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Highlights from the 5th Annual NIH HEAL Initiative Scientific Meeting


The 5th Annual NIH HEAL Initiative Scientific Meeting took place February 7-8, 2024, in Bethesda, Maryland. The event brought together HEAL-funded researchers, patient and community partners/advisors, National Institutes of Health (NIH) leadership and scientific staff, federal officials, and other stakeholders to share research findings, explore trends and shared interests and challenges, and identify opportunities to advance the goals of the initiative.

The HEAL Connections Center was featured during the conference, highlighting the value that stakeholder engagement brings to broadening the reach and impact of HEAL research results. Featured HEAL Connections partners included Jessica Hulsey of the Addiction Policy Forum, Denise Bertin-Epp of the National Association for Children of Addiction, Michael Litterer of RWJ Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery, Patty McCarty of Faces & Voices of Recovery, Sarah Wurzburg with CSG Justice Center and Kate Nicholson of the National Pain Advocacy Center.



About HEAL Connections


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 of stakeholders that will benefit most. For more information, click here.

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