Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., who joined Canyon Ranch Institute in May 2009 as Health Literacy and Research Director, was the first Canyon Ranch Institute Visiting Scholar. During his visit, Dr. Pleasant led numerous workshops to facilitate discussions and understanding about health literacy, cultural competency, and community and individual empowerment. Three of the workshops were with Canyon Ranch Institute staff and focused on how improving health literacy can support the ongoing effectiveness of Canyon Ranch Institute’s partnerships, programs, and activities.
Dr. Pleasant also met with Iman Hakim, MBBCh, Ph.D., M.P.H., dean of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman School of Public Health (MEZCOPH) at the University of Arizona, and Canyon Ranch Institute Executive Director Jennifer Cabe, M.A. Dr. Pleasant then delivered a keynote as part of the MEZCOPH Public Health Seminar Series. The seminar was sponsored by Canyon Ranch Institute for University of Arizona faculty, students, staff, and Tucson community members and was attended by more than 100 people who work in health literacy; public health; and library science; as well as health and wellness professions, including medicine, pharmacy, and nursing. Following the MEZCOPH seminar, Dr. Pleasant met with members of the Pima County Community Health Task Force about their collaborations to establish community-based public health literacy activities that are responsive to health priorities in economically marginalized sectors of the Tucson metropolitan area.