KHC Member Spotlight: Amanda Newton

KHC Member Spotlight: Dawn FitzGerald

Dawn FitzGerald, MS
Qsource

Job Title: CEO

Member of KHC for: Four and a half years

Dawn’s responsibilities include leading corporate strategy and business plan development, maintaining positive relations between Qsource and its partners and stakeholders, and serving as the organization’s spokesperson – locally and nationally.


What do you see as the biggest threat to our community’s health? How do you feel it needs to be addressed?

The opioid crisis crosses all socioeconomic lines and has also affected me personally. My mother became chronically addicted to opioids after back surgery more than 15 years ago and recently passed away, in part, because of years of opioid misuse and addiction. Kentucky is not immune to the crisis. Because Qsource primarily deals with elderly populations as the Medicare QIO, we are focusing on three primary areas to address the opioid crisis:

  1. Advancing better patient education about medications – specifically opioids, and the need to get rid of old prescriptions. This patient education, combined with improving safe disposal sites, is critical to keeping opioids out of the wrong hands, such as children and grandchildren.
  2. Advancing best practices for pain management by providing data feedback and evidence-based education to primary care providers about best practices in prescribing pain medicines.
  3. Promoting alternative treatments for chronic pain in nursing homes and senior living, such as physical therapy, music, and massage, as ways to encourage a reduction in opioid use in these facilities.

Lowering cost is one of the three main priorities of the Triple Aim. What are the best strategies for addressing cost in our community?

I think the advancement of accountable care organization models, and the associated links to reimbursement associated with reduced healthcare spending, show some very optimistic signs of bending the cost curve. As we move away from paying for instances of care, and start looking at the entire patient experience of care, we can also see where the lack of an integrated approach leads to a lot of unnecessary expense. Community involvement and alignment is also starting to contribute to the value of treating healthcare as a community issue rather than a facility issue. Together, these can significantly reduce costs and improve healthcare quality.

Why do you and your organization belong to the KHC? What do you find most valuable as a member?

I believe that KHC shares many of the same values and ideals that Qsource embraces for improving healthcare quality through collaboration. KHC has introduced me to a number of stakeholders that have helped Qsource become more visible. KHC also creates networking opportunities that are dynamic and informative to Qsource staff.

Why do you think a multi-stakeholder coalition like the KHC is needed in the community?

KHC and similar multi-stakeholder collaboratives provide a neutral venue where all parties in the healthcare sector can come together to address local healthcare quality concerns as co-equal partners. Through KHC’s lens healthcare quality is seen as a community, rather than a provider’s responsibility.

What is your favorite quote?

My answer usually depends on the moment, as I’m known to use quotes a lot. But the quote I have kept on my desk for the past several years is this simple one, “The sun shines not on us but in us.”  – John Muir

What is your dream vacation spot?

The most beautiful place I have ever been is Maui, Hawaii. I got married there on the beach three years ago. It was amazing!

KHC Member Spotlight: Lori Caloia, MD

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

Fun picture of Dr. Caloia with her son, Jacob!

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!

 

KHC Member Spotlight: Stephanie Woods

Stephanie Woods
Greater Louisville Medical Society

Job Title: Practice Resource and Provider Enrollment Specialist

Member of KHC for: Three years

KHC Committee Participation: Performance Measures Alignment Committee (PMAC) Pediatric Care Subcommittee

Stephanie provides assistance to practices with insurance hassles, provider enrollment with insurance payers, HIPAA and compliance issues and answers questions on various issues and topics facing small practices.


Lowering cost is one of the three main priorities of the Triple Aim. What are the best strategies for addressing cost in our community?

Lowering cost must be addressed at the patient, physician, insurer, and facility level simultaneously. Transparency is key among all the players to have informed parties helping patients making informed decisions. By making cost information transparent, easily digestible, and accessible, everyone can become an informed participant in lowering costs as part of the Triple Aim.

Why do you think a multi-stakeholder coalition like the KHC is needed in the community?

