About Salt Lake Health
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.
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.
SLCoHD is the local health department serving Salt Lake County under Title 26A of the Utah Code.
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.
Learn more about Salt Lake County Health Department's past on our History page.
Angela C. Dunn, MD, MPH
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Prior to becoming health officer for Salt Lake County and 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.
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. She also holds a Master of Public Health from San Diego State University and a B.A. in international relations from Brown University.
Dr. Dunn lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and two sons. They love exploring the outdoors together year-round.
Dorothy Adams, MPA, LEHS
Deputy Director and
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
Ron 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.
Jeff 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.
Audrey Stevenson, PhD, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC
Director, 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.
- 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.
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.