The Delaware Journal of Public Health July 2021
focuses on the theme of Technology and Public Health. CDHS team
members James Highberger and Sharon Merriman-Nai highlighted several of
the Center's projects in two articles.
The Value (and Nuances) of Mapping as a Public Health Tool describes the
potential benefits of mapping technology to analyze health needs and
the resources available to address these needs. However, it also points
out that its value is impacted by the availability and quality of the
data as well as how geographic areas are defined. The article includes
examples of how CDHS and Delaware stakeholders have used mapping for
public health initiatives throughout the state, including the Delaware Opioid Metric Intelligence Project (DOMIP) and the development of substance use heat maps using Delaware School Survey data.
The mission and history of the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup is described in What is the Delaware SEOW?
facilitated by CDHS on behalf of the Delaware Division of Substance
Abuse and Mental Health, includes a network of more than 100
representatives of over 50 organizations throughout the state that work
to promote the use of data in behavioral health prevention and