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Regenerative Healthcare Conference: Farm-to-Healthcare Immersion

November 16-17, 2023
St. Luke’s Hospital, Anderson Campus
Easton, Pennsylvania

In October 2022, Rodale Institute’s inaugural Regenerative Healthcare Conference convened healthcare practitioners for 4 days of cutting-edge programming about food as medicine, linking soil health and human health. Following the overwhelmingly successful first year conference, which included a visit to the St. Luke’s – Rodale Institute Organic Hospital Farm, demand for knowledge about how to implement similar farm-to-hospital models skyrocketed.

In response, Rodale Institute is announcing the 2023 Regenerative Healthcare Conference: Farm-to-Healthcare Immersion, a 2-day conference designed to provide step-by-step guidance on how to create a successful farm-to-institution model, with an emphasis on health-focused institutions.

This exclusive, in-person event is tailored to leaders at the forefront of sustainable health systems innovation driving transformative change.

Our attendees represent healthcare and hospital systems, senior living facilities, academic institutions, and food service providers, among others passionate about the role local, nutrient dense food plays in health.

Attendees will learn how to adopt, scale, and leverage a farm-to-institution model to elevate both health outcomes and brand.

Rodale Institute’s Regenerative Healthcare Conference programming is presented in Partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network – Anderson Campus.

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Conference Overview

The Immersion will be hosted from November 16-17, 2023 at the St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Anderson Hospital campus in Easton, Pennsylvania, home to the St. Luke’s – Rodale Institute Organic Farm. Attendees will learn about the benefits of farm-to-institution models from a successful case study at St. Luke’s Anderson, how to navigate start-up challenges and buy-in, and how to create health from the soil up.

Leaders from across the health sector will have the opportunity to engage with Rodale Institute’s Organic Consulting team, alongside a network of innovators curious about how to bring nutrient-dense, organic food into their operations.


Event Itinerary

Thursday, November 16


  • 8AM - Conference check-in, breakfast, and networking
  • 9AM - Welcome and opening remarks
    • Ed Nawrocki | President, East Region and Anderson Campus, St. Luke’s University Health Network
    • Jeff Tkach | Chief Executive Officer, Rodale Institute
    • Nadine Clopton | Program Manager, Rodale Institute
  • 9:30AM - Panel: The St. Luke's-Rodale Institute Farm-to-Hospital Model
    • Ed Nawrocki | President, East Region and Anderson Campus, St. Luke’s University Health Network
    • Andrew Goodbred, MD | Family Medicine Residency Program Director, St. Luke’s University Health Network
    • Meagan Grega, MD | Adjunct Residency Faculty, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, St. Luke’s Anderson Campus;  Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Kellyn Foundation
    • Kate Mertz | Manager, Employee Wellness, St. Luke’s University Health Network
  • 10:45AM - Break
  • 11AM - Soil Health and Human Health: A Critical Intersection
    • Andrew Smith, PhD | Chief Operating Officer, Rodale Institute
  • 11:45AM - Healthy Food in Health Care: Values-Based Procurement and the Healthy Food in Health Care Standard
    • Molly Riordan | Eastern Regional Program Manager, Healthy Food in Health Care, Health Care Without Harm
  • 12:30PM - Lunch
  • 1:30PM - Tour of the St. Luke's-Rodale Institute Organic Farm fields and processing facilities
  • 3PM - Panel: Institutional Buy-In: Engaging Multiple Stakeholders, Challenges, and Solutions for Effective Implementation
    • Sam Malriat (moderator) | Director, Organic Consulting, Rodale Institute
    • Chloe Goodman | Manager, Health Management Center and Smart Farm, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
    • Lori Walsh, MD | Medical Director, Center for Health and Integrative Medicine, Good Shepherd Hospital and Advocate Children’s Hospital
    • Katelyn Smoger | Manager of Farm Programming, Trinity Health Oakland
  • 4:15PM - Break
  • 4:30PM - Regenerative Healthcare: A Food as Medicine Approach to Patient Care and Healthcare Systems
    • Scott Stoll, MD | Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, The Plantrician Project
  • 5:30PM - Closing remarks
    • Jeff Tkach | Chief Executive Officer, Rodale Institute
  • 6PM - Private farm-to-table dinner

