Lena Hatchett, PhD, is Director of Community and University Partnerships in the Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago. She leads the institution in health equity research and education through program and policy development. She received her PhD in Social and Health Psychology from State University of New York Stony Brook and her post-doctoral training in Community and Prevention Research from University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Dr. Hatchett’s research reduces racial and economic health disparities. To improve the local food systems, Dr. Hatchett co-founded the Maywood Multicultural Farmers Market and the Cook County Green Corps, a youth green job training program. On-going projects include Proviso Partners for Health, a multi-sector coalition to promote food justice through policy, system, and environmental change. She co-founded the coalition with community organizations to support over 25 youth serving organizations from the business, health, and community sectors. This work is funded by RWJ foundation to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement for the SCALE initiative and most recently, the Trinity Health System Transforming Communities Initiative.
Dr. Hatchett is a public health advocate with the following organizations; Cook County Department of Public Health Community Health Advisory Council; Advocates for Urban Agriculture; American Public Health Association Community-based Public Health Caucus Policy Work group; Cook County Department of Public Health, Alliance for Healthy and Active Communities; Institute for Healthcare Improvement 100 Million Healthier Lives.