Been ‘A Music Store for Music Lovers’ for Decades in Two Different-Yet-Similar Locations

Ben Jones still sells plenty of CDs at the Better Days Records in Lyles Mall at 26th and Broadway, but what he’s really selling is an expertise in R&B, soul,

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Nonprofit Group Helps Build Market-Rates Homes on Cedar Street for ‘People Who Want to Stay in Their Community’

In the summer of 2017, Walter and Marshae Smith moved into a brand new, custom-built home on Cedar Street in West Louisville, near where they grew up. The couple has

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Family and Children’s Place Serves Thousands in Mission to Prevent Abuse and Neglect

In the movie “Beauty Mark,” filmed recently in the Portland neighborhood, the main character experiences many of the vulnerabilities that Pam Darnall sees every day. Darnall is president and CEO

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Catholic Charities Pairs Farming and Restaurant Programs to Help Refugees Adapt to Life in Louisville

Adjusting to new surroundings is not easy for anyone, and refugees coming to Louisville from countries ranging from Bosnia to Somalia to the Dominican Republic experience many challenges. Thankfully, Louisville’s

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West End School Helps Prepare Boys for High School and Beyond

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Answering Issues of Violence with Violins at The Blue House

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Angie’s Home Cooking has Become a Neighborhood Soul Food Staple in Just a Year

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New Shawnee Outdoor Learning Center Project Will Bring Nature-Based Events to West Louisville

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Kentucky Yoga Initiative Offers Free Classes to Help Improve the Health and Spirit All Around Region

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Neighborhood Liaison Helps Russell Residents ‘Have a Say’ in Revitalization Projects

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Women’s Business Center Helps West End entrepreneurs Get Started and Succeed

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Taste of West Louisville Event Helps ‘Highlight the Good’

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Metro Bank Fills a “Niche” for Small Neighborhood Organizations

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Cardiologist Helps Uninsured Residents Get Treatment Through Volunteer-Run Have a Heart Clinic

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Gilda’s Club Ensures that No Cancer Patient is Alone as it Expands to West End, Southern Indiana

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ChefSpace Helps Many Food-Related Businesses Find the Recipe for Success

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Newscaster Dawne Gee Strives to Help Make People’s Lives Better Around Her Community

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Cleaning Company Goes Above and Beyond to Help ‘Create Better Communities’ Around West Louisville

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New President of OneWest Excited About Opportunities That Abound Around West Louisville

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Federal Reserve Bank Executive Combines Job Responsibilities with Community Building Around West Louisville

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Nonprofit Group Works to Help Mentor and Guide Young People Who Have No Father in Their Lives

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Louisville Grows Teaches Residents to ‘Eat Local, Grow Local’

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Diane Porter Has Been Working to Help West Louisville Children for Almost 50 Years

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YMCA hopes to increase access and choice with new state-of-the-art facility on West Broadway

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Entrepreneur Can’t Stop Talking About How Great Portland is as a Location For His – And Your – Business

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‘Ms. Lucille’ Refuses to Slow Down, Especially When it Comes to Supporting Art in West Louisville

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‘Dream Team’ President Works Hard to Lead Her Company and Her Neighborhood

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St. George’s Scholar Institute Helps Teens Find Their Passion and Transition From High School to College

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Kevin Cosby Continues to Work Hard to Improve the Perception of West Louisville and the Lives of its Residents

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Habitat for Humanity CEO Feels ‘a Plan Bigger Than Me Going On’

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Cathe Dykstra Turns Family Scholar House Into a Place for Real Change and ‘Possibility’

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Musician/Artist Helps Bring ‘New Life’ to Dolfinger Building in Portland Neighborhood

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Muhammad Ali’s Nephew Returns Home to Continue His Famous Uncle’s Teaching and Build His Own Legacy

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Manfred Reid Continues to Work Hard for Quality Housing Options Around West Louisville

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Leader of Center for African American Heritage Envisions Bright Future for West End

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Muhammad Ali Center CEO Stands Up for Voiceless, Just Like the Champ Used to Do

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Christopher 2X Atones For His Past by Helping Promote Peaceful Solutions to Violence

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For Sadiqa Reynolds, Leading the Louisville Urban League is a ‘Dream Job’

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Got a Question About the History of Portland? Just Ask Judy

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Wherever His Basketball Career Takes Him, Darrell Griffith Never Forgets Where He Came From: The West End

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Former Psychologist Brings People Together Through Art and Activism at 1619 Flux Gallery

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‘Everyone Has a Seat’ at The Table, a Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant

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Pamela Haines Does More Than Provide Food at Sweet Peaches Restaurant

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