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Lena Hatchett, PhD

Title/s:  Associate Professor
Director, Community and University Partnerships Co-Founder, Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H)

Email: lhatchett@luc.edu


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.

Midwest Consortium for Equity, Research, Food Justice Publications, Lena Hatchett is a 2021 partner with the Midwest Consortium, a branch of the Chicago Food Policy Action Council. Her collaborative research advances systems with low-income African American, Latinx residents through the Good Food Purchasing Policy and initiatives.

We in the World is a capacity-building network for equity. As the Senior Lead for Racial Justice, Lena Hatchett co-designed the Racial Justice Community curriculum for action for change agents in the US and abroad. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds this work.

Improving Social Determinants of Health - Getting Further Faster is a systems-level evaluation project funded by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Lena Hatchett is the programmatic lead in partnership with Strengthening Proviso Youth and the Cook County Department of Public Health.





  • PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
  • MA, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY

Research Interests

Community-engaged research, racial and economic health disparities, urban agriculture, positive youth development

Courses Taught

  • BEHL 407 Social Determinants of Health and Bioethics
  • BEHL 411 Public Health Ethics
  • BEHL 418 Advancing Health Equity Practices

Selected Publications