Let’s Talk About Opioids

Wisconsin Health Literacy (WHL) is partnering with 5 justice-involved facilities. WHL will support 4 workshops with each host partner:

  • 1st workshop: WHL presents and a corrections’ facilitator (inmate, facility/staff educator, or volunteer) observes. 
  • 2nd workshop: WHL and corrections’ facilitator co-present.
  • 3rd workshop: Corrections’ facilitator presents and WHL staff observes and offers feedback.
  • 4th workshop: Corrections’ facilitator independently presents this and any future workshops.

Partners will receive: 

  • GED workbooks (based on a minimum of 10 participants) 
  • One or more trained facilitators who can continue offering workshops independently 
  • Workbook and other informational materials for each participant, including 4 fact sheets: 
    • Relationship between trauma, pain, and opioid use
    • Risks of overdose upon release
    • How to recognize the signs of an overdose and what to do 
    • Opioid and mental health resources: treatment, recovery and community support 

Based on our current curriculum, WHL will develop a learning module consisting of a series of 8 to 10 short, 3 to 5 minute educational videos, coupled with interactive quizzes and activities to reinforce learning using online adult learning principles. Each video will be focused on a specific topic, like trauma informed care, the risks of overdose, no harm strategies, resources, etc. The Department of Corrections will assist in module development. The module is scheduled to go live by June, 2020.

The project is supported with generous funding from Wisconsin Department of Health Services Minority Health Program.

If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact us at

Download copy of the workbook. 
Download copy of the fact sheets. 

The project is supported with generous funding from Security Health Plan.

WHL was honored to partner with the University of Wisconsin – School of Public Health and Medicine Community Health Engagement Project (CHEP) during this program. 3rd year med students assisted WHL on revisions, coordination, facilitation and data collection for this project.