Milwaukee Prevention Journal 
April 2, 2018
Issue 7-7

Thank you for your commitment to making Milwaukee a better place by investing in prevention efforts. Do you have:
  • Job openings?
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  • News to share?
  • Suggestions?

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

Yours in prevention,
Elysse Chay 
Prevention Services Manager
Community Advocates
Public Policy Institute 


MCSAP Drug Take-Back Drives
Thursday, April 12

Don't let unwanted medications clutter your medicine cabinet or get into the hands of the wrong people. It's easy to get rid of medication, vitamins, and patches during the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition and partners' Drug Take-Back Drives on Thursday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

It's vitally important to get rid of of medications you don't need anymore. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), a shocking 80% of new heroin abusers started their opioid addiction by misusing prescription medications and cough syrups. A home medicine cabinet is a common source of these misused meds. In addition, flushing medication down the toilet or pouring it down the drain sends those chemicals into Lake Michigan. They ultimately wind up in our drinking water.

Last year, MCSAP and partners collected an astounding 101.7 pounds of pills and 61.3 pounds of cream and liquid medications during their take-back event in West Allis. 

This year, the coalition will receive medications at two convenient locations:
  • Milwaukee: Hayat Pharmacy, 1919 W. North Ave.; look for the orange Children's Community Health Plan tent
  • West Allis: Summit Place, 6737 W. Washington St.; look for the white Skywalk Pharmacy tent

"Unused medications pose a threat to other people in the household and pollute our waterways when they're not disposed of properly," said Kasaundra Brown, MCSAP coordinator. "We are grateful to our partners for going out into the community and making it so easy to drop off medications, vitamins, and other substances that are of no use anymore."

The coalition is also promoting the Wisconsin Department of Justice Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 28, which will collect medications at sites throughout the state. 

And don't forget that drug drop-off options are expanding throughout Milwaukee County and will receive unwanted medication every day of the year.

Thanks to secure, MCSAP-enabled drop boxes, prescription medications can be dropped off at all City of Milwaukee and suburban Milwaukee County police stations, as well as at UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University police stations, with no questions asked. 

In addition, City of Milwaukee Fire stations offer secure mail-back envelopes so that you can dispose of your medications through the mail. Hayat Pharmacy, and some Walgreens and CVS locations, also offer take-back options as well. 

"A good way to prevent drug misuse and addiction is to remove your unused medications so that others can't misuse them," said Deavon Collins, Partnership for Success coordinator. "Thanks to drug take-back events, permanent drop boxes, pharmacy partnerships, and mail-back envelopes, everyone can find at least one convenient method to get rid of unwanted drugs."
Community Advocates 
Public Policy Institute
10th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, April 26

The Roots and Legacy of Housing Segregation

~Registration Deadline April 12~

On April 26, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute will celebrate our 10th anniversary with a special night at the Milwaukee Public Museum featuring keynote speaker Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction. Local historian Reggie Jackson, Head Griot of America's Black Holocaust Museum, will also address the audience.

Richard Rothstein

Reggie Jackson

Here's what you can expect:

VIP Reception, 6 p.m.: Sponsors and individuals with VIP tickets will be able to meet Rothstein and Jackson in an intimate gathering at the Milwaukee Public Museum with light refreshments from 6 to 7 p.m., before the main program begins. Individual VIP tickets, which include admission to the VIP Reception, the Main Event, and the Mix & Mingle, are $210.

Main Event, 7 p.m.: All guests will attend attend Rothstein's and Jackson's presentations on the roots and legacy of local and national policies creating residential segregation. Individual general admission tickets to the Main Event and Mix & Mingle are $55.

Mix & Mingle, 8 p.m.: All guests will enjoy private, after-hours access to Milwaukee Public Museum's recently renovated Streets of Old Milwaukee, which provides an environment in which guests can reflect on the past in order to transform the future. Our mix and mingle, with desserts and coffee, will conclude at 9 p.m. Admission to the Mix & Mingle is included with all ticket purchases.

Haven't read  The Color of Law yet?  Boswell Book Co. will be on hand to sell copies, which Rothstein has graciously agreed to sign that evening.

Individual tickets are on sale now. The registration deadline is Thursday, April 12, so purchase your individual VIP or general admission ticket today!

The Public Policy Institute is also offering organizations an opportunity to sponsor this one-of-a-kind evening event. Benefits vary based on sponsorship level, but they can include access to a VIP reception with Rothstein and Jackson, tickets to the main event, complimentary copies of The Color of Law, and recognition in all promotional materials. 

Contact PPI Deputy Director Kari Lerch at or 414-270-2950 for details about partnering with the Public Policy Institute on this event.

