What it is:
The CAB is a group of community members most impacted by the opioid epidemic. They offer unique perspectives on research-related questions research and pilot project leaders supported by the COBRE may have. The members include people actively struggling with OUD or who are in recovery, as well as their families and friends. Additional members are community advocates and providers for people with OUD. Each member is on the board, because they want to help advance research on opioids and overdose.

Why we have it:
To gain insight on both our research direction and focus, which we would not be able to have otherwise.

What it does for research and pilot project leaders (RPL):
Informs the RPLs of the issues that are important to the community. This includes community members’ beliefs on the best ways to recruit, retain and communicate with participants. The CAB members will be able to help determine how to disseminate research results to the community in a way that makes sense. They will also be able to tell the RPLs what will and will not work in their interactions with participants.

What it does for the community:
Helps the community in general, and target populations specifically, to understand the importance of their role in research. Allows them autonomy within the research process, thereby increasing trust in researchers overall which, in turn, increases the community’s trust in research. Encourages participation in studies and helps the results of the study become public knowledge.

How it works:
RPLs will meet at least once with the CAB to present their study and will be able to request additional consultations with the board as needed. These meetings give RPLs the opportunity to ask for the CAB members’ input on design, implementation, etc. Each quarter the CAB will meet without RPLs to discuss findings and issues in the field of opioids and overdose.