Community Engagement Toolkit

The community engagement toolkit can be used by public television stations or interested organizations to broaden the reach of the television program Understanding the Opioid Epidemic. Use the toolkit as a guide to hold public or targeted screenings and discussions, educate young people, or share resources on social media regarding this program and initiative around the opioid epidemic.


In the toolkit:


Icon Production Poster (325.3 KB)
An 8 ½” x 11” Understanding the Opioid Epidemic production poster includes a brief description of the television program, accompanying resources, and national airdate. There is room at the bottom of the poster to add station or organization logos.


Icon Screening Event Invitation (374.6 KB)
An 8 ½” x 11” Word document template to be used by stations or organizations planning a screening event. The invitation includes a brief description of and accompanying resources for Understanding the Opioid Epidemic. The bottom half of the invitation is left blank for local messaging, screening information, and logos.


Family and Community Discussion Guide
This guide provides suggestions for stations or organizations to initiate discussion using Understanding the Opioid Epidemic. Questions are provided in the discussion guide as conversation starters with community members, students, or any interested groups. 


Overview of Curriculum Resources 
This sheet provides a brief overview of how Understanding the Opioid Epidemic can be used in classrooms along with a description of the accompanying lesson plans. All lesson plans are designed for grades 7-8 but include adaptations for use in high school classrooms. Lesson plans are aligned to National Health Education Standards. Full lesson plans can be found at here on the program website and on PBS LearningMedia.

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