    Dinner will be hosted at farm-to-ladle restaurant, Mr. Lee’s Noodles in Bethlehem, PA featuring renowned local chef, Lee Chizmar

Friday, November 17


  • 8AM - Breakfast and networking
  • 9AM - Keynote Address by Dr. Steven Chen

    Keynote Address: “Recipe4Health: Leveraging Medicaid for Equitable Regenerative and Organic Sourcing of Food as Medicine”

    Steven Chen, MD | Chief Medical Officer at Recipe4Health, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency

  • 10:15AM - Break
  • 10:30AM - Integration of Organic Agriculture into Long-term Care and Retirement Facilities: A Living Case Study at Cornwall Manor
    • Harry McConnell | CEO and President, Cornwall Manor
    • Jennifer Margut | Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations, Cornwall Manor
    • Vicki Deitzler | Vice President for Advancement, Cornwall Manor
    • Stacia Layser | Public Relations Coordinator, Cornwall Manor
    • Ian Frederick | Farm Manager, Cornwall Manor-Rodale Institute Trailside Organic Farm
    • Cornwall Manor Resident Panel Testimonials
  • 11:15AM - Community-Driven Farm-to-Healthcare Models: Finding Your Champions
    • Maile Auterson | Founding Executive Director, Springfield Community Gardens
    • Jesse Baedeke | System Director of Food & Nutrition Services, Cox Health
    • Kristi Crymes, DO | Family Medicine Physician & Faculty, Cox Health, & VP, Head of Heal, Institute for Zen Leadership
  • 12PM - Lunch & Group Discussion

    Led by Anabelle Nuelle & Matthew Furlan, the discussion theme, “Food Service Providers: From Farm to Plate”, will explore how to navigate preparing and using farm-fresh produce in an institutional setting integrated with existing food service providers.

    Attendees will learn how to utilize their Farm-to-Healthcare Institution Toolkit to create their own models.

  • 2PM - Farmer Roundtable: How to Build and Sustain Relationships
    • Kegan Hilaire (moderator) | Small Farms and Diversified Vegetable Consultant, Rodale Institute; Founder and Farmer, Blackbird Farms
    • Jeff Moyer | CEO Emeritus, Rodale Institute
    • Chris Cubberley | Farm Manager, Smart Farm, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
    • Jen Malkoun | Director, Healthcare Partnerships and Programs, Greener Partners; Farmer and Educator
    • Will Jaquinde | Farmer, The Farm at Trinity Health, Ann Arbor
  • 3:15PM - Break
  • 3:30PM - Panel: Financing Farm-to-Healthcare
    • Sam Malriat (moderator) | Director, Organic Consulting, Rodale Institute
    • Ed Nawrocki | President, East Region and Anderson Campus, St. Luke’s University Health Network
    • Ted Lebow | Co-CEO and Founder, Kitchen Table Consultants and Taste Profit Marketing
    • Stephen Rivard, MD | Founder and Board Chair, Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT
  • 4:45PM - Closing remarks
    • Jeff Tkach | Chief Executive Officer, Rodale Institute
    • Ed Nawrocki | President, East Region and Anderson Campus, St. Luke’s University Health Network
  • 5PM - Conference concludes

Registration for the event includes a high-value start-up kit (valued at over $10,000) designed by Rodale Institute’s Consulting team to begin your journey to integrating nutrient-dense, farm-fresh produce into your own institution.

Register to Attend

Registration for this event is limited to 60 people and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Group Rates

Group rates are available upon inquiry. If you are interested in learning more about group rates for groups of 3 or more for the Farm-to-Healthcare Immersion, please contact Nadine.Clopton@RodaleInstitute.org.

The History

Since 2014, Rodale Institute and St. Luke’s University Health Network have been growing their partnership through an innovative farm-to-hospital model. This model allows for nutrient-dense, organic food to make its way from a 14-acre farm on-site at the hospital into the hospital cafeteria and onto patient’s plates as well as in CSAs for hospital employees.

Through the Farm-to-Healthcare Immersion, attendees will learn how this model can be integrated into other institutions such as hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, schools, senior living communities, and more.

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