A Shared Mission of Healing

8th Annual John W. Hatch FaithHealth Lecture Series

Aug 7, 2023 | John Hatch Lecture

Save the Date: November 28, 2023

In-person & Virtual Event 

Additional Information and Registration to Come

Rocky Mount, North Carolina


“Transforming the Narrative: Amplifying Voices, Addressing Disparities, Promoting Justice”


Sponsor: FaithHealth Division-Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist


  • Opportunities Industrialization Center
  • General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
  • Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
  • National Association of Community Health Centers
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Caucus on Public Health and the Faith Community, APHA
  • Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
  • Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • North Carolina Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities


In a world where disparities persist, where voices are silenced, and where health outcomes are shaped by systemic inequities, this “Lecture” is a call to action.  We believe that by building bridges between faith-based organizations, healthcare institutions, and social justice movements, we can create a formidable force for positive transformation.


Keynote: Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr.

  • William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Kenan-Flagler Business School and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center in the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • His research interests include community and economic development, the effects of demographic changes on the U.S. workplace, interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies, poverty and public policy in urban America, and workforce diversity issues. He has published more than 100 scholarly research articles and three research monographs and has co-edited four theme issues of scholarly journals on these and related topics.
  • Currently he is researching strategies to combat hyper-segregation, persistent and concentrated poverty, and gentrification-induced residential and economic dislocations in U.S. cities. And he currently works with gentrifying cities to develop roadmaps for inclusive and equitable economic development that creates shared prosperity. Fast Companyprofiled him in “Hopes and Dreams.”
  • Johnson received his PhD from Michigan State University, his MS from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his BS from North Carolina Central University.


The Series engages faith and health leaders in thought provoking dialogue reflective of the strength of faith and health intersections in improving population health and building stronger communities. It is named in commemoration of the pioneering work of Dr. John W. Hatch, William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Hatch’s esteemed career includes over fifty years of experience in the areas of faith, health, and community organization with a special focus on underserved communities and social justice.

This is a free event.  However, registration is required.  More information to follow.


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