Issue 6-39  
              August 29, 2017 
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Spotlight On: Diverse & Resilient's Naughty Bags

The names and packaging designs may be shocking and outrageous at first, but that's the point.

Naughty Bags , a new line of condoms distributed by Diverse & Resilient , are intended to appeal to young people who perhaps don't feel comfortable obtaining and using condoms in traditional, dull, clinical wrapping.

They've got humorous names -- like "Papa Stopper," "Ham Holster," "Surge Protector," and "Pork Parka" -- as well as comical graphics.

The ten new condoms -- which can be obtained free of charge -- are the brainchild of marketing agency Cramer-Krasselt, which held focus groups to determine which graphics and messaging would best reach urban young people. The new designs, plus an animation resembling a video game, launched earlier this month.

"The designs are really colorful and unique," said Matthew Lewis, program coordinator of Diverse & Resilient's 414All initiative , a condom campaign aimed at reducing sexually transmitted infection and teen pregnancy rates in Milwaukee. "They remove the stigma of using condoms among our targeted audience.

But the condoms' design is only one innovative part of the campaign. Diverse & Resilient is distributing them in two barber shops -- Gee's Clippers (2200 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive) and Dep's Hall of Fades (2700 W. Lisbon Ave.) -- and in cleverly disguised dispensers that look like newspaper stands at two community centers. (You'll have to  check out Naughty Bags' website  to discover the locations.) 

They're also available at Diverse & Resilient, 2439 N. Holton Street.

The  Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention coalition  (MCSAP) and partners will observe International Overdose Awareness Day on Thursday, August 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kosciuszko Park, 2201 S. 7th Street . The event will include speakers, story sharing, memorial activities, a celebration of lives saved, resources, and more.
Fatal opioid overdoses doubled between 2012 and 2016, from 144 to 294 lives lost in Milwaukee County, according to data from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office compiled by Milwaukee Community Opioid Prevention Effort (COPE). The Medical Examiner reportedly is preparing for a record 400 overdose deaths in 2017 .
But overdose deaths are only part of the opioid epidemic story. Nonfatal opiate overdoses far outnumber fatal overdoses by about three to one in 2016, meaning that there are many overdose survivors who need support.
Join MCSAP and friends to mark International Awareness Day and recognize the thousands of lives impacted by overdose and raise awareness of how overdose can be prevented in the future.

Training Sessions
Additional Dates Announced

Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is hosting a new round of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) gatekeeper training for those interested in learning how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis. The 90-minute sessions will be led by a certified trainer from Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee through the rest of 2017:
  • Wednesday, September 13: 10 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday, October 11: 10:30 a.m. to noon; 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 15: 10:30 a.m. to noon; 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 6: 10:30 a.m. to noon; 1 to 2:30 p.m.

This QPR training is offered without charge to PPI's Brighter Futures/PHAT grantees, MCSAP coalition members, 53206 Drug-Free Community Coalition, Partnership for Success partners, City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance members, and Prevention Journal readers.

For details about the sessions, email Jeffery Roman at or Dr. Bob Dubois at

The sessions will be held in Community Advocates Public Policy Institute's 2nd Floor conference room, 728 N. James Lovell Street, Milwaukee. This training may be difficult for those who have recently lost a loved one to suicide. 

Children's Health Day
Tuesday, August 29

No appointment necessary for this walk-in back-to-school event. Progressive Community Health Centers and MHS Health Wisconsin are offering immunizations (up to age 18), dental screenings, and free gift bag for each child who receives a health service. MHS Health members will qualify for up to $20 in Pick 'N Save gift cards. Bring your health insurance card, birth dates, Social Security numbers, and ID. Details: Tuesday, August 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lisbon Avenue Health Center, 3522 W. Lisbon Ave., Milwaukee. If you can't make it, call 414-935-8000 to schedule a well-child check. 

Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee
Quarterly Meeting
Friday, September 8

Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee aims to reduce the number of attempted and completed suicides that take place each year in our community by raising awareness, increasing education and providing support. Its quarterly meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. at IndependenceFirst, 540 S. First Street. Email to RSVP. 

The meeting will be fragrance-free and can accommodate those with a disability. Please notify Barbara Moser at 414-520-5107 or   of your disability-related accommodation requests by September 1.

Milwaukee 4 Recovery
Ninth Annual Recovery Walk
Saturday, September 9

Milwaukee 4 Recovery is offering this walk to celebrate and support efforts of men, women, and young adults and their families in recovery. There is no cost to participate in the walk but donations are welcome. 

Details: Saturday, September 9, at the Milwaukee Alano Club, 1521 N. Prospect Avenue; onsite registration, 9:30 to 10 a.m.; speaker, 10 to 10:20 a.m.; awards and walk kickoff, 10:20 to 10:30 a.m.; Walk for Recovery, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; block party, food, fun, and fellowship to follow walk. Visit for more information. 

