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FILE - Dr. Angela Dunn, deputy state epidemiologist at the Utah Department of Health, speaks during a news conference Monday, July 18, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Dr. Joe Miner, executive director of the Utah Department of Health, has named Dunn to serve as state epidemiologist.

SALT LAKE CITY — Dr. Joe Miner, executive director of the Utah Department of Health, has named Dr. Angela Dunn to serve as state epidemiologist.

Dunn first joined the department in 2014 on assignment from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an epidemic intelligence service officer. More recently, she has served as deputy state epidemiologist.

As state epidemiologist, Dunn said in a statement, she looks forward to advancing efforts to address the state’s ongoing opioid epidemic, using innovative data sources to enhance chronic disease surveillance and leading the state response to communicable disease outbreaks.

Dunn said she will also focus on continuing to build the partnership with local health departments in order to strengthen the state’s public health system.

“Overall, my goal is to ensure public health professionals in Utah have the tools they need to protect the health of Utahns,” Dunn said in the statement.

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Dunn received her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and her master of public health in epidemiology from San Diego State University. She has a broad range of clinical, public health and epidemiologic experience.

Dunn replaces Dr. Allyn Nakashima, who has served as state epidemiologist for the past five years. Nakashima will continue to serve the department in a part-time capacity providing medical and epidemiological consultation on communicable diseases and health care associated infections.