KHC Member Spotlight: Andrew Renda, MD

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Andrew Renda, MD

Job Title: Director, Population Health

Member of KHC since: 2016

KHC Committee Participation: Executive Committee, KY Performance Measurement Alignment Committee (PMAC)

As the Director of Population Health, Dr. Renda leads research, strategy, interventions, measurement, and communications for the Bold Goal strategy. Bold Goal’s purpose is to improve health by 20% by addressing the social determinants of health.

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?

Through our Bold Goal population health strategy, we are looking at root cause, upstream factors that influence health. Currently, we are focused on two social determinants of health (SDOH) – food insecurity and loneliness – and are conducting research, developing interventions, creating SDOH quality measures, and integrating this work into our clinical operating models. 

Improving health is one of the three main priorities of the Triple Aim. What are the best strategies for improving health in our community?

A population health strategy for our community should focus on the three types of prevention – primary (before health effects occur), secondary (identification at earliest stages) and tertiary (slowing disease progression). We should determine metrics for each type, establish baselines, set goals, then target interventions to address clinical and SDOH care gaps in our community. 

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

Our community needs a neutral convener to gather payers, providers, and health and business leaders to strategize and solve for big, local health challenges. KHC serves this purpose by respecting all views and collaboratively addressing Triple Aim goals of Better Health, Better Care, and Better Value through initiatives, events, and quality measurement. 

How do you see the KHC evolving in the future?

KHC has made great progress in quality measurement by developing the KY Core Healthcare Measures Set. I see us getting deeper on this topic – further refining our measures and benchmarking organizations. In particular, I see us exploring measures for social determinants of health in order to elevate SDOH to recognized clinical gaps in care. 

What is your favorite quote?

“Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own.” – John Muir

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

My family and I love to hike, and especially to explore national parks. I just recently returned from a father/son trip to Utah, where we visited all five national parks (Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef, Arches and Canyonlands) plus Dinosaur National Monument! The Narrows hike in Zion – hiking in the river through a slot canyon – was a highlight!

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