NDEWS will host bi-monthly national town hall meetings, titled Our Community, Our Health (OCOH), modeled after those conducted by Dr. Cottler’s community engagement program HealthStreet. These national town halls promote bi-directional communication between researchers and the communities they serve, addressing relevant health topics and disseminating research findings. The events will be streamed nationwide and will be interactive, using social media for Q&A in real-time.
NDEWS was first funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2014 as an expansion of its longstanding Community Epidemiology Workgroup (CEWG). Through July 2020, the first iteration of this system was overseen by researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR).
NDEWS Presents were monthly webinars convened by the CESAR team to explore emerging drugs and timely drug-related topics. Timely Topics were a series of short videos that covered current issues of interest. Their webinars from 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, as well as their G-DEWS International Series webinars from 2017, are archived below.
G-DEWS International Series
The 2017 G-DEWS project was created to examine existing drug monitoring systems worldwide.