Participants at the South Tucson site of the first Head Start Demonstration Project presented by Canyon Ranch Institute in partnership with the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) concluded their 12-week program. CRI and MEZCOPH developed the demonstration project to support the prevention of chronic disease in children. The program is made up of interactive sessions during which parents and grandparents of preschool children learn about exercise, stress-reduction, and healthy eating. Sessions at the South Tucson Head Start Center were taught in Spanish to improve communication among the participants, all of whom are non-native English speakers.
CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, addressed the first annual Mayors’ Healthy City Summit in Tucson, AZ, to discuss the national health care crisis and need for evidence-based solutions. Organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the summit seeks to provide mayors with health information, encourage them to implement active living and healthy-eating strategies. The summit is part of a national effort by the U.S. Conference of Mayors to support and create healthy cities through the use of evidence-based best practices developed among the membership. The special focus of the meeting was reversing obesity and creating healthy communities.
CRI President Richard Carmona Speaks about Public Health Leadership and Collaboration at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, President of Canyon Ranch Institute and 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006), joined David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., 16th Surgeon General of the United States (1998-2002) and Joycelyn Elders, M.D., M.S., 15th Surgeon General of the United States (1993-1994) at the closing session of the American Public Health Association (APHA) 136th annual meeting. In his remarks, Richard talked about prevention, eliminating health disparities, and the value of improving health literacy. He also spoke about the collaborative activities among all of the former Surgeons General to promote the health, safety, and security of our nation and the world. Richard explained that “Once a Surgeon General, always a Surgeon General.” As one example of their ongoing commitment to the health of all communities, Richard and the other Surgeon General highlighted the National Call to Action on Cancer Prevention and Survivorship, which was developed under the leadership of the four most recent U.S. Surgeons General, and outlines the battle plan for the new war on cancer.
CRI President Richard Carmona Discusses Childhood Obesity During the Surgeons General Panel at the National Summit of Clinicians for Healthcare Justice
The National Summit of Clinicians for Healthcare Justice opened with the Former Surgeons General Keynote Panel on Confronting Childhood Obesity in America: Implications for Health Policy. Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, president of Canyon Ranch Institute and 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006), spoke on the panel along with David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., 16th Surgeon General of the United States (1998-2002); Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.Ph., 14th Surgeon General of the United States (1990-1993); C. Everett Koop, M.D., Sc.D., 13th Surgeon General of the United States (1982-1989); and Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H. The U.S. Surgeons General discussed how childhood obesity affects the U.S. health system and the implications that will be seen for years if action is not taken to end the obesity epidemic. Each of the U.S. Surgeons General also stressed the need to encourage and enable active, healthy lifestyles for our nation’s youth to help combat this epidemic.
CRI and the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) launched the first phase of the CRI MEZCOPH partnership’s Pasos Adelante demonstration project. The demonstration project , also called Healthy Steps for Families is based at the Southside Tucson Head Start center. Pasos Adelante is a Spanish phrase meaning “Steps Forward.” The original Pasos Adelante program was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CRI MEZCOPH partnership is adapting the program for Spanish-speaking families of Head Start children.
CRI Executive Director Jennifer Cabe Invites State Legislators to Make Cancer Prevention and Survivorship a National Priority
Recognizing the continuing health and economic threat posed by cancer and the unique role that survivors can play as advocates for improved access to prevention and treatment, Women In Government — a non-profit, bipartisan organization of women state legislators — hosted its first annual Breast Cancer Policy is Personal: Legislative Survivors’ Summit focusing on advances in breast cancer treatment and prevention, eliminating health disparities, and advancing survivorship in advocacy. CRI Executive Director Jennifer Cabe, M.A. was invited to present the National Call to Action on Cancer Prevention and Survivorship to summit participants as the battle plan that encompasses all we know and all we need to confront cancer and make cancer prevention and survivorship a national priority.
CRI and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Meet with Japanese Leaders About the Importance of Chronic Disease Prevention
CRI and partner the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease were invited to meet with Japanese leaders in Tokyo, Japan, to help advance the health and well-being of the Japanese people by sharing promising health practices underway in the United States. Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, president of CRI, and national chairperson of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, and Jennifer Cabe, M.A., CRI executive director, traveled to Japan for meetings with members of the National Diet of Japan (Japan’s legislature), leading corporations, and the health care media, as well as government officials, clinicians, health scientists, public health practitioners, and economists, to share their expertise in promoting health and wellness through prevention and management of chronic disease.
A symposium entitled “Preventive Health Care in an Aging Society,” was held on September 25, 2008, and featured three presenters. Richard spoke about prevention as an effective means to improve public health and reduce health care costs while improving the quality and quantity of life. He referenced the PFCD “Keeping America Healthy” report as a model for developing sustainable, replicable programs that can improve health and lower costs.
Chris Singer, president of the international section of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), which is one of the partners in the PFCD, discussed the importance of prevention in aging populations and the role of pharmaceutical innovation in preventing disease.
Shinya Matsuda, M.D., Ph.D., FFPHM, professor at the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at the University of Occupational and Environmental Health in Japan, reviewed data from chronic disease management programs underway in Japan.
The presentations were followed by a roundtable discussion moderated by Mr. Mitsuru Miyata, executive lead writer of Biotechnology Japan. The symposium concluded following a question-and-answer session with the audience of several hundred Japanese leaders from business, industry, government, academia, public health, clinical practice, and medical research.
While in Tokyo, Richard and Jennifer also participated in briefing sessions with members of the National Diet of Japan to discuss Japanese concerns about how Japan can meet the growing challenges of an aging society and opportunities to increase the use of prevention practices in their health care system.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) sponsored he Fight Back Express, a nationwide bus tour with the goal of building a grassroots movement united in its mission to make cancer a top national priority. The Fight Back Express stopped outside the Arizona Cancer Center to connect with community members, local leaders, and the media about the importance of government as a critical partner in defeating cancer. Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, president of Canyon Ranch Institute, spoke at the event, highlighting the need for greater prevention of chronic diseases, such as cancer. He called attention to the National Call to Action on Cancer Prevention and Survivorship and urged all Americans to take action to make cancer prevention and survivorship a national priority.
CRI and Urban Health Plan (UHP) reached an important milestone in the development of the Life Enhancement Program Demonstration Project by conducting a two-day preview at UHP. Participants experienced all the components of the Life Enhancement Program in a concentrated format and then provided feedback to UHP presenters and planners. The CRI UHP team is actively engaged in reviewing the lessons learned at the preview and making applicable enhancements and modifications in preparation for the full demonstration program.
CRI presented the 2008 Canyon Ranch Institute Prevention Pioneer Award to Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. In presenting the award, Executive Director Jennifer Cabe noted Julio’s leadership in global public health and health diplomacy.
Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, president of Canyon Ranch Institute and chairperson of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, a CRI partner, spoke at Thomas Jefferson University regarding the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. Dr. Carmona described the economic drain of chronic disease on Pennsylvania’s economy and stressed the need for increased health literacy for all Americans. The event concluded with an interactive discussion.
CRI President Richard Carmona, Senator Edward Kennedy, and AstraZeneca CEO David Brennan Discuss Chronic Disease at Policy Briefing
Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, president of Canyon Ranch Institute (CRI) and national chairperson of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), Senator Edward Kennedy, and AstraZeneca CEO David Brennan participated in a Capitol Hill Health Policy Briefing focused on prevention and management of chronic disease. Richard spoke on behalf of CRI partner PFCD stating that “Seventy-five cents of every dollar you’re spending on health care is on chronic disease, much of which is preventable.”