Community Epidemiology Surveillance Network (CESN) & State Epidemiological and Outcomes Workgroup

Originally organized by the State of Maine Office of Substance Abuse (OSA) within the Department of Health and Human Services and based on a national model from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Community Epidemiology Surveillance Network (CESN) is a multi-agency work group that studies the spread, growth and development of substance use in Maine and its communities. The CESN aims to provide updated trend reports annually.

The network is a multi-agency work group which studies the spread, growth and development of drug abuse in Maine and its communities. Network members share information they routinely collect. Also, qualitative data is collected from a variety of key informants to particularly identify emerging trends. The CESN meets periodically to review data, make connections, and draw conclusions about drug abuse.

HISTORY

From 2004 to 2010, OSA received funding from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to perform epidemiological work as part of the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG). This work was supported by a workgroup called State Epidemiological Workgroup, which later was called the State Epidemiological and Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW). The SPF SIG aimed to use public health research and evidence-based prevention programs to build capacity within states and the prevention field.

To better address the need for statewide information about substance use and abuse, the CESN and SEOW joined efforts in 2008. The following agencies provide data and resources to support these efforts:

Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention
Maine Department of Public Safety – Office of the State Fire Marshall
US Drug Enforcement Agency
Portland Department of Public Health
Northern New England Poison Control Center
Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory
Maine Health Data Organization
Maine Department of Transportation
Maine National Guard
Higher Education Alcohol Prevention Programs
Maine Office of Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services

In 2011, the CESN began adding Tobacco and Mental Health indicators as related to substance use to the annual report.