September 12, 2022

Register for tomorrow's roundtable discussion

Join us tomorrow-Tuesday, 9/13 at 12pm-for a virtual roundtable to discuss evidence-based strategies for preparing and responding to climate-related emergencies, such as flooding, drought and extreme heat. We can't wait to hear from this group of expert panelists: 
  • Karen McHugh, Floodplain Management Section Manager & State National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)
  • Conne Burnham, Emergency Management Coordinator, MU Extension
  • William Hinson, Fire Chief, University City, Missouri
  • Dr. Elizabeth Friedman, Medical Director of Environmental Health at Children's Mercy Kansas City
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As calls to mental health line rise in Missouri, some worry about long-term funding

The Missouri Department of Mental Health received $16.7 million in state funding and block grants to support calls for the first fiscal year of 988. But Missouri legislature hasn’t produced a law that secures continual funding, and the hotline doesn’t have a guaranteed money source for years to come.

Science Note: Behavioral Healthcare Deficits and Interventions 

Judge dismisses lawsuit that sought to block Missouri marijuana legalization from ballot

A Cole County Circuit Court Judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block an initiative petition to legalize recreational marijuana from appearing on the November ballot. The lawsuit was tossed, the judge wrote, because the plaintiff lacked standing to sue, though he added the petition had sufficient signatures to be on the ballot if he had ruled on merits.

Science Notes: Initiative Petitions, Cannabis Legalization

Missouri House committee continues its look into veteran suicides

Stacey Williams, the Missouri Department of Mental Health suicide prevention programs coordinator testified Missouri's suicide rates are consistently higher than national age-adjusted suicide rates and national veteran suicide rates. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health, suicide or substance use crisis or emotional distress, reach out 24/7 to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) by dialing or texting 988. 

Science Note: Suicide Risks in Veterans

Applications for our Executive Policy Fellowship continue to be accepted on a rolling basis. MOST Executive Policy Fellows assist state agencies with incorporating data management, analysis, visualization, and integration practices to improve program design and implementation according to agency priorities. Executive Policy Fellows also have opportunities to build policy-relevant skills by participating in professional development activities hosted by MOST and by contributing additional capacity to team projects as appropriate.

We are currently seeking candidates that have (or will have) a terminal degree (M.S./M.A. or above) in data science, computer science, systems engineering, or a related field (e.g., operations management), or have completed a terminal degree in another discipline that required extensive data analysis. Do you know someone who would be a good fit? Additional application materials can be found at
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We are seeking members of a Community Science Note Editorial Board who can assist in writing and reviewing science notes for a variety of settings, including general information, responses to public comment opportunities, and in advance of public hearings. We request that writers and editors have scientific training such as advanced degrees and/or extensive research experience. 

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