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Turning the tide on the opioid epidemic

America’s opioid epidemic has created a widespread health emergency across the nation. Leading the charge in solving this crisis are state health agencies, who have been tasked to collect and analyze the data to inform, both the citizens they serve as well as healthcare providers. Yet this is easier said than done, as the data is often disparate, unorganized, and not readily available.

For the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS), they were able to overcome these challenges and create an interactive dashboard that advances their mission in empowering citizen action, increasing transparency, and equipping decision makers to begin to turn the tide of the opioid epidemic.

Watch this webinar and understand how to:

  • pull together multiple disparate data sources
  • effectively visualize the insights discovered and measure success
  • engage citizens with interactive, transparent data
  • continue to iterate and advance your agency’s mission

Due to technical difficulties, the first four minutes of this webinar were not captured for on-demand playback. Apologies for the inconvenience

About the speakers


Susan Robinson

Vaccine-Preventable Disease Epidemiologist

Susan Robinson is a Vaccine-Preventable Disease Epidemiologist with the Arizona Department of Health Services. She has been in her current position for almost four years. She has worked with various programs within the agency including influenza surveillance, immunizations program office, the opioid response and informatics. She has been a champion for data visualization at the agency and is part of the Tableau Governance team.


Erica Weis

Injury Prevention Epidemiologist

Erica Weis is an Injury Prevention Epidemiologist with the Arizona Department of Health Services who specializes in injuries related to substance use. She has been in her current position for almost two years. Prior to joining the department, she worked as an epidemiologist at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc Tribal Epidemiology Center, Arizona Department of Health Office of Infectious Disease Services, World Health Organization, and California Department of Public Health. She has provided data management and visualization technical assistance and training to communities both domestically and internationally.

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