Milwaukee Prevention Journal 
December 18, 2017
Issue 6-46

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 



Spotlight On: 
Shaping Our 2018 Prevention Agenda

As we close out 2017, we want to thank you for your support of the Milwaukee Prevention Journal. Twice a month, we strive to bring you the information you need to stay on top of prevention news and local and national events. 

As our thoughts turn to 2018, we are asking you to help us set our agenda for the Prevention Journal and prevention-related programming. You can let us know which topics you'd like us to explore, how we can best support your work, and how we can improve the Prevention Journal. 

We've set up a quick survey to capture your thoughts. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and inform our work. Thank you.

The Prevention Team at the Public Policy Institute is so grateful for our allies and partners at this time of the year, and throughout the entire year. Let's all celebrate a happy, healthy, and abundant 2018!

Happy Holidays! 
~Elysse Chay, Prevention Services Manager

The University of Michigan's annual study of adolescent substance use was released last week, indicating that marijuana use by adolescents increased in the past year. Similarly, the perceived risk of smoking marijuana decreased as well to a historic low. 

Also at a historic low is prescription opioid and heroin misuse by middle- and high- school students. The rate of prescription opioid misuse has dropped to 4.2% of high school seniors from a historic high of 9.5% in 2004.

"While there is a lot of positive news in this report, those of us doing prevention work should be concerned about young people's growing acceptance of marijuana," said Elysse Chay, PPI's Prevention Services Manager. "It also offers us an opportunity to reach out to youth in innovative ways with meaningful messages about the dangers they face from using marijuana."

Monitoring the Future 2017, underwritten by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), also reported first-ever national, standard estimates of nicotine vaping, marijuana vaping, flavoring-only vaping, and any vaping. It found that marijuana use and vaping were more popular among adolescents than smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes.

You can find the report and related materials on the University of Michigan's website as well as NIDA's site.

Dr. Nora Volkow Discusses the 2017 MTF Results
Dr. Nora Volkow Discusses the 2017 MTF Results

When you attend Marquette men's basketball games, you'll get a Dose of Reality.

Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP) has partnered with Learfield, Marquette University Men's Basketball, the Partnership for Success, Dose of Reality, and the Marquette Police Department to host a multifaceted campaign to warn of the dangers of prescription drug overdose. The campaign launched in the 2016-2017 season and is returning in the 2017-2018 men's basketball season.

At each men's home basketball game, Dose of Reality PSAs will run on the scoreboard, along with messages on the banner scoreboard. MCSAP will also attend eight men's basketball games to provide information about prescription drug misuse and abuse resources. 

MCSAP representatives will be on hand at the Saturday, December 30, Marquette game against Georgetown at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Tip-off is 3:30 p.m. Check out MCSAP's online calendar to find the games in 2018 at which they'll appear.

MCSAP and partners are also handing out nine types of trading cards featuring eight star basketball players and Coach Steve Wojciechowski, plus facts about prescription drug misuse and abuse.

An additional component of th e campaign is the placement of a secure drug drop-off box at the campus police station. Individuals can get rid of the unwanted medication safely and securely to ensure that excess meds don't get into the hands of someone else and contribute to an addiction.

Congratulations go out to eight organizations that won Stay Strong MKE Alcohol and Substance Use Prevention grants for next year. 

Stay Strong MKE projects prevent alcohol and other drug use and misuse among youth by embodying the principles of Positive Youth Development and using a trauma-informed approach to programming implementation.

The 2018 Stay Strong MKE grantees are:

Diverse & Resilient: Thinking Under the Influence
To reduce the heightened risk of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth to abuse alcohol or other substances, the Thinking Under the Influence initiative aims to increase youth knowledge and skills to reduce the risks associated with using alcohol; prevent and reduce youth binge drinking; delay and/or reduce alcohol use; and address substance abuse disparities evident with LGBTQ youth.

Neighborhood House: STOP! Commit, Decide, Succeed
Neighborhood House will provide alcohol and other drug use prevention programming to 150 youth, ages 6-19, through the STOP! Commit, Decide, Succeed: Youth AODA Prevention Project, a multi-intelligence approach focusing on self-awareness and development. The program will use Botvin LifeSkills Training curriculum, Too Good for Drugs curricula, and Photovoice, a strategy that allows youth to communicate how drugs and alcohol impact their community through photography.

Neu-Life Community Development: Botvin's LifeSkills
Neu-Life's Life Skills Program will implement the Botvin LifeSkills Training curriculum to youth in elementary and middle school grades both after school and during the day school hours in select MPS schools and at three of Neu-Life's after-school sites, potentially offering the curriculum to 150 youth.

