Positions

Overview

  • Julie Preskitt, MSOT, MPH, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Maternal and Child Health Concentration, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health (UAB-SOPH). Dr. Preskitt holds a PhD in public administration and public policy at Auburn University; a master’s of public health in maternal and child health from UAB-SOPH; and a master’s of science in occupational therapy from UAB School of Health Professions. Prior to joining the faculty of UAB-SOPH, she was employed as the Special Programs Coordinator for Children’s Rehabilitation Service, a division of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and Alabama’s Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs Program (CSHCN). In that role, she was responsible for coordination of the CSHCN portions of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant and needs assessment, liaison activities for all MCH initiatives, coordination of the children’s traumatic brain injury (TBI) program, and policy issues related to physical therapy, occupational therapy, durable medical equipment, and TBI. Her previous experience includes provision of occupational therapy services to children in hospital and early intervention settings through Children’s of Alabama. Dr. Preskitt’s current projects include needs assessment, program evaluation, and research in Alabama related to the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, Title V MCH and CSHCN Programs, Voluntary Preschool Program, Alabama’s Early Intervention System, Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance, Family to Family Health Information Center, and State-based Disability and Health Program. Her research and practice interests include children with special health care needs, child health, early childhood education, disability and health policy, access to care issues for vulnerable populations, adequacy of insurance, family engagement, needs assessment, and program evaluation.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 Using Continuous Quality Improvement Tools to Promote Tobacco Cessation Among Primary Caregivers in a Home Visiting Program in Alabama.Journal of Public Health Management and Practice2018
    2018 Neurodevelopmental impairment among extremely preterm infants in the neonatal research networkPediatrics.  141. 2018
    2017 Retention and attrition in a home visiting programme: looking back and moving forwardEarly Child Development and Care.  187:1782-1794. 2017
    2017 Associations between participation in family activities and adolescent school problemsChild: Care, Health and Development.  43:361-368. 2017
    2017 Promoting continuous quality improvement in the Alabama child health improvement alliance through Q-sort methodology and learning collaborativesQuality Management in Health Care.  26:33-39. 2017
    2016 Obesity, Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors in Children with an Autism Spectrum DisorderMaternal and Child Health Journal.  20:466-476. 2016
    2016 Identifying Continuous Quality Improvement Priorities in Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home VisitingJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  22:E12-E20. 2016
    2015 Wellness among US adolescents ages 12-17 yearsChild: Care, Health and Development.  41:1207-1215. 2015
    2015 A systematic review of the association between family meals and adolescent risk outcomesJournal of Adolescence.  44:134-149. 2015
    2015 Correlates of wellness among youth with functional disabilitiesDisability and Health Journal.  8:223-230. 2015
    2014 Assessing needs and resources for the home visiting system in alabama: A mixed methods approachMaternal and Child Health Journal.  18:1075-1084. 2014
    2014 The MCH Navigator: Tools for MCH Workforce Development and Lifelong LearningMaternal and Child Health Journal.  19:324-334. 2014
    2013 Future plans and social/recreational activities of youth with special health care needs: The implications of parental help in completing surveysDisability and Health Journal.  6:343-351. 2013
    2013 Underinsurance in children with special health care needs: The impact of definition on findingsMaternal and Child Health Journal.  17:1478-1487. 2013

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 What is Needs Assessment?.  284-285. 2018

    Research Overview

  • children with special health care needs, child health, early childhood education, disability and health policy, access to care issues for vulnerable populations, adequacy of insurance, family engagement, needs assessment, and program evaluation
  • Full Name

  • Julie Preskitt