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Julie Ward

Julie Ward

Subspecialty: Occupational and Environmental Health

Julie was born in Kalispell, MT and grew up in Chico, CA before moving up to the Pacific NW for school. Her first degree—an unexpected, but worthwhile detour on her way to nursing—was a BA in Spanish from the University of Oregon. She subsequently earned her BSN from the University of Washington and went on to work as an RN in the ED and as an Instructor/Trainer/Curriculum Developer for the Becoming Parents Program (www.becomingparents.com).

Julie completed her MN in Spring, 2009. After earned her MN degree, Julie worked as a clinical instructor at the UW School of Nursing. In January 2011, she was hired by Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) to create and launch an employee wellness program for approximately 3,000 employees working at healthcare facilities in Flagstaff, Sedona, and Cottonwood, Arizona.

Today, as Program Manager for NAH's “lifepath” program, Julie is responsible for the ongoing design, implementation, management, evaluation, and expansion of the program, with the goal of continuously improving overall employee health and wellness, while also producing a return on investment for the organization. In practice, this includes everything from conducting assessments of current needs among various communities within the employee population; developing a class, a website, a budget, or an executive presentation; planning screening events and health fairs; collaborating with other departments to bring needed services to employees (for example, working with Pharmacy to provide nicotine replacement therapy to staff who want to quit tobacco); and even picking up veggies from the local CSA to distribute to employees, along with healthy recipes and program information.

In addition to these roles, Julie also supports the rest of the Employee Health team with annual vaccination and TB testing services, blood-borne-pathogen exposure work-ups, infectious disease exposure response, and injury prevention interventions.

Julie also passed the ANCC-national certification examiniation and is a board certified Advanced Public Health Nurse (2012-2017).