Date appointed: 8/23/13
Senate Committee hearing date: 1/09/14
Senate Committee Hearing vote: Confirmed 7-0
Senate vote date: 1/14/14
Senate vote: Confirmed 35-0
“Larry has an impressive background and unique leadership skills,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “He has a proven track record of creating change and tackling difficult issues. His experience in running large organizations, delivering results and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders will serve the Department of Public Health and Environment and our state well. We are pleased he is joining our team and our efforts to make Colorado the healthiest and safest state in the country.”
Dr. Larry Wolk was appointed in August 2013 as the Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Wolk is a successful entrepreneur who has two decades of leadership experience in various aspects of public health and healthcare. He currently works as the CEO of the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) in Denver. In addition to his work at CORHIO, Wolk is the founder and executive director of the Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics and he is a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
He earned a medical degree from the University of Vermont College of a Medicine and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Wolk recently worked nearly five years as president and chief operating officer at Correctional Healthcare Companies, which provides services to corrections agencies in 27 states and employs more than 2,500 people.
Wolk earlier worked as the senior medical director of both Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Colorado and Prudential Healthcare of Colorado, and he served in a regional and national role as senior health care executive at CIGNA HealthCare. He was the medical director of ambulatory pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center for five years.
Wolk has worked the last year at CORHIO and will continue to serve as an adviser to the organization. CORHIO is dedicated to improving healthcare quality for all Coloradans through health information exchange. As the state designated entity for health information exchange, CORHIO collaborates with health care stakeholders including physicians, hospitals, clinics, public health, long-term care, laboratories, health plans and patients to improve care collaboration through secure systems and processes for sharing clinical information.
Dr. Wolk has received many honors, including Colorado Pediatrician of the Year, Denver Business Journal Healthcare Executive of the Year, and the 7News Denver Everyday Hero award.
About the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
The department is organized into 10 divisions that fall under three broad groupings: health programs, environmental programs and administration. The health programs are comprised of the Center for Health and Environmental Information and Statistics, Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division, Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division, Laboratory Services Division, Prevention Services Division and the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response. The environmental programs are comprised of the Air Pollution Control Division, Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division, and the Water Quality Control Division. The Administrative Services Division includes the Executive Director’s Office, administrative services, human resources, legal and regulatory affairs, and policy and external affairs.