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Alaska Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant

Epidemiology Workgroup

The State Epidemiology Workgroup (SEW) functions as a collective of multidisciplinary professionals experienced in surveillance and data analysis as well as substance use, program management, research and strategy development. The responsibility of the SEW is to develop a systematic, scientific process to determine state prevention priorities related to substance use consumption, consequences and influences. This process includes, but is not limited to, the review of all potential substance-related indicators; assessment of issues impacting the past, present, and future quality of the data used for indicators; and to determine the overall data relevance in order to categorically rank substance-related prevention priorities and present findings to the Alaska SPF SIG Advisory Group.

More broadly, the SEW is responsible for 1) on-going review of substance-related consumption, consequence, and influences data summaries that best describe substance use, abuse, dependency, prevention and treatment in Alaska; 2) identify data gaps and measures for data development to improve substance-related surveillance for future SPF activities; and 3) provide direction and advice on format and content of an annual report titled “Alaska’s Epidemiologic Profile on Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependency”.

Having reliable, timely and comprehensive substance use data over time will provide Alaska with a quality process for data-driven policies, practices and evaluation of prevention outcomes. To view the SEW’s Meeting Minutes Use This Link.


Epidemiology Workgroup Membership


  • Randy Burton
    Research Analyst II
    DHSS, Division of Behavioral Health


  • Becky Judd
    Resiliency & Youth Development Coord. 
    Assoc. of Alaska School Boards &
    DHSS, Division of Behavioral Health


  • Jesse Metzger
    Research Assistant
    UAA, Behavioral Health Research
    & Services Center


  • Michael Powell, Ph.D
    DHSS, Division of Behavior Health
    Health Program Manager
    ASAP Program


  • Alice Rarig
    Planner IV
    DHSS, Health Care Services


  • Marny Rivera, Ph.D  
    Assistant Professor
    UAA Justice Center


  • Jodi Trojan
    TCC Tribal SPF SIG
    Tribal SPF Evaluator
    Tanana Chiefs Conference


  • Devon Lewis(Staff)
    DHSS, Division of Behavioral Health
    SPF SIG Project Assistant
    Prevention & Early Intervention Services

  • Steven Arlow
    Department of Public Safety,
    Alaska State Troopers
    Alaska AST Commander,
    Western Alaska


  • Bill Herman
    Senior Trust Program Officer
    Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority


  • Andrew Jessen
    Research Analyst
    DHSS, Public Health Bureau of Vital Statistics


  • Susan McDonough
    Research Analyst IV
    Division of Juvenile Justice


  • Jessica Craig, MPH, CPH
    CITCI Tribal SPF SIG
    Alaska Native Epidemiology Center
    Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium


  • Ellen Provost, DO, MPH 
    Alaska Native Tribal Epidemiological Center


  • Joanna Reed  
    Research Analyst II
    Department of Transportation


  • Jim Sellers
    Alaska Action Research Committee


  • Charles Utermohle
    DHSS, Division of Public Health
    Public Health Specialist II
    Chronic Disease


  • Margaret Young
    Public Health Specialist II
    Department of Public Health