Issue 7-15 | July 23, 2018
Thank you for your commitment to making Milwaukee a better place by investing in prevention efforts. Do you have:

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Yours in prevention,
Elysse Chay 
Prevention Services Manager
Community Advocates
Public Policy Institute 
There are a few ways to prevent young people from getting hooked on alcohol, drugs, or nicotine. You can warn them about the harm these substances can do, and listen to the reasons youth want to try it. You can advocate for healthier policies and make parents and interested adults aware of how these substances can affect their kids. And you can change the environment so that young people aren’t surrounded by tempting messages and products.

The  53206 Drug-Free Communities project , housed at   Community Advocates Public Policy Institute , is working on all of the above in their effort to improve the health and quality of life of Amani residents on the near North Side.

This summer, 53206 DFC Coordinator John Eshun and Associate Tyler Hadley, a Public Ally, are gathering information from youth and neighborhood retailers to learn more about the health challenges facing the 53206 with the aim of identifying targeted solutions to those challenges.

Eshun and Hadley have been working with the  Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network  to do store assessments in the neighborhood to look at the marketing and placement of various products in corner stores, primarily tobacco products and e-cigarettes, alcohol, and food.

"We talk all the time about how retail stores could potentially be a benefit to society and sell products that people need, like food and water," Eshun said. "Going in some of these corner stores and looking at the products made it very clear about what’s good and what's not."

Candidate Forum: Healthy Babies, Healthy Communities
Wednesday, July 25
Find out where candidates stand on issues related to creating healthy communities that promote healthy birth outcomes. The forum is an opportunity for the public to ask questions of the candidates in a moderated setting. Confirmed State Assembly candidates include: District 16: Rick Banks, Brandy Bond, Kalan Haywood, Danielle McClendon-Williams, and Supreme Moore Omokunde; District 18: Evan Goyke and Travis Spell. The forum will be held on Wednesday, July 25, from 1-3 p.m. at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, 225 W. Vine St., Milwaukee.
Fourth Annual Roast of Milwaukee
Monday, July 30
Presented by Milwaukee Record, you’ll hear a lot of tough love for the city on the lake. Milwaukee comedians and media personalities (including Tarik Moody and Jon Adler) will make fun of the city they love for a good cause: a portion of the proceeds will benefit Community Advocates’ Milwaukee Women’s Center, which serves men, women, and families impacted by domestic violence and/or homelessness. Tickets in advance are $7 ($10 day of show) for this evening at Club Garibaldi, 2501 S. Superior St., Milwaukee. Get details and tickets here.
MCSAP International Overdose Awareness Day Event
Wednesday, August 29
The Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition is providing resources and outreach at Washington Park Wednesdays on August 29, International Overdose Awareness Day. It's the final concert in this summer series and will feature the Diaspora Arkestra presented by James Julius Anderson and Tarik Moody. We'll send you more information as the date approaches, but go ahead and plan to stop by Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St., Milwaukee, between 5 and 8 p.m.
Save the Date
Motivational Interviewing Training 
Wednesday, September 12 & Wednesday, September 19
~Registration is Open~
You asked, so you are receiving another opportunity to learn  Motivational Interviewing  with the Alma Institute's Shawn Smith. This two-day training is offered free of charge to Milwaukee Brighter Futures/Title V and Stay Strong Milwaukee grantees. The sessions will be held on two Wednesdays, September 12 and 19, and include a light breakfast and a bag lunch. Contact Shawn Smith at  or 414-235-1930 with questions. Register here.
22 nd Annual Crisis Intervention Conference
Thursday, September 20 & Friday, September 21
With the theme of “Tapping into Resilience: Moving from Crisis to Recovery,” UW-Stevens Point is sponsoring this two-day conference at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, on September 20 and 21. Keynote speakers are Kevin Briggs on the bridge between suicide and life; Nina Gutin on clinicians and suicide loss; and Laura Sunn on first break psychosis. Registration will open soon.
Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities Conference
Wednesday, September 26 – Friday, September 28
Hosted by Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWiM), a multidisciplinary group dedicated to inspiring collaboration to help Milwaukee heal, and organized by SaintA, this Milwaukee conference is aimed at anyone working with ACEs. Get more details here.  
Wisconsin Juvenile Detention Conference
Wednesday, October 8-Friday, October 10
The Wisconsin Juvenile Detention Association is offering its 23 rd annual conference October 8-10 for those who work in the juvenile detention field and anyone working with juveniles. It’ll be held at the Chula Vista Conference Center and Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Speakers include Sheila Robinson from Sojourner Family Peace Center, Dane County Judge Everett Mitchell, and members of Urban Underground and Running Rebels. Register by September 20. Get details here.  
QPR Suicide Prevention Instructor Training
Monday, October 29
Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee is hosting and sponsoring this day-long training for those who want to become QPR instructors. The training will be held on Monday, October 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Timbers Building Conference Room, Lower Level, 700 W. Virginia St., Milwaukee. Cost: $420; includes lunch and snacks. Register before Monday, October 14, at Email for more information. 
City-County Heroin, Opioid, and Cocaine Task Force
Community Engagement Session
Tuesday, July 24
Milwaukee City-County Heroin, Opioid, Cocaine Task Force is hosting this session to discuss its initial work plan, as well as listen to community concerns about substance abuse and addiction. An overview of the task force’s initial work plan will be provided prior to discussions about highlights and gaps of the plan. Attendees will engage in activities to identify action items for each focus area of the plan and conclude with prioritizing items. The session will be held at the Mitchell Street Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library, 906 W. Historic Mitchell St., Milwaukee, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Register here for this free event. 

