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 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.

Working Group

Chris Biesemeier, MS, RD, LDN
Director, Clinical Nutrition

Brenda Butka, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

Joe Fanning, PhD
Director, Clinical Ethics Consultation Service

Andrea George, PhD 
Director, Sustainability and Environmental Management Office

Chelsea Hamilton, MS
Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, Sustainability and Environmental Management Office

Jaco Hamman, PhD
Associate Professor, Vanderbilt Divinity School
Director of the Program in Theology and Practice

Bruce Jennings, MA
Adjunct Associate Professor, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
Senior Fellow, Center for Humans and Nature

Stacey Kendrick, MS
Health Educator, Strategic Marketing

Dianne Killebrew, M.Ed, RD, LDN
Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship

Todd Lawrence, MS
Executive Director, Urban Green Lab

Keith Loiseau
University Architect

Linda Manning, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Keith G. Meador, MD, ThM, MPH 
Professor of Psychiatry and Health Policy
Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics & Society

Amy Price Neff, MD

Tallu Schuyler Quinn, M.Div
Executive Director, The Nashville Food Project

Lori Rolando, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Medical Director, Health Plus

David Schlundt, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology

Kathleen Wolff, APRN, BC-FNP, BC-ADM
Nurse Practitioner, Vanderbilt Osher Center for Integrative Medicine