Humans of Oshkosh Celebration of Community: FIXED Storytelling Project


Please join us for a special Humans of Oshkosh Celebration of Community and Stories event featuring the FIXED Storytelling Project.

In partnership with the Winnebago County Drug and Alcohol Coalition, UW Oshkosh students in instructor Grace Lim’s classes took the national opioid and addiction crisis and made it personal. To us.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “From 1999 to 2017, more than 702,000 people have died from a drug overdose. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Of those deaths, almost 68 percent involved a prescription or illicit opioid.” Those numbers don’t include alcohol-related deaths, whose numbers are even higher.

Winnebago and surrounding counties are not immune to this opioid and addiction crisis.

For the FIXED: Pain, Addiction and Life in Recovery project, UW Oshkosh students from three classes interviewed more than 100 people who’ve been affected by this crisis — those living in recovery, the families that are left behind, the medical community, legal, courts, social workers, treatment centers, etc. A team of three journalism students created a website for the project. UW Oshkosh alumnus and volunteer project photographer Michael Cooney took the portraits of the FIXED participants. UW Oshkosh alumna Shawn McAfee’s design class at Moraine Park Technical College designed the FIXED book, which will be unveiled at the event. Limited copies of the latest book will be available. All proceeds help support HOO storytelling projects.

Join us for an evening of discovery about our community and our humanity with stories of us, the humans of Oshkosh.

Light refreshments at 5:30 p.m. (Culver Family Welcome Center, 625 Pearl Ave., Oshkosh, Wis.)