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Fornessa T. Randal, MCRP | Executive Director

Ms. Randal has more than 20 years of experience in community-academic partnerships, health systems innovation, and minority health planning. Her background extends to cancer and health disparities research, public health, outreach and administrative leadership. She is recognized both locally and nationally for her innovative approach to program design and implementation.

Ms. Randal has disseminated and transformed local health initiatives into statewide and national models, and developed prototypes that have been recognized by both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is the former Assistant Director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCCC) Office of Community Engagement and Cancer Disparities. Ms. Randal was instrumental in establishing and expanding partnerships within the Asian, African American, Native American and Hispanic communities during her time with the UCCCC.

Prior to her current role, Randal was the founding Executive Director for a health management nonprofit organization that developed the nation’s first public-private partnership to address the overutilization of emergency rooms for primary care sensitive diagnosis among the uninsured and underinsured. Ms. Randal’s team was the first to pilot a NIH-supported Complementary and Alternative Medicine cancer survivor program in Chicago’s Chinatown, working collaboratively with Chinese American Service League. Additionally, Ms. Randal has worked with researchers at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Institute of Urology at the University of Southern California where she provided leadership in research grant submissions in cancer and pelvic floor research initiatives.