Pacific Health Analytics Collaborative

State Epidemiologic Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW)


The State Epidemiologic Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) has been providing epidemiologic services to and working with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) which is a part of Hawaiʻi Department of Health, from 2006 to present. The SEOW has evolved to target underage drinking and substance use due to the focus of the federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS). The SEOW is a partnership between ADAD, University of Hawaiʻi, and interested community stakeholders.

The SEOW hosts a quarterly meeting where individuals/organizations have the opportunity to share their substance use-related data. 

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Latest Resources

2022 SEOW Line Up

February 23, 2022 Meeting

We had a presentation on an alcohol tax from the following individuals:

  • Rick Collins, Director of the Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth
  • Dr. David Jernigan, Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management, and the Assistant Dean for Practice at the Boston University School of Public Health
  • Layne Nakano, UH Epidemiology Team
  • Review and discussion on the SEOW charter

Meeting Notes: SEOW Quarterly Meeting Minutes for February 2022

Recording: PHAC Youtube

May 25, 2022 Meeting

SEOW Data Presentation: We are excited to host the following data presentation, introduced by John Valera, AICP, Acting Administrator from the State of Hawaii Department of Health Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division:

State Community Partnerships Workgroup: We are launching the State Community Partnerships Workgroup as part of the State Epidemiologic Outcomes Workgroup, with an introduction by Tehani Diaz, MPA, Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships For Success Coordinator from the State of Hawaii Department of Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division:

Meeting Notes: SEOW Quarterly Meeting Minutes for May 2022

Recording: PHAC Youtube

August 31, 2022 Meeting

  • Angelina Mercado, Executive Director from the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, presented on Understanding Substance Use, Mental Health, and Domestic Violence
  • Layne Nakano, Graduate Assistant from the UH Epidemiology Team, provided an update on the SEOW 2021 Profile
  • We also shared an announcement on the SEOW

Previous Quarterly Meetings

February 19, 2021 Meeting

  • Rico Witt, from the Hawaiʻi – High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA)
  • Bobby Do & Connie Emory from the UH Epidemiology Team, presented an update on the SEOW: 2019 Profile launch, webpage, and charter

We also had a short activity:

  • 2020 Drug and alcohol challenge

Meeting Notes: SEOW Quarterly Meeting Minutes for February 2021

August 19, 2021 Meeting

Panel on Homelessness in Hawaiʻi

  • Emma Grochowsky, Homelessness Community Development Specialist from the Office of the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness
  • Wallace Engberg, Data Analyst for Homeless Management Information System from Partners in Care
  • Heather Lusk, Executive Director of the Hawaii Health Harm Reduction Center

Meeting Notes: SEOW Quarterly Meeting Minutes February 2021

Recording: PHAC YouTube

May 28, 2021 Meeting

    • Ayada Bonilla, State Educational Specialist from the Department of Education, will present an overview of the School-based Behavioral Health (SBBH) Program
    • Tamara Whitney, Program Coordinator from the State of Hawaii Department of Health, and Michele Nakata, Supervisor for the Dispensary Licensing Section, will present substance use data related to the Medical Cannabis Registry Program

Meeting Notes: SEOW Quarterly Meeting Minutes May 2021

Recording: PHAC YouTube 

November 5, 2021 Meeting

Meeting Notes: SEOW Quarterly Meeting Minutes November 2021

Transcript: SEOW Quarterly Meeting Transcript

Recording: PHAC YouTube

February 19, 2020 Meeting

  • Victoria Fan, ScD, Associate Professor, and Deveraux Talagi, PhD, Data Scientist from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Office of Public Health Studies, Presentation of the State Plan, Substance Use Data Inventory (SUDI)

We also had a short activity and discussion: 

  • Drug and alcohol challenge
  • SEOW charter discussion
  • Tentative meeting schedule for 2020 (dates and speakers)

May 20, 2020 Meeting

  • Josh Holmes, MPH, Epidemiologist, Hawaiʻi State Department of Health, Overview of Overdose Data to Action collaborations
  • Earl Hishinuma, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Overview of Department of Psychiatry databases

Meeting Agenda: SEOW Quarterly Meeting Agenda for May 2020

August 19, 2020 Meeting

  • Masahiko “Mike” Kobayashi, Medical Examiner, City & County of Honolulu
  • Haley Hsieh, Laulima Data Alliance

Meeting Notes: SEOW Quarterly Meeting Minutes for August 2020

November 13, 2020 Meeting

  • Alvin Bronstein, MD, Department of Health Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention System Branch,
      • Presentation: Hawaii Poison Center data
  • Sean Okamoto, TASI/PHIDC, Social Science Research Institute, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Meeting Notes: SEOW Quarterly Meeting Minutes for November 2020

Recording: PHAC YouTube

SEOW: UH Epidemiology Team

  • Dr. Victoria Fan, Associate Professor, PHAC Director, Lead Epidemiologist
  • Connie Emory, Junior Epidemiologist
  • Bobby Do, Lead Data Analyst
  • Layne Nakano, Graduate Research Assistant

SEOW: Current Members (as of April 2021)

  • Cora Lyn Balocan, Life Choices Kaua’i
  • Lisa Blair, City and County of Honolulu
  • Gerald Busch, JABSOM psychiatry
  • Sandé Flores, Center on the Family, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Nichole Fukuda, Hawaii State Department of Health
  • Deborah Goebert, University of Hawai’i, JABSOM, Department of Psychiatry
  • Julie Kauakahi, Child and Family Service, Westside Christian Center
  • Theresa Koki, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Life’s Choices Kauai
  • Cheryl Labuguen, DOH ADAD
  • Harvey Lee, HR Resources
  • Tonya Lowery St. John, Hawaii Health Data Warehouse
  • Heather Lusk, Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center
  • Valerie Mariano, Dept. of the Attorney General, CPJAD, Comm. & Crime Prev. Br.
  • Allison Mikuni, State DOH Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
  • Stephanie Nishimura, JABSOM, Office of Medical Education
  • Jane Onoye, University of Hawaii
  • Michael Peacock, Hawaii Vet 2 Vet Inc
  • Thaddeus Pham, Hawaii Department of Health
  • Amanda Pump, Child and Family Service
  • Romala Sue Radcliffe, DCAB
  • Tammie Smith, Hawaii State Department of Health
  • Celia Takahashi, Child and Family Service
  • Richard Witt, HIDTA
  • Gary Yabuta, HIDTA

Previous Epidemiologic Profiles

Updated: 04/21/2021