Constance Bowens works as an Analyst for the New York State Office of Mental Health (O.M.H.) where she is passionate about facilitating optimal resource allocation or reallocation to support people with Serious Mental Illness, and people who have a co-occurring Mental Disorder and Developmental Disability in achieving the lives which they value. In the course of her work, she serves as one of the representatives of O.M.H. on Value Based Payment. Constance also serves as part of a team which evaluates requests to expand, open, reduce, or close public mental health programs.
To enhance her ability to better serve people with disabilities, Constance began her Doctoral Studies in Health Policy and Management at New York Medical College (N.Y.M.C.) in the fall of 2016 due to its emphasis on using research to inform practice. Her research interests include: distributive justice and disability, disability, long term services and supports, the health workforce which serves people with disabilities, and health care delivery system and payment reform to drive improvements in outcomes for people with disabilities especially those with multiple chronic conditions.
Constance’s prior academic studies has greatly influenced her work at O.M.H. as an Analyst. Her previous academic work includes the study of Economics for which she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from New York University. Constance’s other prior area of study was Management for which she was awarded a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College's Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. In recognition of her scholastic excellence in the area of Management, Constance was inducted as a member of Pi Alpha Alpha (National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration). Just as her prior scholastic achievements have provided her with a multiplicity of perspectives by which to examine ways to meet the needs of New Yorkers with disabilities, N.Y.M.C.’s Dr.P.H. serves to further equip her to advocate on behalf of this very vulnerable population
Aaron Childs graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health (B.S.) from Mercer University in 2014 where he received the Academic Merit Scholarship and Dean’s List Award. His passion for public health was discovered when he began his first job as a Health Education Intern at the Macon-Bibb County Public Health Department, where his responsibilities were to develop health education programs, learn how board meetings function, utilize media outlets to inform the public about community health programs, present health issues and to create newsletters to promote future programs. After graduating from Mercer University, he pursued a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from Meharry Medical College. While there, he received the Tennessee Managed Care Network Endowed Scholarship, High Honors Award, Dean’s List Award, earned a spot in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, and won 1st place at Student Research Day for his thesis topic: “Prevalence, Risk Factors, Attitudes, and Beliefs Toward Hookah Smoking Among African-American Graduate Students/Health Professionals in Nashville, Tennessee”. As a Health Administration Intern at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in 2015, his responsibilities were to attend board meetings, evaluating Emergency Room Throughput, and perform other related duties to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the hospital. He graduated from Meharry Medical College in 2016 and began the Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) program in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College in the fall of 2016. His research interest is determining if new or modified interventions decrease the prevalence of HIV infection among young adults.
Iman Mirza is a physician and public health professional from Makkah, Saudi Arabia. She received her Medical Degree (M.B.B.S.) from the College of Medicine at Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah – Saudi Arabia, in 2011, and a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2015. She was awarded an outstanding student award from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the United States (SACM), in 2015. She joined the Dr.P.H. program in Health Policy and Management at New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice in Fall, 2016. She is working as a Dr.P.H. Graduate Assistant at the same department. She is also a member of the School’s Curriculum Committee.
In 2011, she joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia as a Teaching Assistant and junior faculty. She trained as a Pre-scholar trainee in Infection Control and Prevention Unit, King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 2012, she was awarded a grant of a full scholarship from University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia to pursue higher education. In 2015, she was appointed as a Research Scientist in Center for Cognitive Neurology, Division of Neurodegenerative and Drug Discovery Program, Neurology Department, School of Medicine, New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center, New York. Her current research interests include aging, aging related disease, long-term care, and how to improve older adults’ quality of life. Iman is interested in policy implementation and multi-stakeholder decision making.