Data-Based Planning for Effective Prevention: State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroups
Research about prevention demonstrates the important role of data in informing efforts to reduce problems related to substance use and mental health disorders. SAMHSA funds State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroups (SEOWs) to assist states, jurisdictions, tribal entities, and communities in adopting and implementing the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). SAMHSA's SPF provides a structure for the selection, funding, implementation, and evaluation of prevention programming.
SEOWs comprise a network of people and organizations that bring data analytics to prevention. The overall goal for SEOWs is to use data to drive and enhance state and community decisions regarding mental and/or substance use disorder prevention programs, practices, and policies. Another goal is to promote positive behavioral and mental health over the lifespan. Guided by the steps of SAMHSA's SPF, SEOWs examine, interpret, and employ data to steer prevention planning and decisionmaking.
Data-Based Planning for Effective Prevention: State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroups presents the key principles and core expectations of SEOWs.
MMWR Summary for September 22, 2017
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