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A Health Literacy Fable for Tomorrow: Help the World Be Healthy with Health Literacy

Institute of Medicine. October 15, 2014. A Health Literacy Fable for Tomorrow: Help the World Be Healthy with Health Literacy. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy, authored A Health Literacy Fable for Tomorrow: Help the World Be Healthy with Health Literacy, the story of a fictional town that faces health, economic, and social challenges due to a lack of health literacy. The fable, published as an IOM Discussion Paper, was written in homage to writer, scientist, and ecologist Rachel Carson and Silent Spring, her now-classic book on the environment.

CRI Presentations Featured in Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy Workshop Summary

IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2014. Implications of Health Literacy for Public Health: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy published a summary report of their November 21, 2013 workshop that focused on the implications of health literacy for the mission and essential services of public health. CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., presented the IOM-commissioned paper A Prescription Is Not Enough: Improving Public Health with Health Literacy, which he co-authored with CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., RAND Corporation Policy Researcher Laurie Martin, Sc.D., M.P.H., and Michigan State University Postdoctoral Research Associate R. V. Rikard, Ph.D. In addition, Jennifer presented on how health literacy can improve chronic disease prevention.

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A qualitative first look at the Arts for Behavior Change Program: Theater for Health

Pleasant, Andrew; de Quadros, Andre; Pereira-Leon, Maura; & Cabe, Jennifer. A qualitative first look at the Arts for Behavior Change Program: Theater for Health. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice.

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., and CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., and colleagues co-authored a paper that examines the initial qualitative outcomes of the Arts for Behavior Change Program pilot project in Lima, Peru. Qualitative findings demonstrate that the interactive and unique Theater for Health approach developed for this pilot project increased community engagement and empowerment to improve personal and household hygiene. This program is a part of the partnership between The Clorox Company and Canyon Ranch Institute.

30 Days to a Better Brain

30 Days to a Better Brain, A Groundbreaking Program for Improving Your Memory, Concentration, Mood and Overall Well-Being. Atria Books, A Division of Simon and Schuster, New York, NY

Building resilient, agile minds that can support healthy bodies requires caring for our brains. CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, discusses the latest information about brain science and provides a program that can help people make the best choices every day to improve physical ability and preserve cognitive function. Canyon Ranch and Canyon Ranch Founder Institute Mel Zuckerman presents the foreword.

A Prescription Is Not Enough: Improving Health with Health Literacy

Pleasant, Andrew, Jennifer Cabe, Laurie Martin, R.V. Rikard, A Prescription Is Not Enough: Improving Public Health with Health Literacy; Commissioned by Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., and CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., co-authored an article commissioned by the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy that examines the use of health literacy to address public health in the United States. Through several case studies, the paper highlights the varying use of health literacy in public health organizations and the opportunity that exists to more consistently engage health literacy practices in public health efforts.

Literature Review: Environmental Design and Research on the Human Health Effects of Open Spaces in Urban Areas

Pleasant, Andrew, Scanlon, Molly, and Pereira-Leon, Maura. Literature review: Environmental design and research on the human health effects of open spaces in urban areas. Human Ecology Review 20.1 (2013): 36-49. Society for Human Ecology.

The journal Human Ecology Review published a systematic review of current academic literature that examines the relationship between human health and open spaces in urban settings. CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., CRI Evaluation and Programs Manager Maura Leon, and Molly Scanlon, a doctoral student at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona, co-authored the systematic literature review, which highlights the need for continued efforts to build a stronger evidence base to inform the design and development of open spaces in urban areas to improve human health and well-being. This research was funded in its entirety by the TKF Foundation.

CRI’s Andrew Pleasant Authors Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy’s Commissioned Report on Health Literacy in the United States and a Global Overview

Health Literacy Around the World: Part 2: Health Literacy Efforts Within the United States and a Global Overview; Authored by Andrew Pleasant; Commissioned by Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy

Almost a decade after the publication of the first Institute of Medicine report on health literacy, CRI’s Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., examines the numerous ways in which approaches to advancing health literacy have expanded and evolved over the past ten years. Together, this and the companion report on international health literacy activities create a robust overview of health literacy efforts ongoing around the world. The report also includes information and perspectives on health literacy from government, non-profit, and business communities around the world.

Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy Workshop Summary Features Theater for Health, Developed by CRI and The Clorox Company

IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2013. Health literacy: Improving health, health systems, and health policy around the world: Workshop summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy published a summary report of their September 24, 2012, global health literacy workshop, which examined international health literacy efforts, innovations in health literacy, and health literacy policy. CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., and Suzanne Thompson, M.S., Vice President, Research & Development, Global Stewardship & Innovation, The Clorox Company, co-presented “From Policy to Implementation.” They detailed the development of the Arts for Behavior Change Program in Lima, Peru, the first program developed through the partnership of CRI and The Clorox Company.

STOP Obesity Alliance Releases Recommendations for Nonprofit Hospitals

STOP Obesity Alliance Recommendations for Nonprofit Hospitals Addressing Obesity as a Part of Their Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires nonprofit hospitals to follow new reporting standards to maintain their federal tax-exempt status. The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance has reviewed that requirement and identified challenges that nonprofit hospitals may face in how they address obesity. With the assistance of a group of experts, STOP has issued a paper with recommendations to nonprofit hospitals on the ACA’s Community Health Needs Assessement.

Helping Consumers Understand and Use Health Insurance in 2014

Patel, K. K., M. L. West, L. M. Hernandez, V. Y. Wu, W. F. Wong, and R. M. Parker. 2013. Helping consumers understand and use health insurance in 2014. Discussion Paper, Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC.

CRI Board Member Kavita Patel, M.D., M.S.H.S., served as lead author for a discussion paper released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). “Helping Consumers Understand and Use Health Insurance in 2014” summarizes the changes in availability of and access to health insurance for millions of Americans that will be implemented January 2, 2014.

Creating a Knowledge Hub in Health Literacy and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management: International Roundtable Discussion Report

Creating a Knowledge Hub in Health Literacy and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management: International Roundtable Discussion Report. Vancouver, BC, Canada: Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies published a summary report of the recently convened international health literacy roundtable, which brought together health literacy experts, researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders for an interdisciplinary exchange on the conceptual framework of health literacy, its role within chronic disease management, and the need for tools to measure the effectiveness of health literacy interventions. The report summarizes the participants’ presentations, including a presentation by CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., about the CRI Life Enhancement Program and its role in chronic disease prevention.

Creating Lasting Lifestyle Change in Rural Missouri

The Missouri Foundation for Health awarded Sullivan County Memorial Hospital a two-year gant to conduct a health literacy program in collaboration with Canyon Ranch Institute. The grant helped initiate the CRI Life Enhancement Program in Sullivan County.