Partners in Storytelling

Posted by Myles Barker on

As a public service television company, part of the Vegas PBS mission is to use television to extend and amplify the effectiveness of organizations seeking to advance our region. This month, we are partnering with several community organizations to help tell the story of Southern Nevada and create a dialogue around the important issues facing our community.

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic traces the history of the opioid crisis and explores possible solutions. With grant funding from Anthem BlueCross BlueShield and in partnership with the College of Southern Nevada and the Clark County Medical Society, Vegas PBS will host a preview screening of the film and a panel discussion led by Dr. Jerry Reeves of HealthInsight. Visit to RSVP for the January 11 screening and tune in to Vegas PBS Channel 10 on Wednesday, January 17 at 10 p.m. to watch the complete documentary, followed by FRONTLINE: Chasing Heroin.

The 17th Annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival is taking place January 13-28, providing insights into Jewish identity, history and culture. Vegas PBS is sponsoring the opening night screening of Sammy Davis Jr: I’ve Gotta Be Me. This American Masters documentary examines Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress. Visit for details.

Last year, Vegas PBS partnered with UNLV Libraries to bring viewers African Americans: The Las Vegas Experience, a documentary on the African American experience in Las Vegas during the Civil Rights era. On Wednesday, January 17, we will release a robust educational multi-media product based on the program. In cooperation with the Equity and Diversity Education Department, Clark County School District teachers developed curriculum for state mandated Nevada History courses using video from the program. These resources are available online and on-demand for immediate classroom, home school, community and/or personal education. Funding for this project was provided in part by grants through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and The Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial.

On Friday, January 19, Vegas PBS will host its fourth Veterans Coffee and Conversations event for veterans and their families. Vegas PBS began this monthly conversation series by inviting feedback on Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War and continues to provide an open forum for discussion about timely topics of concern to veterans.

Vegas PBS’ community health outreach service, the Desert Meadows Area Health Education Center (AHEC), will host a Clark County Medical Society Continuing Medical Education (CME) workshop on suicide prevention on Tuesday, January 23. Desert Meadows AHEC’s community engagement initiatives include providing quality continuing education for healthcare professionals and fostering educational interactions between medical professionals and community members.

Your generous membership support helps fund these important documentaries, and our strong community partnerships allow us to leverage your support into expanded educational opportunities that go beyond the broadcast. As we begin this new year, we thank you for your support and hope you’ll join us for these and other community education events throughout the year.



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