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Tom Hipper is the Program Manager of the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication (CPHRC) at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. He is also an Adjunct Professor at two universities, Drexel University and The College of New Jersey, where he teaches courses in crisis and risk communication. Tom has presented on the use of new media in disasters at multiple national conferences, has been trained in Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC), and has published research in Health Security, Health Promotion Practice, and Health Communication.
Tom led the development of the CPHRC’s Social Media Message Library, which includes pre-developed messages for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for over 20 hazards across all phases of the disaster lifecycle. Previously, Tom was a Program Analyst for the Director of Communication at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. While at ASPR, he helped developed HHS’ Emergency Text Message Database, participated in a National Level Exercise, and co-authored the communication objectives within the Biennial Implementation Plan for the National Health Security Strategy.
Tom received his MSPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he served as a research assistant on a project pertaining to the mental health of first responders for the Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (PERRC – Johns Hopkins). Tom also received an MA in Health Communication from Pennsylvania State University, and holds a BA in Communication Studies from The College of New Jersey.