At a glance

Data visualization at Somerset County

CLIENT Overview

Somerset County, Maryland, is the southernmost county in the state. With a population of close to 25,000 people, Somerset County Health Department’s mission is to serve the public by preventing illness, promoting wellness, and protecting the health of the community.

The Challenge

While the state of Maryland reports on overdose fatality data, Somerset County Health Department was interested in visualizing data at the county level not previously available.

Key Highlights


Somerset County Health Department partnered with Avaap to create an overdose fatality dashboard. The dashboard visualizes the current trends of overdose fatalities and gives users the ability to interact with data and drill down to their interest level.


The dashboard includes overdose fatalities from ten substances and overall opioid and non-opioid related death trends over the last ten years. One of the greatest insights of the dashboard is the ability to compare the county, region, and state rates using a rate of per 100,000 people. This highlights that although Somerset County’s fatality counts are fewer than other Maryland counties, the rate per 100,000 people is above the region and state level in 2020 (the most recent year data is available).


Somerset County Health and Avaap partnered to create the dashboard pull from the most recent publicly available dataset from Maryland Department of Health and the Census Bureau. Somerset County Health Department introduced a new section on their website called Statistics & Reports, with hopes of supplementing this section with additional data insights in the future.

The Somerset County Health Department hopes this public dashboard will help bring awareness to substance fatalities in the county and aid in the overdose response efforts through receiving programming funding, allocating resources, and providing coordinated planning. In the first month of being publicly available the dashboard already has more than 1,000 views.

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