CRI President and 17th U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona Stresses Health Equity

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, spoke with community leaders, policymakers, and the heads of state agencies and health associations at the Kansas Health Foundation Symposium. His keynote address to the people who are shaping a strategic framework to guide the future of health care in Kansas focused on social determinants of health and why health equity must be the goal of all health policy. He said, “Today, your health is dictated by your zip code. The greatest predictors of poor health outcomes are low income and low health literacy.” 

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CRI’s Andrew Pleasant Presents at World Conference on Health Promotion

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., presented six sessions on CRI research, programs, and practices at the 22nd International Union of Health Promotion and Education World Conference on Health Promotion. Andrew spoke about how CRI uses health literacy and an integrative approach to health to create healthy behavior changes in low-income communities around the world. CRI programs are proven to improve prevention and help people and communities become healthier and happier. Additionally, Andrew participated in a pre-conference workshop titled “Taking the Global Health Literacy Agenda Forward for Health Promotion – From Position Paper to Action.” He was also part of a sub-plenary panel focused on “Health Literacy in All Policies – Where Are We Now and Where Should We Be Headed?” in which he detailed how health literacy is being implemented throughout the United States, including through the work of CRI and our partners. Andrew also spoke about how CRI is advancing the use of health literacy through policy efforts.

CRI Presents at 2016 Institute for Healthcare Advancement Health Literacy Conference

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., CRI Senior Program Manager Chuck Palm, M.P.H., C.P.H., and CRI Program and Evaluation Manager Ana Lucero-Liu, Ph.D.,  presented information about CRI’s health literacy research and practice at the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s 15th Annual Health Literacy Conference. Andrew presented a session about how CRI uses formative research to successfully tailor the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) to local communities. The CRI team also presented three posters:  how the CRI LEP uses health literacy to improve health and health system performance; how CRI developed and uses an easy-to-use self-report measure of health literacy with multiple diverse populations; and how the CRI Healthy Community program advances family and community health in low-income communities through nutrition, stress management, physical activity, and gardening.

CRI’s Ted Vickey Speaks About Wellness Tech at Harvard Medical School

CRI Senior Advisor for Disruptive Health Technologies Ted Vickey, M.S., spoke with students attending Harvard Medical School about “Leveraging Wellness Tech to Help Create a More Active Community.” Ted discussed how CRI is using disruptive health technologies such as fitness wearables and apps in the communities we serve. He also gave an overview of research by CRI and others about how the use of cell phones and smart phones in low-income communities differs from other communities.

CRI President Richard Carmona Speaks at Veterans’ Health Summit

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, spoke with veterans, caregivers, scientists, clinicians, federal agency officials, and representatives from industry and national sports organizations about brain health at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Brain Trust: Pathways to InnoVAtion summit. The event focused on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and reintegration of patients with mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

CRI’s Haile Thomas Urges Families to Get Kids Cooking

CRI Intern and award-winning teen chef Haile Thomas, age 15, became the youngest speaker to deliver a talk for Canyon Ranch guests. Haile talked about “Kids in the Kitchen: Learning Healthy Choices,” suggesting fun and practical ways to encourage young people to get creative in the kitchen. She said cooking together as a family can help kids learn about the nutritional content of what they eat, as well as expand their appreciation of a wider variety of fresh and healthy foods.

CRI’s Andrew Pleasant Participates in Institute of Medicine Workshop on Health Literacy and Precision Medicine

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., participated in an Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy workshop to discuss the mutually beneficial relationship between health literacy and precision medicine. Part of the workshop’s focus was on the recently announced Precision Medicine Initiative, an effort to create a research cohort of more than a million participants to contribute genomic and health data to advance the ability to precisely treat people based not only on their health status but also their genome. The workshop participants and speakers discussed health literacy’s role in recruiting, engaging, and retaining a fully informed cohort, as well as how to usefully and equitably report the results of the research to participants and the public at large.

CRI’s Richard Carmona Participates in Prevention Panel

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, participated in a panel discussion with Dean Ornish, M.D., and David Katz, M.D., for more than 250 thought leaders from business, academia, government, and industry at the Lake Nona Institute Impact Forum. The presentation, “Getting Serious About Prevention,” provided an overview about the economic burden of disease, proven research demonstrating the value of prevention and the ability to reverse chronic disease, and the role of lifestyle medicine in improving quality of life and reducing health care costs.

CRI’s Andrew Pleasant Participates in FDA Advisory Committee Meeting

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., joined with fellow members of the Food & Drug Administration’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee in meeting with FDA leaders. They discussed best practices in risk communication, health literacy, communication about public health issues, and how those best practices should be put to use by the FDA.

CRI’s Richard Carmona Speaks About Optimal Aging

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, spoke about optimal aging among minority and low-income populations at the Edward R. Roybal Memorial Lecture, an invited event for the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work and the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging.

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CRI’s Richard Carmona Speaks about Health Equity at MLK Symposium

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, spoke with physicians, medical students, and other community members about health equity and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a symposium hosted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Inclusion & Diversity, Perelman School of Medicine.

CRI’s Ted Vickey: ‘The Wireless Future of Wellness is Now”


In this TEDx talk at Point Loma Nazarene University, Canyon Ranch Institute Senior Advisor for Disruptive Health Technologies Ted Vickey, M.S., explained the compelling reasons CRI is using disruptive health technologies to help people in low-income communities live healthier lives.