Associate Scientist, Deputy Director, County Health Roadmaps
University of Wisconsin
Julie Willems Van Dijk is an Associate Scientist and the Deputy Director for the Robert Wood Johnson funded County Health Roadmaps project at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). Julie also serves as the Community Engagement Director for the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) team at UWPHI. She has worked with numerous partners across the nation to understand and promote the County Health Rankings as a tool for taking action to improve health. Her research interests focus in the area of quality of community health improvement planning processes.
Prior to joining the Population Health Institute, Julie worked in local public health for 21 years as a public health nurse, director of nursing, and a health officer. Julie has served on numerous community boards, including the Aspirus Wausau Hospital Board of Directors, the Wausau School District Board of Education, the Wausau Child Care Board of Directors, the Marathon County United Way’s Local Initiatives for Excellence (LIFE) committee, and the Wausau/Marathon County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Wausau program.
Julie is a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellows program and the National Public Health Leadership Institute. She also holds a MSN from UW-Oshkosh and a BSN from UW-Eau Claire. Julie received a doctorate degree in Nursing with an emphasis in Public Health Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.