Canyon Ranch Institute
     Dear Friend of Canyon Ranch Institute, 
CRI President Richard Carmona and
OSU College of Nursing Dean
Bernadette Melnyk.


   I am always proud to say that I was a nurse before I became a surgeon. Nursing taught me great lessons about collaboration, communication, and compassion. So it was with great respect that I first spoke with Bernadette Melnyk, Ph.D., R.N., about our shared interest in transforming our nation's health care system. Bern serves as chief wellness officer, associate vice president for health promotion, and dean of The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Nursing. Bern and I agree that the nursing profession is ideally positioned to pioneer new approaches in health literacy, integrative health, and prevention.
   What started as an energetic conversation between Bern and me turned into a dynamic partnership between The Ohio State University College of Nursing and Canyon Ranch Institute. From the outset, the collaboration has been characterized by enthusiasm and immediacy.
Students at OSU College of Nursing.
    I now serve as the Dean's distinguished professor of health promotion and entrepreneurship for the OSU College of Nursing, and CRI Executive Director Jennifer Cabe, M.A., and CRI Health Literacy and Research Director Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., are also on the faculty. We have agreed to launch a nurse-led CRI Life Enhancement Program in a low-income community of Columbus, Ohio. That program will start this spring and will be the first CRI LEP to utilize university faculty and staff on its integrated Core Team. We are also engaging in a multi-disciplinary dialogue at OSU about health and wellness through an interprofessional educational series with students and faculty from the health sciences colleges and other OSU colleges and schools. CRI team members will be among the presenters. Jennifer and Andrew are also collaborating with College of Nursing leaders to develop a curriculum that will prepare students for new roles and careers in health literacy, health coaching, innovation and entrepreneurship, and related fields.

     CRI's multifaceted partnership with the OSU College of Nursing is an innovative approach. We envision a new kind of health care system -- one that reduces preventable economic and human burdens and makes the Power and Possibility of a Healthy World a reality. We invite your inquiries and support for our mission. 

In Good Health,

Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS
President, CRI Board of Directors
17th Surgeon General of the United States
Distinguished Professor of Health Promotion and Entrepreneurship, Ohio State University College of Nursing
Distinguished Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona