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August 01, 2012

Rush College of Nursing’s Wrenetha Julion selected as a 2012 Macy Faculty Scholar

An expert in culturally relevant parent training for low-income families of color has been selected by The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation as a 2012 Macy Faculty Scholar.

Wrenetha Julion, PhD, MPH, RN, associate professor at the Rush University College of Nursing, is one of only five scholars selected from across the country. Each scholar receives salary support at $100,000 per year over two years.

The Macy Faculty Scholars Program was designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in nursing and medicine and develop the next generation of national leaders in nursing and medical education.

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 sensitive care and will learn about the impact of social factors on health and health care — the social determinants of health. As a component of the course, students will undertake a service learning project in the Chicago communities neighboring Rush University Medical Center.

Julion is associate professor of the Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing in the College of Nursing at Rush University Medical Center. Her current research focuses on developing and testing a fatherhood intervention designed to sustain the engagement of African American non-resident fathers in the lives of their children. Julion also conducts research focused on providing culturally relevant parent training to low-income families of color.

She is the co-author of the Chicago Parent Program, a videotape-based parent education program, developed in collaboration with an advisory group of African American and Latino parents. Since its development in 2002, the Chicago Parent Program (CPP) has been offered to over 1000 parents of young children in early childhood centers, Head Start sites, pre K programs, social service agencies, and schools for teen mothers in over 15 states and the District of Columbia. 

Julion is a co-course director of Nursing Research courses for both graduate and doctoral level nursing students at Rush. She serves as academic advisor for PhD, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Graduate Entry Masters (GEM) students, and as a clinical instructor for pre-licensure maternal-child nursing students.

The Macy Faculty Scholars aims 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. 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 Macy Faculty Scholars program, the first of its kind, was launched in December 2010. 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.

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