Meet Randi Foraker, PhD, the Director of the Center for Population Health Informatics (CPHI) at the Institute for Informatics (I2) and an Associate Professor of General Medical Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

As Director of the CPHI, Dr. Foraker aims to improve access to data, provide expertise on data analysis and visualization, and strengthen cross-campus partnerships. According to Dr. Foraker, “the CPHI provides access to computationally-derived electronic health record data from MDClone which protect patient privacy and accelerate time-to-insights for WUSTL researchers and learners”.

Dr. Foraker also serves as Director of the Public Health Data and Training Center for the Institute for Public Health. In this role, she works to amplify public health knowledge through data sharing, strategic partnerships with the community, and the training of future public health leaders. She leverages the expertise of both centers to serve the needs of the St. Louis area by partnering with the Regional Data Alliance based at the University of Missouri in Saint Louis and the Cordell Institute to support data sharing between academic, health system, and community partners.

Dr. Foraker’s work has a broad importance because “collectively, these efforts serve to strengthen ties in the region to build the data infrastructure necessary for advancing population health”.  Dr. Foraker strives to attain the highest level of performance not only at work but also at the racetrack.  Read about her impressive high-horsepower pursuits here!