Dr. Monique Howard is the Executive Director of WOAR-Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence, the only rape crisis center in Philadelphia, PA.
WOAR’s mission is two pronged: eliminate rape and to provide services and advocate for those individuals how have experienced rape or sexual
Dr. Howard is an accomplished public health administrator with a 27-year history of protecting and improving the health of women, families and
communities. Previously, Dr. Howard was the executive director of the Office of Women’s Health at the New Jersey Department of Health. She oversaw the Office of Cancer Control and Prevention, the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection program and the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. She is also the former Executive Director of the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network (NJWAN), the only female-specific AIDS service organization in NJ.
Dr. Howard obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Wagner College, her Master of Science in Public Health from East Stroudsburg University and her Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to her position at WOAR, she is an advisory committee member for the Public Health Program at LaSalle University and an adjunct faculty member in the department of Public Health.
Monique is the President of the Somerdale-Park Board of Education and the Wilson Harrison Education Fund and a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Pennsylvania Chapter. She is the recipient of the 2019 Peggy Brick Award from the Center for Sex Education and the 2018 Women of the Year from the National Organization of Women-Philadelphia Chapter. She is also very active in the community, is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with her family and animals.
“Temptation is a magical word. It can transform wrongdoers into victims, and predators into prey, all without the knowledge, consent, or participation of the object of desire," say guest columnists Lila Slovak and Monique Howard.