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The Priscilla M. Mayden Lecturer


Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D, Health Literacy and Research Director, Canyon Ranch Institute


Andrew Pleasant's interest in communication, literacy, and social change started while working on his parents' small-town weekly newspapers. That early inspiration underpins his ongoing professional practice and research in health literacy; science, risk, and environmental communication; and social marketing.


Andrew joined Canyon Ranch Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity, in May 2009. Canyon Ranch Institute catalyzes the possibility of optimal health for all people by translating the best practices of Canyon Ranch and our partners to help educate, inspire, and empower every person to prevent disease and choose a life of wellness. Andrew also has a faculty appointment with The Ohio State University College of Nursing.


Andrew is responsible for advancing the role of health literacy across Canyon Ranch Institute activities, including in current partnerships and programs, as well as in planning future activities. He also leads all research and evaluation activities at Canyon Ranch Institute, is the program manager for Canyon Ranch Institute's partnerships with Time to Talk CARDIO, BSCS, The Cleveland Clinic, and The Clorox Company. Andrew is also engaged in developing new programs and partnerships.





Meet the Leaders Panelists



Kathleen Digre M.D.

Kathleen B. Digre, M.D., Chief, Division of Headache and Neuro-Ophthalmology


Kathleen Digre is a Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology at the University of Utah School Of Medicine. After receiving her BA from Augustana College (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) in English and German, she earned a Master's Degree at the University of Arkansas in English literature.


She matriculated with a M.D. from the University of Iowa in 1981, followed by an internship in internal medicine, neurology residency, and neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at the University of Iowa. She joined the University of Utah faculty in 1987 and directed the Neuro-ophthalmology program and clinic at the Moran Eye Center and currently directs the Headache Clinic at the University of Utah.


Kathleen Digre was the Eccles Library Champion in the spring 2010 issue of eSynapse.


Panel Moderator




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Teresa Garrett

Teresa Garrett, RN, Chief Public Health Nursing Officer & Division Director for Disease Control & Prevention, Utah Department of Health


Ms. Garrett currently serves as the Division Director for Disease Control & Prevention and the Chief Public Health Nursing Officer for the Utah Department of Health. Teresa's role at the Department includes policy development and direction, legislative action, quality improvement and local, state and national collaboration efforts. She has primary responsibility for overseeing a comprehensive portfolio of public health activities, including health promotion, epidemiology, laboratory service and medical examiner services.


Ms. Garrett is a Fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program (2007 Cohort). She is a Clinical Faculty member of the University of Utah, College of Nursing, currently teaching in the undergraduate program. In her spare time, Teresa loves to hike, play in the sun, quilt and spend time with friends and family.




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Jake Jensen

Jakob D. Jensen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Department of Health Promotion & Education, University of Utah


Jakob (Jake) Jensen (Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2007) is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah jointly appointed in the Department of Communication and the Department of Health Promotion and Education as well as a member of the Cancer Control and Population Science Program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.


Dr. Jensen is also Vice Chair-Elect of the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association. His research program focuses on cancer communication, a sub-area of cancer control that examines communication features, strategies, and technologies designed to increase cancer prevention and detection behaviors. Dr. Jensen has received several awards for his work, including the Emerging Voices Award from AEJMC, the Shooting Star Award from the American Advertising Federation, and the Distinguished Article in Health Communication.


His work has been published in numerous journals, including Cancer Causes & Control, Patient Education & Counseling, the Journal of Health Communication, and Human Communication Research and funded by the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Cancer Society.


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Robert Pendleton

Robert C. Pendleton, M.D., B.Sc (Hons), FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Utah


Robert C. Pendleton MD FACP is Associate Professor of Medicine (Clinical) at the University of Utah. After completing his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine in 1997 and Internal Medicine residency at the University of Utah in 2000 he began his career as a full-time Hospitalist as one of the University of Utah Hospitalist co-founders.


As a hospitalist, his clinical interests include caring for acutely ill hospitalized adult patients. In addition to serving as a co-Director of the Hospitalist group, he has recently been appointed as the Chief Medical Quality Officer (CMQO) of University of Utah Hospital and Clinics. His new role as CMQO will be to develop a physician directed quality improvement and patient safety program that builds on his experiences in clinical care, program development, and patient safety.





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Beth Young

Beth Young, PharmD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Assistant Dean for Experiential Education, College of Pharmacy, University of Utah


Dr. Young is the Assistant Dean for the Professional Experiential Program, at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Utah. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Utah in 1990 and a Masters in Foods and Nutrition in 1992.


In addition to her College administrative duties, she is a pharmacist consultant for the Pregnancy Risk Line, a health information service for both consumers and health care providers throughout the state of Utah; and is the volunteer pharmacist for the University of Utah Hospital Elder Life Program, a program to prevent delirium in hospitalized elderly patients. Dr. Young teaches an introductory course to entering Doctor of Pharmacy students in their first year and is co-faculty preceptor for the International Clerkship in Thailand.




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Qing T. Zeng

Qing T. Zeng, Ph.D., Associate Professor Department of Biomedical Informatics


Qing T. Zeng earned her PhD degree in Medical Informatics from Columbia University. She is an Associate Professor in the University of Utah's Department of Biomedical Informatics, and an IDEA Center Principal Investigator at the University of Utah and the VA Hospital.


Her expertise is in clinical and consumer health information extraction, analysis, and presentation. In 2011, Dr. Zeng was elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. She is an associate editor of the journal Computers in Biology and Medicine and an editorial board member of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. Three of Dr. Zeng's papers were selected by the International Medical Informatics Association's yearbooks.


Prior to joining the Biomedical Informatics Department in 2009, she was an Associate Professor at the Harvard Medical School. From 2008-2010, she chaired the American Medical Informatics Association, Consumer Health Working Group.




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Sponsored by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Health Literacy Interest Group.

Funding for this lecture is provided by the Priscilla M. Mayden Endowment.



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