We provide a comprehensive resource developed to support data dissemination and prevention outreach efforts of the Arkansas State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup and Arkansas Archival Risk Factors. This workgroup provides a forum for the policymakers, researchers and community representatives to have a data-driven exchange of ideas in order to effectively and efficiently utilize prevention resources.
Substance abuse data is compiled from various national and state agencies to integrate information about the causes and consequences of the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in both adults and children. Community members with diverse backgrounds collaborate to bring in their expertise to develop the resources for substance abuse prevention efforts in Arkansas. This diverse group includes epidemiologists, researchers, data analysts, prevention specialists, the funding agency, social workers, program managers and other key entities.
AFMC serves as the analytic and advisory agent on the workgroup. The workgroup also includes members from Arkansas Department of Health, regional prevention providers, Department of Education, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, tobacco coalitions, alcohol coalitions, schools and colleges, and other invited members of the community. The resources provided by DBHS and AFMC allow community members to make data-driven decisions for effective preventive programs in their communities.