Dr. Julie St. John, recently received the President’s Excellence in Community Engagement Award from Tedd L. Mitchell, MD, president of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). Selected by a committee of faculty and university senate representatives, St. John received a cash honorarium with the award.
Dr. St. John received her MPH from the Texas A&M School of Public Health in 2003 and worked for the school’s Center for Community Health Development (CCHD) from 2002-2014 in multiple roles including serving as the CCHD South Texas Regional Director. St. John served as principal investigator on several research grants and was involved in many activities including health status assessments, program evaluations, developing community partnerships and conducting Community Health Worker training, to name a few.
She is currently an assistant professor and serves as associate department chair in the Department of Public Health in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Abilene campus of TTUHSC. She also serves as director of the online MPH program.
Her research interests include health status and quality of life improvement among diverse populations through community health development and partnership approaches; scope of practice and training of Community Health Workers; and the relationship between morals/values and health status.
Dr. St. John is completing a fellowship with the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).
She obtained her DrPH at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Brownsville Regional Campus in 2013.