This annual report is dedicated to celebrating the life and contributions of Judy Frederick who passed away in November 2015. Judy served as Director of Children’s/AISD Student Health Services from 1996-2007. Judy is credited with developing the systems that support the innovative student health services partnership between Seton and AISD. As a result of Judy’s leadership, the strong foundation she developed continues to thrive 20 years later.
In 1996, Judy and her husband Gary moved back to Central Texas where she served as Director of School Health for Children’s/Austin ISD for 10 years. While in this role, Judy organized community efforts for all who had an interest in childhood immunization to make immunization more accessible. She helped develop and promote an innovative, public/private collaboration between Seton Healthcare Network and AISD. This model of outsourced school health was nationally recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and by Georgetown University and has been adopted in many communities across the country today.
Judy’s life of service was reflected both personally and professionally. Her passion for the medical field began with her work at Dallas Parkland hospital where she was involved in research to prepare for the first kidney transplant in Dallas. After relocating to Austin, Texas, she taught Spanish speaking migrant students to read and write English. Later, through the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, she helped with disability determination. Her family moved to El Paso in 1976. She attended The University of Texas at El Paso where she graduated top of her class with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1981. Her initial job out of nursing school was on the Telemetry Ward at Providence Memorial Hospital. She then transitioned to school nursing in the El Paso ISD for 8 years, and served as the Director of Nurses for Hospice of El Paso for 2 years, but continued her acute care nursing in the neonatal ICU at Providence. She later brought those skills and experience to Austin.