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NIH Tribal Consultation on Helping to End Addiction Long-term® (HEAL) Initiative

March 31, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT

NIH Tribal Consultation on Helping to End Addiction Long-term® (HEAL) Initiative

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is initiating a Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer on the Helping to End Addiction Long-term® (HEAL) Initiative, a federal trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. The initiative aims to reduce suffering due to opioids and chronic pain; curb the rates of opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose; and achieve long-term recovery from opioid addiction.

They are seeking input from Tribal Nations to develop priorities and collaborative strategies to address the opioid crisis in Indian Country. They would like to understand the research priorities important to your communities and how HEAL could engage with you to develop a
Tribally-focused initiative to speed development of scientific and local solutions to the opioid crisis. This could be through supporting new approaches to research on improving chronic pain management and opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. NIH seeks to continue to build on the input from the 2018 Consultation, and adapt their approaches as the overdose crisis continues to change.

NIH is announcing a two-hour virtual NIH Tribal Consultation on Research Needed to Address the Opioid Crisis Including Managing Chronic Pain and Addiction on Thursday, March 31, 2022, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., ET.

Participant information:
What: NIH Tribal Consultation on Helping to End Addiction Long-term® (HEAL) Initiative
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m., ET
Live videocast link
Meeting ID: 858 1903 5837, Passcode: 435570

If you have technical questions related to connectivity or audio/visual regarding the meeting, please contact Maria George at If you are unable to attend, you are encouraged to send any testimony, comments, and questions to before May 1, 2022. For more information, please contact Dr. David Wilson, Director of the
NIH Tribal Health Research Office (THRO), at

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March 31, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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