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Deirdre Darragh, MA

Communications Coordinator

Deirdre Darragh serves as the communications coordinator for the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation and the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab.

Previously, Deirdre was the manager of media relations for the School District of Philadelphia, where she developed and implemented strategic communication plans to increase public awareness for important initiatives, managed media inquiries from local and national outlets, supported public outreach efforts to key stakeholders, and managed the district’s online and social media presence.

Prior to attending graduate school, Deirdre worked as a brand marketing intern at Under Armour, where she assisted with operations, event planning and marketing. 

Deirdre’s experience has developed her expertise in strategic planning and public relations, crisis management, media relations, social media, writing, and design.  She holds her master’s degree in strategic communication from Villanova University, earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from Loyola University of Maryland and studied public relations and journalism at the Richmond American University in London.

The Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation engages interdisciplinary teams to reimagine health care delivery for dramatically better value and patient outcomes.

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) is Penn's center for research, policy analysis, and education in health systems. Its 200 Senior Fellows analyze the medical, economic, and social issues that influence how health care is organized, financed, managed, and delivered across the U.S.

We are passionate about pursuing impactful research and eager to explore opportunities that will enable a culture of social media and health innovation at Penn, Penn Medicine, and beyond.  Have an idea for a project?  Interested in collaboration?  Click here to learn more about how to contact us.