At the outset of his career, in the 1980’s, Dr. David Eisenberg recognized the lack of focus on food, nutrition, and movement in US medical education and healthcare delivery. Inspired by his experiences relating to Chinese medicine, primary care internal medicine, and integrative wellness, Dr. Eisenberg launched the Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives educational conference for medical professionals in order to test the notion that teaching kitchens could be built, refined and shown to impact the behaviors, clinical outcomes and costs of care for multiple populations.
The TKC formally launched in 2016 as an invitational network of thought leading organizations using teaching kitchen facilities as catalysts of enhanced personal and public health across medical, corporate, school, and community settings. Dr. David Eisenberg formed the TKC to connect individual innovators using teaching kitchens as catalysts for health enhancement, in partnership with The Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
In 2020, the TKC became an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization. The TKC is now a global network of 35 teaching kitchens, with members that span an organizational range from leading academic medical centers to public youth services institutions to private employers. The Collaborative functions as an accelerator to support the reproducibility, scalability, and evaluation of emerging teaching kitchen models and educational programs.
From 2000-2010, Dr. Eisenberg served as the Bernard Osher Distinguished Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, founding director of the Osher Research Center and the founding chief of the Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School. He simultaneously served as the director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
David is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He completed his fellowship training in general internal medicine and primary care and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. In 1979, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, David served as the first U.S. medical exchange student to the People’s Republic of China. In 1993, he was the medical advisor to the PBS Series, Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers.
He has served as an advisor to the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federation of State Medical Boards with regard to complementary, alternative and integrative medicine research, education and policy. From 2003-2005 David served on a National Academy of Sciences Committee responsible for the Institute of Medicine Report entitled, ―The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public. More recently, David served as a member of the US National Board of Medical Examiners Clinical Skills Committee and its Communications Task Force.
David has authored numerous scientific and educational articles involving complementary, integrative and lifestyle medicine and continues to pursue research, educational and clinical programs relating to integrative and lifestyle medicine. As the son and grandson of professional bakers, David aspires to bring together the culinary and medical communities to enhance comprehensive health care for all.
Christine has built, scaled, and led operations within a variety of healthcare systems and settings. Prior to joining the TKC in 2020, Christine ran operations and implementation teams within the digital health industry, focusing on employee wellbeing, incentivisation of health engagement, and user outcomes.
Previously, she managed the COPE Project in Navajo Nation, focused on community health representative training, chronic disease management and prevention, healthcare team and systems alignment, and innovating on solutions for healthy food access. Her particular focus on improving systems towards equity and justice was sparked by her career start at the global health organization Partners In Health.
Christine holds an MBA and MPH from the Haas School of Business and UC Berkeley School of Public Health, where she focused on health and food systems innovation. She lives in Oakland, California.
Rachel Bartlett is a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Science in Nutrition Education. She has worked with USDA food programs, nutrition policy, research, and health promotion in early care & education (ECE) settings. Recently, Rachel served as an Implementation Advisor to several states for a change management program to promote healthy eating and activity in ECE settings at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has experience in coalition building and training and is excited to leverage her skills and experience with the TKC.
Before working in nutrition, she was in culinary book publishing. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys outdoor hikes, yoga, and discovering new recipes.
Emily’s insatiable curiosity for food began when she moved to NYC and visited a farmers market for the first time. The more she cooked with whole foods the more she connected the dots between what she was eating and how she felt; and the more she wanted to support others in eating and living more healthfully. She began volunteering on urban farms in NYC and abroad, preparing nutritious meals in shelters, and leading cooking and nutrition demonstrations throughout the city. To hone her own cooking skills, she volunteered as a kitchen assistant at the Natural Gourmet Institute, a health supportive culinary school in NYC, where she would later receive a certificate in culinary nutrition.
Eventually this passion became a career. For the past five years, Emily has enjoyed working in this overlap of cooking, nutrition, and community engagement. In 2019, she took a year away from the office to stage in kitchens across the country, including Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA. Emily now lives in Asheville, NC with her husband and her sourdough starter.
Kate is a Registered Dietitian with her Masters in Public Health. She has previously worked with school food service administration, restaurants as well as a private practice dietitian. She has completed her 200hr yoga teacher training. In addition to her work with the TKC she teaches an undergraduate course at Northeastern University focused on public health nutrition programs in community settings.
Jen started her career in public health doing lab bench science at Harvard in the environmental health department investigating occupational health exposures and poor health outcomes. She went onto Johns Hopkins where she helped perform a study of the rescue and recovery workers at the World Trade disaster site and the physical and mental health consequences of their first response efforts. Jen then returned to Harvard where she earned her joint Doctor of Science degree in Epidemiology and Nutrition where she studied diet and lifestyle and associations with cancer in the large Harvard cohorts. In her postdoctoral years, Jen joined a neuro-epidemiology group at Harvard where she studied viral and other environmental exposures and risk of Multiple Sclerosis. As a research associate, she worked at the Channing Lab where she continued her work in preventative medicine looking at sleep and circadian rhythms and risk of cancer and other outcomes. Jen jointly held an appointment as Instructor at the Harvard Medical School where she worked in the Anesthesia Department of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital helping to conduct randomized clinical studies.
Jen connected with David Eisenberg at the Nutrition Dept where she worked with him to create a study to investigate the teaching kitchen as a preventative health intervention. Now, Jen helps the TKC establish research projects and begin to develop research protocols for the multi-site research efforts of the collaborative.
In addition to her research efforts, Jen was a residential first year proctor and academic adviser at Harvard College for 15 years and continues to sit on the Freshman Board of Advisers where she continues to advise Harvard freshmen. Jen currently lives in Cambridge, MA where she loves to run along the Charles River and dig in her community garden.
VP, Nutrition & Wellness, Compass Group North America
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Founder and President, FamilyCook Productions
Culinary Medicine Chef Educator, MedStar Institute for Innovation - MedStar Health
Director Nutrition Services, University of Vermont Medical Center, University of Vermont Health Network
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Director D-H Culinary Medicine Program, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Culinary Medicine Program
John Wesley McWhorter
Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health; Director of Culinary Nutrition, Nourish Program at UTHealth School of Public Health
Board of Directors
Managing Partner, Physic Ventures
Executive Director of Turner Farm
Executive Director, the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative
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