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Register Now for the 8th Annual John W. Hatch Lecture

Oct 6, 2023 | John Hatch Lecture

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

The Eighth Annual John W. Hatch FaithHealth Lecture will convene in Eastern North Carolina on November 28th, 2023, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm in Rocky Mount.

The Impact Center, 821 Word Plaza, Rocky Mount, NC 27804

In person & Virtual Event (Link will be provided to persons that complete the virtual registration by the deadline.

Lunch will be provided. No registration fee. However, registration is required.

Registration Deadline: November 20,2023
Register now!

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, American Public Health Association
  • Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
  • Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • North Carolina Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities
  • Area L AHEC

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.

Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr.

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 Company profiled 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.

Other distinguished speakers include Dr. John HatchRev. Dr. Ricky L. Banks, President, General Baptist State Convention of NC;  Councilman Reuben Blackwell, President & CEO, Opportunities Industrialization Center; Dr. Goldie Smith Byrd, Director, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity; Mr. Kevin Price, President & CEO, Institute of Minority Economic Development; Dr. Christopher Edwards, Clinical Psychologist and Research Psychoneuroendocrinoloogist, Adjunct Faculty, NC Central University; Rev. Dr. Gary Gunderson, Professor, Faith and the Health of the Public, Wake Forest University Divinity School; Chris Shank, CEO & President, NC Association of Community Health Centers; Debra Farrington, Deputy Secretary/Chief Health Equity Officer, NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Please join us for a transformative day!

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