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Gretchen Michael is the Director of Communications for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Her responsibilities include overall strategic communications for ASPR including media relations, web communications and emergency risk communications. Since joining ASPR in 2008, Gretchen has served as the communications lead for the H1N1 Task Force, the agency’s coordinating body for the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the January 2010 Haiti earthquake response and the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill. Prior to joining ASPR, Gretchen was an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton where she supported a project for the Veterans Health Administration for Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans. Gretchen also developed and conducted media trainings for the US Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Science and Technology. Gretchen served as Communications Director for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) for three years where she directed all communications, media relations, marketing and public awareness activities for the state health department. Gretchen earned her J.D. from University of Denver and B.S from American University.
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