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You Make Healthy Dreams Come True

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April 15, 2014 - Tucson, AZ

In this presentation by CRI Senior Advisor for Outreach Jan McIntire, guests at Canyon Ranch in Tucson learn how they relate to the development of the best practices of Canyon Ranch that are embedded in CRI programs. The discussion focuses on the CRI Life Enhancement Program that helps inspire people in low-income communities nationwide to make healthy changes in their lives and their communities.

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CRI’s Chuck Palm and Russ Newberg at the 2014 Arizona Public Health Association Conference

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April 11, 2014 – Tempe, AZ

At the 2014 Arizona Public Health Association (AzPHA) Spring Conference in Tempe, AZ, CRI Life Enhancement Program Manager Chuck Palm, M.P.H., co-presented “Improving the Health of Children and Adults in an Underserved Community: The Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program for Families with Tucson Medical Center,” with Mary Atkinson, R.D., Director of Wellness at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. CRI Coordinator Russ Newberg, M.P.A., presented a poster entitled, “Effects of Open Spaces in Urban Areas on Human Health.” Together, these presentations highlighted CRI’s commitment to wellness and supported the conference theme, “Making Healthy Eating & Active Living the Easy Choice.”

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CRI President Richard H. Carmona Delivers Keynote Address at the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting

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March 29, 2014 - Orlando, FL

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, delivered the keynote address at the 2014 American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting. Richard emphasized the role of pharmacists as public health providers and highlighted the opportunity pharmacists have to translate science for patients. Noting that most chronic disease is preventable, Richard discussed how pharmacists have an opportunity to communicate directly with patients about how behavior changes like diet and physical activity can lessen the risk of disease.

 

CRI's Andrew Pleasant Co-Facilitates Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy Workshop about Implications of Health Literacy for Discharge Instructions

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March 17, 2014 - Washington, D.C.

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., represents CRI on the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy. At this Roundtable meeting, the public workshop featured presentations and discussions about how principles of health literacy may improve hospital discharge protocols to include prevention of unnecessary readmissions. Andrew served as co-facilitator for the public workshop. By emphasizing health literacy, hospitals can help their patients better find, understand, evaluate, communicate, and use health information to make informed, healthy choices in their daily lives. On the second day of the meeting, the Roundtable members reviewed and discussed the public workshop and held a planning session for future meetings.

 

CRI Hosts Visiting Scholar Ted Vickey

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March 7, 2014 – Tucson, AZ

Ted Vickey, M.S., Founder and President of FitWell, Inc., facilitated a discussion with the Canyon Ranch Institute team about fitness technology, including apps, devices, and wearable technology. During the hands-on session, Ted highlighted some of the latest fitness technology and how individuals are using this technology to share their fitness information online and through social media. The discussion also explored the ways in which fitness and wellness technology can positively influence lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, and sleep.

 

Wellness Luncheon

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February 19, 2014 – Savannah, GA

Members of the Savannah, GA, community gathered at the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ Garden for a wellness luncheon to launch the Canyon Ranch Institute partnership with Connect Savannah and Charles H. and Rosalie Morris. CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., opened by welcoming all community members to join the broad range of efforts to improve the overall health and wellness of Savannah. Overall, the partnership will bring the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program, a cooking demonstration kitchen, a community food gardening program, and an arts-based program to address public health in Savannah. Charles H. and Rosalie Morris then shared their personal motivations for embracing a life of wellness and their plans to share the integrative health approach with Savannah residents. Canyon Ranch and CRI Founder Mel Zuckerman shared his gratitude with Charles and Rosalie and support for the partnership with CRI to improve health in Savannah through a video message. CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, then explained the integrative health approach and the need to address prevention and health literacy as a path to improved health and improved health care. CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., highlighted the health outcomes produced by CRI Life Enhancement Program partners throughout the United States. In their remarks, Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care Board Chairman C. MeGill Brown, Ph.D., and CEO and CFO Albert B. Grandy, Jr., CPA, emphasized the need to address chronic disease prevention and reinforced their commitment to reaching those who are medically underserved throughout the Savannah community. CRI Senior Director for Outreach Jan McIntire served as master of ceremonies for the Wellness Luncheon, which also featured stress management, exercise, and nutrition activities led by some of the Core Team members of the CRI Life Enhancement Program in Savannah. Rita Teel, RYT-200 led stress management; Palmer Steverson led a fitness break; and Joy Cornthwaite, M.S., R.D., L.D., CDE, and Kim Floyd, M.Ed., R.D., L.D., prepared a healthy recipe for all guests to enjoy.

