Gov. Polis names three new members to the Colorado Board of Health

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REMOTE (Sept. 30, 2022): Governor Jared Polis has appointed three new members to the Colorado Board of Health, which creates rules related to public health in the state and approves funding for public health grant programs. The appointments were effective Monday, Sept. 26.

Under state law, there must be a representative from each Congressional district in Colorado on the board, plus two at-large members. Gov. Polis appointed the following three Coloradans to the board:

  • Dr. Christina Suh, representing the 6th Congressional District, for a term expiring March 1, 2025. Dr. Suh has a background in pediatric medicine and knowledge and expertise in immunizations, disease management, nutrition, food security, physical activity, cardiometabolic disease prevention, and environment and its impact on health. Currently, she is the Director of Clinical Content for Phreesia, Inc. She has worked with the Accountable Care Collaborative Program Improvement Advisory Committee at the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. Dr. Suh also holds a Master in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health. 

  • Jeffrey Kuhr, representing the 3rd Congressional District, for a term expiring March 1, 2025. Kuhr has been working in local public health for several years, including 11 years as the Executive Director of Mesa County Public Health. He also is an adjunct faculty member at Creighton University College of Nursing. Kuhr received the COVID-19 Pandemic Leadership Award from the Colorado House of Representatives in 2021.  

  • Guyleen Castriotta, representing the 7th Congressional District, for a term expiring March 1, 2026. Castriotta is the Mayor for the City and County of Broomfield. She currently serves as the Chair for the Broomfield County Boards of Health and Human Services and has contributed to the Broomfield County’s public health improvement plans and environmental safety initiatives. 

Board of Health appointees must be confirmed by the state Senate once the legislature is in session. The Governor’s appointees can serve until the Senate formally considers them.

“I want to welcome the Governor’s appointees to the Colorado Board of Health,” said CDPHE Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan. “These three members bring considerable experience to the board, and I’m looking forward to working with them to promote a healthy Colorado.”