Lara Schneider is a Statistical & Research Analyst at South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control. She earned a BS in Microbiology from Ohio State University with the intent of pursuing a career in infectious disease epidemiology. After completing her MSPH at the University of South Carolina (USC), her focus shifted to chronic disease epidemiology, and which she is still exploring as a doctoral candidate at USC. Lara is the recipient of the Presidential Fellowship through USC’s graduate school, and an awardee of the Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program T-32 training fellowship grant, which emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to solve public health problems. She is excited to combine her infectious disease knowledge with chronic epidemiology training to aid state efforts to curb opioid misuse and prevent bloodborne infection outbreaks.