KHC is uniquely positioned as a neutral third party to connect providers, payers, employers, and others with vested interest in healthcare in Kentuckiana. Quite often we find ourselves on information overload so it is crucial to have an organization that is working to keep all parties moving together to achieve better outcomes.

How do you see the KHC evolving in the future?

I think KHC will continue to be trusted resource for all stakeholders to adapt in the changing landscape of healthcare delivery with performance based payment models and the integration of mental health and substance use resources into all areas of healthcare.

What are you passionate about?

My passion is in helping people in any way that I can. No surprise that I have spent my entire adult life working for non-profits!

What is your dream vacation spot?

Turks and Caicos Islands. Our family visited Grand Turk Island on a cruise last year and it was absolutely breathtaking!

KHC Member Spotlight: Kayla Rose

Kayla D. Rose, MA, RRT, PMP®
Kentucky Primary Care Association

Job Title: Director of Practice Improvement Programs

Member of KHC for: Three + years

KHC Committee Participation: Measurement Strategy Team, Performance Measures Alignment Committee (PMAC) Oversight Committee, and Chair of the PMAC Preventive Care Subcommittee

Kayla leads a Quality Improvement Program to support practice transformation that controls costs, improves health outcomes and enhances revenue. She promotes the expansion of comprehensive integrated and high quality primary care serves through policy advocacy, collaborative partnerships, and systems change.


Share you personal in health and healthcare system improvement.

My personal interest in healthcare stems from a passion for “leveling the playing field” for rural providers and patients.  Growing up, living and working in rural areas has influenced my thinking on the unique challenges faced by providers in delivering care as well as patients in receiving care in the rural setting.  Often, initiatives are directed by organizations and individuals who do not understand nor want to acknowledge that there are REAL barriers to providing care in the rural setting.

What are you currently working on that you are most excited about? How do you think it will drive improvements to health and healthcare in the community?

Currently, one of my main projects is to facilitate the implementation of a data system for the KPCA members to provide more real time data on patient care. The goal of the project is to provide more real time, actionable data to drive positive change to impact quality, cost and care.

Why do you and your organization belong to the KHC? What do you find most valuable as a member?

KHC provides a voice to members in an impactful way.  The networking, committees, educational events, etc. are all high quality and are a tremendous asset.

What is the KHC’s biggest contribution to improving community health and healthcare?

KHC’s ability to bring all diverse stakeholders (payers, providers, employers) into the healthcare conversation.

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.

I am a huge lover of podcasts and do not listen to just one genre.  A few of my favorites include: No Sleep Podcast, Every Little Thing, This Podcast Will Kill You, Lore, LeVar Burton Reads and Sasquatch Chronicles.

If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would it be and why?

Stephen King as I would like a glimpse into his daily life and see how that influences/impacts his writing.

KHC Member Spotlight: Jamal Thruston

Jamal Thruston
Profile by Sanford

Job Title: Franchise Manager

New Member of the KHC!

Jamal is responsible for networking with like-minded partners to improve the health of our community, impact as many lives as possible, and lead a team of health coaches to provide unprecedented services to our members.


What are you currently working on that you are most excited about? How do you think it will drive improvements to health and healthcare in the community?

I’m building a business that has the capability to save thousands of lives in our community. I know it’ll create greater options for affordable care in weight management, as well as add new careers for health professionals in Louisville.

What do you see as the biggest threat to our community’s health? How do you feel it needs to be addressed?

To me, the biggest threat is our environment. Never has it been so easy to over-consume calories, sodium, added sugars, alcohol, etc. To address this, we need to: consider our policies and law, take responsibility, band together and create change.

Why do you and your organization belong to the KHC? What do you find most valuable as a member?

Collaboration is an objective for both KHC and Profile by Sanford. We know by working together, we can create greater improvements to the health status of Greater Louisville and Kentucky. As a member, I value networking with like-minded stakeholders, and having engaging conversations and partnerships on topics in health.

What is your favorite quote?

