Ms. Pryde started at CUPHD in 1989 as a social work intern working under Joan W. Lathrap. After graduating with her Masters in 1992, Julie worked as Program and Policy Consultant for "Hope for the Children", as a Senior Research Associate for the National Mentor Project, UIUC; and as an Adjunct Faculty UIUC's School of Social Work.
Ms. Pryde joined the staff of CUPHD in June of 1995 as a Program Consultant in the Division of Social Services and as the Project Director for the IL Region 6 HIV Prevention Implementation Group. In 2001 she was hired as the Director of the Division of HIV/STD/TB Prevention and Management at CUPHD. In 2005 the Division expanded to include communicable diseases and adult immunizations. She was Director of the newly formed Division of Infectious Disease Prevention and Management. In May of 2007 Ms. Pryde was appointed Acting Public Health Administrator by the CUPHD Board of Health. In November of 2008 Ms. Pryde was appointed Public Health Administrator by the CUPHD Board of Health.
Ms. Pryde is an accomplished grant writer, researcher, and speaker. She has been published in five professional journals and has presented at such national conferences as the International Mobile Health Conference in Las Vegas, the US Conference on AIDS in Anaheim, and the National Harm Reduction Conference in Seattle. She has also been a consultant and speaker with the Illinois Department of Public Health. Ms. Pryde has won awards from the IL Department of Public Health, The University of Illinois School of Social Work, The Greater Community AIDS Project, IL Public Health Association, and the IL Association of Agencies and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy. She also served as an Investigator for the Home Access' FDA Post-Marketing Surveillance Study. She currently serves on the Illinois Immunization Advisory Committee.