Chief epidemiologist appointed at Allegheny County Health Department

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A new chief epidemiologist has been appointed at the Allegheny County Health Department, where she will oversee the development of the agency’s surveillance systems, including health and disease monitoring, health director Karen Hacker announced today.

LuAnn L. Brink has worked previously for the health department as an epidemiology manager from 2004 to 2008, supervising disease outbreak investigations, conducting environmental hazard assessments and developing active surveillance systems for monitoring hospital emergency department visits, according to the department.

She currently works for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, where she served as co-director for the Academic Center of Excellence to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. She worked extensively on various environmental issues including lead exposure, air pollution and asthma, the health department said.

In her new role, Ms. Brink will oversee the department’s Bureau of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Ms. Brink has a doctorate in philosophy and a master of public health degree in epidemiology from Pitt and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.

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