Andrew Farrey is a syndromic surveillance epidemiologist at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center. He primarily works with syndromic surveillance data, monitoring nonfatal drug overdose and self-harm trends in Kentucky residents. In addition to his duties as a syndromic surveillance epidemiologist, Andrew also works with Kentucky poison control center call data and Kentucky Emergency Medical Services data.
While attention is being focused on new COVID variants and increasing numbers of children battling respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), health care providers and community advocates across the country are working to expose two other elements of concern: injuries and violence.
Kentucky has a high rate of fire-related fatalities. During the five-year period from 2015-2019, the rate of fire-related fatalities in Kentucky was 17.22 per million. This is much higher than the national rate of 9.98 per million for the same period.
After launching the Drug Overdose and Related Comorbidity County Profiles dashboard last year to make Kentucky substance use data more easily accessible to community and health organizations, the Kentucky Injury Pre
The Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance (KOSHS) program is raising awareness about the unique challenges faced by construction workers and strategies employers can use to help safeguard their employees’ mental health. The construction industry has one of the highest rates of suicide among all occupations — four times higher than that of the general population, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.