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Rebecca Dreyer MPH

 

Rebecca Dreyer, MPH, MSSA, LMSW

Class of 2017

Community Health

Rebecca Dreyer graduated from Stony Brook University with her MPH degree in 2017 with a concentration in Community Health. After graduating, Rebecca worked as a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist in Suffolk Country, providing evidence-based programs in schools and conducting community needs assessments. Afterward, Becca went back to school for clinical social work with hopes of providing psychotherapy to trauma survivors and work with communities to address trauma-related issues. Becca graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Master of Science in Social Administration and received her Licensed Masters Social Worker professional licensure. After witnessing the devastating effects of the pandemic on the community. She used both public health and social work approaches to address the resulting trauma and stressors. Becca is currently working as a crisis counselor and doing public health outreach for EAC Network, a provider agency for NY Project Hope, a COVID-19 crisis counseling program. They offer free, anonymous, and confidential crisis counseling to anyone suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Suffolk Country throughout their helpline. Trained crisis counselors are available to provide emotional support implement evidence-based coping skills and give the caller a safe space to process their stressors. Topics include anxiety, grief and loss, stress related to unemployment, and food insecurity. They also offer public education sessions and support groups to the community to raise awareness and help with stress management. In addition to crisis counseling, they conduct assessments and provide referrals for longer-term interventions and resources. Becca hopes that there will be a cultural shift, resulting in less stigmatization of mental health problems and more individuals will seek needed mental health care. By implementing this program, their goal is to raise awareness and normalize the emotions and somatic presentations of the constant stress and collective trauma that we are all experiencing.

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Russel MPH

Russell Keogler, M.P.H.
Class of 2013
Health Analytics

Russell Keogler attended Stony Brook University from 2007 to 2013 receiving a BS in Psychology, a MA in Liberal Studies, an MBA and his MPH.  Russell has held several leadership positions in healthcare facilities since graduating, including Acting Director of Admissions at the Long Island State Veterans Home, Assistant Director of Hospitals at Queens Hospital Center, and currently, Administrator of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.  In his current role, Russell is responsible for the oversight of a $350 million contract to provide long-term healthcare services to Maryland’s veterans.  Under his tenure the state has seen substantial improvements including the reduction of admission processing time from eight days to hours, a 16% increase in clinician hours per patient day, and a 20% improvement in quality indicator scores set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Russell and his team were recognized for these improvements by the American HealthCare Association and are the only veterans-focused organization to receive the Silver Achievement in Quality Award.  Outside of his career Russell is an active community member working with organizations on both local and international humanitarian projects specifically focused on improving access to healthcare services for underserved populations