Throughout her career, Ms. Julane Miller-Armbrister has been devoted to public health, enhancing health care delivery systems and improving health outcomes. From 1985 to 2004, she was Chief Executive Officer of the Plainfield Health Center in New Jersey. She led a highly successful capital campaign to build a new state-of-the art primary care facility and transformed the organization from a small underfunded program serving fewer than 5,000 patients into a Joint Commission accredited, nationally recognized Federally Qualified Health Center, serving more than 22,000 individuals.
Ms. Miller-Armbrister engineered the first community hospital and Federally Qualified Health Center affiliation agreement in New Jersey history. Her achievement helped the Plainfield region establish a community-wide continuum of care system. Today the Plainfield Health Center continues to provide comprehensive primary medical and dental care at multiple sites.
More recently, Ms. Miller-Armbrister has served in two senior positions in higher education.
From 2005 to 2013, she was Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), where she led government relations efforts at both the state and federal levels, advancing graduate medical education and research in the health sciences. Ms. Miller-Armbrister also supervised university publications as well as UMDNJ’s news service, and guided many fruitful working relationships between the university and community-based organizations throughout the state. As one of the chief advisers to the President of UMDNJ, she played an essential role in guiding university participation in the state-mandated reorganization of public higher education that integrated most of UMDNJ into Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 2013.
Following that reorganization, Ms. Miller-Armbrister assumed the role of Vice President for State Government Affairs at Rutgers, a position she held until July 2015. In this role, which built upon her work at UMDNJ, Ms. Miller-Armbrister was responsible for the development and coordination of Rutgers’ statewide legislative agenda; she served as a principal university liaison with members of the State Legislature, the Office of the Governor and state and local government agencies.
Ms. Miller-Armbrister has served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers as well as Kean University. She has provided executive consultation services to numerous organizations for Board development, strategic planning, and program development and evaluation.
With a BA from Douglass College and an MSW from Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work, she is now a doctoral candidate in the Rutgers Joint Urban Systems PhD program.