Dr. Sara Jahnke on data-driven change: ‘You have to give early, easy wins’
The fire service scientist details her newest adventure, the Science Alliance, plus how to make data accessible at the station level
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On this episode of the Better Every Shift podcast, Dr. Sara Jahnke, director of the Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research, joins Zam to bond over their shared forgetfulness of their own articles and, more importantly, the reality of translating fire service science to real-world tactics and behavior, plus all this:
- Her “fourth-child” project – the Science Alliance (and merch!);
- Simple steps for positive change;
- The power of positive peer pressure;
- The motivating story about cigarettes in fire service culture; and
- Her pop culture black hole, even with Coolio.
WHAT ELSE …
- Don’t miss: The data point that made her gasp
- Hot seat sneak peek: Her “walk-up” song
- Episode power quote: “People say, ‘I’m not a scientist, I’m just a firefighter,’ but I’m not a firefighter, I’m just a scientist.”
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STUFF WE MENTIONED ON THE SHOW …
- Science to the Station: A Health & Wellness Alliance (aka Science Alliance)
- Sign up here, enter code ZAM for a free year membership to the Science Alliance
- Chris Nikic’s ESPYS speech
Read more from Dr. Jahnke about studies related to opioid use, shift schedules, alcohol use, Long-COVID and more.
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[Watch the next episode: Chief Reggie Freeman: ‘I refused to be the weakest link’]