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April Is National 
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Press Conference
Monday, April 9

During April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, The Parenting Network encourages  all individuals and organizations to play a  role in m aking  the Greater Milwaukee Area a better place for children and  families.  By ensuring  that  parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care  for their  children, we  can  help prevent child abuse  and neglect by making  meaningful connections with children,  youth  and  families in our communities.
April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children and  strengthening families. Everyone's  participation is critical. Focusing on ways to connect with families is the best thing our community  can do to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Please join The Parenting Network and friends at next week's press conference, where Mayor Tom Barrett will present an April Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation. The press conference will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 9, in the Milwaukee City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. Contact Joyce Felker at or 414-671-5575 ext. 34 for details.

What's in the $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill?

Congress and the president signed off on an omnibus spending bill to fund the government through the end of September. So did prevention initiatives receive much support? 

They did, the Prevention Institute found, writing, " Compared to earlier drafts of the House and Senate spending bills and the Trump administration's proposed budget, prevention and public health fared better than expected, and spending on domestic programs is at its highest level since 2010."

Anna Goetze, who  worked with the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance to conduct a Community Readiness Assessment about tobacco use in the LGBTQ+ community, argues in this blog post that the US Food and Drug Administration is sending mixed messages about the safety of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. Goetze encourages readers to submit comments to the FDA so that your voice is part of the agency's decision-making process. She included a link to the FDA's comment form, so share it widely with your networks.

The Parenting Network Spring Classes

The Parenting Network is facilitating a slew of sessions to help parents be the best they can be. Contact The Parent Helpline at 414-671-0566 with questions or to register.

Triple P Parenting: An internationally acclaimed parenting program that offers practical strategies for behavior problems. Six Tuesdays, April 3 through May 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Sojourner Peace Center, Beyond Abuse, 334 W. Brown St., Milwaukee. Fee $30. Cosponsored by Milwaukee Brighter Futures, Sojourner Peace Center, and United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.

The Power of Positive Parenting: Part of the Triple P Parenting Programs. From 6:15 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at the Franklin Library. Call 414-425-9101 to register.

Strengthening Families Program 10-14: For parents, caregivers, and their youth ages 10-14. This is a free, seven-week series that provides adults and their youth with family meals, fun, and tools to bring your family together. Seven Wednesdays, April 4 through May 9, at Auer Avenue School, 2319 W. Auer Ave., Milwaukee. Registration is required by April 2. Space is limited to 10 families. Call 414-671-0566 or email Cosponsored by Milwaukee Brighter Futures.

Raising Resilient Children: Part of the Triple P Parenting Program. From 6:30 to 8:15 on Wednesday, April 4, at the West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation Department. Go to to register.

Fireworks: An Effective Approach to Dealing with Anger: Facilitator Chuck Adam helps individuals and couples understand, manage, and respond to anger. Thursdays, April 5 through June 14, no class May 3, 6 to 8 p.m., at The Parenting Network, 7516W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee. Cost: $100 per individual, $150 per couple. There is no child care for this series. Call 414-671-0566 to register.

Community Connections: Parent Cafés allow parents to share, learn, and act together to celebrate parenting and create change. Includes a free family meal for each café with limited childcare provided with early registration.  Register by contacting Eyleen Lopez at 414-671-5575 ext. 28 or .
  • Don & Sallie Boys & Girls Club, Spanish Program, 1975 S. 24th St., Milwaukee. Tuesdays 5:30 to 8 p.m., April 10, May 8, and June 12. 
  • Metcalfe Community Bridges, Lighthouse Bookstore, 3624 W. North Ave., Milwaukee. Tuesdays, 5:30 to 8 p.m., April 17, May 15, and June 19. 
  • Heartlove Place, St. Francis Parish, 1927 N. Fourth St, Milwaukee. Mondays, 5 to 7:30 p.m., April 23, May 21, June 25.  
Dealing with Disobedience: Part of the Triple P Parenting Programs. From 6:15 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, at the Franklin Library. Call 414-425-9101 to register.

