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 Delivers Featured Presentation at 2014 Patient Safety Science & Technology Summit
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
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.
CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe Presents at the ASU Fellowship for Innovation Leadership in Healthcare
November 19, 2013 - Phoenix, AZ
As part of the Transdisciplinary Consortium for Innovation Leadership in Healthcare, CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., presented to this year’s fellowship class about “Making a Positive Difference through Health Literacy and Integrative Health.” The consortium, which is organized by the American Organization of Nurse Executives and Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation, is designed to strengthen senior health care leaders’ ability to lead and sustain innovation at their organizations.
Canyon Ranch Institute Discusses Integrative Approach to Improving Health with Berkshire Health Systems at Annual Leadership Meeting
November 13, 2013 - Pittsfield, MA
CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS; CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A.; and CRI Public Health Communications Manager Jennifer Cosenza, M.A., met with more than 150 managers and other executive leaders of CRI partner Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) at the annual BHS leadership meeting. Richard commended BHS for leading programs to improve the health literacy and health outcomes of Berkshire County and for striving to eliminate health disparities in the community. Jennifer engaged the participants in an interactive discussion about the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) and details of the CRI LEP with Berkshire Health Systems. CRI and BHS partnered in 2013 to develop a CRI LEP for residents of Berkshire County and the patients served by BHS.
CRI President Richard H. Carmona Delivers Sandra Solomon Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics and Humanism
November 13, 2013 - Pittsfield, MA
The Sandra Solomon Memorial Lecture series honors the dignity, strength, and joie de vivre embodied by Sandra’s life and her 20-year battle with her disease. Physicians from CRI partner Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) cared for Sandra during her illness, and after her death, Sandra’s family started this lecture series to reconnect the community to the personal and humanistic elements of health care. CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, gave this year’s lecture. In his presentation, “Ethical Challenges of the United States Surgeon General,” Richard highlighted some of the unique opportunities faced by the Surgeons General in their efforts to protect, promote, and advance the health, safety, and security of the nation. As part of this special evening, Richard met several members of Sandra’s family and the BHS physicians who cared for her.
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 Team Members Lead Multiple Presentations at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
November 2-6, 2013 - Boston, MA
The 141st Annual American Public Health Association Meeting, entitled “Think Global Act Local: Best Practices Around the World,” convened more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, and researchers to address current and emerging health, science and policy developments. During the conference, CRI Life Enhancement Program Manager Chuck Palm, M.P.H., and CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., shared health outcomes and best practices from the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP), highlighting the program’s innovative approach to advancing health literacy through an integrative health model. Andrew also led a discussion on the role of open spaces in improving health outcomes, and both Chuck and Andrew presented during a poster session showcasing the development of the new CRI LEP for Families.
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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.