Pacific Health Analytics Collaborative

Data Analytics

State Plan for Substance Use Treatment

The goal of this project is to develop the State Plan that promotes a statewide data-driven culturally appropriate, comprehensive system of substance abuse services to meet the treatment and recovery needs of individuals and families and to address the prevention needs of communities. The project consists of 4 key interrelated protocols or cores that build on each other synergistically: 

  • Protocol 1: Data Analytic Infrastructure uses a discovery-oriented approach to substance use/abuse and related data 
  • Protocol 2: Implications for a System of Care highlights the system of care inclusive of drug use/abuse trends, and by emphasizing mental health; homelessness; criminal justice, juvenile justice, and violence and abuse. Rural, Native Hawaiian, sexual and gender minority, and youth through emerging adult to adult populations will be recognized. 
  • Protocol 3: Adult Treatment Needs Assessment explores needs, support, barriers and gaps, and areas for improvement in the system of care according to providers and participants. 
  • Protocol 4: Culture Case Study demonstrates a Native Hawaiian approach to a substance use/abuse system of care via a case study of a collaborative intervention with a community organization. 

Funding: Behavioral Health Administration Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division
Project period: 6/29/2019-7/31/2022

Hawaiʻi State Plan for a Data Driven System of Care on Substance Use - Data Analytics Infrastructure (Protocol 1)

The State Plan Protocol 1 Project represents the most recent update of a set of the comprehensive statewide studies on substance use in the state of Hawaiʻi and outlines a plan to meet the treatment needs for the state. The project is a partnership between the Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD), and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Within the University, the project is shared between the Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health, Center on Aging (COA), Pacific Health Analytics Collaborative, and the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), Department of Psychiatry (DOP). The data driven approach is necessary because it offers a structured framework to assess the system of care needs within the state of Hawaiʻi while also providing an updated comprehensive picture of the state’s current position of substance use.


Funding: Behavioral Health Administration Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division
Project period: 6/29/2019-7/31/2022

State Epidemiologic Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) - Partnerships for Success

The State Epidemiologic Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) convenes the community of practice on data related to underage drinking and substance use in Hawaiʻi. The SEOW comprises researchers, epidemiologists, data managers, and other professionals involved in research, data collection, and utilization pertaining to underage drinking and substance use.The SEOW conducts quarterly meetings and provides technical assistance/training for state and community stakeholders. For the SEOW, we produce the Hawai‘i State Epidemiologic Profiles for Alcohol and Drugs using latest available data from diverse data sources to profile the current substance use situation locally. SEOW is a part of the “Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success” grant which is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 


Funding: SAMHSA Partnerships for Success — Behavioral Health Administration Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division
Project period: 9/29/2019-9/30/2023

Hawaiʻi Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) Epidemiologic and Evaluation Project

The Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) project expands public health surveillance and data collection of higher quality, greater timeliness, and greater comprehensiveness on opioid related mis-use and associated overdose morbidity and mortality, and to use these data to inform prevention strategies through the Hawaii Opioid Initiative (HOI). OD2A builds capacity for public health programs determined to be promising based on research evidence; makes Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs easier to use and access; works with health systems, state and local partners, and communities to improve opioid prescribing; and improves identification, treatment access, and treatment to our most vulnerable populations through enhanced data systems in vital records, public safety and in state-funded behavioral health programs and cross-agency collaboration. Rather than duplicating current efforts, this project furthers the collaborative work of the HOI and builds on the previous CDC-funded program Data-Driven Prevention Initiative. OD2A focuses on using timelier, high quality data to efficiently identify, link to care, and educate providers. 

Funding: CDC Overdose Data to Action — Behavioral Health Administration Adult Mental Health Division
Project period: 9/1/2019-1/31/2022

Hawaiʻi Pandemic Applied Modeling Work Group (HiPAM)