Randy Schwartz, MSPH, is Senior Vice President, Strategic Health Initiatives for the American Cancer Society, New England Division. He has over thirty years experience in health promotion/disease prevention in state health department and voluntary health organizations with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control, cancer control and community-based health promotion. He is widely recognized as a “practitioner’s voice” in health promotion and education. In his role at ACS, he is responsible for implementing the Division's Program of Work for Cancer Prevention, Cancer Detection, Quality of Life/Patient Support and Government Relations and Advocacy to reduce the burden of cancer on the communities and citizens in the six-states of New England. He has been in that position since September 2000. Prior to that, he was Director of the Division of Community and Family Health of the Maine Bureau of Health (now Maine CDC), where he worked for seventeen years, fifteen of which were in a senior position as a Division Director. In that role, he directed all chronic disease prevention and control and health promotion programs (including cancer control, cvd prevention, tobacco prevention and control and community health promotion), as well as the maternal and child health and public health nursing programs. In these positions he has directed the implementation and evaluation of health promotion/disease prevention interventions in multiple settings including community, worksite, health care and public policy. He has extensive experience in facilitating program integration at the Maine Bureau of Health and in working with the CDC to develop Comprehensive Cancer Control Planning in its developmental and implementation stages.
Randy has participated on numerous national review panels and committees, including the Institute of Medicine Committee to Review the CDC Centers for Research and Demonstration of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; was a member or Chair of the grant review panels for CDC’s, Prevention Research Centers over a period of fifteen years; and served as a reviewer on numerous NIH and NCI grant review panels. He has served as a reviewer for the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and others.
He has authored or co-authored numerous articles on health promotion and chronic disease prevention. Randy is nationally known in the field of public health education having served as President of three national organizations (Society for Public Health Education and national associations of state directors of chronic disease programs and state directors of health promotion programs) and is the Founding Editor of the journal, Health Promotion Practice, a journal of the Society for Public Health Education.
Randy lives in Manchester, Maine with his wife, Kini Tinkham, and children Haley (a graduate of Tufts University MPH program living in MA) and Taylor (at Tufts University) and their two black labs, Max and Lucy.