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FiRE Fellows

FIRST Announces the Inaugural Class of FiRE Fellows

The Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends program (FIRST), led by Jennifer Taylor, PhD, MPH, CPPS, is proud to announce the inaugural Fire Service Injury Research, Epidemiology and Evaluation Fellowship. The 2016 recipients, known as FiRE Fellows, are Drexel colleagues from various Dornsife School of Public Health programs, departments, and stages of public health experience, including alumni. These Fellows have taken over the 6th floor of Nesbitt Hall as they collaborate throughout the summer on analysis of fire service data using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

The 2016 FiRE Fellow recipients are:

Anup Abraham, MPH(c) 2017, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Genevieve Adair, MPH(c) 2017, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

Regan Murray, MPH(c) 2017, Department of Community Health and Prevention

Arjita Rai, MPH 2016, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (alumna)

T.J. Risoli, MS(c) 2017, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Lauren Shepler, MPH 2015, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (alumna)

Leon Villavicencio, MPH(c) 2017, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

FIRST is a research enterprise organized to support the United States fire and rescue service through objective data collection and analysis. In the absence of a nationwide comprehensive data system that documents injuries and risk factors to firefighters, the FIRST team created two models (both a department-level and state-level) resulting in robust master data systems. FiRE Fellows will analyze data from master injury data systems created by FIRST for the Philadelphia Fire Department, Boston Fire Department, and the State of Florida. The 12-week fellowship is supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter Grants Research & Development program.

Fellows are being trained in injury nomenclature, classification matrices, national injury data systems, exploratory data analyses, advanced statistical analyses, and community partner stewardship.          

The fellows are mentored by the following faculty:  Dr. Jennifer A. Taylor, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health; Dr. Loni Tabb, Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Ms. Shannon Widman MPH (2010), and Ms. Andrea Davis MPH (2012), CPH.

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