This document describes the key tasks and deliverables of state epidemiological outcomes workgroups and the national data sources they use to inform their work.
State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroups (SEOWs) are groups of data experts and prevention stakeholders responsible for bringing data on substance abuse and related behavioral problems to the forefront of the prevention planning process. To achieve their mission, SEOWs are charged with four core tasks:
Following SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), SEOWs use a data-driven, outcomes-based approach to identify priority problems and recommend strategies that address these priorities. Starting with a solid understanding of those substance abuse and behavioral outcomes that warrant further attention, they then use data to identify risk and protective factors related to these outcomes, and align strategies to impact these factors (Figure 1).
SEOWs are responsible for completing specific tasks, and developing specific products, to support implementation of each of the SPF’s five steps. Table 1 below lists SEOW tasks and products for each SPF step.
Table 1: SPF Steps and SEOW tasks
|SPF Step||SEOW Task||SEOW Products|
1. Assessing Needs
Identify key data sources; collect and analyze data to identify needs
State epidemiological profile
Community epidemiological profile
2. Building Capacity
Bring data gatekeepers together to share data; train communities to understand and use data
Community data trainings
Identify priorities and inform policy makers
Factsheets for decision makers
Allocate resources based on priorities; ensure understanding and application of SPF’s data-guided process in communities
State prevention plan
Community SPF/data trainings
5. Monitoring / Evaluation
Build community-level monitoring system by monitoring trends, creating networks, and enhancing capacity
Table 2 below lists key national data sources that provide state-level data. SEOWs frequently use these sources to inform their epidemiological profiles, products, and planning processes.
Table 2: National Datasets Used by SEOWs
|National Datasets||Host Agency||How to Access||Indicators Used in Profiles and Products||Demographic Information|
National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Substance use, mental health and risk factors
(ages 12 and above)
Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Substance use and risk factors
(youth 9-12th grades)
Grade, Gender, Race
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
(ages 18 and above)
Age, Gender, Race
Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System
Fatality Analysis Reporting System
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Fatal traffic crashes and deaths involving alcohol
Age, Gender, County
Multiple Causes of Death
Multiple Causes of Death Public Use File CD from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics
Substance-related causes of death
Age, Gender, Race, County
Uniform Crime Reports
Federal Bureau of Investigation
All SEOWs are responsible for developing epidemiological profiles that describe the prevalence (i.e., how many individuals are affected) and impact of substance abuse and related behavioral health problems in their states, tribes, and jurisdictions. While these profiles vary in detail and scope, depending on the availability of data, context, and prevention priorities and needs, below are some examples:
Some SEOWs have also built interactive data systems to support community-level monitoring and surveillance. Below are some examples:
To learn more about state epidemiological outcomes, visit the Epidemiological Workgroup page of the SAMHSA website.
Developed under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies contract (Reference #HHSS277200800004C).