Mavis Flowers

Position: Project Manager

Mavis Flowers, MPH, MSc, is a Project Manager at Columbia University Irving Medical
Center and President of Strategies for Growth which partners with healthcare systems to facilitate sustainable organizational change that improves safety, quality, the patient experience, and employee well-being.

As Project Manager, Mavis leads the TRIUMPH (Transforming Your Mental Health through Prayer and Healing) study which uses a Community Health Worker model to partner with Black Churches to provide free screening, brief counseling and linkages to clinical care for community residents and congregants who screen positive with moderate to high levels of anxiety and depression. Her team leads the Community Health Workers, event planning, community engagement, recruitment and compliance related functions for the study.

Prior to this role, Mavis partnered with 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds as a Senior Labor Management Consultant who was responsible for leading the organizations Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force, Community Health Worker training program and guiding large healthcare systems in implementing collaborative process improvement initiatives. Additionally, Mavis has served as a Corporate Director of Training and a Human Resources Director of Systems and Operations within the healthcare industry for over fifteen years.

A nationally certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and New York State Opioid Overdose Prevention Educator, Mavis convenes multi-sector stakeholders to conduct community based participatory research designed to reduce racial mental health disparities, decrease stigma, and improve community health.

Mavis is a published contributing Author to a peer reviewed research journal article entitled “Mental Health Perspectives Among Black African Americans Receiving Services from a Church-Affiliated Mental Health Clinic”. Recent research projects include Opioid Education and Naloxone Distribution for faith-based institutions; Mental Health Services for African Americans in Faith Based Settings and an Examination of Christian Faith Practices and Sense of Community.

Mavis is a Senior Professional in Human Resources, a Licensed Independent Financial Services
Representative and holds a Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in Community Health Education from the City University of New York School of Public Health and Health Policy. Additionally, she holds a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Nyack College; a Certification in Christian Studies from New York Theological Seminary and serves on the Advisory Board for the Community Coalition for Mental Health funded by the National Institute for Mental Health.

Her greatest passion lies in serving and volunteering with community and faith-based organizations that seek to empower communities of color that have been systematically marginalized. Mavis is the proud Mother to one daughter, Marquita and a very proud Grandmother to Seneca.

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