Issue 6-24   
                 November 28, 2016 
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Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health released

SAMHSA is pleased to announce the release of Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. This landmark report was developed as a collaboration between SAMHSA and the Office of the Surgeon General.

Nearly 21 million people in America have a substance use disorder involving alcohol or drugs, an astonishing figure that is comparable to the number of people in our country with diabetes and higher than the total number of Americans suffering from all cancers combined. But in spite of the massive scope of this problem, only 1 in 10 people with a substance use disorder receives treatment.

Nearly every American will know a victim of gun violence

Nearly all Americans are likely to know a victim of gun violence within their social networks during their lifetime, indicating that citizens are "closer to gun violence than they perceive," according to a new study by researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine.

In a study in the journal Preventive Medicine, the research team used fatal and non-fatal gun injury data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and estimates of the number of social relationships a person accrues during his or her lifetime to gauge the likelihood of Americans knowing a gun violence victim.

Why schools and work matter for adolescent health (via HHS Office of Adolescent Health)
Five days a week, U.S. adolescents spend an average of 7 hours per day in school - almost a third of their time. As they transition into young adulthood, that time will be spent at work instead. The Lancet Commission’s report on adolescent health and well-being identified both work and school as key places for intervening to support adolescent health.

We know that health, education, and work reinforce each other:
  • Unhealthy young people are more likely to miss school and work. Both physical (e.g., asthma or diabetes) and mental health issues can lead to missed school or work. Chronic absences in school increase the likelihood of dropping out. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, missed days at work cost U.S. businesses over $225 billion each year.
  • Healthy young people are better learners. Healthy breakfasts and physical activity each have been linked to better grades, test scores, and cognition. In contrast, risky behaviors such as substance abuse can keep young people from pursuing their education and work goals.
  • Education and work can influence health. Education is a key social determinant of health. It helps people make more informed decisions for their health and increases access to jobs and environments that better support health.
Have you heard of Progressive Community Health Centers?
Since 1999, Progressive Community Health Centers has provided high quality, comprehensive care primarily
to underserved and uninsured populations in Milwaukee's central city. As a thriving, trusted focal point in the  community, we work to build neighborhoo d assets and eliminate health disparities by offering medical, dental, integrated behavioral health and social services. Financial counselors are available at all clinic locations to help patients with financial assistance and benefits enrollment. We also partner with Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin when medical needs are more complex, referring patients to some of the most skilled doctors in the area.
Winter Accessories for Students at Bethune Academy
Ongoing until December 14
Milwaukee, WI

More information for what to bring and where to drop off here.
Pulling Together for Peace
December 9, 5pm
Milwaukee, WI

The 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project is partnering with COA Goldin Youth & Family Center and Safe & Sound to host the first ever Pulling Together for Peace Awards Dinner . During this event, we will be recognizing parents, residents, staff, youth, and store owners from the AMANI (53206) and Harmabee neighborhoods that have gone above and beyond to service their communities in a positive way!  Dinner will be provided and we will have a key note from Brother Andre Lee Ellis from the We Got This Program.   This event will be taking place at the COA Goldin Center at 2320 W. Burleigh.

LIHF Program Director
Milwaukee, WI

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County (UWGMWC) has a unique position opening as LIHF Program Director, responsible for leading, managing, and evaluating policy, systems, and environmental change strategies through the Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Collaborative. The full position description is available online.

Brighter Futures

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