Why PLA?I believe that physicians have a primary leadership role in addressing issues like access to health care. The PLA may ultimately prove to be an important venue for considering such policy issues and promoting wellbeing in our local communities. BackgroundDr. Julian received his PhD in Community Psychology from Michigan State University. His areas of specialization included health and human services planning and program evaluation. Dr. Julian’s educational experiences and engagement in a number of professional roles have established him as an active program evaluator who has worked with a variety of health and social services organizations. For example, Dr. Julian served as the Director of Evaluation and Research at the Central Ohio United Way. During his tenure, he was instrumental in developing a comprehensive system for defining and measuring program level outcomes and using outcome information as a component of investment decisions.Dr. Julian is currently the Program Director for Community Practice and Evaluation at the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) in the College of Education and Human Ecology. In this capacity, he regularly serves as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator for a variety of applied and scholarly projects. His most recent projects focus on facilitating the development of a state-level plan to address youth wellbeing, implementation of mental health and substance abuse prevention programming in local schools and evaluation of positive youth development programs provided by juvenile courts. He is also actively engaged in developing and promoting strategies that encourage community engagement and participation in health and social services planning and policy development.
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