Exec Nurse Fellow Alum Birch to Head Colorado's Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Jan 4, 2011, 6:34 PM, Posted by

Congratulations are in order for Sue Birch, R.N., M.B.A., an alum of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program. Colorado Governor-Elect John Hickenlooper has named her the new executive director of that state’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The Department administers the state’s Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) programs, which together cover more than 600,000 residents, as well as a number of other health care programs aimed at low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities.

Since 1994, Birch has been CEO of the Northwest Colo­­­rado Visiting Nurse Association. “Sue Birch has made herself an expert on how to provide medical care in rural areas with limited budgets,” Hickenlooper said in making the announcement. “Her regional and collaborative approach will serve well to address health care issues on a statewide basis.”

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This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.