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorns have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

What are you passionate about?

Doing whatever it takes to reverse the health crisis of our country. Stakeholders, let me know if you’re open to coffee and let’s talk health!

KHC Member Spotlight: DeAnna Hall

DeAnna Hall, RN, BSN, CCWS
LG&E and KU

Job Title: Manager, Corporate Health and Well-being

Member of KHC for: Seven years

KHC Committee Participation: Executive Committee

DeAnna has oversight of LG&E and KU’s award-winning integrated population health well-being program.


What are you most excited about working on in the future around health and healthcare improvement?

I’m most excited about the possibilities. I’ve been in healthcare for over two decades, and my personal goal is to see a healthier community evolve before I retire! Now that everyone (schools, government, employers, non-profits, for profits) are all working towards the common goal of better health, I’m inspired that positive change is right around the corner for the entire region.

What do you see as the biggest threat to our community’s health? How do you feel it needs to be addressed?

Mental health is the biggest threat to our community’s health, especially now due to the drug epidemic. Like all public health issues, it needs to be addressed from a multitude of angles – with medical providers, employers, parents, and educators receiving more education and treatment resources to help address their needs.

Why do you think a multi-stakeholder coalition like the KHC is needed in the community?

The health and well-being of our region is a critical commodity to the success of our region. Having one entity that pulls everyone together for the common goal of improving the health and well-being of our region puts us ahead of other similar states and cities just starting to address the triple aim.

What is the KHC’s biggest contribution to improving community health and healthcare?

The KHC’s ability to be inclusive to all stakeholders in the health promotion arena gives it the ability to be a true change agent. Change can be slow and difficult. The KHC has the history, leadership, and fortitude to see us through to a healthier future.

What is your favorite quote?

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease”- Thomas Edison

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.

I have three teenagers who keep my very busy — skiing, fishing, boating and playing games. Fun fact: I learned to snow ski last year!

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?

The Middle was my favorite show. It was cancelled last year, so I’m open to suggestions for a new show.

What is your favorite app or social media outlet?

Although I am a dog person, Weather Kitty is my favorite app. It doesn’t matter how bad the weather, Weather Kitty will make you smile.

KHC Member Spotlight: Brenda Miles

Brenda Miles
Papa John’s International, Inc.

Job Title: Director, Benefits

KHC Committee Participation: Executive Committee

At Papa John’s, Brenda is responsible for the design and delivery of Health & Welfare benefits for team members in Papa John’s corporate owned restaurants throughout the U.S., the Papa John’s corporate campus, and PJ Food Service (food production & distribution).


Share your personal interest in health and healthcare system improvement.

The healthcare landscape is ever-changing. I’ve experienced the challenges professionally and personally when navigating the health care system for myself and family members. Ensuring high quality, affordable heathcare is critical for a community to thrive. While complex, I am interested in helping to find workable solutions.

What do you see as the biggest threat to our community’s health? How do you feel it needs to be addressed?

The opioid crisis significantly harms society. For health, it strains our emergency rooms, long-term recovery facilities, the health of impacted family members, and often becomes a cycle of addiction for generations. Ideally, we need to rebuild strong families, improve access to steady employment and reduce access to illegal drugs. It’s easier said than done.

How can the KHC best coordinate and align action to change health and the healthcare system? Explain.

I think the KHC can continue to bring the many stakeholders together to work toward improvements. I don’t see a single solution that can solve the complexity, but I hope we can chip away and help facilitate improvements wherever possible.

What is the KHC’s biggest contribution to improving community health and healthcare?

The KHC successfully engages a broad network of stakeholders. The focus now includes more statewide initiatives and networking with professionals throughout the country. Health challenges in the U.S. are more similar than not, so hopefully we can learn from each other’s successes to improve health within our own communities.

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?

Ice cream! Summer, winter, spring or fall, I struggle to resist the temptation. But, I’m working to find other lower calorie alternatives.

What are you passionate about?

