CRI LEP Partner Criteria

The Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) partners with health care organizations to transfer the best practices of Canyon Ranch and our partners to economically disadvantaged communities.

CRI LEP partnerships are collaborative and multi-disciplinary. The programs are designed to improve the health and well-being of the program participants and inform the process of developing future CRI LEPs.

Organizations that are interested in partnering with Canyon Ranch Institute to develop a CRI LEP in their own communities should use this set of criteria to better understand the requirements and potential for such a partnership. There are four categories of criteria:

partners and facilities

CRI LEP partners:

  • Are established health care organizations that have strong relationships with their communities
  • Value a personal connection with their patients, and their patients view the health care organization as a trusted resource
  • Consider disease prevention and attaining optimal wellness to be core values
  • Serve a population that has a high risk for chronic disease
  • Have a facility that is suitable to “house” the program. (The CRI LEP requires space for classroom learning, food preparation, exercise and fitness activities, and relaxation/meditation. The size of the space(s), as well as appropriate furniture and equipment requirements, are determined by the number of participants in the CRI LEP group.)
  • Are committed to a dynamic and collaborative process with Canyon Ranch Institute and other collaborators, which may include individuals and organizations in the partners’ own communities, funders, and other CRI LEP Demonstration Project partners
  • Fully participate in funding, planning, facilitating, and evaluating the CRI LEP
  • Translate CRI LEP materials from English into languages relevant to the populations they serve
  • Have a commitment to adapting the CRI LEP to the unique culture(s) of the communities they serve
  • Have senior leadership who are committed to the success of the CRI LEP
  • Share their experiences with other CRI LEP partners in order to continually improve the CRI LEP


CRI LEP partners identify a single person to be the Core Team Lead. The Core Team Lead serves as the primary contact with Canyon Ranch Institute and all collaborators. This person needs to invest at least 20 hours a week to coordinate planning, program implementation, and evaluation activities (please see Evaluation section below), and is able to coordinate the activities of the core team as described below.

The Core Team Lead ensures that the health care organization identifies personnel who can

  • Create and serve as the Core Team of the CRI LEP, serving as program presenters and facilitators (approximately 8 to 10 professional staff from the health organization) as well as evaluators, recruiters, and promoters of the CRI LEP
  • Facilitate and lead lectures, fitness classes, and other activities as required by the program content
  • Communicate their expertise in various health modalities, such as medicine, nutrition, exercise, behavioral health, stress management, and spirituality
  • Facilitate group sessions and provide one-on-one consultation to participants
  • Invest time as guests of the Life Enhancement Center at Canyon Ranch in Tucson as part of their training to become facilitators of the CRI LEP in their own health care organizations
  • Invest time in the CRI LEP Bridge Practicum sessions led by Canyon Ranch Institute designed to bring the team together and collaboratively tailor the program to the populations they serve
  • Provide, interpret, and review health assessments of program participants
  • Maintain the best practices of health literacy throughout their professional lives
  • Understand and appreciate, both culturally and linguistically, the population they serve
  • Maintain follow-up contact with program participants


CRI LEP partners are willing and able to continuously communicate with Canyon Ranch Institute and other collaborators, including the media and other communities, to plan, evaluate, evolve, and share outcomes of their CRI LEP. In particular CRI LEP partners

  • Consistently and clearly communicate with participants in the program
  • Maintain weekly group meetings including all core team members and CRI personnel
  • Participate in and seek out opportunities for media coverage when appropriate
  • Participate in a collaborative authorship arrangement with CRI regarding all program processes and outcomes


CRI LEP partners:

  • Are committed to regularly review and adapt the program to ensure successful outcomes for all participants
  • Participate in data collection before the program begins, at baseline, during the process of the program, at the conclusion of each cohort, 3 months following each cohort, and 1 year following each cohort
  • Participate in the collection of data related to understanding and documenting program outcomes
  • Support staff and participants to engage in qualitative interviews and focus groups
  • Participate in design implementation and data dissemination to ensure that the evaluation is relevant to their work and patient population
  • Enter into a data-sharing agreement with Canyon Ranch Institute to facilitate analysis of participant data, including clinical data