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Contact: 
Mara Powell 

mpowell@kyyouth.org  

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Bounce Coalition Partners with Humana to Provide Trauma-Informed Training to Employees serving Kentuckians with Medicaid 

  

Louisville, KY (September 17, 2020) – The Bounce Coalition is partnering with Humana to provide trauma-informed training for the managed care organization’s employees serving Medicaid members in Kentucky.  

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Across the country, there is growing recognition of trauma’s profound negative impact on the health and well-being of children and adults. Exposure to abuse, neglect, systemic discrimination, and violence increases the risk for poor health outcomes throughout life. Yet it is possible to foster resilience, equipping people with the tools to effectively respond to adversity and bounce back. Using Bounce’s resiliency-building training resources and evidence-based model, Humana employees will participate in a series of Bounce educational workshops to understand the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences—also known as ACEs—the importance of self-care, and practical strategies to build resilience within themselves and those they serve. 

In May, Humana was selected by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services to continue serving children and adults across the health company’s home state of Kentucky through the Department for Medicaid Services. Humana currently provides coordinated medical, wellness, and pharmacy benefits coverage and services to 150,000 Kentucky Medicaid recipients. Under the new agreement, Humana Medicaid will serve eligible Kentuckians in January 2021. The statewide program will serve approximately 1.26 million Medicaid enrollees.  

Implementing Bounce training supports Humana’s goal to add specialized programs and services tailored to meet the needs of people covered by Medicaid.  

 

"The Bounce Coalition is committed to supporting individuals and organizations as they implement trauma-informed approaches in practical, everyday settings," said Betty (BJ) Adkins, Co-Chair of the Bounce Coalition. "Research demonstrates that building a trauma-informed health care organization that acknowledges a person’s life experiences is key to delivering effective care and has the potential to improve patient engagement, treatment adherence, and health outcomes. Implementing trauma-informed care may also reduce provider and staff burnout and workforce turnover." 

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"Humana is a proud leader in healthcare innovations and community wellness, which is why we are eager to partner with the Bounce Coalition. We know that to best serve our members we must understand the impact of adversity and importance of sustainable trauma-informed and resilience-building practices to build a stronger workforce and healthier communities," said Jeb Duke, Medicaid Regional President for Humana. 

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For more information about the Bounce Coalition and its training resources, visit www.bouncecoalition.org. 

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About The Bounce Coalition 
The mission of Bounce is to build the resilience of children and families by improving knowledge about the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the skills to help people bounce back from adversity. Since Bounce was launched in Kentucky in 2016, it has provided training and education to thousands of people. In 2020, it became a program of Kentucky Youth advocates. Visit bouncecoalition.org to learn more. 

 

About Humana 

Humana Inc. is committed to helping millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. A successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping Humana create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Humana’s efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large. 

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Contact:
Dr. David Finke, PhD
david.finke@centerstone.org
502-235-7565

Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Funds Bounce Partnership with Louisville’s Providers of Adolescent Residential Services

 

Uspiritus, Boys and Girls Haven, and St. Joseph Children’s Home building a community of providers with shared trauma-informed framework

Louisville, KY (February 14, 2020) – The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence (JHFE) has awarded the Bounce Coalition a grant to provide training and support to several of Louisville’s adolescent residential services over the next two years. Bounce will partner with Uspiritus, Boys and Girls Haven, St. Joseph Children’s Home, and the on-campus Jefferson County Public Schools serving these agencies to become self-sustaining, trauma-informed organizations – serving children and families through healing-centered, trauma-informed policies and practices. 

Across the country, there is growing recognition of trauma’s profound negative impact on the health and well-being of children and adults. Exposure to abuse, neglect, systemic discrimination, and violence increases the risk for poor health outcomes throughout life. Yet it is possible to foster resilience, equipping people with the tools to effectively respond to adversity and bounce back. Using Bounce’s resiliency-building training resources and evidence-based model, the JHFE grant of $177,000 supports a series of “Bounce University” train-the-trainer workshops, technical support, and the facilitation of an inter-agency Bounce Learning Collaborative.

"The Bounce Coalition and all of the participating agencies are committed to delivering trauma-informed care to the youth we serve," said Dr. David Finke, PhD., Vice President of Residential Services at Uspiritus and Co-Chair of The Bounce Coalition. "And it will build our capacity to meet new requirements mandated by the Family First Prevention Services Act requiring youth-serving residential facilities to incorporate an evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment model and to sustain best practices over time."

"JHFE believes in the strength and promise of youth. We are proud to support the Bounce Coalition and partner residential facilities in their work to ensure youth in care are provided the supports they need to overcome adversity and thrive," Jeff Polson, Executive Director, Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence.

As a result of this project, Uspiritus, Boys and Girls Haven, and St. Joseph Children’s Home will establish evidence-based trauma-informed care models and staff training that support the transformation of Kentucky’s child welfare system. 

For more information about the Bounce Coalition or its partnerships, contact Dr. David Finke at david.finke@centerstone.org or 502-235-7565.

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About The Bounce Coalition
The mission of Bounce is to build the resilience of children and families by improving knowledge about the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the skills to help youth bounce back from adversity. Visit www.bouncelouisville.org to learn more.

The Bounce Coalition is a project of Kentucky Youth Advocates,

Kentucky's independent voice for kids.

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