Julia Drefke

Adventist Health

Public Affairs Executive

Julia Drefke has worked in health care policy for nearly 16 years.

At Adventist Health, Julia oversees Public Policy and Advocacy for the entire system.

Prior to Adventist Health, she worked for the Adventist Health Policy Association (AHPA). AHPA is the policy voice for five Seventh-day Adventist sponsored institutions that include 84 hospitals and over 300 health facilities in 17 states.

Specific areas of expertise include legislative affairs, hospital tax exemption, population health and healthy communities. Julia co-authored the 2015 AHPA book entitled Five Steps to Health in America: A Health Policy Agenda for the Next President and Congress of the United States.

Prior to AHPA she was a part of the Florida Hospital Government Relations & Public Policy team for six years. She has also worked in the not-for-profit arena doing fundraising and grant writing.

Julia serves on advocacy committees for the California Hospital Association, American Hospital Association, National Association of Rural Health Clinics and Academy Advisors.

Julia has also served on several not-for-profit boards including the Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction in Eureka (CA), the Central Florida Women’s Resource Center, and the BETA center for teen mothers in Orlando.

Julia received her Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of San Francisco and undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida.