BTCD Personnel Updates


I am pleased to announce that Benjamin Palmer has accepted the position for the Tobacco Communications Program Manager for the Office of Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Programs.

Mr. Palmer has government institutional knowledge as well as public relations, marketing and communication knowledge and experience which spans over a four year time period. In his new position, Mr. Palmer serves as the primary contact for the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease (BTCD) contracted state media and marketing vendors to assist with development and implementation of social marketing strategies for the tobacco program, which includes the launch of BTCD’s youth coalition, Students Taking A New Direction (STAND), as well as BTCD’s cessation campaigns which include ASHLine media flights and new creative for cessation marketing campaigns. Ben also has experience with working across ADHS with multiple bureaus and has been responsible for working with the ADHS administration to develop and disseminate program-specific press and news releases highlighting and/or promoting events, initiatives and/or achievements.

In an era of streamlining our communications team amidst an expansion of activities in tobacco prevention and cessation, Ben has displayed superb performance and ability to work above standards in several areas, and has served at the core of our work in sustaining Arizona as a leader in tobacco control. It is with great pleasure that I am able to make this announcement.

Please help me in congratulating Ben in his new position. Thanks!!


Wayne Tormala, Chief
Arizona Department of Health Services
Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease
150 N. 18th Avenue, Suite 310
Phoenix, Arizona  85007-2602 



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