2020 Alumni Fellow

Watch an interview with Dr. Jen Forristal moderated by Dr. Lee Bewley

Jennifer Forristal received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 2003, her Master of Public Health in 2012, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health Sciences in Health Management & Policy in 2015, all from the University of Louisville. She received a certificate in executive education from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2018.

Forristal has been senior vice president of innovative strategic agreements at Optum since April 2019. Prior to that she was vice president of formulary consulting and strategic platforms for Optum from 2017 until 2019, and was senior director of formulary consulting from 2016 until 2017. Before joining Optum, Forristal worked at Humana for nine years, beginning as a commodity analyst and eventually being promoted to innovative contracting program manager.

Watch the UofL Alumni Fellow Announcement Video about Dr. Forristal

Forristal regularly volunteers with Fed With Faith, a Louisville non-profit dedicated to addressing homelessness. She served on the Northeast YMCA board from 2014 to 2016 and was recently elected as the vice president of communications for the duPont Manual PTSA Board.

Jen and her husband Jamieson have two children. They are members of Our Savior Lutheran Church. In 2019, Forristal donated a kidney to her father.

View a message of congratulations from SPHIS Dean Craig Blakely

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