Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Monroe Carell Jr.
Children's Hospital
at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232


(615) 936-1000

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Who We Are

 

The Nashville Collaborative is a unique partnership between the Department of Pediatrics at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Metro Parks and Recreation to decrease pediatric obesity and its health consequences through family-based, community-centered programs. It is based at the Coleman Community Center, a full-service recreation center that also serves as a community gathering place.

The Nashville Collaborative is the first sister collaborative to the WFUSM-YWCA Collaborative in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The team has worked diligently to secure community and financial support, find a home, and develop its first family-centered, community-based pediatric obesity prevention program.

Our collaborative team leaders

Shari Barkin, MD, MSHS, Executive Director
Professor of Pediatrics
Division Chief of General Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Paul Widman, Co-Director
Assistant Director Metro Board of Parks and Recreation,
Cultural and Wellness Division

Bettina Beech, DrPH, MPH, Co-Director
Associate Professor
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Our collaborative core team

Sharelle Armstrong, BA
Research Assistant II
Division of General Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Jeanelle Braxton, MPA
Research Coordinator
Division of General Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Juan Escarfuller, MA, MDiv.
Interventionist
Division of General Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Taren Ferguson, RD
Interventionist
Division of General Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

William Heerman, MD
Division of General Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Sherry Hipps
Facility Coordinator
Metro Parks and Recreation
East Park Community Center

Yvonne Joosten, MPH
Administrative Officer
Center for Health Services Research
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Rishi Mistry, BS
Research Assistant II
Division of General Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Stevon Neloms, BS, MPA
Facility Coordinator
Metro Parks and Recreation
Coleman Community Center

Eli Po'e, BS
Research Assistant II
Division of General Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Jessica Thompson, M.Ed
Data Analyst II
Division of General Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Bill Troup
Recreation Superintenden/Regional Centers
Metro Parks and Recreation 

Margaret van Bakergem, MPH
Research Analyst II
Division of General Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Last Edited: July 7, 2016
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