Long Term Health Impacts of COVID RoundTable

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This past year has been a tremendous strain on first responders as the world has been upended by a global pandemic. First responders have died in the line of duty from COVID 19 and many more have been infected.

 Additionally, response systems have been strained, PPE and protection guidelines retooled and vaccination deployment continues as virus mutant strains emerge.
As we continue to focus on mass vaccinations and recovery, early reports have described post exposure syndrome being called “long hauler” that many have prolonged cardiovascular, pulmonary and neurological consequences amongst others. The panel of research and fire service experts will discuss the potential longer term implications to firefighters, the fire service and public safety. Additionally, this informal roundtable will allow participants to share their experiences through online interactive survey tools.
 ToddLeducTodd Leduc Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at Life Scan Wellness Centers Early Detection Disease Screening Public Safety Physicals. Chief LeDuc retired after nearly 30 years of fire rescue service experience in the Nations 18th most populous County and joined Life Scan Wellness Centers as their Chief Strategy Officer. He served as second in command of a career accredited fire department with international airport, seaport, special operations, fire based EMS and fire suppression of 900 members.

SaraJahnkeSarah Jahnke Principal Investigator at National Development & Research Institutes. Sara Jahnke, PhD, is the director and a senior scientist with the Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research at the National Development & Research Institutes – USA. With over a decade of research experience on firefighter health, Dr. Jahnke has been the principal investigator on 10 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 female 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.

DeniseSmithDenise Smith Director of the First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory, professor of health and human physiological sciences. Denise Smith has researched the cardiovascular strain of firefighting for nearly 20 years, is highly active in the Fire Service and has collaborated with many national organizations (including the NVFC, IAFF, IAFC and NFPA) and has conducted numerous line-of-duty fatality investigations due to cardiac issues for NIOSH. She has co-authored two textbooks and published more than 75 scientific papers.

LoriMooreLori Moore President and CEO at International Public Safety Data Institute. Leveraging Technology to provide life saving insights to public safety response agencies. Served as a member of the Biden-Harris Transition Team assigned to agency review for DHS/FEMA focused on COVID19 response.


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