State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW)


Ohio’s State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW), funded by SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG), examines behavioral health archival data, focusing predominantly on substance abuse prevention with additional focus on mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. Learn more about Ohio's SPF-SIG

The SEOW will:

  • Identify, analyze, profile, and share data from existing state sources;
  • Create data-guided products to inform prevention planning and policies; and
  • Train communities to understand, use, and present data effectively.

About the Data

The SEOW helps communities track key behavioral health indicators related to consumption, consequence, and context (risk and protective factors).

SEOW data are accessible at:

  • Network of Care with county summary profiles, maps, and state and national level data:
    • BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System), Centers for Disease Control
    • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) WONDER
    • NFLIS (National Forensics Laboratory Information System), US Drug Enforcement Administration
    • NSDUH (National Survey on Drug Use and Health), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    • ODC-LC* (Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control)
    • ODE* (Ohio Department of Education)
    • ODJFS* (Ohio Department of Job and Family Services)
    • ODPS* (Ohio Department of Public Safety)
    • SAIPE* (Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates) US Census Bureau
    • UCR* (Uniform Crime Report), Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • YRBSS (Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System)
  • OhioMHAS and Ohio Department of Health are currently developing two new Public Data Warehouse elements. Both will provide county-level data:
    • SEOW indicators will be included from the ODH Ohio Disease Reporting System (ODRS*) and Vital Statistics*.
    • OHYES! reports will be available for alcohol, tobacco, drug use, mental and physical health, and well-being indicators for youth.

*Data sources with county-level data

Ohio's SEOW Workgroups:

Ohio’s SEOW will reconvene with a new structure in 2016. Ohio’s SEOW will have two components, an Advisory Committee will focus on Ohio’s behavioral health data and information needs, and a workgroup specifically focused on Ohio’s Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success State and Tribal Initiative (SPF-PFS) grant.

  • SEOW Advisory Committee. The SEOW-AC will provide guidance and feedback to OhioMHAS on what data is most useful for the state and local communities, on how best to display data, and focus on advising communities on how to effectively utilize data. The SEOW-AC can help identify information helpful for Federal Block Grant reporting, OhioMHAS Community Plans, and other information stakeholders may find useful for needs assessments, grant writing, public awareness and communication needs.
  • SEOW-PFS Workgroup. The SEOW-PFS will include members from the AC and other prevention experts that will assist SPF-PFS sub-recipients in completing grant requirements, develop guidelines regarding composition and purpose of local data committees, and provide guidance regarding needs assessments.