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Adrian Kinkead Named Epidemic Intelligence Service Opioid Fellow at the Florida Department of Health 

Adrian Kinkead, M.P.H., an alumnus of the Master of Public Health program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently became a Florida Department of Health (DOH) Epidemic Intelligence Service Opioid Fellow in St. Lucie County, where he will have a role in increasing the capacity of the DOH to respond to opioid-related public health issues. 

“It’s the chance to help really make a difference in the St. Lucie County community, which is my home community,” said Kinkead. “My goals are to address the risk factors there and work to implement local programs to combat those risk factors.” 

Previously, he worked in Miami for Columbia University, where he was briefly introduced to the public health challenges revealed by the opioid epidemic. In this role, he learned more about individuals with HIV, as well as the challenges faced by individuals who use opioids and other drugs. Once the Florida DOH offered him the role of Epidemic Intelligence Service Opioid Fellow, he jumped into the opportunity to delve back into the field. 

Kinkead earned a Master of Public Health degree from the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences in 2017. In 2015, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Emory University. 

Written by Amanda Torres
Published on March 24, 2021