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CRI’s Richard Carmona Speaks on Public Health and Politics

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, spoke about “Prevention, Preparedness, Plagues and Politics: The Life of the Surgeon General,” at the HealthTrust annual conference. His keynote presentation detailed his journey from high school drop-out to 17th Surgeon General of the United States, what it took to be an agent of change as the nation’s top public health official, and our nation’s partisan history in evolving health care policy.

CRI Healthy World Scholarship Awarded to People Who Work with Food

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To commemorate the 35th anniversary of Canyon Ranch and to further Canyon Ranch Institute’s community efforts, Canyon Ranch generously donated 25 stays at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ, as scholarships for people who work or volunteer in low-income and medically underserved communities. The Healthy Table scholarship group was comprised of six people who work with food and nutrition to help improve health and wellness in their communities. They participated in a wide range of activities at Canyon Ranch to share knowledge and help them gain new insights. CRI team members, including Executive Director Jennifer Cabe, M.A., Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Nutrition Science Kelly Shannon, Intern Haile Thomas, and Senior Advisor for Disruptive Health Technologies Ted Vickey, M.S., helped facilitate discussions. In addition, participants were treated to an in-depth explanation of the Canyon Ranch food philosophy and a kitchen tour with Canyon Ranch Corporate Food Development Manager Marilyn Majchrzak, M.P.H., Canyon Ranch Corporate Chef Scott Uehlein, and Executive Chef for Canyon Ranch in Tucson Justin Morrow.

CRI’s Richard Carmona and David Satcher Participate in Surgeons General Summit

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, along with CRI Board Member David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., FAAFP, FACPM, FACP, participated with other current and past U.S. Surgeons General in a panel discussion focused on the “Health of Minority Populations in the United States: Past, Present, and Future” at the 113th Annual National Medical Association Convention and Scientific Assembly in Detroit, MI.

CRI’s Andrew Pleasant Delivers Opening Keynote at Kansas Foundation for Medical Care Quality Forum

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., delivered the opening keynote at the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc.’s Quality Forum. The Quality Forum is designed to educate health professionals about ways to improve health care quality and the use of technology. Andrew’s presentation, “Health Literacy: A Method to Transform Our Sick Care System into a True Health Care System,” addressed how health literacy can help transform the current health care system approach to focus on prevention, in order to save money while improving people’s lives and overall community health.

CRI Healthy Garden at CRI Partner Apollo Middle School Earns Arizona State Certification

The CRI Healthy Garden at Apollo Middle School in south Tucson, AZ, is now one of only 22 school gardens in Arizona certified by the Arizona Department of Health Services. This means that the fresh produce grown in the school garden can be served at the school. The produce, which students help plant, grow, and harvest, will be enjoyed on-site in Apollo’s school cafeteria and in the Apollo Healthy Kitchen, where students learn to cook. Any extra garden produce is shared by CRI with the community and donated to local non-profit organizations.

CRI Healthy World Scholarship Awarded to Healthy Garden Group

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To commemorate the 35th anniversary of Canyon Ranch and to further Canyon Ranch Institute’s community efforts, Canyon Ranch generously donated 25 stays at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ, as scholarships for people who work or volunteer in low-income and medically underserved communities. The Healthy Garden scholarship group was comprised of four people who help improve health and well-being through their work in gardens and other spaces where people get in touch with the natural world. The scholarship recipients participated in a wide range of activities at Canyon Ranch to help them gain new insights. CRI team members, including Executive Director Jennifer Cabe, M.A.; Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D.; Program and Evaluation Coordinator Chad Lewis; and Senior Advisor for Outreach Jan McIntire helped facilitate discussions. Experts from Canyon Ranch gave presentations on topics such as desert landscaping and feng shui of gardens. In addition, architect Molly Scanlon, FAIA, FACHA, spoke to the group about “The Golden Ratio: A Standard of Measure for Mind Body Medicine Research,” and plant biologist and author Susan Tweit presented on “Planting a Neighborhood: How Gardens, Trails & Habitat Restoration Transformed a Community.

CRI’s Haile Thomas Demonstrates Healthy Cooking at Canyon Ranch Family Night

CRI intern and award-winning teen chef Haile Thomas used fresh, organic ingredients from our CRI Healthy Garden at Apollo Middle School in Tucson, AZ, and our brand-new CRI Healthy Garden at Canyon Ranch for a fun and delicious Family Night cooking demonstration at Canyon Ranch. Haile taught Canyon Ranch employees and their families how to cook and enjoy healthy foods on a budget, preparing two of her favorite recipes: Zoodles with Sundried Tomato Basil Sauce, and BBQ Sweet Potato Tortizza.

CRI Healthy World Scholarship Awarded to People Who Help Schools and Communities

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To commemorate the 35th anniversary of Canyon Ranch and to further Canyon Ranch Institute’s community efforts, Canyon Ranch generously donated 25 stays at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ, as scholarships for people who work or volunteer in low-income and medically underserved communities. The Schools and Communities scholarship group was comprised of seven people who help improve health in their communities through education and prevention programs. They participated in a wide range of activities at Canyon Ranch to help them gain new insights. CRI team members, including Executive Director Jennifer Cabe, M.A.; Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D.; Life Enhancement Program Manager Chuck Palm, M.P.H.; and Strategic Operations Manager Maggie King, helped facilitate discussions. In addition, Adelita Grijalva, Tucson Unified School District Board President, and Moses Thompson, who started the nationally recognized ecology program at Manzo Elementary in Barrio Hollywood in Tucson, AZ, spoke with the group about the challenges that schools face in increasing students’ access to healthy foods, and some innovative solutions that can help close the gap. Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Urban Health Plan Inc., a network of community health centers in the South Bronx and Queens, NY, and Monique Hernandez, an educator in the South Bronx, discussed out-of-the-box ways to support urban schools and communities.

CRI’s Andrew Pleasant Presents at U.S. Food and Drug Administration

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., presented an overview of Canyon Ranch Institute partnerships and programs for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Health Literacy, Social Science, and Science/Risk Communication interest groups. All CRI programs work to eliminate health disparities by improving health literacy and health outcomes among low-income people and medically underserved communities.

CRI’s Andrew Pleasant Participates in Health Literacy Leadership Institute

For the third consecutive year, CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant , Ph.D., participated as a faculty member in the Tufts University School of Medicine’s Health Literacy Leadership Institute. He presented “Health Literacy Program Evaluation: Making it Count.” The week-long workshop supports working professionals engaged in health literacy, public health, and healthcare delivery.