Our Leadership

KEK_meitu_2 Karen Kim, MD


Dr. Karen Kim is a Professor of Medicine, Dean for Faculty Affairs for the Division of Biological Sciences, Director of the Center for Asian Health Equity, Director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Community Engagement and Cancer Disparities, and an affiliate faculty in the Center for the Study of Race, Culture and Politics and Center for Gender Studies. Dr. Kim is a nationally recognized leader in research and public policy focused on Asian Americans and serves as the principal investigator of the Partnership for Healthier Asians, an AHRQ supported program to develop a market oriented dissemination model to improve cancer screening among Asian American immigrants. Dr. Kim is the principal director of the CDC funded Cook County Colon Cancer Alliance to Reignite and Enhance Screening (CARES) program, which will focus on increase screening among racial/ethnic minority populations in Chicago. Dr. Kim is president of the Asian Health Coalition, vice president of the National Council for Asian American Pacific Islander Physicians, advisory member of the CDC¹s Hepatitis B Task Force, steering committee of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable and serves on the executive board of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Kim has over 15 years of experience in research, advocacy and civic engagement to improve health equity for Asian Americans.


Fornessa T. Randal,MCRP

Executive Director

Ms. Randal is the Executive Director for the University of Chicago’s Center for Asian Health Equity (CAHE) and the Asian Health Coalition, a community based organization and affiliate of the University of Chicago. Ms. Randal has over 20 years of experience in health systems innovation and minority and community health planning. Her background extends to cancer disparities research, public health, outreach and administrative leadership. She is recognized both locally and nationally for her innovative approach to program design and implementation. Fornessa has disseminated and transformed local health initiatives into Statewide and National models and developed prototypes which have been recognized by both the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is the former assistant director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCCC) Office of Community Engagement and Cancer Disparities, under the direction of Dr. Kim. Fornessa was instrumental in establishing and expanding partnerships within the Asian, African American, Native American and Hispanic communities during her time with the UCCCC. She currently serves as the Partnership Director for the NIH supported P20 initiative, Chicago Southside Cancer Disparities Initiative (CSCDI), to address cancer disparities among African American and Asian American communities. Prior to her current role, Ms. Randal was the founding executive director for a health management non-profit organization which developed the nation’s 1st public private partnership to address the over utilization of the emergency room for primary care sensitive diagnosis among the uninsured and underinsured. Fornessa along with Dr. Helen Lam, PhD, RN, Director of Research within CAHE, were the 1st to pilot a NIH supported Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) cancer survivor program in Chicago’s Chinatown working collaboratively with Chinese American Service League (CASL). Fornessa is a published author and brings exceptional experience and perspective to our CAHE team.