Volunteering. Giving back improves our community and us as individuals. I frequently work in women’s ministries, jail ministries, and belong to a women’s philanthropic group.

KHC Member Spotlight: Emily Beauregard

Emily Beauregard

Emily Beauregard
Kentucky Voices for Health

Job Title: Executive Director

KHC Committee Participation: Executive Committee

As the director of Kentucky Voices for Health, Emily leads a coalition of health advocates from across the Commonwealth who work together to ensure that all Kentuckians have a voice in the decisions that impact their health.


What are you most excited about working on in the future around health and healthcare improvement?

I’ve been excited to watch the Kentucky Association of Community Health Workers develop and grow over the past few years. CHWs know patients as people first – it’s their ability to relate and build trust that makes them so effective. If we want our healthcare system to be truly patient-centered, adding CHWs to the care team is the place to start.

What do you see as the biggest threat to our community’s health? How do you feel it needs to be addressed?

When you can map a city’s health by zip code, it’s a clear sign that something is wrong. We need our policymakers to address the inequities on our communities by investing more in low-income neighborhoods and removing systemic barriers that have created an unequal playing field for minorities, women, and people with disabilities.

Why do you think a multi-stakeholder coalition like the KHC is needed in the community?

Everyone acknowledges that our healthcare system is broken and it’s not a problem that any one sector can solve. That’s why it’s so important to have employers, providers, insurers, policymakers, and consumers tackling issues of healthcare value and health disparities around one table.

What is your favorite quote?

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – Muhammad Ali

If Hollywood made a movie of your life; who would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Assuming we’ve suspended all disbelief here, I would have to say J-Law, hands down.

KHC Member Spotlight: Bonita Bobo

Bonita Bobo

Bonita A. Bobo, RN, HHS
Kentucky Department for Public Health

Job Title: Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program Manager

Member of KHC for: 5 years

KHC Committee Participation: PMAC Chronic and Acute Care Subcommittee

Some of Bonita’s responsibilities as the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program Manager include identifying systems and policy changes to meet heart disease and stroke needs statewide; developing quantitative measures of program effectiveness; participating on various chronic disease committees, work groups; assisting with coordination of activities among the heart disease and stroke prevention program, the statewide stakeholders task force, other chronic disease programs and partners. She also provides training and technical assistance to local health departments and all partners statewide on addressing their heart disease and stroke prevention efforts.


What are you currently working on that you are most excited about? How do you think it will drive improvements to health and healthcare in the community?

A hypertension clinic to promote self-monitoring blood pressure.

It is utilizing a diverse team with a holistic approach. We currently have two very successful self-monitoring blood pressure initiatives occurring in Kentucky. Both initiatives are a collaborative effort with a diverse and comprehensive health care team utilizing a patient engaging blood pressure awareness program. The goals are to increase engagement of community health workers to promote linkages between health systems and community resources for adults with high blood pressure and also to increase engagement of community pharmacists in the provision of medication/self-management for adults with high blood pressure.

What are you most excited about working on in the future around health and healthcare improvement?

The Community Health Worker (CHW) movement in Kentucky.

We are partnering with the Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) and participate in the Appalachian Kentucky Health Care Access Network. This network’s efforts are to increase and sustain the number of trained CHWs in Kentucky’s rural counties. MCHD enrolled more than 280 clients in their CHW program, many of whom are undocumented Latinos ineligible for health insurance coverage. As a result, more than 250 clients get their blood pressure measured regularly and receive ongoing education on lifestyle modifications and medication adherence as a result of their enrollment in this program.

Why do you think a multi-stakeholder coalition like the KHC is needed in the community?

I believe in the KHC’s mission to coordinate action-oriented efforts to mobilize the community to improve health and well-being. I feel their commitment to health care transparency, measurement, and transformation through education, networking, and collaboration is an essential element in moving forward together successfully.

What is your favorite quote?

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48)

What do you do in your spare time? 

I love to ride motorcycles and just got my motorcycle license last April. My husband and I own a Harley Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic.