Newburgh's Hannah Davis is a 2023 WebMD Health Hero Award winner.

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Hudson Valley Resident Named WebMD 2023 Health Hero for Long COVID Research

Recipients were recntly announced for the the 2023 WebMD Health Hero Awards, and among thos receiving accolades Hannah Davis of Newburgh, NY (Orange County). Davis was named the LifeLong Advocate.

In March 2020, during the first U.S. wave of COVID-19, Hannah Davis, a data analyst, and generative artist with a focus on tools for countering bias in machine learning datasets, tested positive for COVID. Fully expecting her sudden cognitive dysfunction and physical stamina to improve in two weeks, her symptoms persisted — and then got worse.

Driven by a desire to find answers about her debilitating diagnosis, Davis and a team of research-savvy long COVID patients formed the Patient-Led Research Collaborative to advocate, educate, and to one day hopefully cure the disease.

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Davis connected with a support group called Body Politic, founded by Fiona Lowenstein, a Long COVID patient. Davis met fellow members and Long COVID patients who, like Davis, not only had firsthand experience, but also professional skills valuable for gathering, organizing, and interpreting data and policy. Together, they turned their common misfortune into a mission.  Today, the PLRC has grown to 50 staff and volunteers with expertise in biomedical and participatory research, neuroscience, cognitive science, public policy, machine learning, human-centered design, and health activism.

Congrats to Hannah Davis of Newburgh on this amazing honor!