Jeanne M. Regnante is Tigerlily Foundation’s Strategic Health Equity Advisor. Previous to this position, Jeanne was the Chief Health Equity and Diversity Officer at the LUNGevity Foundation where she spearheaded the foundation’s health equity initiative. Jeanne’s primary objective has always been to secure the engagement and insights of medically underserved and vulnerable communities by working with trusted community-based organizations, cancer centers, and health systems to achieve health equity and eliminate disparities across the cancer continuum of care. Before these positions, Jeanne was Senior Vice President of Community Engagement for National Minority Quality Forum where she launched and chaired the Diverse Cancer Communities Working Group (CWG). The CWG, made up of experts in the public and private sector, who work together to optimize equitable cancer care, treatment and representation in clinical trials for all.
Jeanne is proud of her 30+ year career at Merck & Co, Inc. where she was head of global patient engagement and Chief of Staff to the company’s Chief Medical Officer. Jeanne has authored several peer- reviewed publications and a book chapter with experts in the field, focused on best practices throughout the cancer continuum of care, including inclusive research practices of cancer centers of excellence and geo-data assessments so that we can learn from stakeholders where equitable practices are active and successful. Jeanne believes that amplification of best practices in collaboration with like-minded health care leaders drives sustainable and impactful change for America. Jeanne contributes her expertise by continually learning from and engaging with a variety of national and global working groups including Faster Cures/Milken Institute and the American Cancer Society’s Patient Navigation Roundtable.
Most recently, Jeanne was a panelist at ASCO’21 annual meeting featured session on cancer health equity and is presenting at the 2022 DIA annual meeting in Chicago. Jeanne was recently elected to Health Literacy Media’s Board of Directors (501c3) and was recognized as a Cancer Health 2021 Change Maker.