Julie Novak uses her experience as a public policy executive to create cohesive teams, identify collaborative solutions, and lead organizational transformation. She brings to HMA a wealth of experience in policy development, strategic partnerships, organizational restructuring, culture and team building, leadership development and change management.
Julie previously served as chief executive officer of the Michigan State Medical Society, a statewide professional association representing physicians and the patients they serve. During her 14 years in this role, she built teams that effectively served members through policy and advocacy work, education, and products and services delivered by three wholly owned subsidiaries. She leveraged the work of the staff and leadership by partnering with allied organizations and coordinating with the national and state specialty societies to address reimbursement issues, regulatory requirements, quality and safety, and physician leadership development.
To address market changes, Julie initiated governance restructuring, evolved the staff structure to better serve physicians in increasingly diverse professional settings, and doubled the financial reserves in 10 years. Prior to becoming CEO, she managed the medical economics and healthcare delivery area, supported the delegation to the national association, and produced special projects on the future of medicine, crises in healthcare organizations, physician leadership development and the health status of Michigan’s citizens.
Julie believes reinvention is a continuous journey to understand the current situation through data and research and develop innovative strategies by leveraging the skills of every generation. Her experience in managing an organization through significant demographic transition led her to complete a change management certification program. She is currently preparing to take the change management practitioner certification exam and is a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals.
Julie earned her master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan, and her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Michigan State University’s James Madison College. She was recognized in 2009 as one of Crain’s Detroit Women to Watch and received the Michigan State Medical Society Presidential Citation in 2007.