The Parenting Network: Botvin's LifeSkills Training
The Parenting Network will offer the Botvin LifeSkills Training curriculum with 100 elementary-, middle-, and high school-age youth both in school and in community based settings as part of the Youth Services Department. Targeted participants are vulnerable youth ages 10-18 with an emphasis on youth ages 10-14, primarily within the City of Milwaukee.

Pathfinders: Botvin's LifeSkills
Pathfinders' Drop-In Center will offer Botvin LifeSkills Training curriculum to address the needs of runaway and homeless youth of color and LGBTQ youth who are disproportionately impacted by housing instability in Milwaukee.

Teen Intervene will be implemented by trained Running Rebels facilitators who will meet individually with participants in three one-on-one 60-minute sessions. Teens will look closely at why they used substances, identify underlying emotions and challenges, examine the consequences of their substance use, and learn how to make healthier choices. The program will reach primarily low-income, central city African American teens ages 12-18.

The United Community Center's All Stars is a SAMHSA program model aimed to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and drug use; postpone sexual activity; and reduce fighting and delinquency among middle and high school youth. All Stars will serve 30 at-risk, Hispanic youth ages 11-19 from low-income households.

As part of Safe & Supported-Our Youth, all intermediate and high school students in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District will be surveyed after the fall assembly on substance use/abuse, mental health, and living in homes of addiction. Those who are at-risk will be engaged with Botvin LifeSkills Training curriculum to improve protective factors and teach coping skills and stress management techniques.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new marketing campaign called   "Every Try Counts" that encourages smokers to keep trying to quit with ads placed where people may be most tempted to continue the habit -- at gas stations and convenience stores. Milwaukee is one of 35 markets across the US that will have print, radio, digital, and billboard ads.

This campaign's strategy of reaching people at the point of sale will help provide extra motivation to people who may want to quit but are constantly surrounded by tobacco advertising and sales. As tobacco advertising has been restricted on TV and billboards, tobacco companies have directed their marketing resources to the point of sale. In Wisconsin, for every dollar we spend on tobacco prevention, the tobacco industry spends over $25 on marketing.  
The campaign message that "Every Try Counts" is refreshing because it reflects what most smokers go through as they attempt to quit. It takes most people multiple attempts -- 6, 7, 8 tries -- before they successfully quit. So the message that "Every Try Counts" will help encourage smokers to keep trying until they're successful. Once someone makes the decision to quit, they're more likely to succeed if they make a quit plan and use the   Wisconsin Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or talk to their healthcare provider to get coaching and use one of the seven FDA-approved cessation methods.
'Milwaukee, We Need to Talk'
Drug Prevention Video
at Marcus Southgate
If you're going to the movies over the holiday break, check out Safe & Sound's new prescription drug prevention video, "Milwaukee, We Need to Talk," which is playing at Marcus Southgate (3330 S. 30th Street, Milwaukee) before the previews begin, from December 15-28. If you see it, try to take a picture and tag Safe & Sound and 27th Street West Drug-Free Communities on Facebook. And if you prefer to watch movies at home, check out the video here.

The Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition created this holiday public service announcement to remind viewers that they are not alone even if the holidays aren't as happy as they could be. Help is always available by calling IMPACT 2-1-1. Please share this PSA with your networks.

PPI's Jeffery Roman, the Chair of the City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission, spoke at the first Human Rights Celebration at City Hall on December 8. The event, which commemorates the day in 1948 when the United National General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was cosponsored by the Milwaukee County Human Rights Commission. The declaration proclaimed for the first time fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

Roman is stepping down from his position as chair but will continue to serve on the city's commission. He recounted the many successes of the commission, including increasing the city's rating on the national Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index; advocating for strengthening the city's infrastructure to support racial equity and inclusion; supporting programming that spurs access, opportunity, and equality; and hiring city staff devoted to improving community relations and city accountability and to expanding the reach of protections for all members of our community.

"The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948," Roman explained at the event. "We must continue to stand up for our own rights and those of others who for many reasons can't stand on their own. We are afforded a new opportunity every day to take action in our own daily lives -- to uphold the rights that protect us all; the rights that establish the equal dignity and worth of every person. That is the right to promote and be in kinship with all of humanity."   

Interested in becoming a member of the City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission? Contact Jessica Langill at


Save the Date

Stairway to Heroin
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Children who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are 50% less likely to use than those who don't. Please join us to learn how you can be part of the solution to this ever-growing concern in our community.

Featured speakers include:
  • Melanie C., personal testimony
  • Dr. Timothy Westlake, Director, Emergency Department at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin
  • Detective Chris Kohl, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department
  • Chris Gleason, MA, CAADC, MAATP, Administrator of Regional Behavioral Services
  • Your Choice, A Family's Journey to Recovery
The event is presented by Your Choice Prevention Education in affiliation with Rosecrance.

