Julie Willems Van Dijk

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Program Director


(608) 263-6731

Julie Willems Van Dijk, RN PhD FAAN
UW Population Health Institute
610 Walnut Street, 501 WARF
Madison, WI 53726

Julie is an Associate Scientist and the Director of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize program, a collaboration between RWJF and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. She held prior roles in the program as a community engagement lead and deputy director.

Prior to joining the Population Health Institute in 2009, Julie worked in local public health for 21 years as a public health nurse, director of nursing, and a health officer in Marathon County, Wisconsin. Julie has served on numerous community boards, including the Aspirus Wausau Hospital Board of Directors, the Wausau School District Board of Education, the Wausau Child Care Board of Directors, the Marathon County United Way’s Local Initiatives for Excellence (LIFE) committee, and the Wausau/Marathon County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Wausau program.

Julie received a doctorate degree in Nursing with an emphasis in Public Health Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also holds a M.S.N. from UW-Oshkosh and a B.S.N. from UW-Eau Claire. Julie is a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellows program and the National Public Health Leadership Institute. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Her research interests focus on effective strategies and processes that communities use to advance population health.