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About Salt Lake Health

About

The mission of the Salt Lake County Health Department is simple:
“To promote and protect community and environmental health.”

We work to protect and improve the well-being of all county residents by preventing disease, illness, and injury and by impacting social, economic, and environmental factors fundamental to excellent health.

Every day, we immunize children, inspect restaurants, keep tobacco out of the hands of minors, encourage physical activity, teach proper nutrition, protect our water and air, provide culturally appropriate services to a multitude of disparate populations, and collaborate with our community partners to ensure that public health works for residents of all cities and unincorporated areas in Salt Lake County.

Accreditation

The Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) is nationally accredited in public health by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). PHAB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and protecting the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of state, local, tribal, and territorial public health departments. SLCoHD first received public health accreditation in 2014.

Affiliation

SLCoHD is the local health department serving Salt Lake County under Title 26A of the Utah Code.

We are a division of Salt Lake County government, within the Department of Human Services , and are governed by the Salt Lake County Board of Health.

SLCoHD works cooperatively with the Utah Department of Health, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, and other state agencies, but is not an agency of state or federal government.

History

Learn more about Salt Lake County Health Department's past on our History page.

Annual Reports

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Leadership

dunn.jpgAngela C. Dunn, MD, MPH

Executive Director

Prior to becoming executive director of Salt Lake County Health Department, Dr. Angela C. Dunn served as state epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health and as an epidemic intelligence service officer for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she responded to the 2014–2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, as well as several infectious disease outbreaks in Utah including measles, hepatitis C, and campylobacter.

Dr. Dunn received her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed her residency training in general preventive medicine and public health at the University of California San Diego. Following residency, she provided primary care, focusing on women’s and refugee health, at a federally-qualified health center in San Diego. During that time, she also worked at the San Diego Public Health Department providing specialized care in the HIV/STD and TB clinics. 

In addition to her medical degree, Dr. Dunn also holds a Master of Public Health from San Diego State University and a B.A. in international relations from Brown University. She continues to be engaged in national and statewide public health efforts as President-Elect for the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and trustee of the Utah AIDS Foundation.

Dr. Dunn lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and two sons; they love exploring the outdoors together year-round.


adamsDorothy Adams, MPA, LEHS

Associate Director

Dorothy Adams has been with the Salt Lake County Health Department for over 30 years. In 1989, she began Utah’s first household hazardous waste program by holding small, one-day collection events; the program now consists of two permanent facilities and multiple community collection events around the valley.

Before becoming director of administration for SLCoHD, Ms. Adams worked as a program manager in water quality and hazardous waste for the department’s environmental health division. As director of administrative services, she oversees the department's finance, human resources, contracting, and facilities maintenance programs. 

A native of Rhode Island, Adams holds a degree in resource economics from the University of New Hampshire as well as a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dorothy is also licensed in Utah as an environmental health scientist, and she serves on the Summit County Board of Health.


Ron Lund, MPH, LEHS

Director, Environmental Health

lund.jpgRon Lund grew up in Salt Lake County and graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in behavioral science and health, as well as a Master of Public Health. Mr. Lund is a licensed environmental health scientist and earned certifications as an FDA standardized officer, as a HAZMAT tech, in onsite wastewater certification, and as a graduate of the Great Basin Public Health Leadership program.

Lund has been with SLCoHD since 2000. Before becoming the environmental health director, Mr. Lund worked as an inspector, supervisor, and the department’s enforcement coordinator. In collaboration with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, he started the Multi-County Environmental Task Force and established the county’s Environmental Crimes Fund.

Mr. Lund has worked in food protection, water quality and hazardous waste, and environmental health administration. As the enforcement coordinator for 13 years, he has been a team member on the department’s emergency response team, responding to HAZMAT events, environmental crime investigations, illicit discharges, restaurant fires, and health emergencies. 

In recent years, Ron has been recognized by the EPA Office of Criminal Enforcement for work in the environmental enforcement arena. He has also presented at numerous conferences and trainings about environmental enforcement.

Ron and his wife have five children; when he’s not at work, he enjoys running, cycling, watching movies, and working in the yard with his wife.


smartJeff Smart, MPA

Director, Community Health

Jeff Smart is a licensed social service worker with a Bachelor’s degree in social work and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah. He has worked for Salt Lake County since 2000. He spent the first 15 years of his career in behavioral health before transferring to SLCoHD.

During Mr. Smart’s time with the county, he has worked as an assessment and referral specialist for the Salt Lake County jail and Utah State Prison and coordinated the Collaborative Interventions for Abusing Offenders (CIAO) program, which was the precursor to the Drug Offender Reform Act (DORA). He served as the substance use disorder (SUD) Prevention Manager for Salt Lake County and helped develope the state’s certification for SUD prevention specialists as an executive member of the Association of Utah Substance Abuse Professionals and the National Association for Addiction Professionals. Mr. Smart then served as the associate director for the Division of Behavioral Health and the prevention bureau manager for the SLCoHD’s Community Health Division before becoming Director of Community Health in 2018.

In addition to his extensive work with Salt Lake County, Mr. Smart has worked as a youth mentor, middle school counselor, case worker for the Road Home (formerly the Travelers Aid Society), and women and children’s program manager for Odyssey House.


stevensonAudrey Stevenson, PhD, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC

Director, Clinical Services and Family Health

Dr. Audrey Stevenson is a family nurse practitioner with more than 40 years of clinical and public health experience. Dr. Stevenson, who holds Master of Public Health and Master of Nursing degrees, received her Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Utah. She has worked in public health for the over 30 years.

Dr. Stevenson has been director of family health for SLCoHD since 2001; during her career, she worked at several clinic locations and in a variety of programs, including family planning, well-child, STD, prenatal, pediatric, and maternal & child health clinics. In 2010 she received the American Nurses Association (ANA) Immunity Award as a result of her efforts to promote the Tdap vaccine at public health clinics, and in 2011, she was involved in a successful legislative effort that allowed teen mothers to consent to their own vaccination.

In addition to the ANA Immunity Award, Dr. Stevenson has also received of the Beatty Award, the State of Utah’s highest public health award, and the national Maternal and Child Health Effective Practice Award for her work in state and national vaccination efforts. She is frequently named to local and national advisory boards on vaccination topics, as well as a frequent media spokesperson on vaccination topics.

Jobs

  • Merit Positions
    Salt Lake County Human Resources recruits and screens all candidates for merit (benefits-eligible, career service) positions in the health department.
    Salt Lake County merit positions

  • Nonmerit Positions
    Nonmerit positions (sometimes known as “temporary” positions) are at-will positions and are not eligible for benefits. Nonmerit positions may be posted at Salt Lake County Human Resources or may be listed here.

  • Internships
    Salt Lake County Health Department routinely offers internships to college students seeking public health experience. Some internships offer only course credit (depending on your educational institution’s requirements); others offer a stipend upon successful completion of the internship.
    Salt Lake County internships

  • Volunteer Opportunities
    If you would like to volunteer for a health department program, please visit Salt Lake County Volunteer Services.
    Depending on the program, volunteers may need to complete additional training before beginning work as a health department volunteer.