State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW)

State Epidemiological Outcomes WorkgroupOhio’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.

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.

SEOW data is available through Ohio’s Network of Care, Behavioral Health portal. Once there, look at data using the blue content bubbles, or look under the menu on the left-hand side under SEOW DATA SOURCES.

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 the Network of Care website that shows county summary profiles, maps, and state and national level data including:

  • 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 the Ohio Department of Health are currently developing two new public data warehouse elements. Both will provide the following county-level data:

  • SEOW indicators from the ODH Ohio Disease Reporting System (ODRS*) and Vital Statistics*
  • OHYES! reports of 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 reconvened with a new structure in 2016. Ohio’s SEOW have two components, an Advisory Committee focuses on Ohio’s behavioral health data and information needs, and a workgroup specifically focuses on Ohio’s Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success State and Tribal Initiative (SPF-PFS) grant.

  • SEOW Advisory Committee. The SEOW-AC provides 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 includes members from the AC and other prevention experts that 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.