Women in Fire Conference is back again at FDIC International taking place on Monday, April 25, 2022. This conference will begin with an Opening Ceremony, followed by a lineup of educational classes that provide training, support and advocacy for women in the fire service.
Women in Fire Conference
“Research on the Health of Women in the Fire Service: What We Know and Where We Are Headed Next"
Sara Jahnke, Ph.D.
Monday, April 25, 2022
8:00 am-9:00 am
While the field of firefighter health researched has blossomed over the past decade, the body of knowledge has primarily been focused on the health of male firefighters until recently. Current work by scientists nationally is now starting to shed light on how firefighting affects females in ways similar to and different from male firefighters. This keynote will outline recent and emerging topics such as reproductive health, behavioral health, and modifiable risk factors among this population--both what is known today and what is in the pipeline for future research.
Sara Jahnke, Ph.D., is director and senior scientist for the Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research at the National Development & Research Institutes-USA. With more than a decade of research experience on firefighter health, Sara Jahnke has been the principal investigator on ten national studies as well as dozens of studies as a co-investigator. Her work has focused on a range of health concerns including the health of women firefighters, behavioral health, risk of injury, cancer, cardiovascular risk factors, and substance use with funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant R&D Program, the National Institutes of Health, and other foundations. She has more than 100 publications in the peer reviewed medical literature