Fire Prevention & Safety Research and Development Grants - 2007 Grant Awards

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Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Data
Project Title: Firefighters and Wellness: Building a Healthy Future Through Partnership and Science
Organization: Johns Hopkins University
Principle Investigator: Keshia Pollack, Ph.D, MPH
Grant Number: EMW-2007-FP-01040
Award Total: $1,000,000.00
Period of Performance: 06/13/2008 – 06/30/12
Grant Status: Completed


ABSTRACT

Relevance:

Heart attacks are a leading cause of on-duty deaths for firefighters in the U.S. Reducing firefighter fatalities from preventable cardiovascular conditions is a public health priority.


Purpose:

This project will explore the culture of fitness and wellness for firefighters and identify modifiable barriers to implementing health and wellness interventions in firefighters.


Methods:

This study will target volunteer firefighters – a segment of the workforce that will benefit from carefully crafted and innovative wellness interventions, and have received limited research attention. Three activities are planned: (1) identifying barriers to implementing wellness and fitness interventions among firefighters and fire departments; (2) developing, testing, and evaluating a pilot intervention; and (3) creating a database system to facilitate longitudinal collection of health and injury-related measures for firefighters.


Projected Results and Conclusions:

An intervention will be developed with the active participation of the volunteer firefighters and, as such, is expected to have significant effectiveness.

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07/24/2014 - 16:00
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