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NextGen Discovery Series – June 5, 2023


The NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series provides learning opportunities for UM System faculty and staff across disciplines, the statewide community and our other partners to learn about the scope of precision health research and identify potential collaborative opportunities. The series consists of monthly lectures geared toward a broad multidisciplinary audience so all can participate and appreciate the spectrum of precision health efforts. 

Information about this talk, including continuing education, is available below.

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"The Current State of Missouri’s Overdose Crisis and Recent Mitigation Strategies"

Speaker: Rachel P. Winograd, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Missouri Institute of Mental Health, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Date: June 5, 2023, noon-1p.m.


This talk describes the recent landscape of drug use and overdose deaths in Missouri, including the ever-expanding role of fentanyl in our drug supply and the increase in deaths involving stimulants like methamphetamine and cocaine. Though many ongoing programming and research initiatives have understandably continued to focus on increasing access to medical treatments for Opioid Use Disorder and opioid-related harm reduction initiatives, the necessity of greater implementation and evaluation of stimulant-focused intervention strategies is clear. Additional attention will be paid to the wide racial disparities between Black and white Missourians regarding addiction treatment outcomes and overdose fatalities, including highlights of what is being done at the state and local levels to reduce deaths among those at highest-risk. Strategies for data-driven drug policy, funding and community engagement will be highlighted. 

About the SpeakerRachel Winograd

Rachel Winograd, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate professor within the Department of Psychological Sciences and the Missouri Institute of Mental Health at University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). Her clinical, research and program development interests revolve around interventions to save and improve the lives of people who use drugs. Currently, she directs the UMSL Addiction Science team and serves as principal investigator of the Addiction Science, Practice, Implementation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) Lab. Her scholarly and implementation work is funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Missouri Foundation for Health and Missouri’s Opioid Pharmaceutical Settlements through the Missouri Departments of Mental Health and Health & Senior Services. Dr. Winograd and her teams’ efforts primarily focus on expanding access to medical treatment, harm reduction strategies and person-centered approaches for those most in need of evidence-based care for substance use disorders in Missouri.


Continuing Professional Education Credit

Successful Completion of this activity, which includes participating in the educational offering, participating in the evaluation process and completing the verification of attendance, enables the learner to satisfy the requirements for continuing education.

Nursing Contact Hours

University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). 

1.0 contact hour may be awarded.


The University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Financial Relationships

Current ACCME and Midwest Multistate Division, ANCC rules state that participants in continuing education activities should be made aware of any relevant affiliation or financial interest in the previous 24 months that may affect the planning of an educational activity or a speaker’s presentation(s). Each planning committee member and speaker has been requested to complete a financial relationship reporting form for the NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series. No planning committee member or speaker has a relevant financial interest.