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a voluntary council of local governments
serving the missouri meramec area.

MRPC to host employer workshop Nov. 8 focusing on opioid epidemic impact on workforce

For immediate release

For more information, contact
Samantha Maddison or Mark Perkins

ST. JAMES—Meramec Regional Planning Commission is hosting a one-day workshop entitled “A Changing Workforce: Responding to the Opioid Epidemic” on Nov. 8 in the Shirley Day Room at the Delbert Day Cancer Institute, 1060 W. 10th St., Rolla.


The workshop is aimed towards employers and focuses on understanding the illness, treatment and recovery; the untapped workforce potential; opportunities within employment; and enacting policy change within the workplace. Panels of professional speakers with insight into the workshop topics are being lined up for the workshop. They include Dr. Sean Siebert of Invent Yourself LLC, Phil Cohen of Cohen Architectural Woodworking, and Jonathan Ahl with St. Louis Public Radio. Rebecca Losing of St. James, will share her story of recovery.

While the workshop is free, registration is required. Attendees can register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-changing-workforce-responding-to-the-opioid-epidemic-tickets-74997636951. Interested individuals can also RSVP to Samantha Maddison or Mark Perkins by calling 573-265-2993 or via email at smaddison@meramecregion.org or mperkins@meramecregion.org (respectively). Registration is open until Oct. 31. Seating is limited to 100 individuals. Morning snacks and lunch will be provided to attendees. 

The workshop is funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Amerisource Bergen. Phelps Health is also helping sponsor the workshop.

Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. Gasconade County Presiding Commissioner Larry Miskel serves as chairman of the board. A professional staff of 27 offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.

To keep up with the latest MRPC news and events, visit the MRPC website at www.meramecregion.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meramecregion/.

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