The Maryland Statewide Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) is a partnership between the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) of the State of Maryland Department of Health (DMH).
The SEOW provides state substance abuse prevention and treatment providers, policy-makers, researchers, and citizens with information about the consumption, risk factors, and consequences associated with alcohol, tobacco, and drug use in Maryland.
The Maryland SEOW monitors the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and the consequences of such use in order to identify and prioritize the prevention and treatment needs of the state. To achieve this end, the Maryland SEOW oversees the collection, interpretation, and dissemination of statewide data that quantifies substance use and its consequences in the broader context of behavioral health for Maryland.
The SEOW utilizes data to:
- Determine prevention and treatment priorities at the state, county, and local levels
- Identify, monitor, and interpret key indicators of use and consequences of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs
- Supports the state and jurisdictions as they assess need, develop interventions, implement and evaluate prevention and treatment efforts
- Conduct and disseminate rigorous research on substance use policy, prevention, and outcomes