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.

CRI’s Richard Carmona Speaks at American Thoracic Society Diversity Forum

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, was the featured guest speaker at the American Thoracic Society Diversity Forum, where he addressed public health diversity issues and moderated a question-and-answer session among attendees. The annual Diversity Forum focuses primarily on diversity within the pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine fields, as well as research and academic careers.

CRI’s Kelly Shannon Celebrates the Presidential Gavel Exchange at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

CRI Health Literacy and Research Fellow Kelly Shannon celebrated the presidential gavel exchange at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics between former president, Sonja Connor, MS, RDN, LD and president-elect, Dr. Evelyn Crayton, EdD, RDN, LDN, FAND. Additionally, Kelly held discussions with past- president Dr. Glenna McCollum, MPH, RDN, FAND, about potential collaborations with the Academy to improve overall public health nutrition efforts.

CRI Healthy World Scholarship Awarded to Arts and Health Practitioners


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 Arts and Health group was comprised of five talented people who serve their communities through dance, theater, video, and the visual arts. The scholars participated in health and wellness activities at Canyon Ranch to help them gain new insights to enhance the health and well-being of people with whom they work. CRI team members, including Executive Director Jennifer Cabe, M.A.; Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D.; and Operations Coordinator Abby Evans, helped facilitate discussions. In addition, sound healing expert and recording artist Tryshe Dhevney led a workshop about using the power of the human voice to create optimum health, and Marge Pellegrino of Owl & Panther, an expressive arts project for refugee families in Tucson, AZ, added her expertise through a workshop focused on journaling and storytelling.

CRI’s Richard H. Carmona Presents at University of Arizona College of Public Health Luncheon

CRI’s Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, presented as a guest speaker at the Partners in Public Health Luncheon at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. In his presentation, titled “A Surgeon General’s Perspective on Global Public Health Threats and Exceptional Opportunities,” Richard discussed current global health challenges and the need for diverse, well-trained and committed public health professionals to improve the health and wellness of the nation.

CRI’s Richard H. Carmona Presents on Optimal Health & Wellness at Canyon Ranch in Tucson

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, discussed the rising economic disease burden during a presentation titled “Optimal Health & Wellness: Barriers and Opportunities” at Canyon Ranch in Tucson. He also explored the national and global implications of using prevention strategies as a way to improve overall health and wellness.

CRI’s Richard H. Carmona Delivers Keynote at The Future of Public Health Law Symposium

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, delivered the keynote presentation “Politics and the Future of Public Health” at The Future of Public Health Law symposium hosted by the University of Michigan. The symposium honored one of the nation’s top public health law experts Wendy Parmet, author of the book Populations, Public Health, and the Law.

CRI’s Andrew Pleasant and Jennifer Cabe Present at Savannah State University

CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., and Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., spoke to Savannah State University’s department of Journalism and Mass Communications about the importance of health literacy. They also discussed the ways that various CRI partnerships and programs enhance health literacy for local communities.