Natalie Pennywell

Natalie Pennywell, MPH, CHES

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Job title: Director, VCU Health Hub at 25th
Telephone: (804) 828-1186
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​Natalie Pennywell is the director for the VCU Health Hub at 25th in the east end of Richmond, Virginia.

As the director, Pennywell provides operational and programmatic oversight to the inaugural Health Education and Wellness Center. In order to deepen and accelerate VCU and VCU Health System’s work in promoting health equity and addressing the social determinants of health, she works collaboratively to help lead the planning, launch and operation of the Health Hub.

She previously worked as the community outreach coordinator for the Division of Community Nutrition in the Virginia Department of Health, which includes the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (VA WIC Program) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and as a community health educator in the Crater Health District.

Pennywell is a member of the Virginia Public Health Association; the Medical Library Association; serves as a member of the inaugural VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Office of Health Equity and Disparities Community Advisory Board; the National Council on Black Health and Co-Chair of its National Black Organizations Partnership Project; chair, Board of Directors for Virginia Health Catalyst; member, board of directors and advocacy committee board liaison for Richmond American Heart Association; chair of strategic planning for the Petersburg chapter of The Links, Incorporated; and Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc., Public Service Organization, in which she currently serves as the primary advisor for the Eta Tau chapter at VCU and member of the National Delta Program, Planning & Development Committee and Physical & Mental Health Subcommittee. ​


  • M.P.H., University of South Carolina
  • B.S., Voorhees College
  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  • Consumer Health Information Specialist (CHIS)