Online Program

Canyon Ranch Institute Savannah Partnership: Building a healthy community one partnership at a time

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Jennifer Cabe, MA, Executive Director, Canyon Ranch Institute, Tucson, AZ
Andrew Pleasant, PhD, Canyon Ranch Institute, Tucson, AZ
Jan McIntire, Communications and Operations, Canyon Ranch Institute, Tucson, Afghanistan
Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, President, Board of Directors, Canyon Ranch Institute, Tucson, AZ
Developing and sustaining community-based and community-engaging partnerships is at the heart of Canyon Ranch Institute’s (CRI) proven and evidence-based approach to improving health and well-being in low-income communities. In Savannah, GA, CRI leads the Canyon Ranch Institute Savannah Partnership (CRISP) that includes private philanthropy, a federally qualified health center, multiple for-profit businesses, a local arts and entertainment magazine, a thrift-shopper publication, churches, local government, universities, the City of Savannah, the Chatham County School District, and thousands of individuals to work together to improve health, well-being, and health literacy. Savannah, while known for its legacy of arts, culture, and food, is in the ‘stroke belt’ across the Southern United States. More than 25% of adults in Savannah are overweight or obese.

Since its inception in 2013, CRISP has steadily grown in active members. The program launched with the evidence-based CRI Life Enhancement Program at Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care, Inc. (a federally qualified health center). This effort quickly expanded to include the volunteer participation of individuals, businesses, government, media, and non-profit organizations. Current efforts include the CRI Healthy Garden at Trustees’ Garden, site of free bi-weekly sessions on gardening and healthy foods, free events to learn about healthy cooking on a budget, and free yoga and exercise sessions held at churches and community centers. Additionally, a publishing firm has donated space in two weekly publications, “Connect Savannah” and “Savannah Pennysaver,” to help CRISP communicate about these events and to send health literate messages about how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Explain an ongoing community-based process of building and expanding partnerships to improve public health Describe the Canyon Ranch Institute Savannah Partnership Evaluate the continuing growth and effectiveness of the multiple projects embedded within the Canyon Ranch institute Savannah Partnership and implications for public health partnerships around the world

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Partner Involvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research at Canyon Ranch Institute.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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