Pick ‘n Save Fresh Picks Mobile Market
Tuesday, July 24
The Hopkins-Lloyd Community School (1503 W. Hopkins St., Milwaukee) is hosting the Pick ‘n Save Fresh Picks Mobile Market, which provides fresh and affordable food at a 25% discount. The market accepts credit, debit, and FoodShare, but no cash. The mobile market will be in the school’s playground on Tuesday, July 24, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The market will return to the site on Tuesday, August 28.
Amani United Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, July 24
Be part of the change you want to see! The next meeting of Amani United is Tuesday, July 24, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dinner is provi ded. Meet at COA Youth & Family Centers Goldin Center, 2320 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee. All residents of the Amani neighborhood -- which is bounded by 20th Street on the east, 27th Street on the west, Center Street on the south and Keefe Ave on the north -- are welcome.
Transforming Population Health through Community-Clinical Linkages at the YMCA
Wednesday, July 25
As a leading community-based organization, the YMCA can serve as a trusted partner in extending the goals of the clinical sector into community settings. YMCA chronic disease prevention and management programs focus on long-term, relationship-based support for individuals in making small, sustainable lifestyle changes that have dramatic effects on health outcomes. Sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Waukesha County , a Partnerships for Success partner, this no-cost event is targeted toward health care professionals who want to learn more about the resources the YMCA offers.This event will be held on Wednesday, July 25, from 7 to 9 a.m. at Milwaukee Marriott West, W231N1600 Corporate Court, Waukesha. Get details and register here.
Drop After Dark
Wednesday, July 25
In conjunction with the summer Point in Time count, Pathfinders and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center are sponsoring this evening event for young people ages 14-25 without a home. Stop by Pathfinders, 4200 N. Holton, after 7 p.m. (call after 11 p.m.) for free entertainment, food, and a safe space. Call 414-964-2565 for details.
MICAH Candidate Forum
Thursday, July 26
Learn about the candidates running for Milwaukee County Sheriff and State Assembly District 16 at this MICAH -sponsored forum. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, 905 W. North Ave., Milwaukee. 
Nonprofit Involvement in Lobbying and Voter Registration Efforts in Milwaukee
Thursday, July 26
This community leadership briefing, sponsored by the Nonprofit Repositioning Initiative, supported by Forward Community Investments, will provide the results of the first-ever survey of Milwaukee nonprofit involvement in nonpartisan voter registration and lobbying efforts. Presenters include Ashlie Benson and Kyle Hagge, Trinity Fellows at Marquette University, and Frank Martinelli of the Nonprofit Repositioning Initiative and the Center for Public Skills Training. This no-cost event is open to the public and will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, July 26, at the BMO Harris Community Room, 2745 N. MLK Drive, Lower Level, Milwaukee. Register here.
MKE Unplug Day Meet-Up
Thursday, July 26
You were born unplugged, so why not celebrate it? Enjoy MKE Unplug Day Meet Up for young people under the age of 26. It’s a free, fun event -- with games and barbecue – to let people mix and mingle and enjoy being unplugged. Details: Thursday, July 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Gordon Park, 2828 N. Humboldt Blvd, Milwaukee. Sponsored by SaintA, All 4 Kids Foster Care Support, Journey House, and Owen’s Place. #mkeunplugged 
Summer Slam Block Party
Friday, July 27
This family-friendly event sponsored by Neighborhood House of Milwaukee and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin offers a performance by the amazing Milwaukee Flyers, plus a DJ and music, crafts, games, free giveaways, food, STI testing and blood pressure checks. The party will be held at Neighborhood House, 2819 W. Richardson Place, Milwaukee, from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
'The Children’s Hour'
Friday, July 27-Sunday, July 29
Lillian Hellman’s classic play about social ostracism and suicide is being revived by the Outskirts Theatre Company. Get details and tickets here.
7ei of Trauma-Sensitive Schools
Monday, August 6
This training is an introduction to the model of trauma informed care that SaintA has developed over the past seven years and has implemented across a variety of school environments. This training, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, August 6, at SaintA Franciscan Center, 8901 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee, costs $120, with lunch provided. Get details and register here.
Semi-Annual QPR Suicide Prevention Trainer Update
Monday, August 13
Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee is hosting a QPR Suicide Prevention Trainer update that will focus on sharing and reviewing the current QPR training materials, networking, and learning more about suicide in greater Milwaukee. This training is open to all certified QPR Suicide Prevention Trainers who conduct training in Greater Milwaukee. Details: Monday, August 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Tannery Conference Room, 700 W. Virginia St., Milwaukee. Dinner will be provided at this no-cost event. Learn more and register here by August 8.
Briefing on Proposed 2019 Milwaukee County Department Budget Requests
Tuesday, August 14
The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force and the Make It Work Milwaukee Coalition are hosting this overview of the 2019 department budget requests made to County Executive Chris Abele. Learn about the county’s priorities regarding transit, corrections, health and human services, disability services, housing, the Behavioral Health Division, and aging. This briefing will be held on Tuesday, August 14, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Independence First , 540 S. First St., Milwaukee.  
Research & Resources
#4Mind4Body/Para la Mente Para el Cuerpo Materials
#4Mind4Body/Para la Mente Para el Cuerpo Materials: To mark July as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Mental Health America has translated all of its 2018 #4Mind4Body materials into Spanish. Access them at this link.
The Benefits and Risks of Asking Research Participants about Suicide
From Clinical Psychology Review: This meta-analysis found that asking research participants about suicide does not increase risk, and may be associated with small benefits. Ethics review boards should calibrate their consideration of the risks associated with participation based on the available evidence and relative to the cost of depriving potential participants of any benefits that participation may offer.
Job Opportunities
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Community Advocates is supported by ReCAST, 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.