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Fourth Annual John W. Hatch FaithHealth Lecture Series

December 3, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Estey Hall Auditorium

Shaw University Divinity School and the Division of FaithHealth Ministries at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center invite you to the Fourth Annual John W. Hatch FaithHealth Lecture Series on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.  The series, named as a commemoration of the pioneering work of Dr. John Hatch in the areas of faith, health, and community organization, seeks to:

  • Provide a forum for participants to engage in diverse streams of intellectual knowledge gained through individuals, communities and institutions that are relevant to the fields of faith and health.
  • Create opportunities for open dialogue, story sharing, and innovation between faith and health communities towards the goal of improved quality of life in the communities/populations served. 
  • Build stronger communities vested in bridging the space between the healing worlds of faith and health.


The morning keynoter is Dr. Howard Koh, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, Harvard University. His distinctions include:

  • 14th Assistant Secretary for Health, US Dept of Health and Human Services (nominated by President Barack Obama)
  • Numerous publications including articles on health and spirituality
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for National Service
  • Recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the country's "Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" 

Also planned is a special afternoon session on Climate Change and Environmental Justice, featuring Secretary Michael Regan, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. Secretary Regan was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to oversee the state agency dedicated to science-based environmental stewardship for the health and prosperity of all North Carolinians. He has decades of expertise and experience in environmental regulation and advocacy:

  • air quality and energy programs (served at US Environmental Protection Agency under both Clinton and Bush Administrations) 
  • program design to reduce pollution, improve energy efficiency and overcome 

The registration deadline is November 5, 2019. There is no registration fee, however registration is required. To register or for questions, please email your name and organization (if applicable), as well as your attendance information below to Robin Danner at