Working Hours, Sleep, & Fatigue Forum

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September 13-14, 2019 | Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Keynote Speakers

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John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA, serves as the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. He first served as NIOSH director from 2002 through 2008. In 2009, Dr. Howard worked as a consultant with the US-Afghanistan Health Initiative. In September 2009, he was again appointed as NIOSH Director, and was re-appointed to an unprecedented third six-year term in 2015.

Dr. Howard earned a Doctor of Medicine from Loyola University of Chicago; a Master of Public Health from the Harvard University School of Public Health; a Doctor of Law from the University of California at Los Angeles; and a Master of Law in Administrative Law and Economic Regulation, and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management, both degrees from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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Erin Flynn-Evans, PhD, MPH, leads the NASA Ames Research Center Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory. She holds a PhD from the University of Surrey (UK) and an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to joining NASA, she was an Instructor in Medicine in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Flynn-Evans has extensive research experience examining the short and long term effects of sleep loss and circadian desynchrony in occupational settings, including among astronauts, airline pilots, physicians and other shift workers. Her laboratory-based research has focused on examining the effects of light on circadian, neuroendocrine, and neurobehavioral responses in humans and how these outcomes relate to the development of countermeasures for shift work. Her field research involves integrating these measures of fatigue and associated countermeasures into complex operational settings.

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Steven Lerman, MD, MPH currently serves on NIOSH’s Board of Scientific Counselors as well as on the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation. He provides consulting services in Fatigue Risk Management.

Dr. Lerman’s interest in fatigue risk management began about 25 years ago while serving as Medical Director of Exxon’s Baytown complex where he conducted research on the use of lighting to enhance alertness during night shifts. Over the past decade, he has chaired the ANSI committee that authored RP 755, Fatigue Risk Management Systems for Personnel in the Refining and Petrochemical Industries. He also chaired the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Presidential Taskforce that authored the Guidance Document Fatigue Risk Management in the Workplace.

Dr. Lerman received his MD from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, his MPH from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine.

Holly Carpenter

Holly Carpenter, BSN, RN is the Senior Policy Advisor for the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Nursing Practice & Work Environment and Innovation departments.  Her responsibilities include Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ initiatives such as the Grand Challenge, resources and continuing education programs, as well as supporting multiple occupational health and work environment issues.  Prior to ANA, she was employed at the Maryland Nurses Association and the State of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  A registered nurse for over 25 years, Holly graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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Emily Whitcomb, MPH joined the National Safety Council in January 2014 as a Research Associate conducting program evaluation for community, transportation and workplace injury prevention programs. Emily is currently a Senior Program Manager in the Advocacy Department leading the fatigue initiative. The fatigue initiative is focused on educating employers on the risks of fatigue in the workplace and how to effective manage those risks. Emily has a Masters of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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