Spring 2018
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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Currently, the SEOW has two active workgroups, the Alcohol Policy Workgroup and the Data Workgroup.

Alcohol Policy Workgroup is a subcommittee of the larger SEOW and was formed to research evidence-based policies to reduce excessive drinking. Following the release of the group's first product, a brief on Reducing Excessive Drinking to Build Healthier Communities, they gave a presentation at the February Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force meeting

Additionally, the group will present at the Colorado Shared Risk and Protective Factors Conference in May and the Council for State and Tribal Epidemiologists Conference in June.

The Data Workgroup (DWG) is another subcommittee of the larger SEOW.  One of the primary reasons the DWG convened was to conduct a data-use needs assessment with organizations involved in substance abuse prevention and treatment across Colorado to better understand current data usage, access, challenges, and useful resources or products the SEOW could provide.

The workgroup is currently administering a survey and conducting key informant interviews.  Data collected from the needs assessment will inform future strategic planning efforts of the SEOW.  

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Ways To
Get Involved

The SEOW meets monthly on the third Thursday from 9-11 a.m. (locations vary). Future dates and presenters are:

  • 5/17/2018 (Laurie Jevons, Coalition of Colorado Campus Alcohol & Drug Educators)
  • 6/21/2018 (TBD)
  • 7/19/2018 (Maria Butler, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program)

For more information, visit the
Colorado SEOW website

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 with which you are familiar
  • Share our newsletter with others in your network
  • Become an SEOW member by contacting Sharon Liu

Denver Youth Health Assessment

Denver Public Health and Denver's Department of Public Health and Environment collaborated to form a Youth Leadership Team (YLT), composed of young people living in Denver between the ages of 13-25, to drive the process for assessing health in their community.  

The YLT wanted to learn about the most important issues impacting the health of young people and what success looks like for young people in their community.

The YLT and public health staff used Community-based Participatory Research principles in the development of the assessment, from deciding what to ask to writing the report.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Abbie Steiner ( Click here to view in your browser and download...

State Wide Needs

Assessment of Primary Prevention for Substance Abuse (SNAPS)

The Colorado Health Insitute (CHI), on behalf of the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), conducted a statewide needs assessment of primary prevention for substance abuse (SNAPS) with the goal of helping OBH and other statewide funders better use their resources to strengthen Colorado's substance use prevention programming. SNAPS revealed the following:

  • Colorado’s communities need help supporting kids both in school and in their families.

  • Local substance use prevention providers need access to effective programs at the right time and the necessary training to deliver those programs.

  • Statewide substance use primary prevention funders need to strengthen their coordination of existing efforts to reduce overlap and address unfunded needs.

Please send questions and/or comments about the assessment or report to...

Click here to view the report...

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Arapahoe County
Boulder County Public Health
City and County of Denver, Department of Human Services
Coalition of Colorado Campus Alcohol & Drug Educators
Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care
Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Colorado Department of Public Safety
Colorado Department of Revenue
Denver Department of Environmental Health
Colorado Office of the Attorney General
Denver Public Health
Drug Enforcement Administration
Omni Institute
Rise Above Colorado
Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA)
Rocky Mountain Poison Center
Tri-County Health Department
University of Colorado Denver, The Evaluation Center

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