Featuring Rita Landgraf, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
Note: Better Bottom Line was created with the leadership of Governor Jack Markell of Delaware (in whose cabinet she serves) when he served as Chair of the National Governors Association. Many credit that work, which Sec. Landgraf leads in Delaware, as inspiring bipartisan national movement on employment for people with disabilities. Her work is on the cutting edge of best practices, offering proven models that other states can follow in their own implementation in order to achieve win-win-win solutions for people with disabilities, employers and taxpayers alike.
As Secretary, Landgraf leads the principal agency charged with keeping Delawareans healthy, ensuring they get the health care they need, and providing children, families, and seniors with the essential human services they depend on. She also oversees one of the largest departments in the Delaware government, with an annual budget of more than $1 billion. Under her leadership, DHSS has provided a wide range of services from health care to child care, to benefits assistance to help families weather the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, all while helping to coordinate the State response to health care reform efforts and responding to the fast-changing aging demographics of Delaware. She is co-chair of the Governor’s Commission on Building Access to Community-Based Services, Chair of the Delaware Health Fund Advisory Council, and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences’ Health Science Alliance, a member of the Delaware Hispanic Commission’s Health and Social Services Subcommittee, and a member of the Delaware Health Care Commission.