CRI President Richard Carmona Delivers Commencement Address at Ross University School Medicine

Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, president of Canyon Ranch Institute, delivered the commencement address for the Ross University School of Medicine’s graduating class of physicians at Madison Square Garden. At the ceremony, as a recognition of his contributions, Richard received an honorary Doctor of Laws, which is the highest award conferred by the university.

Open Spaces Sacred Places Subject of Planning Grants Awarded to CRI

For over 15 years, the TKF Foundation has engaged with community-based partners to create safe, accessible spaces that feature nature and can be used as havens for quiet, contemplation in the midst of often noisy and hectic built environments. The over 130 Open Spaces Sacred Places that have resulted from the TKF Foundation’s work are mainly in the mid-Atlantic area, including Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, MD; and Annapolis, MD. TKF Foundation, wishing to expand the geographic diversity of Open Spaces Sacred Places and to better understand the impact that the spaces have on their visitors, has dedicated a major national awards initiative to support that intention. CRI has been awarded planning grants that will be used to prepare proposals for Open Spaces Sacred Places.

CRI Participates in Development of Diabetes Curriculum for Students

CRI partner Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) held conferences focused on development of a diabetes curriculum to improve health literacy about type 2 diabetes. CRI Partnerships and Policies Director Christine L. Sardo, M.P.H., R.D.; CRI Health Literacy and Research Director Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D.; and CRI Evaluation and Program Manager Maura Pereira-Leon, Ph.D., were expert contributors to the conferences.

The goal of the DECK-12 curriculum is to increase knowledge and awareness of diabetes, its complications, risk factors and self-management principles; improve diabetes prevention and self-management behaviors and skills; and increase interest in science- and health-related careers.

When complete, the Diabetes Education Curriculum K-12 (DECK-12) Program will be implemented in schools and will target African American and Hispanic/Latino youth. Through the curriculum, students will learn that type 2 diabetes is a preventable and manageable disease.

CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe Addresses State Legislators about “Warrior Wellness”

Jennifer Cabe, M.A., CRI executive director and board member, met with legislators at the Women in Government 12th Annual Western Regional Conference.  Jennifer also spoke with the legislators about the integrative health approach to promoting resilience, recovery, and reintegration of servicemen and women, their families, and communities who have experienced psychological stress due to physical and psychological stressors.