Summer 2019
The Colorado State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) is a network of state agencies and data experts brought together to examine the patterns, context, and impact of substance use. The Colorado SEOW is associated with the Attorney General’s Office as the data committee for the Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force. This unique relationship allows the SEOW to provide key leaders and legislators with information on substance use trends and to help inform the allocation of resources.
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The SEOW meets monthly on the third Thursday from 9-11 a.m. Remote connection available. Future dates and presenters include the following:

  • August 15, 2019 - "Binge Drinking and Marijuana Use," Kacy Crawford, CDPHE
  • September 19, 2019 - "TGYS Data Dashboard," Pearl Bell, CDHS, Office of Children, Youth, and Families
  • October 17, 2019 - TBD

For more information on meeting locations and remote access, view details on the meetings calendar located on the Colorado SEOW website.

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Ways To
Get Involved

Interested in contributing your perspective and expertise to further impact substance use efforts?

  • Attend an upcoming monthly meeting in person or virtually;
  • Present data or data products at a monthly meeting;
  • Share our newsletter with others in your network; and,
  • Become an SEOW member by contacting Sharon Liu.


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The SEOW aims to have a data presentation at each monthly meeting. Presentations provide members an opportunity to learn about new data sources and data products, offer presenters a chance to receive feedback and answer questions from a group of data experts, and allow for a larger conversation on substance use trends in our state. Please see the "Upcoming Meetings" section above for more information on upcoming presenters. If you are interested in presenting, please contact us.

The Steering Committee (SC) meets monthly prior to each SEOW meeting to create the agenda. The SC recently reviewed and updated the SEOW’s goals to reduce duplication and consolidate goals we believe we have met. The SC will bring changes to the larger group for approval and update our information sheet when they are finalized. Additionally, the SC has discussed the formation of two additional workgroups, a Communications and Outreach Workgroup and a Data and Equity Workgroup. If you are interested in participating in Steering Committee meetings, please contact Sharon Liu.

The SEOW has three workgroups, including the
Alcohol Policy Workgroup, the Data Workgroup, and the Training Workgroup.

Alcohol Policy Workgroup is a subcommittee of the larger SEOW and was formed to research evidence-based policies to reduce excessive drinking. The group has continued its partnership with Change Labs Solutions, an external technical assistance provider, to develop a guide for understanding and addressing Alcohol Outlet Density (AOD) at the community level. The guide will be released in the next few months. To complement the AOD guide, the group is planning a resource for community members to measure alcohol outlet density at the local level. Additionally, the group presented "Excessive Alcohol Use and the Legal Landscape in Colorado for Local Prevention Efforts" at the 2019 Shared Risk and Protective Factors Conference in Keystone, Colorado. 

Data Workgroup is another subcommittee of the larger SEOW. It recently finalized a research brief on methamphetamine, which the group will present to the Attorney General’s Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force on August 2nd. For a copy of the brief, please email The Evaluation Center-CU Denver. Additionally, the group is developing research briefs on polysubstance use and the intersection of mental health and substance abuse. The SEOW aims to publish four research briefs per year on topical and timely issues in our state.  

Training Workgroup formed to address data access and usage needs identified by local public health departments. One way the group is addressing data needs is through the development of a data literacy manual. The manual will be disseminated to local public health departments and other community professionals who regularly use secondary data or are attempting to add primary data to their work. The manual covers topics such as finding, requesting, and assessing the quality of secondary data and includes practice exercises using Healthy Kids Colorado Survey data. The group will finalize the manual by the end of September 2019 and hopes to provide training to accompany the dissemination of the manual in 2020.

Upcoming Professional Conferences
2019 Public Health in the Rockies
Equity and Social Justice:  Innovation at Elevation

"The conference is designed to build a more competent public health workforce, including non-public health professionals, and to strengthen our public health systems in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Conference organizers are the Colorado Public Health Association, the Colorado Society of Public Health Education and the Public Health Nurses Association of Colorado.

When: August 27-30, 2019
Where: Keystone Conference Center

32nd Annual National Prevention Network Conference
Building on Evidence-based Prevention to Connect Communities

When: August 27-29, 2019
Where: Chicago, IL

Additional Reports and Data Links
2019 Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol Report
Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice, Office of Research and Statistics

"Little is known about drug-involved driving when alcohol is not involved. In part, this is because alcohol is the most common cause of impaired driving. Consequently, much research exists regarding alcohol use and driving, but there is a paucity of information about marijuana-involved driving."

To view the report, click here.
Alcohol Causes Significant Harm to Those Other than the Drinker
Public Health Institue Press Release

"Each year, one in five U.S. adults - an estimated 53 million people - experience harm because of someone else's drinking, according to new research in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs."

To view the press release, click here.
Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area  (RMHIDTA)

"The purpose of the 2019 Threat Assessment is to identify current and emerging drug related trends within the designated RMHIDTA region. The threat assessment is also intended to deliver accurate and timely strategic intelligence to assist the RMHIDTA Executive Board in the development of ongoing drug enforcement strategies."

For the full report, please email Rocky Mountain HIDTA.

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