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SUHI Staff: Julie Kuhn

JULIE KUHN, MSW

Program Manager 

Professional Summary
Julie Kuhn joined SUHI in August 2011 as a Supervisor of Program Initiatives for the Asthma CarePartners program, a collaboration with Family Health Network, a Medicaid funded managed care organization.  The program’s goal is to improve the health of selected children and adults with asthma, utilizing Community Health Workers to educate patients about the disease, triggers and management, in their home and/or over the phone. 

Julie is thrilled to be part of the SUHI team and to be impacting the lives of individuals with asthma and their families.  During her eight years at Communities In Schools of Chicago she learned about the high incidence of asthma in Chicago and Chicago Public Schools as schools throughout the city requested asthma education for their students, parents and staff.  With asthma being the most common illness for which children do not attend school, she saw firsthand the extensive effect the disease has on their lives, ability to learn and the family unit.  After two years at Abraham Low Self-Help Systems, where she managed a life skills and anger management program for youth, she joined Respiratory Health Association (RHA).  She managed RHA’s Fight Asthma Now (FAN) program and supervised the health educators delivering the program in the city and suburban Cook County.   Her experience at RHA expanded her interest in public health issues and how they relate to her passion for social justice and the severe inequities within the city and beyond.  With her Master’s in Social Work and extensive experience working with Chicago Public Schools, Julie brings a holistic perspective to the impact of health issues on individuals and the family system. 

Education
M.S.W., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1995
B.A. Psychology, University of Iowa, 1988