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CRI LEP with Tucson Medical Center

Based on the 2012 Pima County Health Needs Assessment, Tucson Medical Center (TMC), one of the region's largest healthcare providers, identified chronic disease as one of the top medical health issues in the Tucson area. TMC, a non-profit hospital, is dedicated to addressing prevalent health issues, improving care, and providing community benefit through wellness programs and services.

BACKGROUND

Tucson Medical Center has been Tucson’s locally governed non-profit regional hospital for more than 65 years. Each year, TMC serves more than 30,000 inpatients and 122,000 outpatients. With a shared vision to enhance the health and well-being of all people of Southern Arizona, CRI and TMC partnered to provide the CRI Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) and the CRI LEP for Families to community members with the greatest need in the Tucson area.

How We’re Making a Difference


The CRI LEP with TMC improves health literacy among participants, enabling them to make healthier choices, and supports TMC’s vision to enhance the quality of life and overall health for the people of Southern Arizona.

In the spring of 2013, TMC professionals became part of a new CRI LEP Core Team after completing training at the Canyon Ranch Life Enhancement Center in Tucson, followed by a week-long CRI LEP Bridge Practicum training at TMC in Tucson, AZ. The Core Team includes TMC health and wellness professionals who are experts in medicine, nutrition, stress management, spirituality, pharmacology, and physical activity.

Tucson residents have entered the CRI LEP with TMC since 2013. Graduates of the CRI LEP with TMC participate in regular in-person support activities hosted by TMC.

In January 2014, TMC became the first partner to offer the CRI LEP for Families, with a focus on children in kindergarten through fourth grade who participate in the program with their parents or guardians. To prepare for this program, the CRI LEP for Families with TMC Core Team completed training at the Canyon Ranch Life Enhancement Center in Tucson, followed by a CRI LEP Bridge Practicum on site at TMC in Tucson, AZ.

Evaluation

Canyon Ranch Institute evaluates the CRI LEP’s effectiveness across the entire scope of our integrative model of health. Measurement includes the impact of addressing health literacy in regard to participants’ changes in nutrition, physical activity, physical health, knowledge, stress, and attitudes. Results from the CRI LEP indicate participants experience a number of healthy changes. Data reveals participants adopt healthier behaviors, lose weight, are less depressed, know more about health, lower blood pressure, increase the ability to manage stress and pain, and make healthier food and portion choices.