Engaging ecology and health in our Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, and Middle Tennessee communities


The Rooted Community Health initiative seeks to engage partners across the Vanderbilt campus and communities of Middle Tennessee in service to ecological sustainability, health promotion and human flourishing, and an ethically responsible understanding of our interdependency as a community within the vision of population health. Through partnering with the Osher Center of Integrative Medicine, colleagues in nutritional services, and other sustainability and health professionals, RCH aims to enhance community engagement through programming, around ecology, sustainability, and health care. RCH is committed to facilitating trans-institutional transformation at Vanderbilt and enhancing our community’s health through community engagement, scholarship, and research in ecology, health, and sustainability.


John Compton, M.Div.

Program Coordinator, Rooted Community Health
john.w.compton.1@vumc.org

John Compton, M.Div. is the program coordinator of Rooted Community Health (RCH). John earned his Master of Divinity with distinction from Vanderbilt Divinity School focusing on the intersections of theology and ecology through the practices of sustainable agriculture. During his time at Vanderbilt, he worked as a research assistant in biomedical ethics under Dr. Keith Meador, a teaching assistant in environmental biology, and a university chaplain intern.