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CRI’s Andrew Pleasant and Chuck Palm Present at 2015 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., and CRI Life Enhancement Program Manager Chuck Palm, M.P.H., offered four CRI presentations at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting to show how CRI partnerships and programs are improving people’s lives in low-income communities. Presentations included the successful initial pilot of the CRI Healthy Community Program, how complementary and alternative medicine practices are integrated into the CRI Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP), CRI LEP outcomes related to improving health in Hispanic communities, and how CRI builds sustainable community partnerships such as the Canyon Ranch Institute Savannah Partnership (CRISP) in Savannah, GA. Andrew also led a roundtable about youth-led hands-on cooking and nutrition demonstrations.

CRI President Richard Carmona Speaks to Arizona First Responders

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, delivered the keynote address at a Greater Tucson Fire Foundation workshop for first responders. Attendees included police officers, firefighters, emergency medical service professionals, and mental and behavioral health professionals.

CRI’s Richard Carmona Speaks at Clinician and Leadership Conference

The keynote presentation by CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, focused on leadership in all settings. Approximately 900 clinicians, and medical group leaders participated in this annual conference of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc./HealthCare Partners Medical Group Inc.

CRI Visiting Scholar Lyla Hernandez Presents about the Institute of Medicine

Lyla Hernandez, M.P.H., a Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Staff Director of IOM’s Roundtable on Health Literacy, led a discussion with CRI team members about the structure and function of the Institute of Medicine, with which CRI has been involved in numerous projects. Lyla explained how the IOM draws on the expertise of a broad range of sectors – including government, academic and research institutions, health care systems, advocacy groups, non-profits, and the private sector – to provide decision makers with reliable evidence.

CRI Hosts Visiting Scholar Paul Lam

Paul Lam, M.D., of Sydney, Australia, an internationally recognized tai chi expert, family physician, and founder of the Tai Chi for Health Institute, spoke at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and led workshops with CRI and Canyon Ranch team members as a Canyon Ranch Institute Visiting Scholar. His workshops focused on the benefits of tai chi, especially as a way to prevent falls.

Two Canyon Ranch Institute Programs Featured at Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Conference

At the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, CRI Senior Advisor for Nutrition Science Kelly Shannon presented nutrition-focused results from the Tucson, AZ, pilot of the CRI Healthy Community Program with CRI partners Grow 2B Fit and Apollo Middle School. Mary Atkinson, R.D., Director of Wellness for CRI partner Tucson Medical Center, presented about the role of food and nutrition in helping create healthy changes for youth and adults who participated in the pilot of the CRI Life Enhancement Program for Families.

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CRI’s Richard Carmona Speaks at Women’s Health Conference

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, addressed 1,200 Kansas City women with a keynote presentation, “30 Days to a Better Brain,” at Shawnee Mission Health’s annual Living in Vitality health education conference for women.

CRI’s Ted Vickey Participates in Fitbit Captivate 2015

CRI Senior Advisor for Disruptive Health Technologies Ted Vickey, M.S., participated in the Fitbit Captivate 2015 conference in San Francisco, CA. The event brought together wellness leaders, human resources executives, and industry experts to discuss successful wellness strategies improve the health and well-being of people in a wide range of communities and organizations. Ted participated in the event to help CRI continue to innovate in integrating consumer-facing digital health technologies into our programs serving low-income communities.

CRI’s Andrew Pleasant Joins Health Network Advisory Council

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., spoke to the Tucson-based Interfaith Community Services’ (ICS) Faith and Community Health Network Advisory Council about health literacy and integrative health as powerful tools to improve health and well-being. Andrew was also asked to join the Advisory Council, and will assist with ICS’ Care Partners Program. The program joins health care facilities, community services, and faith communities to help improve health care outcomes and quality of life for people transitioning from hospital to home.