Welcome to the 353rd episode of the COVID Calls, a daily discussion of the COVID-19 pandemic with a diverse collection of disaster experts. My name is Esther Chernak, and I am your guest host on this session of COVID Calls. I teach at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, where I o
Publish Date: Oct 07, 2021
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Welcome to the 353rd episode of the COVID Calls, a daily discussion of the COVID-19 pandemic with a diverse collection of disaster experts. My name is Esther Chernak, and I am your guest host on this session of COVID Calls. I teach at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, where I oversee the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication. I am an infectious disease physician who has worked in both academia and in public health departments, and I am delighted to be hosting today’s session, which will focus on crisis and risk communication during this COVID pandemic.
Dr. Vincent Covello, director of the Center for Risk Communication, is one of the world’s leading experts and practitioners on risk, high stress, and crisis communications. He is the author of more than 150 articles in scientific journals and the author/editor of more than 20 books. Dr. Covello is a consultant, writer, speaker, and teacher. He is a frequent keynote speaker and has conducted communication skills training for thousands. Dr. Covello has served as a risk, high concern, and crisis communications adviser to numerous public and private sectors organizations including over 400 of the 500 Fortune 500 companies, and with over 200 government agencies, including the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His work has been applied nationally and globally to a wide range of topics, including radiological incidents, disease outbreaks, industrial accidents, water contamination, air pollution, food safety, climate change, physician-patient communications, and organizational change. Most recently, he has worked closely with the 50 U.S. State Health Directors on their responses to questions from the media and the public on COVID-19.
Tom Hipper is the Associate Director of the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication (CPHRC) at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, where he recently managed a CDC-funded grant project designed to address the disaster information needs of children with special health care needs. Mr. Hipper has also managed several projects related to communications during public health emergencies, including the creation of a library of social media messages for use by emergency response and public health spokespersons in different hazard scenarios. He is Assistant Teaching Faculty at Drexel University, where he teaches courses in crisis and risk communication. Mr. Hipper is also a Fellow of the Center for Risk Communication where he works closely on many risk communication projects and trainings with the Center’s Director, Dr. Vincent Covello.