Alignment of Governance and Leadership in Healthcare: Building Momentum for Transformation








Reverend Dr. Fred Douglas Smith Jr., Ph.D.
Faith and Health Strategist and Educational Consultant
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Reverend Dr. Fred D. Smith Jr., has over 30 years of experience as an Educator, Strategist, Facilitator, and Innovator in the field of Faith and Health. As a Faith and Health Consultant and Senior Scholar for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System, he participated in the development of the Memphis Model. As an Educational Consultant to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, FaithHealth Division, he consulted on the development of FaithHealthNC and the development of the FaithHealth Fellows program for the state North Carolina. Fred formerly served as Associate Director of the Interfaith Health Program, where he participated in the development of such programs as Not Even One–Kids and Guns initiative, Whole Communities Collaborative, Faith and Health Consortium, and the Institute for Faith and Public Health Collaboration. He is a recently retired Professor of Urban Ministry and Associate Director of the Practice of Ministry and Mission at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C., where he taught and developed Masters and Doctorate level courses in Faith and Health. Fred created The Urban Fellows, The Urban Institute, and the Urban Learning Laboratories all with a focus on Faith and Health. He was formerly an Associate Professor of Christian Education and Youth Ministry and Director of the Lilly Endowment funded Summer Youth Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in economics, received his Master of Divinity degree at Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University, and his Ph.D. at Emory University in practical theology. Fred has consulted on a number of national initiatives including the United Methodist Council of Bishop’s Initiative on Children and Poverty, Pan Methodist Coalition on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, The Carnegie Foundation’s Not Even One–Kids and Guns initiative, National Volunteer Training Centers National Interfaith Alliance Against Substance Abuse, and The Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Stop the Killing campaign.


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