Developing Good Bedtime Routines: Part of the Triple P Parenting Programs. From 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, at the Oak Creek Library. Register at

Hassle-Free Shopping with Children: Part of the Triple P Parenting Programs. From 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 13, at the Central Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library, register at

Raising Resilient Children: Part of the Triple P Parenting Programs. From 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, at the Oak Creek Library. Register at

Developing Good Bedtime Routines: Part of the Triple P Parenting Program. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, at MPS Recreation Department, Beulah Brinton. Register at

Dealing with Disobedience: Part of the Triple P Parenting Program. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 30, at MPS Recreation Department, Beulah Brinton. Register at

Triple P Parent Coaching: Ongoing. If you have a child or children ages 2-12 and are looking for support about how to handle a specific issue or parenting challenge, schedule a private session with a Triple P coach. Call 414-671-0566 to schedule up to four free sessions.
Save the Date

 Southeast Wisconsin 
Reentry Employment Expo
Thursday, May 17

Stop in at the Southeast Wisconsin Reentry Employment Expo and develop relationships with agencies preparing ex-offenders to be the successful workers you need.  Learn how these intermediary agencies accompany the returning citizen and your business to promote successful employment. This is a no-cost networking event aimed at helping your business thrive by learning how to successfully employ the previously incarcerated.

The expo will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cousins Center, 3501 S. Lake Shore Drive, Milwaukee. Get details here.

Alliance for Wisconsin Youth
Regional Training 
in the Works

Members of the Northeast, Southeast, and Southern regions of the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth should save May 21 and 22 for this training opportunity. Registration will open soon for this Milwaukee-area conference. 

UWM Pride 
Discovery Camp
Tuesday, June 19 
through Sunday, June 24

UWM Pride Discovery Camp is designed to inspire LGBT+ high school students to embrace their multiple identities and gain a better understanding of marginalized identities through community building, activism, self-expression, and connections in the LGBT+ Communities. Pride Discovery Camp provides a unique camp experience that empowers and enriches students with confidence and leadership skills and encourages campers to realize their full potential. Click here to apply; deadline is June 1. However, May 17 is the priority deadline for scholarship consideration.

2018 Trauma in Our Community Conference
Wednesday, June 20

The UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education is hosting Trauma in Our Community, which is intended for teachers, school and youth counselors, psychologists, social workers, medical providers, parents, and those interested in addressing the vital subject of trauma care throughout the community. The daylong conference will be held on Wednesday, June 20; cost: $199, or $179 if registered by May 30. This conference qualifies for 0.7 Continuing Education Units and seven Continuing Education Hours. Register here. 

The Work: 
Film Viewing & Panel
Tuesday, April 3
UW-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Work is presenting this free screening of The Work, a documentary illuminating a group therapy retreat with level-four convicts in Folsom Prison. A panel discussion with individuals who have participated in group sessions within prisons will follow. 

This free event, to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Enderis Hall, 2400 E. Hartford Ave., Milwaukee, is open to the public and includes light refreshments. RSVP here.

Five Protective Factors Training
April 6 through June 15
The Parenting Network is sponsoring this six-session strength-based training for family service providers this spring. The Five Protective Factors of the Strengthening Families Approach  (Parental Resilience, Concrete Support in Times of Need, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, and the Social and Emotional Competence of Children) helps to strengthen families, support a child's development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.

These no-cost sessions will be held on April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18, June 1, and June 15 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at The Parenting Network, 7516 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee. To register for individual sessions or all six sessions, call the parent helpline at 414-671-0566. Questions? Email Andrea Libber at
Crime Victims/Survivors
Resource Fair & Walk
Thursday, April 12

To mark National Crime Victims' Rights Week, gather to support the survivors of crime and learn more about staying safe.  The event begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 12, at the Boys & Girls Club, 3000 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee. Guest speakers from Guardians of the Children and the Milwaukee County Department on Aging will be featured. 
2018 DWD Reentry Job & Resource Fair
Thursday, April 12

Employers and community-based resources are invited to join the Department of Workforce Development at this unique event to help the reentry population connect with job opportunities and resources.

Registration is $55 per booth.

The job and resource fair will be held at Job Center Central, 4201 N. 27th St., Milwaukee, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get details here.  

Prevent Suicide Wisconsin 2018 Annual Conference
Promoting Resilience and Hope to Prevent Suicide
Friday, April 13

~Registration Deadline Is April 4~

Prevent Suicide Wisconsin's eighth annual conference is targeted to school professionals, emergency services, law enforcement, mental health and AODA professionals, veteran groups, clergy, health care providers, community coalitions and anyone interested in suicide prevention on the local and state level. Keynote speaker Mettie Spiess, CWP, has trained more than 15,000 students, educators, and corporate leaders in her signature "Empowered Voices Save Lives!" program and support curriculum. 

The Wisconsin Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board has authorized the National Association of Social Workers-Wisconsin Chapter (NASW-WI) to approve 6.25 continuing education hours for the Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference .

Pre-conference trainings will be held on Thursday, April 12. Register here.

