Dr. Barbara J. Hatcher
Dr. Barbara Hatcher, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Principal at Hatcher-DuBois Odrick Group, LLC, and a former Robert Woods Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, has initiated system-wide change and provided leadership in health care, public health policy/practice, health regulation and workforce development. Her major achievements in nursing, public and global health have focused on maternal and child health, underserved urban populations and populations in developing countries. Among Dr. Hatcher’s numerous contributions to public health, she founded the District of Columbia (DC) Department of Health’s multimillion-dollar Healthy Start project to reduce infant mortality and barriers to pre-natal care; served as the first chair of the combined District of Columbia Board of Nursing; and, worked with the DC nursing community, legislators and legal counsel to establish rules and regulations for nursing practice including the first rules for expanded nursing practice. She oversaw the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) national efforts to promote evidence-based public health policies and practices. Globally, she served as the Secretary General of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, an organization granted World Health Organization (WHO) consultative status during her leadership tenure. She has provided executive leadership as well as served as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on research and intervention grants totaling more than $50 million. She achieved many breakthroughs in nursing and health care such as testing and establishing care models related to community-based care and outreach. Because of her sustained contributions in nursing and health care, Dr. Hatcher was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and honored with the National Black Nurses Association’s Trailblazer Award and University of Connecticut’s Josephine Dolan School of Nursing Award for Distinguished Service. She is an inductee in the Waterbury Hall of Fame and the District of Columbia Hall of Fame. Dr. Hatcher is a current member of NurseTrust, the American Nurses’ Association, a life member of both the Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. and the National Black Nurses’ Association. She is a member of two honorary societies, Delta Omega for public health and Sigma Theta Tau for nursing. She is currently President of the Chi Eta Phi Educational Foundation and co-chair of the Social Action Committee of the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Hatcher is a long-time member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority and has served at the local, regional and national levels in elected and appointed positions.