Chuck Palm has over 25 years of experience in program management and community mobilization to improve health and well-being. As Senior Program Manager for Canyon Ranch Institute, Chuck oversees the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) and the CRI Healthy Garden program. Chuck works with our partners to sustain CRI Life Enhancement Program sites and CRI Healthy Garden sites in communities. He collaborates with CRI colleagues, our partners, community members, and CRI volunteers to conduct formative research, adapt program materials, train facilitators, and implement programs.
Chuck joined Canyon Ranch Institute in 2011 as the CRI Life Enhancement Program Manager. He accepted a promotion to Senior Program Manager in 2016. Canyon Ranch Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity, 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.
Chuck has an extensive background in leading organizational assessments, strategic planning, and community needs and assets assessments, as well as policy analysis and development. He has presented at national and statewide conferences on methods of community planning and mobilization, creating community awareness, and establishing substance abuse prevention programming for youth.
Prior to his work with CRI, Chuck was the Director of Public Policy & Training for Pima Prevention Partnership, Inc., in Tucson, AZ. He coordinated a team providing training, planning facilitation, and other technical assistance directly to over 70 community substance abuse prevention coalitions and government agencies in Arizona, American Samoa, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. In addition, he oversaw the award-winning efforts of the Office of Juvenile Justice Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) pilot program to reduce underage drinking at both Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, AZ, and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ.
Previously in his career, Chuck coordinated county tobacco prevention, cessation, and control programs and served as a regional director for both the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association.
Chuck was born in Spain and served for 11 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Russian cryptologic linguist and intelligence analyst in England and Germany, and at the National Security Agency. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in language studies and a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Maryland. At the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Chuck earned a Master’s in Public Health with a community health practice concentration. He currently serves on the Legislative Committee of the Arizona Public Health Association and has received a Certified in Public Health (C.P.H.) credential for mastery of the core skills and knowledge of public health.
Chuck and his wife have an adult son and many rescued dogs. Chuck is an avid reader, cyclist, and is enthusiastic about yoga and other fitness activities.