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The Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity

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Sharon Rachel, MA, MPH | Deputy Director

Sharon Rachel, MA, MPH is Deputy Director of the Kennedy Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. Ms. Rachel has extensive experience in collaborative public health program development and evaluation within diverse partnerships. She has worked on curriculum development, event planning for meetings and conferences, grant-writing, and manuscript development. She served as a liaison between SHLI and the NFL and NFL Player Care Foundation to work with former players and their families as well as communities across the country to address mental health challenges related to sports injuries, transitions, and stigma as a barrier to help-seeking. Out of that work, Ms. Rachel helped to establish initiatives that address youth sports safety.

Ms. Rachel earned her BA in Women’s Studies and Sociology from the University of South Carolina, her MA in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University, and her MPH in Health Education from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She is trained in peer-to-peer counseling, has supported and advocated for sexual assault survivors, led women’s support groups, and coordinated resources at women’s community and crisis centers. Ms. Rachel has co-authored several publications, created a number of teaching aids and tools, and conducted education and training sessions across the United States.

Ms. Rachel is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She enjoys running and has completed 5K, 8K, 10K, 15K, half marathon, full marathon, and obstacle races. She also enjoys live music, traveling, and attending cultural events.



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