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

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.”

Did you catch the movie quote? Email bettereveryshift@firerescue1.com.

Stuff we mentioned on the show …

Additional resources

Read more from Dr. Jahnke about studies related to opioid use, shift schedules, alcohol use, Long-COVID and more.

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