The event is free and open to the public, but please register here.

For questions about this event, please contact Amy Lovell at (412) 779-4322, or Sandi Lybert at (262) 367-9901.
A resource fair will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

CADCA's National Leadership Forum
February 5-8, 2018

Save the date for CADCA's 28th National Leadership Forum and SAMHSA's 14th Prevention Day, the premier and largest training event for community-based substance abuse prevention professionals, coalition leaders, and prevention and addiction researchers. This four-day forum will be held February 5-8, 2018, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Early bird discounts will be offered for those registering until December 18.

Community Advocates 
Public Policy Institute
10th Anniversary Celebration
April 26, 2018
Special Guest Richard Rothstein, Author of The Color of Law

On April 26, 2018, 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.

Guests will also enjoy private, after-hours access to the Milwaukee Public Museum's recently renovated Streets of Old Milwaukee, one of our city's treasures.  In addition, Rothstein will sign his book, which will be available for sale, and meet special guests that evening.


Coalition News
QPR Training for Trainers (TOT)
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee is offering this Question, Persuade, Refer training at co-host Jewish Family Services ( 1300 N. Jackson Street, Milwaukee) with support from a Charles E. Kubly Foundation grant. Attendees can become a certified Suicide Prevention Instructor. The January 10, 2018, training, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will cost $395 per person, but a limited number scholarships are available. Register here.

Community Advocates
E-Newsletter Returns

Want to stay up to date on Community Advocates' direct services and programming? Our revived quarterly newsletter is launching this week with news about Energy Assistance benefits, tips for renters and landlords, a calendar of events, and a celebration of the 10th anniversaries of the Nevermore Batterers Intervention Program and the Project Bridge supportive housing program. To receive this newsletter, sign up here.

webinars Webinars
Youth Work-Focused Webinars

  The University of Minnesota Extension is offering a series of webinars in early 2018, including:
  • Safe Spaces for Rural LGBT Youth: This one and a half hour course focuses on the need for safe spaces for LGBT youth and the ability of youth workers to provide those safe spaces within programs. It's offered on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Youth Work Matters Online: This course covers three aspects of youth work: The field of youth development, how to support youth needs, your role as a youth worker. Schedule: January 16 through February 11. Cost: $100.
  • Leadership Matters Online: This class explores supervision and leadership issues in your work organizations. Schedule: February 22 through March 26. Cost: $100.

Helping Young People in Foster Care Through the Holidays

The holidays can be especially difficult for youth in foster care. This publication from Foster Club, the national network for young people in foster care, provides a wealth of information for youth and supportive adults, including an open letter from an alum of the foster care, quotes from youth in foster care on how they feel about the holidays, 12 ideas for supportive adults to help their young person through the holidays, and 10 tips for youth in foster care for getting through the holidays. 

Alcohol Misuse and Injury Outcomes in Young People Aged 10-24
Journal of Adolescent Health

This large study of more than 120,000 young people in the United Kingdom  found that young people admitted to the hospital for alcohol-related issues were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital with an injury than their peers who hadn't been hospitalized for reasons involving alcohol. The greatest risk for injury is in the month following the alcohol-specific first admission. The researchers say that early intervention during the admission and/or discharge process could provide an effective teachable moment opportunity for those presenting with alcohol misuse behaviors.

Youth Justice Issue Brief

This first Youth Justice Issue Brief from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Bureau of Youth Services launches with the theme of "accountability." The brief provides information on Wisconsin's Juvenile Justice Code's foundation in the Balanced and Restorative Justice approach to accountability, spotlights on two county programs, research on restorative justice, Wisconsin data, and voice from those in the youth justice system.  

nominationsCall for Nominations
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Seeking Nominees

YNPN Milwaukee is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Leadership Awards. This year, one Emerging Leadership Award recipient and one Distinguished Leadership Award recipient will be selected. The winner of the Emerging Leader Award will receive a free annual membership to YNPN, and the winner of the Distinguished Leader Award will receive a free year of Ruby-level organizational membership.

Click on these links for information on the Emerging Leadership Award  and the Distinguished Leadership Award.

The winners will also be announced at the 2018 YNPN Milwaukee Annual Kickoff on February 9, 2018, at 88nine. The winners or nominees must be present to accept the awards. All nominees and nominators will receive a bonus door prize ticket at the kickoff.

Teens Grow Greens

Teens Grow Greens is looking for 22 team members for 2018. Team members will work seven to 30 hours per week for nine months (February 6-November 3, 2018) as part of a team to foster the growth of healthy, productive leaders. This paid internship ($7.25 to start) combines work and education. Applicants should expect to do both physical labor and the intellectual work. Go to Teens Grow Green's website for more information and the application. Applications are due no later than Wednesday, December 20.


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