Issue 7-21 | October 15, 2018
Thank you for your commitment to making Milwaukee a better place by investing in prevention efforts. Do you have:

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Forward the information to Elysse at . Thank you for your service to Milwaukee!

Yours in prevention,
Elysse Chay 
Prevention Manager
Community Advocates
Public Policy Institute 
Bucks Neighborhood Goes Smoke-Free
Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry explained very simply why downtown’s new 30-acre entertainment district is free of cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes: "This is kind of the new living room of Milwaukee."

And just like most people wouldn’t allow someone to light up in their living room,  the Bucks decided that not allowing smoking or vaping on their home turf   would allow the vast majority of visitors to feel comfortable and be healthy while enjoying a game or concert in the Fiserv Forum or simply hanging out on the plaza, in the parking structure, or the Sports Science Center.

"Our hope is that maybe this will lead to a lot of people realizing that smoking is not cool and hip, it’s not the thing that I should be doing," Lasry explained at the quarterly meeting of the  City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance . "Hopefully we will start to set an example and lead on this issue."

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
October 23, November 13 & November 30
If you know first aid for physical emergencies, consider learning first aid for mental health emergencies. Youth Mental Health First Aid helps concerned adults learn the signs of mental health issues in young people so that they can get the appropriate help when they need it.

The Public Policy Institute is offering three full-day, free-of-charge sessions this autumn, on October 23, November 13, and November 30. All are welcome to attend. Register at this link.
Red Ribbon Week
October 23-31
Red Ribbon Week runs from October 23 to October 31. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment toward the creation of a drug-free America. Thousands of schools across the country use this time to engage youth in dialogues about the importance of making positive life choices and avoiding the temptation to use drugs and alcohol. It is an ideal way for people and communities to implement substance abuse prevention curriculum and activities.

53206 Drug-Free Communities Project encourages everyone to show their commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon and participating in Red Ribbon Week. 
Assembly District 8 Candidate Forum Sheds Light on Latinx Health Issues
Last week, the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance and the Wisconsin Hispanic-Latino Tobacco Prevention Network sponsored a forum at UMOS for the candidates in Assembly District 8, state Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa and challenger Angel Sanchez. In this lively forum focused on health issues of concern to the Latinx community, moderated by Jesus Barbosa of the American Cancer Society, Zamarripa and Sanchez fielded questions on the impact of the opioid epidemic on the Latinx community, tobacco use among young people, public safety, and health care. If you missed the forum, check out the livestream on the Alliance’s Facebook page
Watch This Space: New PPI Training Center 
It’s still a work in progress, but the Public Policy Institute’s training center will be opening its doors soon. PPI is launching the space, at 6900 W. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, as a training and meeting site for large groups (with ample free parking). Last week, PPI staff participated in a strategic planning meeting led by Carlton Hall and organized by Healistry’s Natalie Cooper. We’ll be open for business by November 5, when we’re offering a four-day training in Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training. (See the next item for details.) 
Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)
November 5 through November 8
This four-day in-person training offers prevention supporters that are working within a community coalition best practices for substance use prevention. Topics will include SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework, risk and protective factors that make it more or less likely that a young person will use/misuse drugs/substances, and a deep dive into local substance abuse issues.

This no-cost training is targeted to prevention professionals, those seeking Wisconsin Prevention Specialist certification, public health professionals, health educators, key community coalition staff and prevention project directors that have been working with a community coalition for about a year or more. It’s sponsored by the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth and will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 5 through 8 at the Public Policy Institute Training Center, 6900 W. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee. Lunch is included. Register and get details here .
Circles of Support Forming
for Men Returning from Prison
The Milwaukee Reentry Council, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, Project Return, and MICAH are organizing three monthly circles of support for men returning to our community after incarceration. The circles will include newly returned citizens, plus men who themselves have successfully come back to the community from incarceration, and community volunteers who wish to support returning citizens.

Circles of Support meet monthly at:

Hephatha Lutheran Church: First Wednesday of each month at 12 noon with a shared meal at noon to start; next circle will be on Wednesday, November 7, at 12 noon

St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church: Third Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. with a shared meal afterwards; next circle will be on Sunday, November 18, at 3 p.m.

Project Return: Second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. with a shared meal afterwards; next circle will be on Thursday, November 15, at 6 p.m.

