Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology (OPHIE) - Staff Listing

Andrea Rivers
Manager

Andrea Rivers is the manager for the Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology (OPHIE), and as such she oversees the grant and programs within OPHIE as well as the public health surveillance, epidemiology and disease control activities for this office.

Andrea has worked for the Division of Public and Behavioral Health since 2003. In that time, she was appointed Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health (N+MCAH) Section Manager in June 2014. She provided program oversight to a number of programs focused on the health of families, women and children including Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, Title V Maternal and Child Health, Rape Prevention and Education, Personal Responsibility Education Program, and Abstinence Education grant Program and Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting.

Preceding her appointment to MCAH Section Manager, Ms. Rivers served s a Health Program Specialist II within the Women, Infants & Children program with the Bureau of Child, Family and Community Wellness where she was responsible for program accountability of over 46 WIC Clinics, serving 75,000 participants monthly, throughout Nevada. Ms. Rivers has also served as a Program Coordinator for Nevada's Injury Prevention, Maternal and Infant Health, and Rape Prevention and Education programs. Ms. Rivers has an extensive background in biostatistics, beginning her Public Health career as an analyst of Injury, Mortality, Morbidity and Trauma datasets with the Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology.

Sandra Larson
State Epidemiologist

Sandi Larson is the Nevada State Epidemiologist since 2016. Sandi has worked with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health since 2008 and has served as the Manager of the Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology (OPHIE), HIV/STD/TB and Hepatitis C programs, as well as Behavioral Surveillance.

Sandi holds a Bachelor's (2006) and Master's (2008) degrees in Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Sandi has also served as the President of the Nevada Public Health Association (2016).

Melissa Peek-Bullock
State Epidemiologist
Melissa Peek-Bullock is the Nevada State Epidemiologist since August 2016. She graduated from Robert McQueen High School and then went on to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) where she achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Ecology. Melissa is currently in the Masters of Public Health Program at UNR.

Melissa served as a public health investigator for the Washoe County Health District for five years and then went on to serve as an epidemiologist for six years prior to accepting the State Epidemiologist position.

Melissa lives in Reno with her husband and two sons.
Ihsan Azzam
State Medical Epidemiologist
Dr. Ihsan Azzam oversees public health surveillance, epidemiology and disease control activities. He advises state and local health authorities, healthcare providers and community-based organizations, and provides professional education, guidelines, clinical updates and recommendations to prevent, control and contain disease outbreaks. Dr. Azzam represents Nevada on state and national forums, advisory bodies, and academic institutions, and he coordinates investigations and surveillance activities among state, local and federal agencies.

Dr. Azzam earned his medical degree from Cluj University of Medicine in Romania in 1982 and completed his OBGYN residency in 1986. He also holds a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Demography from the University of Seattle School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and a CDC Chronic Disease Epidemiology Certificate from the Penn State College of Medicine. At the University of Nevada, Reno, Dr. Azzam completed his MPH in 2002 and PhD in 2010. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2011 National Sheppard Award for Excellence in Epidemiology.
Kyra Morgan
Chief Biostatistician
Kyra Morgan is the chief biostatistican for the Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH). Working most closely with the Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology (OPHIE), Kyra functions as the principal consultant to advise program management on data for decision making. She plans, organizes, and directs research studies and methodologies for the evaluation of public health programs within DPBH. Kyra serves as technical leadership to nine biostatisticians within OPHIE, and works with other Department of Health and Human Services divisions on many data-driven projects.

Kyra holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics with an emphasis in statistics from the University of Nevada, Reno. She also holds certifications from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) as a Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) and from the SAS Institute as a Certified SAS Programmer.
Last Updated: 2/13/2017