Lena Hatchett, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics,
    Stritch School of Medicine
  • Director, Community and University Partnerships
  • Co-Founder, Proviso Partners for Health
  • Member, Cook County Department of Public Health,
    Community Health Advisory Council

Advanced Degrees

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





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.

Community Action for Racial and Economic Equity
Dr. Hatchett supports the development of Black-led social enterprises.

Food Justice;  Real Food Collective

Arts and Culture:  Paint on PurposeTrustyCup Productions

Racial Justice:  TruYou – Radiant Vessels

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

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


Suh, C. K., Huliganga, A., Collymore, J., Desai, N., Mora, M., & Hatchett, L. (2024). Participants’ Experiences With a Community Based Participatory Research Produce Prescription Program: Findings From a Qualitative Study. American Journal of Health Promotion. https://doi.org/10.1177_08901171241233094

Hatchett L. (2020) Case Study: Established community partnership pays off during COVD-19. American Hospital Association. (link)

Wasson K, Chaidez C, Hatchett L, Garcia Manrique B, Garcia Nieto E, Kuczewski MG. (2019) "We have a lot of power...": A Medical School's Journey Through Its New Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Initiative. Cureus 11(10): e6037. doi: 10.7759/cureus.6037

Scaccia JP, Chavez NR, Hatchett L, et al. (2017) Community Health Improvement and the Community Psychology Competencies. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice 8(1): 1-25.

Hatchett L, Elster N, Wasson K, Anderson L, Parsi K. (2015) Integrating Social Justice for Health Professional Education: Self-Reflection, Advocacy, and Collaborative Learning. Online Journal of Health Ethics 11(1).

Wasson K, Bading E, Hardt J, Hatchett L, Kuczewski MG, McCarthy M, Michelfelder A, Parsi K (2015). Physician Know Thyself: The Role of Reflection in Bioethics and Professionalism Education. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 5(1): 77-86.

Hatchett, L, Brown, L, Hopkins, J, Larsen, K, Fournier, E. (2013) Something Good Can Grow Here. Chicago Urban agriculture Food Projects Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.

Swetz KM, Jama AA, Quirindongo-Cedeno O, Hatchett L. (2011) Meeting the Needs of Somali Patients at the End of Life. Minnesota Medicine- Clinical & Health Affairs, December: 43-6.

Hatchett L, Herbert-Bernie J, Tenfelde S, Lavender M, Brubaker L.(2011) Knowledge and Perceptions of Pelvic Floor Disorders Among African American and Latina Women. Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery 17(4): 190-4.

Slavin SJ, Hatchett L, Chibnall JT, Schindler D, Fendell G. (2011) Helping Medical Students and Residents Flourish: A Path to Transform Medical Education. Academic Medicine 86(11): e15.

Hatchett L, et al. (2009) Life Impact of Urological Pain Syndromes. Journal of Health Psychology 14.6: 741-50.