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Join the HEAL Connections Lived Experience Panel

Updated: May 5, 2023

Do you have lived experience with opioid use disorder or a pain condition?

The Addiction Policy Forum is working with the NIH HEAL Initiative and HEAL Connections to invite people in recovery from opioid use disorder and individuals who have experience with pain conditions to join a Lived Experience Panel.


Selected panel participants will:

  • Participate in a virtual orientation and 2 - 4 virtual meetings per year.

  • Receive $300 - $500 compensation for your service on the Panel.


Criteria for participation:

  • Have lived experience with an opioid use disorder or a pain condition.

  • Access to phone or internet technology to participate in virtual activities (i.e., Zoom calls)

  • Speak and understand spoken English

  • No specific educational or professional background is required; all training will be provided. We want to include Panel members from a range of backgrounds, regions, education levels, and perspectives. No previous Panel or committee experience is required.



About the HEAL Initiative

The Helping to End Addiction Long-term® Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative®, is an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. The initiative is funding hundreds of projects nationwide to tackle the opioid epidemic through 1) understanding, managing, and treating pain, and 2) improving prevention and treatment for opioid misuse and addiction. Learn more here.


About HEAL Connections

Research results need to benefit people living with pain, addiction, and other co-occurring conditions but too often get stuck in journal articles and conference presentations. HEAL Connections was funded by the NIH HEAL Initiative® to translate HEAL research into action. The center’s goals are twofold: to create pathways to further build and sustain community partnerships, and to support HEAL researchers in meaningfully sharing results with communities and stakeholders that will benefit most from research findings. Learn more here.

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