Prevention Pioneer Award
The Canyon Ranch Institute Prevention Pioneer Award recognizes and honors individuals, organizations, and initiatives that are advancing health literacy, improving prevention, and eliminating health disparities.
Chef Barry Infuso, M.A., CEC, CCE, AAC, was honored with the CRI Prevention Pioneer Award for his work with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Tucson, AZ. Chef Barry started teaching healthy cooking classes to members of the Tribe more than 10 years ago. He has worked with the Tribe’s Head Start Program, and has been a teacher in the Tribe’s “Cooking for the Health of It” program, assisting participants in preparing healthy recipes, providing information about plate size and portion control, and teaching participants how to prepare healthy foods at home. “Cooking for the Health of It” is part of the Tribe’s Centered Spirit Program, which takes an integrated behavioral health approach to help people at risk for diabetes, obesity, and other preventable health problems.
Reuben Howard, Executive Director of the Pascua Yaqui Health Department, explained, “Over the years, Chef Barry has led Pascua Yaqui Tribal members to the realization that it is possible to prepare healthy food that is tasty and enjoyable. Our Tribal members have benefited tremendously from his nutritional knowledge and his dedication to helping us get healthier.”
Chef Barry, who is also an instructor for the Pima Community College, is a teacher at heart. He approaches his work with humor and practicality, buying the foods for his Pascua Yaqui classes from the local stores where the people shop. “I encourage them to make small changes in the way they cook and the way they eat rather than attempting sweeping changes that are harder to maintain.”
Canyon Ranch Institute partnered with Urban Health Plan (UHP) in January 2007 to develop the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP). The CRI LEP at UHP focuses on improving participants' health literacy and increasing prevention by using an integrative approach to health and wellness that incorporates physical activity, nutrition, behavior change, and stress management.
Paloma said, "The partnership of Urban Health Plan and Canyon Ranch Institute is based on a shared commitment to supporting people in medically underserved communities. By using an integrative approach to health that incorporates the principles of prevention and health literacy, we are supporting our patients and their families in make lasting improvements to their health and well-being, which affects so many aspects of their lives."
Urban Health Plan's community health improvement initiatives also include an award-winning and nationally acclaimed asthma management program, programs in childhood obesity prevention, nutrition, HIV and AIDS care, as well as mental health services.
The Canyon Ranch Institute Prevention Pioneer Award was presented to Kenneth P. Moritsugu, M.D., M.P.H., FACPM, in recognition of his tireless commitment to improving health in the United States and globally.
As a leader in the Office of the Surgeon General and an admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Ken worked to improve wellness, increase prevention, eliminate health disparities, and improve the health literacy of all people through evidence-based science and programming. Through his professional and personal commitment, countless individuals and communities are enjoying healthier lives.
Before serving as acting surgeon general of the United States in 2006, Ken was the deputy surgeon general of the United States and the principal advisor to U.S. Surgeons General for nearly 10 years. Having completed residencies in internal medicine and in preventive medicine, Ken is board certified in preventive medicine and holds Fellowships in the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Royal Society of Health, and the Royal Society of Medicine. Ken has type 1 diabetes and appreciates the many challenges facing patients and diabetes professionals today.
After his retirement from federal service, Ken has continued to lead in the areas of disease prevention and health promotion. At the time he received this award, he served as Chairman of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute, collaborating with colleagues and partners to transform diabetes care through training and education.
Canyon Ranch Institute President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, and Canyon Ranch Institute Executive Director Jennifer Cabe, M.A., presented the Canyon Ranch Institute Prevention Pioneer Award to Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. for his leadership in global public health and health diplomacy. Julio was Mexico's Minister of Health from 2000 to 2006. At the time he received this award, Julio was a senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and president of the Carso Health Institute in Mexico, a non-profit organization focused on health-systems innovations in Latin America. Julio was named Dean of the College of Public Health at Harvard University in July 2008.
The first-ever Prevention Pioneer Award was presented in 2007 by Canyon Ranch Institute President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, to Todobebé, a multimedia company dedicated to families who are planning, expecting, and raising babies. Todobebé was selected to receive the Canyon Ranch Institute Prevention Pioneer Award because of the company's commitment to providing wellness and prevention information to Hispanic families through television, radio, publications, digital media, and grassroots events.