Julane W. Miller-Armbrister
Julane W. Miller-Armbrister

Urban Health


Work Position
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey

Date passed dissertation proposal defense
April 23, 2013


Ms. Julane W. Miller-Armbrister is the Senior Vice President (SVP) of the Government and Community Affairs Department at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Appointed as the Acting VP for Government Affairs in January 2006, Ms. Miller-Armbrister assumed the permanent position in May 2006.  She was appointed SVP for Government and Community Affairs in September 2008. She is responsible for managing state, federal, and local government relations for the University,  including development and coordination of a University-wide legislative agenda;  advocacy for support of the University’s mission and strategic priorities;  and  facilitation of  a collaborative relationship with government officials and community leaders across the State. During her tenure, Ms. Miller-Armbrister has restructured the Government and Community Affairs Department to create operational efficiencies and to enhance Central Administration support to the Universities schools and units. Ms. Miller-Armbrister has also introduced policies for coordinating and prioritizing the University-wide government relations agenda.  Most importantly, she has worked to rebuild constructive external relationships on behalf of the University and to expand its base of support, including government funding.

     Prior to joining UMDNJ, Ms .Miller-Armbrister served as Chief Executive Officer of the Plainfield Health Center from 1985-2004.  As the CEO of the Plainfield Health Center (PHC) she led a highly successful capital campaign to build a new state-of-the art primary care facility. She transitioned  the  organization from a small under-funded program, serving fewer than 5,000 individuals, into a JCAHO accredited, nationally recognized, Federally Qualified Health Center, which today is continuing the legacy she left, providing  comprehensive primary medical and dental care services to more than 20,000 individuals at multiple sites across two counties.  She also engineered the first community hospital and Federally Qualified Health Center affiliation agreement in New Jersey to help build a community-wide continuum of care for health services, and collaborated with the Robert Wood Johnson Health System to develop a cardiac primary health care center in Belarus, Minsk. 

     Ms. Miller-Armbrister has also served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University and 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 currently pursuing a PhD in Urban Systems in a joint program with the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Rutgers University.

Title of the Dissertation

New Jersey Federally Qualified Health Centers: Capacity Building and Sustainability Under the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act




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