November 28, 2022

CoMoGives begins tomorrow!

Our end-of-year giving campaign starts tomorrow! Help us raise $5,000 so we have the flexibility and stability to publish 50 Science Notes on key issues in 2023. Visit our CoMoGives page to make your tax-deductible donation between tomorrow and the end of the year!

December roundtable will discuss drinking water quality in Missouri.

Join us for a discussion with researchers and practitioners to learn about the issues facing drinking water in Missouri and about efforts to improve water quality across the state. Register today.


Syringe Access Programs

Do syringe access programs reduce infectious disease and/or substance use?

Missouri has a significant risk of hepatitis C & HIV from injection drug use. 

Syringe access programs (SAPs) decrease transmission of blood-borne infections for injection drug users by providing safe disposal and exchange of used syringes. 

When used with other health interventions, SAPs lower risks such as addiction, overdose, and mortality. 



Alternative Cattle Feed Options
School-to-Prison Pipeline
Tenants' Right to Counsel

In the meantime, visit our Science Note Database to check out the 200+ Notes we've published so far!

MHA study shows Missouri near bottom 10 in mental health

MHA found that 55% of the over 50 million Americans experiencing a mental illness received no treatment, with access and cost as the primary reasons. Most of those who indicated they could not access needed mental health treatment reported that they could not afford care, MHA researchers found.

Science Note: Behavioral Healthcare Deficits and Interventions

Missouri’s premature birth outcomes are bad. What can lawmakers learn from KC doulas?

Uzazi Village recently provided their birth outcomes data to independent researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, who looked at the health outcomes associated with doula care at the nonprofit. Their data showed better birth outcomes for Black families at Uzazi Village when compared to Black families outside of Uzazi Village in Kansas City and Missouri.

Science Notes:  Maternal Health Disparities, Infant Mortality, Postpartum Medical Coverage

Missouri health authorities gear up for recreational marijuana

With the adoption of Amendment 3 by 53 percent of voters at the recent general election, Missouri’s regulation system for marijuana is changing. Amendment 3 takes effect Dec. 8, making Missouri one of 21 recreational marijuana states — a legal framework often called “adult-use cannabis” by industry types.

Science Note: Cannabis Legalization

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 with an interest in state policy who have extensive data analysis training. Do you know someone who would be a good fit? Additional application materials can be found at
Calling scientists and engineers interested in policy writing experience! 

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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