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CRI President Richard H. Carmona Provides Keynote Address at University of Arizona Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference

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January 25, 2014 – Tucson, AZ

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, delivered the keynote address at the University of Arizona Arthritis Center 2014 Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference. Richard discussed the obesity epidemic, explaining how obesity is both a major risk factor for arthritis and the most potent accelerator of many other chronic diseases. Richard emphasized prevention as the most critical tool in improving the health of all Americans, including people who are at risk for arthritis or are already experiencing arthritis.

 

CRI Executive Director Jennifer Cabe, M.A., and Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., Present at Arizona Connected Care Meeting

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January 15, 2014 - Tucson, AZ

At the January meeting of Arizona Connected Care’s Patient Engagement Committee, CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., and CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., led an interactive session about health literacy, with specific focus on the CRI Life Enhancement Program. They highlighted the evidence-based, integrative health approach used to advance health literacy and eliminate health disparities in underserved communities. Arizona Connected Care is Southern Arizona’s first Accountable Care Organization (ACO). It is comprised of primary care physicians and specialists, as well as CRI partners Tucson Medical Center and El Rio Community Health Center.

 

CRI President Richard H. Carmona Delivers Featured Presentation at 2014 Patient Safety Science & Technology Summit

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January 11, 2014 - Dana Point, CA

The 2014 Patient Safety & Technology Summit addressed three key challenges: hospital-acquired infections, creating a culture of safety, and hand-over communications. As an outspoken advocate of patient safety and quality of care, CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, added a unique perspective and health policy expertise to convey the social and economic impact of today’s most prevalent patient safety issues. The Summit is known for producing innovative collaborations and actions resulting in measurable improvements to health care.

 

CRI Hosts Visiting Scholar Dr. Jack Gilbert

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December 9, 2013 – Tucson, AZ 

Jack Gilbert, Ed.D., FACHE, Director of the Trans-disciplinary Consortium for Innovation Leadership in Healthcare, Director of Executive & Professional Development for the Colleges of Health Solutions and Nursing & Health Innovation, and Clinical Associate Professor at Arizona State University, led the Canyon Ranch Institute team in a discussion about ethical wisdom and ethical leadership in health care. The discussion highlighted the ways in which culture, leadership, management systems, and personal integrity can positively influence decision-making. The discussion focused on practical ways to strengthen the ethical health of organizations and their stakeholders. 

 
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Upcoming Events

April 24, 2014 – Minneapolis, MN 
CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., will represent CRI at the HERO meeting focused on encouraging and supporting American businesses to take a leadership role in improving the health of communities.

Urban Health Plan Ribbon-Cutting for New Health Center
April 25, 2014 – Bronx, NY
CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., will represent CRI at the opening of the Simpson Pavilion of CRI partner Urban Health Plan (UHP). The Simpson Pavilion is home to the new UHP-CRI Demo Kitchen, and to the CRI Health and Wellness Center that was opened in 2009 and was recently relocated to the new state-of-the-art Simpson Pavilion.

2014 FDA Risk Communication Advisory Committee Meeting
May 5-6, 2014 – Silver Spring, MD
CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., will participate in an FDA advisory committee meeting on risk communications’ overall effect on consumer knowledge, behaviors, and health outcomes.

Institute for Healthcare Advancement 13th Annual Literacy Conference
May 7-9, 2014 – Irvine, California
Chuck Palm, M.P.H., Maggie King, and Amy Martin will present three posters accepted to IHA’s 13th Annual Health Literacy Conference, “Operational Solutions to Low Health Literacy: At the Intersection of the Affordable Care Act and Health Literacy.”

2014 Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA) Conference
May 8-9, 2014 – Oklahoma City, OK
CRI Board member and 16th U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., will present the conference keynote. CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., will present the keynote at the Second Oklahoma Health Literacy Summit, which will be held in conjunction with the OPHA Conference on May 8.

Canyon Ranch in Tucson
May 12, 2014 - Tucson, AZ
CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., will present “You Make Healthy Dreams Come True” about how Canyon Ranch guest experiences inform the work of Canyon Ranch Institute in helping inspire people in numerous low-income communities nationwide to make healthy changes in their lives and their communities.

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