Building Bridges 
Authentic Inclusion
Tuesday, September 12

The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force  invites you to their 2017 forum, "Building Bridges Towards Authentic Inclusion: Structural Racism and Implicit Bias, Microaggressions: Meaning and Next Steps." Speakers include Martha Berry, Racial Justice Director, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin; Jamaal E. Smith, Racial Justice Community Engagement Manager, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin; Patricia Taylor McManus, Co-Founder and President, Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin.

The event will also include the presentation of the fourth annual Karen Avery Award to Shel Gross, Director of Public Policy for Mental Health America of Wisconsin and a valued leader in advancing the expansion of community-based mental health services that support recovery and independent.

The forum will be held on Tuesday, September 12, at IndependenceFirst, 540 S. First Street; noon to 12:30 p.m., registration, refreshments and networking; 12:30 to 5 p.m., program and presentation of the Karen Avery Award (2:30 p.m.). Register at

NAMI Greater Milwaukee's 
Family to Family Education Program
Begins Tuesday, September 12

NAMI Greater Milwaukee's Family to Family class is for families, caregivers, and friends of individuals with mental illness and is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills, and empower participants to become better advocates. The course meets once a week for two and a half hours over 12 weeks. It's offered at no cost to participants.

Details: This course will be begin on Tuesday, September 12, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at NAMI Greater Milwaukee, 3200 S. Third Street. Contact NAMI at 414-344-0447 or to register.
Rally for Recovery 2017
Saturday, September 23

Celebrate Recovery Month with the Wisconsin Voices for Recovery at the State Capitol in Madison from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 23. Events include stories of recovery, Naloxone training and free kits, Ho-Chunk Nation drumming circle, free shirts, free Ian's Pizza, raffles, and more. Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch will appear. 

For more information, go to .


2018 Conference on 
Adolescent Health
April 23-24, 2018
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Adolescent Health Initiative's fifth annual conference will bring together a multidisciplinary audience of adolescent health professionals for research, breakout and plenary sessions, poster presentations, and networking events. Call for proposals is now open; deadline for submission is Friday, October 6.  


Barriers to Wellness: 
Voices and Views from Young People in Five Cities

A new report from the Center for Promise , Barriers to Wellness: Voices and Views from Young People in Five Cities, provides new insights into the obstacles to wellness that young people of color face in five cities and brings young people's voices and views into the discussion about what affects their health and wellness. Youth of color represent the fastest growing segment of the U.S. child population. Fear, along with inequitable access to social supports, opportunities, and experiences essential for health development, place this group at increased risk for poor health outcomes. 

Mental Health America of Wisconsin:
Clinical Case Manager

MHA of Wisconsin is looking for a Clinical Case Manager for its Strong Families Healthy Homes Program, which provides home visiting and community-based mental health services to adults and families living with serious mental illness. Applicants should have experience working with individuals and families with complex trauma histories. You'll find more information on MHA's website.  Deadline to apply is August 31.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of 
Metro Milwaukee:
Match Support Specialist

The Match Support Specialist is responsible for achieving Big Brothers Big Sisters' outcomes by providing high quality support to volunteer mentor/child matches. The Match Support Specialist ensures child safety, positive outcomes for youth, strong and long-lasting relationships between children and volunteers, and a strong sense of agency affiliation on the part of match participants. This is a full-time position. You can find the full job description on BBBS's website

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services:
Home Visitor

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is currently seeking a full-time Home Visitor to provide home visitation services to pregnant and parenting teens, young women and their families throughout Milwaukee County who are enrolled in the Milwaukee Start Right Home Visiting program. A bachelor's degree is preferred. One year of experience working in community programs with families of diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic background and experience working with or providing services to children and families is required. Bilingual in Spanish/English is strongly preferred. Position is based at Children's Hospital's South 76th Street location and requires a flexible schedule to meet the needs of clients. Apply at , Job ID #29176.

Safe & Sound:
Community Prosecution Unit Coordinator

Safe & Sound's Community Prosecution Unit Coordinator (CPUC) will work as the liaison between Near West Side residents, the Milwaukee Police Department, and other government entities. The CPUC's chief responsibility is to assist in the process of information gathering, organization, and reporting leading to the abatement of Community Prosecution Unit reported nuisances, including drug, gang, prostitution, graffiti and other civil and criminal issues that arise in and around properties located within the assigned Milwaukee Police District. You can find the full job description on Jobs That Serve or Safe & Sound's website .

Volunteers Sought:
Survivors Helping Survivors Support Group Facilitators

Mental Health America of Wisconsin is seeking two volunteer clinical facilitators to co-facilitate its support groups for adults and young adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. 

Requirements include knowledge and understanding of suicide loss concerns, availability one evening per month, and a one-year commitment to the group. Experience or training as a counselor or therapist or group facilitator is preferred. This is an ideal position for someone earning their 3000 post graduate hours or for a licensed clinician or counselor who is interested in grief counseling. Groups meet at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center and Rogers Memorial-Brown Deer. 

For more information or to submit a resume, contact Leah Rolando at  or 414-336-7970. 

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