Dr Julie Will

Field of Research: 
Stream 2
Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Julie Will.PNG

Dr Julie Will was an Associate Investigator with COMPaRE-PHC until she retired from the CDC in July 2015.

Julie was senior epidemiologist in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. From 1993-2008, Dr. Will was the team leader for the WISEWOMAN program which is aimed at preventing heart disease through lifestyle intervention and management of risk factors (including overweight and obesity)  among financially  disadvantaged women in the United States.  She now conducts health services research on preventable hospitalizations which are thought to be indicators of lack of access to quality care.  Dr. Will is interested in the pursuit of research aimed at understanding factors contributing to preventable hospitalizations including health care access issues, social factors, lack of quality care, and lack of coordinated care. She is especially interested in preventable hospitalizations for angina, congestive heart failure, and hypertension.  

Her recent publications include:

Will JC, Valderrama AL, Yoon PW.  Preventable Hospitalizations for Congestive Heart Failure:  Establishing a Baseline to Monitor Trends and Disparities. Preventing Chronic Disease 2012; 9:E85. Epub 2012 Apr 12.

Samuel-Hodge CD, Johnston LF, Gizlice Z, Garcia BA, Lindsley SC, Bramble KP, Hardy TE, Ammerman AS, Poindexter PA, Will JC, Keyserling TC. Randomized Trial of a Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention for Low-Income Women. Obesity 2009 Oct;17(10):1891-9. Epub 2009 Apr 30.

Gustafson A, Lindsley S, Bramble K, Garcia B, Johnston L, Khavjou O, Hardy T, Keyserling TC, Gizlice Z, Will J, Poindexter P, Ammerman AS, Samuel-Hodge CD.  Cost-effectiveness of a WISEWOMAN behavioral weight loss intervention for low-income women: the Weight-Wise Program. Preventative Medicine, 2009 Nov;49(5):390-5. Epub 2009 Sep 10.

Will JC, Loo RK.  The WISEWOMAN Program: reflection and forecast. Preventing Chronic Disease, 2008 Apr;5(2):A56. Epub 2008 Mar 15.

Besculides M, Zaveri H, Hanson C, Farris R, Gregory-Mercado K, Will J.  Best practices in implementing lifestyle interventions in the WISEWOMAN program: adaptable strategies for public health programs.  American Journal of Health Promotion, 2008;22(5):322-8.