Rachel Hutson, MSN, RN, CPNP
Secretary (2024-2026)
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Director of the Children, Youth and Families Branch

Background & Bio
Rachel Hutson is the Director of the Children, Youth, and Families Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). In this role, she previously served as the state’s Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Director and is now Colorado’s Title V MCH Director. In this capacity, Rachel provides oversight for programs and initiatives that support the maternal and child health statewide priorities. These priorities include increasing prosocial connections, creating safe and connected built environments, improving access to supports, increasing social-emotional well-being, promoting positive child and youth development, increasing economic mobility, and reducing racial inequities amongst the MCH population. Rachel currently serves on AMCHP’s Workforce Development Committee.

Prior to working for CDPHE, Rachel provided primary care services in Denver as a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Stout Street Clinic of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Rachel received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Franklin and Marshall College and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Yale University.