Head of Texas health department leaving after a year on the job

Courtney Phillips is stepping down as the executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission after only a year on the job. Phillips will leave her post in Texas to become secretary to Louisiana’s Department of Health.

Phillips spent 12 years at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and has three degrees from universities in Louisiana, according to media reports.


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Phillips said leaving Texas was a tough decision but based on a need to be closer to her family and loved ones.

“In fact, consideration of my own family played a pivotal role in my decision to return home,” Phillips said in her resignation letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbot. “I take significant pride in the Texas HHS vision set forth, the great work we implemented, and the remaining goals that will be achieved. That is not something I easily leave behind.”

“Yet, as a mother, I want to ensure my greatest blessing, my son, has the best foundation for his continued growth and success – a place surrounded with family and loved ones is key in his remaining elementary years.”

Phillips said the Texas agency launched and accomplished initiatives that yielded immediate benefits for providers and families. One of the biggest was a strategic plan for the 40,000-employee, $38 billion health and human services system.

Phillips was tapped by Abbott in October 2018 to head the Texas agency.