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Fine To Step Down As R.I. Medical Director

Rhode Island's medical director is resigning after four years on the job.

Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday that Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, is stepping down March 27.

She says Fine submitted his resignation Tuesday. She says he is leaving to pursue new opportunities. The governor says Fine drew attention to the state's drug overdose epidemic and was instrumental in increasing immunization rates among adults and children.

Fine was awarded a community partnership award from the Liberian Community Association in December for his efforts to educate residents about Ebola during last year's outbreak, which primarily occurred in parts of West Africa. Rhode Island has a large West African population, and many residents have relatives who were affected by the outbreak.

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