Webinar - Data Collection during COVID-19 - Part 1: Best Practices, Challenges, and Solutions



Part 1: Conducting Needs Assessments in Virtual Environment: Best Practices, Challenges, and Solutions


Webinar Date: May 26, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced prevention professionals to move their work into a virtual environment, creating numerous challenges including data collection. The first webinar of this three-part webinar series on collecting data online during a public health emergency will revisit the Strategic Prevention Framework’s (SPF) Step 1: Needs Assessment and describe its increased value during a public health emergency. We will explore general best practices for conducting needs assessments, and discuss methods and resources to support ongoing needs assessment given the current challenging environment, as well as strategies to sustain online data collection beyond the COVID-19 pandemic where it may be preferred than traditional in-person methods in some instances.



Community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level prevention practitioners and allied health partners and community members located in the Pacific Southwest states and jurisdictions of American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.



Dr. Sandeep Kasat PictureDr. Sandeep Kasat, MBBS, MPH, is a senior epidemiologist at Westat with over 15 years of experience in behavioral health epidemiology, especially as it relates to substance abuse, and using epidemiological data in strategic planning, and decision-making. He leads data analysis and dissemination activities on several projects at Westat. As former director of epidemiology on the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) training and technical assistance contract, he has assisted all CSAP-funded states, jurisdictions, and tribes in using and analyzing data to highlight disparities and at-risk populations, create data-guided plans, select evidence-based strategies, inform policy and decision-making, and monitor and evaluate results to assess progress.





Webinar Recording

View Webinar Data Collection during COVID-19 Part 1

View Webinar Data Collection during COVID-19 Part 2

View Webinar Data Collection during COVID-19 Part 3


Webinar Slides

Webinar Slides for Data Collection during COVID-19 Part 1


Other Resources

Westat's Behavioral Health Data Portal

Vital Statistics Rapid Release

County Health Rankings

NORC Opioid Misuse Tool

Kaiser Family Foundation

SAMHSA Data Sources

SAMHSA Data Sources(alcohol)

COVID-19 Situation Reports for the Western Pacific Region (including Pacific Island Countries and Territories)

Issue Brief: Reports of increases in opioid and other drug related overdose and other concerns during COVID pandemic

Substance Use During the Pandemic

Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic - United States, June 24-30, 2020

The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use

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