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CTP Announces Its Next Director of Office of Health Communication and Education

April 9, 2024

CTP is pleased to announce that Anne Rancourt has been selected as the next Director of CTP’s Office of Health Communication and Education. Ms. Rancourt comes to CTP from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she serves as the Communications Director.

Ms. Rancourt has more than two decades of experience working in strategic communications, behavior change programs and journalism, including nearly 14 years within the federal government. Ms. Rancourt has extensive experience developing and implementing science-based public health education campaigns, including among priority populations. At NIDA, Ms. Rancourt is responsible for managing the communication branch that oversees dissemination of a nearly $2 billion scientific research portfolio on substance use and addiction, including tobacco and e-cigarette use. She also advises the Institute Director on communication strategies, informing agency leaders on broad public health, education, and scientific policy matters and issues. Prior to her tenure at NIDA, Ms. Rancourt led press outreach and media strategy on HIV as a Communications Section Chief at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Earlier in her career, Ms. Rancourt led media and digital outreach strategies for The Heart Truth campaign at NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Ms. Rancourt began her career as a journalist at The Washington Post. She earned her Master of Professional Studies in Strategic Public Relations from the George Washington University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgetown University.

Ms. Rancourt was selected after an extensive nationwide search, multiple interview panels that evaluated a substantial and well-qualified applicant pool, and clearance through important FDA ethics and security processes. CTP is excited for Ms. Rancourt to join the Center, with an effective date of May 19th.

CTP would like to express its gratitude to April Brubach for her unwavering leadership and support of OHCE, especially over the past several months. CTP is extremely thankful to her for capably serving as Acting Office Director during a period of considerable productivity and progress.

Please welcome Ms. Rancourt to CTP as she works in the coming months and years to achieve the Center’s critical mission to make tobacco-related death and disease part of our nation's past by ensuring a healthier future and advancing health equity for those living in the United States.

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