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Dear Friend of Canyon Ranch Institute,  

April is Public Health Month. All over the world, health and wellness professionals are engaged in the challenge of improving the health of people and communities.


Surgeons General C. Everett Koop and Richard H. Carmona in 2007.
Here at Canyon Ranch Institute, our credo The Power & Possibility of a Healthy World reflects CRI's public health focus. CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, served as the 17th U.S. Surgeon General. His ongoing leadership in public health is being recognized by the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS), the organization of health professionals from all branches of uniformed service. On May 21, Rich will be awarded the prestigious AMSUS Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 U.S. Public Health Service Scientific & Training Symposium. He will also deliver the C. Everett Koop Memorial Lecture, given in honor of the iconic 13th U.S. Surgeon General who died in March 2013. Surgeon General Koop was Rich's friend and mentor. The Surgeons General are internationally recognized for their courage and dedication to protecting, preserving, and promoting the health, safety, and security of our nation and the world.

Please join CRI in acknowledging and commending public health workers. As always, please feel free to contact me to learn more about how CRI and our partners are helping to educate, inspire, and empower every person to prevent disease and embrace a life of wellness. 
Jennifer Cabe, M.A. In Good Health,  

 Jennifer Cabe   

Jennifer Cabe, M.A.

Executive Director and Board Member 

In the Spotlight

Evaluation Indicates Healthy Results from CRI Life Enhancement Program


Since 2009, hundreds of people have experienced the CRI Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) in various sites across the United States. Indicating the sustainability of the CRI LEP and the dedication of CRI's partners, the 25th group to participate in CRI LEP started at Urban Health Plan in the South Bronx, NY, this month.


Evaluation is conducted with every group of CRI LEP participants before the program starts and after it ends, providing information about how the program is affecting the health and well-being of 
Food demonstrations are popular with CRI LEP groups.
participants. Across all CRI LEP sites, evaluation results demonstrate healthy changes, including reductions in depression, improvements in blood pressure, increases in
the amount and intensity of exercise, improved sleep, better stress management, increased knowledge, and positive improvements in eating behaviors - such as drinking more water. These and other healthy outcomes are statistically significant and support CRI's integrative health and health literacy approaches. 
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CRI President Richard H. Carmona Addresses Grand Canyon University

March 25, 2013 - Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Richard Carmona Students and faculty from Grand Canyon University's College of Nursing and Health Care Professions participated in the Take Action Symposium that focused on a discussion of federal health care reforms. CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, was a keynote speaker. Watch the video.  


Health Literacy Keynote at University of Utah by CRI's Andrew Pleasant

March 28, 2013 - Salt Lake City, UT


CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., presented the 2013 Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture at the University of Utah. Andrew's address emphasized the utility and effectiveness of the approach to health literacy that underpins all efforts at CRI based on the Calgary Charter on Health Literacy. He also led a workshop to help advance health literacy in Utah agencies and organizations.

View the video and the slides. 


CRI's Andrew Pleasant Lectures at National Library of Medicine

April 10, 2013 - Washington, D.C.


The webinar series "Better Health: Evaluating Health Communication" presented by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health focuses on the need to evaluate the impact of health communication materials. CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., shared his expertise and recommendations on measuring health literacy. 

View the video. 


Urban Health Plan President and CEO Paloma Hernandez Addresses Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy

April 11, 2013 - Washington, D.C.


CRI partner Urban Health Plan (UHP), a community health center, was the first site of the CRI Life Enhancement Program, which is now in its fifth year. During the IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy workshop "Implementation of Attributes of Health Literacy," UHP President and CEO Paloma Hernandez, M.P.H., M.S., discussed how health literacy is put into place across everything UHP does to improve the health of the community. 


CRI Fellow Kristen Haven Presents at Public Health Internship Conference

April 12, 2013 - Tucson, AZ


At the annual internship conference of the University of Arizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, CRI Fellow Kristin Haven, M.A., discussed the formative research and curriculum development project she completed in preparation for the first CRI Life Enhancement Program for Families that is scheduled to begin in 2013. 

View the slides


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Open Position - CRI Digital Communications Coordinator
Join the CRI Team! Application deadline is May 29.


Upcoming Events

4th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Ohio State University College of Nursing faculty members Jennifer Cabe, M.A., CRI Executive Director and Board Member, and Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research, will co-present "Theater for Health: Research" at the CCTS Scientific Meeting. Their comments will focus on CRI's Arts for Behavior Change Program developed with CRI partner The Clorox Company.

May 6, 2013

Columbus, Ohio


National Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning

Co-hosted by The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the College of Nursing, this conference will include a keynote by CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS. CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., will be a presenter at the workshop "Health Literacy: Cost and Consequences Across Race and Ethnicities in the U.S." and will also facilitate a panel discussion.

May 6-7, 2013

Columbus, Ohio


Institute for Healthcare Advancement Annual Health Literacy Conference

"Operational Solutions to Low Health Literacy" is the theme of the 12th Annual Health Literacy Conference for clinicians, educators, researchers, policymakers, and other health professionals who are concerned about improving health literacy. CRI Team Members Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS; Jennifer Cabe, M.A.; and Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., will be keynote speakers at the conference.

May 8-10, 2013

Irvine, CA


Women and CVD: Strategies for Treatment and Prevention

CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., will present "Advancing Health Literacy to Improve Heart Health Outcomes" as part of the conference organized by Community Health Centers of Arkansas.

May 14-15, 2013

Little Rock, AR


C. Everett Koop Memorial Lecture
U.S. Public Health Service Scientific and Training Symposium

Richard H. Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General and CRI President, will deliver the Koop Memorial Lecture honoring 13th U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. The presentation will be made during the Anchor and Caduceus event that is held during the annual U.S. Public Health Service Scientific and Training Symposium.

May 21, 2013

Glendale, AZ  

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