Everyday Hero 2013-2014
Dr. Julie Baldwin earned her doctorate in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education in 1991 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. For nearly 15 years, she worked primarily with tribal communities in northern Arizona to design culturally relevant health promotion programs for youth and their families. From 1994-2004, she served as a tenured faculty member at Northern Arizona University, with a joint appointment in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health. She joined the faculty at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Public Health in the Department of Community and Family Health in 2005. She currently teaches graduate-level courses on health disparities, health education intervention methods, community-based health promotion, and program planning.
Dr. Baldwin’s research over the years has focused on both infectious and chronic disease prevention targeting children, adolescents, and families. Cross-cutting themes which have characterized her work include: utilizing community-based participatory research approaches, working with underserved and/or marginalized populations, and addressing health disparities by developing and implementing culturally competent public health interventions. She has been Director or Co-Director of several federally funded projects from such agencies as CDC, NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and HRSA/AMERSA-SAMHSA/CSAT.
For almost 25 years, Dr. Baldwin has had a consistent program of applied research addressing HIV/AIDS and substance abuse prevention in youth, with a special emphasis on American Indian adolescents and their families. She continues to contribute significantly to this field of research today, as the Director of a NIDA Research Education grant, the “Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health” and Co-Director of another NIDA grant entitled, the “Intertribal Talking Circle for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Native Youth.”
Her other recent research projects have included: serving as the Co-Leader of the Community Engagement and Outreach Core of the “USF/Moffitt Transdisciplinary Center to Address Cancer Health Disparities,” Co-Investigator of “Novel Dissemination of a Group Intervention for HIV+ Women Via Web Conferencing,” Director of “Quality of Healthcare for Florida’s Children and Adolescents: Focus on Obesity,” and Co-Investigator of the Florida Prevention Research Center.
As an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, she has made a life-long commitment to serving diverse communities and to advocating for culturally competent health promotion /disease prevention programs for children, adolescents and families.