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July 13, 2012
Wrenetha Julion, PhD, MPH, RN, associate professor at Rush University College of Nursing, has been selected by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation as a 2012 Macy Faculty Scholar. The Macy Faculty Scholars Program was designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing and develop the next generation of national leaders in medical and nursing education.
Julion's current research focuses on providing culturally relevant parent training to low income families of color. Together with Deborah Gross, MD, and Christine Garvey, MD, she is the co-author of the Chicago Parent Program, a videotape-based parent education program, plus manual currently being implemented in day care and Head Start centers in Chicago. Julion is co-investigator on a NIH/NINR- funded R01 NR04085-11 (D. Gross, PI) 07/01/06-06/30/11 titled, Engaging Low-Income Parents in Prevention Programs. The purpose of this study is to test the cost-effectiveness of giving a discount on parents' childcare co-payments contingent upon attendance in a preventive parenting intervention.
Additionally, Julion conducts research with African American fathers. Her dissertation research was focused on learning more about father involvement in African American non-resident father families. She is the author of the Julion Index of Paternal Involvement (JIPI), a research instrument designed to measure the extent to which fathers are involved with their children in 19 activities important to positive child outcomes. Julion is also a clinical instructor in the Women and Children's Health Nursing course; and co-course director of nursing research courses for both graduate and doctoral level nursing students. Julion also serves as academic advisor for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and graduate entry master's (GEM) students.
Over the two-year Macy Faculty Scholars Program, Julion will develop and implement an evidence-based cultural competency program at Rush University for students in nursing, medicine, health sciences and health systems management. Students will be introduced to the tenets of culturally competent care and will learn about the impact of social factors on health and health care—the social determinants of health. On completion of the course, students will undertake a service learning project in the Chicago communities neighboring Rush University Medical Center.
The Macy Faculty Scholars aim to accelerate needed reforms in health professions education to accommodate the dramatic changes occurring in medical practice and health care delivery. Under the program, the foundation selects up to five faculty leaders each year. Each scholar receives salary support at $100,000 per year over two years. The foundation will support educational change in each scholar’s institution and develop a national network for the scholars, who will receive career advice from a national advisory committee and participate in an annual meeting for the program.
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is the only national foundation solely dedicated to improving the health of the public by advancing the education and training of health professionals.
Photo caption: Wrenetha Julion, PhD, MPH, RN


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