Greg Owens, LMSW, specializes in Criminal and Juvenile Justice. He has worked as a clinician and manager in various settings including residential treatment and community-based organizations and has worked for NYS Division for Youth/Office for Children and Family Services for 25 years. He is currently the Director of Special Populations and is responsible for statewide initiatives including mentoring, youth gangs and violence, disproportionate minority representation, cultural competence and responsible fatherhood.
Cole Melby, Community Outreach Support, Graduate Research Assistant
Amsterdam Community Health Task Force,
Cole Melby is a second-year
MA student at UAlbany, seeking an interdisciplinary degree in Public Health and
Anthropology with a specific focus in the Health Disparities certificate
program. Cole is interested in the intersection of community health at the
grassroots level with qualitative, ethnographic research. His recent research
focus has been surrounding Syringe Exchange Programs and other harm reduction
strategies for intravenous drug users. Cole believes that organizations like
the CEMHD pave the way for a more nuanced discussion and acknowledgment of
health inequality. He is very excited to work with the Minority Health
Disparities Task Forces in Albany and Amsterdam, NY.