Lori Caloia, MD
Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness
Job Title: Medical Director
Member of KHC for: Eight months
KHC Committee Participation: Performance Measures Alignment Committee (PMAC)
Dr. Caloia is responsible for overseeing clinical operations at the health department and also building community partnerships to better provide care to our community members.
Share your personal interest in Health and Healthcare System Improvement.
After years of frustration with our healthcare system, where we often unable to effectively address essential needs that are required to have good health, I am now working in public health where my main focus every day is to help improve health equity by impacting systemic causes of poor health.
Lowering cost is one of the three main priorities of the Triple Aim. What are the best strategies for addressing cost in our community?
U.S. healthcare is increasingly expensive and with poorer outcomes compared to other developed nations. We need to focus our efforts and funding on supporting providing essential human needs and evidence-based and cost-saving public health measures in order to improve health. It just makes sense—if members of our community have someplace to live, healthy food to eat and a way to get to a decently-paying job, health will improve.
Why do you and your organization belong to the KHC? What do you find most valuable as a member?
I believe that collaboration with other members is the most valuable part of KHC. It is a great way to understand how all of the pieces of our healthcare system fit together in our community and how we can come together to have the biggest impact for the health of our citizens.
Why do you think a multi-stakeholder coalition like the KHC is needed in the community?
Several people working together usually accomplish more than several people working on their own! This is quite evident in the KHC where many members come together to accomplish big things! The recent PMAC committee is a great example of this.
What is your favorite quote?
“I never lose. I either win or I learn.” Nelson Mandela
This quote embodies my eternal optimism and my thirst to improve things around me!
What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.
Square foot gardening is one of my favorite hobbies! I enjoy being in nature and cultivating healthy treats for my family!