News Release, St. Mary’s County Health Department

LEONARDTOWN, MD (November 21, 2019) – St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Health Status Report for St. Mary’s County, now available to view online at

The Health Status Report for St. Mary’s County summarizes key information about the health of our County’s population, including the impact of various health risk factors, illness, and disease among our citizens.  The report is intended to assist community partners, residents, and policy-makers in understanding the health of our residents by providing a snapshot of various components.

“Because health affects multiple aspects of a community – including social well-being, economic stability, quality of life, and educational opportunities – it is our hope that this report will be a tool for our community partners and residents,” said Dr. Edward Onyango, Director of Epidemiology and Evaluation at SMCHD.

Collecting, analyzing, and reporting on population health is a critical responsibility of public health agencies.  Having a comprehensive understanding of our community’s health status allows efforts to be data-driven and effective. 

Community questions or comments on the 2019 Health Status Report for St. Mary’s County may be directed to SMCHD’s Office of Epidemiology & Evaluation by phone at (301) 475-4330 or by email to

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