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Julie L Schafer

Adjunct | MPH, CPH MCHES

Public Health | Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

Fitness and Health, Worksite Wellness, and Adaptive Exercise for Persons Living with Physical Disabilities 


Master of Public Health, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida - 2010

Bachelor of Science in Health and Sport Studies, Miami University, Oxford, OH - 2005
• Double-major: Exercise Science and Health Studies

International Health Study Abroad Program -  2004
Dijon & Paris, France and Geneva, Switzerland
• U.S. student representative at the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders, International Federation of the Red Cross, and United Nations Headquarters 



Julie teaches in the Department of Public Health and has worked for Brooks Rehabilitation since November 2005. She is currently the Manager of Healthy Living Programs at Brooks, overseeing adaptive fitness programs in partnership with the YMCA, including Stroke Wellness, MS Fitness, and Adaptive Aquatics, as well as programs to track patients post-discharge from inpatient rehabilitation. Julie has worked previously in worksite wellness programming and college health. She has presented at national conferences on many of these topics. Julie attained her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Health Studies from Miami University of Ohio and her Master of Public Health degree from University of North Florida.




Adjunct Instructor, Jacksonville, FL, August 2011- Present

Department of Public Health, University of North Florida



Brooks Health System, Jacksonville, FL, 2005-Present
Brooks Rehabilitation,  2008-Present
Manager of Healthy Living Programs,  2008-Present

• Developed and implemented ongoing adaptive fitness programming with local YMCA facilities
• Supervise weekly Stroke Wellness programming, MS Fitness classes, and Adaptive Aquatics at YMCAs
• Supervise interns and volunteers from local organizations and colleges
• Deliver presentations and health screenings with the YMCA Corporate Wellness program
• Support grant-writing efforts of the community health team for adaptive sports and recreation programs
• Piloted an initiative to track rehabilitation hospital patients post-discharge with 150 stroke survivors



Brooks Health & Fitness, 2005-2008

Clinical Education Coordinator, 2007- 2008

• Responsible for the development and implementation of clinical health programming, such as group and individual weight management, tobacco cessation, and national health observance events
• Coordinated multiple cohorts of a six-month weight management program in partnership with Duval County Public School System and Blue Cross Blue Shield as an alternative to gastric bypass surgery
• Liaison to community health agencies and the medical community


Exercise Specialist/Group Exercise Instructor/Health Coach, 2006- 2007

• Completed individual health assessments (blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health) and exercise orientations/prescription based on the individual’s assessment results and personal goals
• Prescribed exercise programs for special populations, including persons living with: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, hypertension, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, and non-ambulatory members
• Instructed an aqua aerobics class designed for members with arthritis
• Team leader and health coach for corporate wellness program including 70 employees
• Held weekly individual health education sessions, including the promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors and practices, goal-setting, and goal evaluation


Clinical Programs Specialist, 2005- 2006

• Contributed to the pre-opening and opening responsibilities of a 60,000 sq. ft. medical fitness facility
• Co-administered a corporate wellness program “Focus on Fitness” for 140 employees (including health assessments, exercise and nutrition counseling, Lunch&Learn presentations);data and program evaluation


Office of Health Education, Oxford, OH, 2003 - 2005

Assistant to the Director of Health Education
Office Manager/Peer Health Educator

•Designed and facilitated educational programs for students in residence halls and the classroom on various health issues, including nutrition/self-image,alcohol and other drugs, and sexual health
• Executed data collection and program evaluation methods
• Planned campus health campaigns and hosted national speakers on health-related topics



Commencement Speaker

Miami University School of Education & Allied Professions Ceremony, May 2005


Department of Physical Education, Health and Sport Studies Student Advisory Council

Sept 2004- May 2005

• Informed the Chair of the Department on issues concerning students
• Developed new ideas to change or improve curricula and programs affecting health-related majors


School of Education and Allied Professions Dean’s Student Advisory Council, 2004-2005

Undergraduate Representative, Health Studies Faculty Search Committee,  2004-2005

• Selected by faculty to represent undergraduate students in the PHS Department
• Reviewed resumes and curriculum vitae to select a new departmental associate professor 





Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) -- #12075, April 2011

Certified in Public Health (CPH), August 2010

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) -- #12075, April 2005

Certified Peer Educator (CPE), March 2004




American College Health Association (ACHA), April 2005

International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), June 2004 to 2010




Multiple Sclerosis Society of Northeast Florida’s Clinical Advisory Committee, July 2009-Present

Committee Member and 2009 Honoree, Cystic Fibrosis’ Single Greatest Night, June 2009-Present

Volunteer, Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation Special Events, January 2008-Present

Publications & Presentations



Schafer, J., Lovecky, D. (June 2011). “Care Tracker: Keeping Track of Patients and Patients’ Care on Track” at the Case Management Society Association’s Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.


Schafer, J., Hopkins, E. (October 2006). “Focus on Fitness: Developing a Personalized Exercise Program” at the St. Vincent’s Women’s Health Experience conference, Jacksonville, FL.


Schafer, J., Fennell, R., & Clark, S. (June 2005). “How the French Make Love: Lessons for Peer Educators and Health Educators” at the American College Health Association (ACHA) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.


Fennell, R., & Schafer, J. (November 2004). “How the French Make Love: Lessons for Peer Educators” at the BACCHUS & GAMMA Peer Education Network General Assembly Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.




Schafer, J.L.&Merten, J.W. (2011). Stroke Survivors and Community Health Students Benefit through the Collaboration of Brooks Rehabilitation and University of North Florida. Poster presented at The Art and Scienceof Collaboration Brooks Rehabilitation Research Day, Jacksonville, FL

Schupp, C., Schafer, J., Merten, J.W. (2009). Healthy Living Programs delivered through YMCA and Brooks Partnership. Poster presented at 2009 Celebration of Partnerships Symposium, Jacksonville, FL

Schafer, J., Hopkins, E. (October 2006). “Focus on Fitness: Developing a Personalized Exercise Program” at the St. Vincent’s Women’s Health Experience conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Contact Information

(904) 620-2840