Julie Novas

BS, New York University. MSW, SUNY at Stony Brook. JD, CUNY School of Law.  Rev. Julie Novas, Esq., LMSW is an Ordained Interfaith Minister, Advanced Dharma Practitioner, Reiki Teacher, Holistic Health Counselor, Social Worker and Attorney living, loving, working and playing in NYC.  She graduated cum laude from NYU and was an esteemed W. Burghardt Turner Fellow at SUNY Stony Brook School of Social Welfare where she graduated in the top of her class.  While in law school she received the prestigious Social Justice Scholarship by the Dominican Bar Association and was an Equal Justice Fellow during her summer at the Bronx Defenders, where she represented clients in civil defense matters.  In the fall of 2014, Julie received the prestigious “Emerging Leaders” award from the NASW-NYC Chapter. Her work focuses on the intersectionality of race, class, gender and oppression and examines structures and institutions through a holistic, social, organizing and legal lens to promote justice and social change.  Nationally and internationally, she engages the work on the micro, mezzo and macro level to support the empowerment of all that she comes in contact with.  Locally, she has worked with some of the most vulnerable populations in NYC.  Internationally, her work has brought her to Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, The Dominican Republic, Thailand and El Salvador.  Currently, she works as the Mental Health Coordinator for the HOTT program at Callen Lorde Community Health Center, is an Adjunct Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and is pursuing the development of a private clinical, legal and consulting practice.

Previous Courses

MA Health Advocacy

Program Design and Evaluation

Graduate Seminar—Fall

Health advocacy issues are addressed through a myriad of avenues, typically involving some type of direct intervention. This course will provide an overview of and a critical reflection on the program design and evaluation process. Students will discuss and study elements of design and evaluation, the major theoretical and political orientations to evaluation research, and the practical, ethical, and methodological problems involved in applying research methods to understanding social change. Major topics include how to approach program conception and implementation, including developing and measuring program goals and objectives, and applying a social-justice lens to health advocacy issues, as well as to the entire continuum of program planning and evaluation. At the end of this course, students will be able to conceptually and practically understand the contours of how to thoughtfully plan, develop, and evaluate an intervention aimed at a health advocacy issue.