Please contact Wendel Hruska at Project Return or Conor Williams at Community Advocates if you wish to learn more or to sign up to be part of Circles of Support. You must sign up to be part of Circles of Support:

Wendel Hruska, Project Return, (414) 218-2238 or
Conor Williams, Community Advocates (262) 442-4646 or
HIDTA Prevention Initiative Training Conference
Thursday, November 8 & Friday, November 9
Please join Safe & Sound and North Central HIDTA for the first HIDTA Prevention Initiative Training Conference. The conference will focus on sharing experiences and effective prevention techniques as well as problem solving today’s prevention challenges. Meet your fellow HIDTA Prevention Initiative colleagues and strengthen our shared prevention network at this no-cost event in Milwaukee. To register for the conference, please click here .
1 Thing You Can Do to Support Domestic Violence Survivors
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. While we honor and support survivors every day of the year, Community Advocates’ Milwaukee Women’s Center encourages everyone to participate in the  Domestic Violence Awareness Project’s campaign to do "1 Thing" to support survivors in October.

"Although many more people are becoming aware of the existence and impact of domestic violence, to truly put an end to the cycle of violence we need to act on that awareness," said Community Advocates CEO Andi Elliott. "That’s why we are encouraging everyone to do 1 Thing in October to show your support for survivors. Each one of us can play a part in ending the cycle of abuse and restoring hope."

Marquette Law School Restorative Justice Initiative Conference 2018: The Power of Restorative Justice in Healing Trauma in Our Community
Friday, November 9
This day-long conference will explore how trauma impacts our community, looking through the lenses of victims, law enforcement, and those working in the criminal justice system. We will reflect on how restorative justice can be used to begin the healing process. Trauma has a ripple effect, pushing out from each person’s experience into the community as a whole. The conference introduction by Janine Geske will be followed by a premiere showing of a one-hour film, TORN BY TRAUMA: Restoring Community One Life at a Time,” focusing on a healing circle featuring law enforcement and community members. A series of panel discussions with comments and reflections will follow the film. The conference will be held at Marquette University Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; registration fee is $20, but Marquette students and employees may attend at no charge. Scholarships are available. RSVP and get details here.
Milwaukee Film's Black Lens
Community Advocates and the Public Policy Institute are proud Community Partners in Milwaukee Film's Black Lens, which highlights the work of African American filmmakers. Community Advocates is partnering in three screenings of "Mighty Ground," while the Public Policy Institute is supporting "Little Woods." See you at the movies!
Community Conversations on School Culture
October 15-November 12
Milwaukee Public Schools invites the public to attend one of eight Community Conversations throughout October and November to discuss how to strengthen school culture. MPS encourages a friendly, open, and positive climate in all of their schools for every child to learn and grow in. They need to hear all voices including families, students, staff, business partners, and city leaders. Input from the community at large is critical as MPS works to develop solutions that create the best possible learning environment in every school.

Topics of conversation will include:
  • Developing a welcoming environment
  • Safety and discipline
  • Leveraging resources

Conversations will be held at MPS schools throughout the city from October 15 through November 12. Click here for the full schedule.
Car Seat and Booster Safety Check
Tuesday, October 16
Find out if your child’s car or booster seat is installed securely at this community event presented by Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, at the Cudahy Fire Department, Station 2, 3115 E. Ramsey Ave., Cudahy. The Cudahy Health Department is offering low-cost car seats to income-eligible families. Please allow 40 minutes per safety check; appointments are recommended. Contact 414-231-4894 or go to for more information. 
Jewish Family Services 2018 Annual Meeting
Guest Speaker, Documentary Filmmaker Faith Kohler, JD
Wednesday, October 17
Jewish Family Services invites the community to attend their 2018 annual meeting to learn more about their mission to serve more than 2,500 individuals, families, and children in need. Their guest speaker will be Faith Kohler, JD, who created the film 30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle, which tells the story of chronic homelessness in Milwaukee and the challenges faced by individuals living with mental health issues, addiction, and social isolation. The event begins with a reception on 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, at Congregation Sinai, 8233 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee. Please register at this link by October 15.
Milwaukee Project Homeless Connect
Thursday, October 18
Milwaukee Project Homeless Connect is a one-stop shop for those experiencing homelessness who want to connect to services. This year, free services include dental and vision exams, haircuts, housing assessments and applications, clothing and hygiene items, legal assistance, and employment resources. If you are bringing a guest, click on this link for an explanation of the event, and documents to bring for various services. To register your organization’s resource table or sign up for volunteer positions, click here . Purchase and send items on the event’s Amazon wish list if you would like to support Project Homeless Connect but can’t attend. Project Homeless Connect is sponsored by the Milwaukee Continuum of Care and the City of Milwaukee, and its volunteers are managed and organized by United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County . Project Homeless Connect will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Neighborhood Night
Thursday, October 18
On Neighborhood Night , Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (929 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee) offers free admission from 5 to 8 p.m. each third Thursday of the month! Enjoy access to all of the museum’s hands-on exhibits, and stop by the "Be a Maker" space to find tools, materials, and techniques for endless ways to experiment and create. Additional Neighborhood Nights will be held on November 15 and December 20.
Empowerment Coalition of Milwaukee Workshop
Friday, October 19
The Empowerment Coalition of Milwaukee, sponsored by Community Advocates , will hold this discussion of Housing Services at the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, 225 W. Vine St., Milwaukee, from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, October 19. Workshops are $5 per session; please pay in advance or on the day of the workshop.  Click here for details and to register
Urban Cultural Constructs
Friday, October 19
Mike Williams is presenting this session on the unique development of personality and identity, heavily influenced by cultural identification, accentuated by marginalization and stigmatization from the majority culture. The session will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, October 19, at the Radisson Hotel, 2303 N. Mayfair Road, Milwaukee. RSVP to Sue Clark at or 414-257-7767. A light breakfast and afternoon snacks will be provided; lunch is not included.
2018 Wisconsin Summit on Opioids & Meth
Tuesday, October 23 & Wednesday, October 24
This summit on opioids and meth, sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, will focus on collaborations between law enforcement, public health agencies, and prevention and treatment providers. The Summit will highlight the good work of our Wisconsin anti-drug coalitions and introduce best practices from around the country for protecting our most vulnerable neighbors. Attendees will have the option to select from over 40 programs as they work with other professionals to address this national epidemic. The summit will be held at Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. Cost is $75. Register at this link.
MPS: A Thread in Milwaukee’s Fabric
Wednesday, October 24
A significant thread in Milwaukee’s fabric, Milwaukee Public Schools is impacted by the weave of the city as a whole. A historical context to Milwaukee’s segregated past is essential to understanding current challenges faced within our city and our school district. America’s Black Holocaust Museum Head Griot Reggie Jackson will set the scene and lead a discussion about positive solutions to uplift students and families. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Milwaukee French Immersion School 2360 N. 52nd St., Milwaukee; it’s sponsored by the school’s Parent Teacher Association. Space is limited so reserve your seat here . Child care is available. 
Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap
Wednesday, October 24
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is offering two half-day sessions on the Marquette University campus that will offer concrete actions leaders can take to bridge the divide and embrace the systems, culture and behavior changes that align with the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

