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Rev. James Kenady

Faith Coordinator

James-Kenady-Headshot--162x138Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion
Office for Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships
University of Illinois at Chicago

James M. Kenady is the Faith Coordinator for the Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion (CPHP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, leading efforts to engage faith leaders/partners, provide education, create policy, system, and environment changes that support healthy behaviors.

Prior to accepting his position at CPHP James was Program Manager for the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) and was responsible for planning, organizing, managing and implementing programs and projects to support the goals of SECC, the University of Chicago and other community funders. He was also accepted into the LISC Chicago Business District Leaders program during his time at SECC.

James has been actively involved in community efforts for many years. In 1991 he was appointed interim Pastor of the Center of Hope Church and eventually became Senior Pastor and Business Administrator of the Chicago, Illinois and Niles, Michigan locations. During that time he established Bridging the Gap Coalition (an initiative that targeted inner-city youth), and served on the City of Niles Planning Commission. After 10 years of pastoral service, he resigned to be more active in community-based projects and public health initiatives. Following his resignation, James worked as the “CeaseFire” Clergy Coordinator for the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he coordinated efforts that led to a 67% reduction in shootings in West Garfield Park. He later transitioned to Childrens Memorial Hospital working as Lead Community Liaison for the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), a nationally recognized organization, and as Faith Coordinator for Chicago FAITH (Faith-based Advocacy to Improve and Transform Health), an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

In addition, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the MEND Foundation; is an Affiliate Member of the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network, and a is member of the White House Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Stakeholders Taskforce. He has also served on the Advisory Council for the Center for Faith and Health Community Transformation at Advocate Health Care.

A joint project of Advocate Health Care & the OCEAN-HP at the University of Illinois at Chicago.