Kentucky State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup

The State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) utilizes a public health approach to prevent substance abuse and its consequences in Kentucky as originally outlined by the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). The SEOW also expands the focus of data-driven monitoring and surveillance of substance abuse to include mental and behavioral health correlates through comprehensive analyses of state and local data.

The SEOW consists of approximately 20 representatives from a variety of government, state, and academic entities such as the Office of Drug Control Policy, Department for Public Health, State Workforce Cabinet, University of Louisville, and University of Kentucky.

Through a contract with the Division of Behavioral Health within the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID), REACH Evaluation assumes the primary role in managing and coordinating all SEOW activities, including production of all major deliverables. Currently, staff at REACH Evaluation has worked closely with the SEOW members to produce comprehensive state and community profiles as well as a series of short reports highlighting priority substance abuse and mental health issues. REACH Evaluation also continues to coordinate a comprehensive analytic plan with distinguished faculty members from the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences and the University of Kentucky College of Public Health to evaluate substance abuse and mental health using a variety of epidemiologic and geospatial methods.

REACH Evaluation’s work with the SEOW has facilitated the continued surveillance and monitoring of substance in Kentucky as well as provided vital data to state and community planners. The continued expansion and improvement of the data warehouse managed by REACH Evaluation has further enabled the dissemination of relevant substance abuse and mental health data. Serving as a technical resource for SEOW members, the Division of Behavioral Health, and other related entities has further strengthened the prevention infrastructure in Kentucky.