Julie Grutzmacher

Julie Grutzmacher was born and raised in Wisconsin, 30 miles southwest of Milwaukee, and completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work in Minnesota. After college she joined the Peace Corps. Julie spent two years in Swaziland, Africa, where she lived and worked in a rural village providing HIV/AIDS education, mitigation, and community development services. It was during that experience that her interest in public health and health disparities was forged. After returning to the U.S., Julie completed her Masters in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and later was employed as a social worker in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Rush Hospital. This experience cemented professional goals relating to the elimination of health disparities and improvement of outcomes for marginalized populations.

After the NICU, Julie pursued a second Masters Degree, this time in Public Health, while simultaneously working in population health management, providing care coordination and health education for high risk pregnant women in Chicago’s South Side. It was in this role that her passion for accessible and quality primary care was elucidated. She went on to co-create and manage a primary care leadership training program for medical residents at the University of Chicago. Julie joined the Prevent Blindness team in May of 2020 as the Director of National Collaboration and Engagement where she oversees the Center for Vision and Population Health (CVPH) and the A.S.P.E.C.T. patient-engagement program.
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