Greater Tucson Leadership Health Care Issues Day
November 8, 2013 - Tucson, AZ
CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, engaged the Greater Tucson Leadership class of 2014 with critical issues related to disease prevention, emergency preparedness, and health disparities. Richard described obesity as a national security issue and posed the thought-provoking question, “Where will our protection and personnel come from?” He also touched on the ineffective delivery of health care and the need for elected leaders to innovate in the area of health as our nation embarks on a new health care landscape. CRI Program and Evaluation Coordinator Amy Martin also participated in a Greater Tucson Leadership panel discussion with four other Tucson-area health and wellness professionals. Amy discussed how the social determinants of health can be addressed using health literacy practices. She noted that health literacy is an essential first step in empowering individuals and communities to improve their health and well-being.
CRI Brings Health Literacy Topics to U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy
October 31 - November 2, 2013 - Washington, D.C.
At the 2013 U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy, CRI team members offered a hands-on workshop focused on the Theater for Health model, provided a group learning opportunity about the CRI Life Enhancement Program, and led a discussion about how the Affordable Care Act expands opportunities for adult learners. 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 the Arts for Behavior Change Program and Theater for Health model, which was first tried with Peruvian shantytowns through a partnership between CRI and The Clorox Company. In a second session, Jennifer, Andrew, and CRI Public Health Communications Manager Jen Cosenza, M.A., presented outcomes from 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. On the final day of the conference, Jennifer and Jen shared insights on new career opportunities for adult learners in wellness and healthcare as a result of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
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CRI’s Andrew Pleasant Presents at the 5th Annual Health Literacy Research Conference
October 28-29, 2013 – Washington, D.C.
CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., presented at the 5th Annual Health Literacy Research Conference held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. The two-day event brought together a range of investigators engaged in health literacy research, including public health, epidemiology, and interventional research activities. Andrew presented as part of a panel about health literacy measurement, discussing effective ways to determine the impact of new initiatives.
CRI President Richard H. Carmona Joins Surgeons General Panel at Morehouse School of Medicine
October 3, 2013 - Atlanta, GA
To mark the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, the Morehouse School of Medicine hosted a forum to discuss the health of underserved and high-risk populations in the United States. As part of the day-long event, CRI Board President and 17th U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, and CRI Board Member and 16th U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., FAAFP, FACPM, FACP, participated on a panel consisting of six U.S. Surgeons General to share their views on the health of the nation and the importance of health equity. Richard, who served from 2002 to 2006, stressed the importance of an unbiased approach to holding the position of U.S. Surgeon General and emphasized the bond that connects Surgeons General across generations as they work to promote, protect, and advance the health, safety, and security of the nation and the American people.
Arizona State University Town Hall Moderated by CRI President Richard H. Carmona
September 25, 2013 - Tempe, AZ
CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, participated in an Arizona State University (ASU) Town Hall discussion on the “Future of Health Care Delivery,” also featuring ASU President Michael M. Crow, Ph.D., and Mayo Clinic Vice President and CEO in Arizona Wyatt W. Decker, M.D. During the event, Richard noted that the United States has the best science in the world, but that we must address the inefficient and ineffective delivery of care. He also described the innovative partnership between ASU and Mayo Clinic as “disruptive in a good way,” as it aims to develop programs to train a new generation of professionals across health care, medical research, and education. He noted that these thought leaders are developing new models for the changes needed in health care systems.
CRI President Richard H. Carmona Delivers Keynote Address at Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
September 23, 2013 - Columbus, OH
Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, President, Canyon Ranch Institute and Distinguished Professor of Health Promotion and Entrepreneurship, Ohio State University College of Nursing, shared “Diversity Lessons from the ‘Hood” at the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration of The Ohio State University (OSU). During his keynote address, Richard shared his experience growing up amid homelessness and hunger, and emphasized that we must recognize social determinants as predictors of health and future potential in order to eliminate health disparities. The event was co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Hispanic/Latino Network and CRI partner Ohio State University College of Nursing.
CRI Presents at Berkshire Health Systems about Health Literacy, Prevention, and Integrative Health
September 11, 2013 – Pittsfield, MA
CRI partner Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) hosted CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., and CRI Life Enhancement Program Manager Chuck Palm, M.P.H., for a presentation at Berkshire Medical Center to BHS staff about Canyon Ranch Institute and its mission to catalyze the possibility of optimal health for all people. Andrew and Chuck presented, “Canyon Ranch Institute: Health Literacy, Prevention, and Integrative Health,” sharing insights and health outcomes from the CRI Life Enhancement Program and the foundational elements of an integrative approach to health and wellness.
CRI's Chuck Palm Presents at Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
August 24, 2013 - Tucson, AZ
CRI Life Enhancement Program Manager Chuck Palm, M.P.H., presented to 90 incoming students at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) New MPH Student Orientation. Along with four other MEZCOPH alumni, Chuck discussed his own professional path and the opportunities that a degree in public health has afforded him. Additionally, he spoke about career opportunities that exist in the public health field, including CRI student internships.
CRI's Andrew Pleasant Presents at Western University of Health Sciences Seminar on Health Disparities
July 8, 2013 – Pomona, CA
The Western University of Health Sciences Seminar on Health Disparities brought together students and faculty to discuss initiatives that address health disparities in low-income communities. CRI Health Literacy and Research Director Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., led the seminar with a talk entitled, “Health Literacy: How to transform a sick care system into a health care system,” which focused on the CRI Life Enhancement Program and its impacts on communities where health disparities are most prevalent.
Keynote Address at Florida Health Literacy Summit Delivered by CRI's Andrew Pleasant
July 26, 2013 – Orlando, FL
The first Florida Health Literacy Summit
brought together educators and health professionals to share knowledge about how to serve adults with low health literacy. CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant
, Ph.D., delivered the opening keynote presentation “Health Literacy: A Powerful Tool for Prevention,” participated in a panel discussion about the Affordable Care Act’s implications for health literacy, and led a breakout session about the Time to Talk CARDIO
and Hora de Hablar CARDIO