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FALL 2021

Come one, come all! It is finally fall!
The leaves may be changing and falling rapidly, but the SEOW is growing and flourishing. We wanted to extend a warm welcome to all our new friends that have joined us over recent months.

Devin Sweat, SAMHSA
Sarah Hoke, Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
Alyssa Amidiei, AmeriCorps VISTA- Boulder
Aimee Voth Siebert, CDPHE
Sarah Barkley, CDPHE
Kylie Yocum, CDPHE
Kevyn Jones, Colorado National Guard
Yushiuan Chen, Tri-Country Health Department
Maggie Moreland, Peer Assistance Services


NEEDS ASSESSMENT- The Steering Committee is conducting a Needs Assessment to help inform future SEOW efforts, products, and publications. The needs assessment includes a survey for both individuals who do and do not engage with the Colorado SEOW, as well as interviews with representatives from SEOWs in nearby states. Assessment results will be available in January

We will be asking for your assistance to complete a survey in the coming weeks. If you know of an individual or organization that would provide valuable and appropriate feedback, please contact Sydney Chaves to have them added to the survey distribution list.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS: Our September SEOW meeting covered the topic of data equity concerns surrounding Native American and Alaska Native populations. Shelly Solopow led us in a fruitful presentation and discussion of her work as a Tribal Liason at CDHS. A recording of her presentation can be found on the SEOW website.
Connecting people to data is one goal of the SEOW. Check out these additional resources and opportunities from our partners and other reliable sources.

Binge drinking among Colorado adults: results from the 2018 Colorado Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (published by our very own, Julia Stullken on CHED Publications page)
  • Most adults who binge drank (50.3%) did so at home, and people who did report binging at home did so more frequently.
  • Despite having a lower overall binge drinking prevalence, younger adults with lower levels of education and lower household incomes generally consumed a higher number of drinks - suggesting that intersecting lived experiences (and systemic inequities) may contribute to the quantity of alcohol consumed among those who binge drink.
  • People who drank beer reported the highest average number of drinks consumed (5.2 beers).
  • Responses to the Binge Drinking Module are highly skewed, meaning that a small number of respondents provided answers that were much higher than the rest of the responses for some questions. For this reason, median and 75th percentile are presented in this report along with means and corresponding confidence intervals.

Do No Harm Guide to Data Visualization: Applying Equity Awareness in Data Visualization
This resource from the Urban Institute challenges us to consider all equity implications when creating data visualizations. Check out the best-practices from Jonathan Schwabish and Alice Feng.
Download PDF here.

  • American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (virtual, and in Denver!) will take place October 24-27, 2021 with virtual posters becoming available October 18, 2021. Learn more about the event and register here.
  • Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention 2021 Annual Meeting will be help October 28, 2021starting at 8:15 AM MST. Deatils can be found here.

Does your organization have an upcoming event you would like us to promote? Contact Sydney Chaves to coordinate promotion at our next meeting, or in our next newsletter!

Do you know someone who would be interested in joining or an agency that would benefit from engaging with the SEOW? Let us know or invite them to the next meeting! We are always seeking new members and partners to enhance our work and expand our reach.


Thursday, November 18, 2021 9:00-11:00 AM, MST
LOCATION: Zoom, contact Sydney Chaves for an invite
TOPIC: To be determined
For more information on the SEOW, visit our website at

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