Pain in the Nation Webinar
Tuesday, May 1
Please join this Dialogue4Health Web Forum co-hosted by Well Being Trust and Trust for America's Health for a panel discussion with public health leaders as they highlight the report Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy, which found that deaths from drugs, alcohol, and suicide could account for 1.6 million fatalities over the coming decade. And that's a conservative estimate. 

This no-cost webinar will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1. RSVP here.

NAMI Wisconsin 
Action on the Square
Thursday, May 3
Join NAMI Wisconsin on Thursday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Action on the Square, a day to spread awareness about mental health, learn about current legislative issues, and tell your elected officials what people affected by mental illness need to thrive. Registration deadline is Friday, April 6; fee is $10.   Register here.

Questions? Contact Jamie Gurgul at .

Bike Day
Saturday, May 19
 Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers is once again sponsoring Bike Day at Kosciuszko Park (2201 S. Seventh St., Milwaukee) on Saturday, May 19, a family-friendly day of food, music, activities, Zumba and Salsa, healthy food, a bike parade, and raffles for free bikes, helmets, and locks. Questions: Call 414-897-5158 for more information.

resourcesResearch & Resources
Annual Total Binge Drinks Consumed by U.S. Adults, 2015

From the American Journal of Preventive Medicine: Binge drinking (four or more drinks for women, five or more drinks for men on an occasion) accounts for more than half of the 88,000 U.S. deaths resulting from excessive drinking annually.

A new measure of total annual binge drinks was used to assess these disparities at the state and national levels. In 2015, a total of 17.1% of U.S. adults (37.4 million) reported an annual average of 53.1 binge-drinking episodes per binge drinker, at an average intensity of 7.0 drinks per binge episode, resulting in 17.5 billion total binge drinks, or 467.0 binge drinks per binge drinker. Although binge drinking was more common among young adults (aged 18-34 years), half of the total binge drinks were consumed by adults aged ≥35 years. 

Total binge drinks per binge drinker were substantially higher among those with lower educational levels and household incomes than among those with higher educational levels and household incomes.

Prevention Institute's 
Gun Violence Prevention Recommendations

In the wake of the March for Our Lives, the Prevention Institute released its new recommendations for reducing gun violence. " Through a  public health approach that focuses on drawing from evidence and addressing the factors that increase or decrease the risk of gun violence, particularly in communities that are disproportionately impacted, we can save lives," they write.

Community Advocates
Spring 2018 Newsletter

We've been busy! Our Spring 2018 newsletter is full of useful information and inspirational stories. Learn about Melvette's journey from homelessness to success in graduate school, our just-launched Autumn West Outreach Room, ways you can reduce your risk of sexual violence, and how you can lower your energy bills by applying for Energy Assistance benefits before May 15.

Don't miss the next issue.  Sign up here to receive this quarterly conversation about serving Milwaukee's basic needs. Enter your email and select "General Community Advocates e-Newsletter" when prompted. Thank you!

  Addiction Policy Forum
Wisconsin Chapter

The mission of Addiction Policy Forum State Chapters is to find and support families impacted by addiction. By supporting families in crisis, we can link them to the help they need -- whether through ARC (Addiction Resource Center) or our national crisis line. State Chapters will work to eliminate stigma surrounding
addiction and bring science to families for clearer information, launch resources and programs, and promote awareness campaigns.

Connect with the Wisconsin Chapter on Facebook to learn more about how you can get involved.

Appearance Bullying: 
How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones 

This webinar, from Kidpower, helps viewers understand how to protect people with rare diseases from bullying. The website also include additional resources and information on bullying.

leadersLeaders Needed
Amani's Moody Park Resident Safety Team

Safe & Sound and the Dominican Center are looking for resident leaders who want to keep their neighborhood safe. The Safety Team meets the first Monday of the month at 4 p.m. at COA Goldin Family Community Center. Call Octavia at 414-442-5273 or Adrian at 414-788-1017 for more information.

Emerging Leadership Development Training for the Formerly Incarcerated

JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA)  is dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030. JLUSA empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform.

Through their Emerging Leaders training and 12-month Leading with Conviction training, JLUSA is building a nationwide network of advocates and organizers united by a shared vision for justice reform.

Emerging Leaders are highly motivated individuals with a strong commitment to making a real difference in their community of choice. Typically, they are just stepping into their role as organizational and/or community leaders and must simultaneously juggle their professional development needs with their desire to make real change. JLUSA regional Emerging Leaders trainings are professional sessions with a skilled facilitator and a dynamic and participatory agenda. Get details here.

Our Partners & Allies Are Seeking...

Elysse Chay
CA-PPI Prevention Services Manager
728 N. James Lovell Street, Milwaukee WI 53233  |  414-270-6936

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.