DENVER (August 23, 2016) — The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) announced today that Phyllis Albritton will be the Director. The office oversees Child Support Services, Colorado Works, Energy Assistance, Food Distribution, Food and Nutrition, and Refugee Services.
Albritton had previously served in both the public and private sectors. As founding Executive Director to both the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) and the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, she led the development of successful programs supporting Colorado communities and families. In addition, she is an Adjunct Faculty for the University of Colorado Medical School’s Physician Assistant program and advises the University of Denver’s Healthcare Leadership Program. Previously, she worked for DaVita.
“Phyllis brings impressive experience and a new lens to the Department that will help us refine and expand our capacity to serve families, businesses and communities through our partnerships and innovative efforts,” said Julie Krow, CDHS Deputy Executive Director for Community Partnerships. “We’re so happy to have her coming on board.”
Albritton also had been responsible for leading the outreach efforts of Colorado’s successful Child Health Insurance Program, known as CHP+. Her work on the Federal E-Rate program assured that schools and libraries across Colorado could confidently and successfully receive their fair share of funds from the program to expand their electronic learning capabilities in every community across the state. Prior to coming to Colorado, she spent 10 years in Washington, D.C. working on health and human services federal policy initiatives, both as a legislative aide and advocate.
“I am honored to join the CDHS team,” Albritton said. “The Department is doing innovative, leading edge work to improve the independence of Coloradans, and I look forward to helping CDHS continue to grow these bold initiatives leading families to economic security.”
Her first day at CDHS will be Monday, August 29.