The State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW)
The mission of the Delaware State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) is to bring data on substance use, mental health and wellness, and shared risk and protective factors to the forefront of prevention and treatment. Data can be used to highlight trends (such as opioid use) and emerging issues (for example, “vaping”), demonstrate needs, and identify groups of people who are at disproportionate risk for behavioral health concerns. Data is also vital for evaluating the effectiveness of interventions. Facilitated by the Center for Drug and Health Studies, the SEOW is a network of representatives from a broad spectrum of agencies, organizations, and community groups.
The goals of the SEOW are to:
- To build monitoring and surveillance systems to identify, analyze, and profile data from state and local sources;
- To identify, share, and analyze data;
- To create data-guided products that inform prevention planning and policies;
- To train agencies and communities in understanding, using, and presenting data effectively.
The SEOW posts new data products throughout the year, including:
- Annual Epidemiological Reports and Infographics
- Special reports on unique issues and populations
- SEOW Presentations
Funding for the SEOW* has been provided by the Department for Health and Social Services, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health-State of Delaware through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
*The Delaware SEOW (formerly known as the Delaware Drug and Alcohol Tracking Alliance or DDATA), was originally established as part of the Strategic Prevention Framework initiative of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For more information on the development and history of the Delaware SEOW see the DDATA Charter and Linking and Leveraging Prevention Efforts in Delaware.