  • Morning Session: Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap: Sean Thomas-Breitfield and Frances Kunreuther will present key findings of the Nonprofits, Leadership and Race Survey. This session is free but RSVPs are required.
  • Afternoon Session: Sean Thomas-Breitfield will lead a hands-on social change workshop. This session is $30 and reservations are required
Zero Suicide Topic Call
Wednesday, October 24
All are welcome to join Prevent Suicide Wisconsin ’s quarterly Zero Suicide topic calls. The October 24 call, scheduled to start at 11 a.m., will cover suicide prevention in the jail. Dial 1-888-387-8686; passcode: 5111211.
National Rx Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, October 27
Be part of the solution by getting rid of medications you no longer need. You can save a life, prevent a poisoning, and reduce the chance a friend or loved one misuses medication when you dispose of your unused medication safely and securely. Check out Dose of Reality’s website for a drop-off location near you.
Learning Community Opportunity: Milwaukee Habitat
Wednesday, November 7
Milwaukee Habitat staff will present an overview of Milwaukee Habitat’s history, current activities and future plans. Learn about the role of the ReStores and the Neighborhood Revitalization strategy in Washington Park and Midtown. The session will be held on Wednesday, November 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, 225 W. Vine St., Milwaukee. Register here.
WRTP/Big Step Information Session
Thursday, November 8
Want to change careers or find a family-supporting job? Attend WRTP/Big Step’s information session on how to enroll in its programs or find additional assistance. Reserve your spot in the November 8 session by calling 414-342-9787 (or 711 if you are hearing-impaired). Starting time is 1 p.m. Another session will be held at 9 a.m. on December 6.
Community Engagement Symposium
Deepening Partnerships in Pursuit of Social Justice
Tuesday, November 13
Marquette University’s Community Engagement Symposium provides community organizations, faculty, staff and students the chance to engage in bidirectional research and learning opportunities and strengthen partnerships. The keynote speaker is Howard Fuller, Founder and Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette. The symposium includes breakout sessions, a poster display, awards, and a networking reception. Find details and register at this link.
Research & Resources
Zero Suicide: Regional Training Grants
Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA) is pleased to announce the upcoming availability of funding to support regional Zero Suicide training grants. The funding is made possible by an increase in the federal mental health block grant (MHBG), part of which the Division of Care and Treatment Services/Department of Health Services (DHS) has provided to MHA for this effort. Click here for details.
Practical Theorist: Addressing the Opioid Crisis through
Community Prevention
From Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America: CADCA has released their latest Practical Theorist: Addressing the Opioid Crisis through Community Prevention - An Application of the Seven Strategies for Community Change.  
Job Opportunities
Elysse Chay | Community Advocates Public Policy Institute | 414-270-6936  | |
Community Advocates is supported by ReCAST MKE, a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, under Grant No. 5H79SM063524.