Canyon Ranch Institute

Dear Friend of Canyon Ranch Institute,


Each year, the CRI Prevention Pioneer Award

honors an individual, organization, or initiative for advancing health literacy, improving prevention, and eliminating health disparities. We are currently accepting nominations for the 2011 Prevention Pioneer Award. The Prevention Pioneer will be recognized by CRI with an award and a stay at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ, to share his or her approaches with the CRI team and partners.


And as we near the end of 2011, we hope you will contribute to Canyon Ranch Institute helping people to prevent disease and embrace a life of wellness. We have a particular focus on financially disadvantaged and marginalized communities. Please join us in helping more people discover the Power and Possibility of a Healthy World.

Jennifer Cabe, M.A.  In Good Health,

  Jennifer Cabe, M.A.

  Executive Director and

  Board Member 


educate. inspire. empower.


"Pounds and Policy" Webinar Presented by STOP Obesity Alliance Task Force on Women 

Washington, D.C.   

 STOP Logo 9-20-11

Experts from the National Eating Disorder Association, the American Diabetes Association, Women in Government, and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity formed a panel moderated by STOP Obesity Alliance Director Christine Ferguson, J.D. The experts discussed how the media and policymakers can remove the verbal barriers that are getting in the way of a more informed, responsible conversation about how to address obesity. CRI is partnered with the STOP Obesity Alliance and serves on the Steering Committee. CRI President Richard H. Carmona is health and wellness chairperson for the Alliance. Read more  



CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe Facilitates at LIVESTRONG Essential Elements Meeting

Washington, D.C. 




CRI partner LIVESTRONG convened the Essential Elements of Survivorship Care Meeting to make progress in building consensus in the survivorship community around how to design and deliver survivorship care. CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., served as a table facilitator for the two-day meeting. Read more



CRI President Richard H. Carmona Addresses American College of Surgeons

San Francisco, CA


Dr. Richard CarmonaPracticing surgeons and students heard Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, describe leadership roles of active surgeons and those who have left the field. Read more 





Hofstra North Shore-LIJ Hosts CRI President Richard H. Carmona for Inaugural Health Literacy Conference

Hempstead, NY 


In a keynote address to medical students and faculty, health care professionals, and community educators, Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, discussed the impact of low health literacy and its vital connection to prevention and wellness. 

Read more


San Antonio Health Literacy Conference Keynoted by CRI Health Literacy and Research Director Andrew Pleasant 

San Antonio, TX 

 Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D.

Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., CRI health literacy and research director, discussed the National Action Plan on Health Literacy and gave examples of how CRI and our partners develop and measure health literate programs. Read more

Andrew Pleasant Is Lead Author of Health Literacy Article Focused on Research Agenda 

Journal of Health Communications  


Journal of Health CommunicationWith interest in health literacy increasing, the field now needs a research agenda and alignment of key components. CRI Health Literacy and Resesarch Director Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., and his co-authors wrote about identification of key elements of a research agenda. Read more



CRI Communications and Operations Director Jan McIntire Attends The Obesity Society Annual Meeting

Orlando, FL

The Annual Meeting of The Obesity Society is dedicated to increasing knowledge, stimulating research, and promoting prevention and better treatment for those affected by obesity. Jan, who is program manager for CRI's partnership with The George Washington University's Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, attended this year's meeting in support of CRI's commitment to helping reduce the global obesity epidemic.
CRI spotlight article
Arts for Behavior Change Program
Takes the Stage
Lima, Peru
In the first phase of the Arts for Behavior Change (ABC) Program, collaborators from the United States and Peru have developed "telenovela" style plays to involve residents of shantytowns in advancing health literacy to improve their hygiene practices. Excitement builds for each weekend's play as actors and performers parade up and down the streets encouraging attendance. During the plays, actors engage audience members to comment and provide potential solutions to health problems. Read more 
Zuckerman H.E.A.L.T.H. Challenge To Match Donations to CRI
Tucson, AZ

CRI Founders Mel and Enid Zuckerman want CRI to bring programs to Southern Arizona to help improve the health of all people in these communities. The Zuckerman H.E.A.L.T.H. Challenge will match all donations that are designated to benefit Southern Arizona, up to a total of $1 million. Join Mel and Enid today in making Southern Arizona healthier for generations to come. 

career opportunities 

Open Position at CRI

At Canyon Ranch Institute, our team is committed to our vision of optimal health for all people. We're expanding our leading-edge partnerships and programs and currently have an opening for a Health Communications Manager.  Application deadline is November 18, 2011. Read the position description

Upcoming Events


Health Literacy Online Discussion
via Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)
Join the LINCS listserv for a discussion about "How Groups Can Affect Health and Behavior Change." CRI Evaluation Coordinator Rainy Warf, M.P.H., CHES, is participating on behalf of CRI.
November 1-8, 2011 

This Institute of Medicine (IOM) workshop will focus on the attributes of a health literate organization. The workshop is free and open to the public.
November 16, 2011
8:30 a.m.
20F Street Conference Center
20F Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 
 CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., and CRI Health Literacy and Research Director Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., will discuss CRI's innovative public health partnerships at an all-college seminar.
November 30, 2011
12 - 12:50 p.m.
Drachman Hall, Room A114
Tucson, AZ
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