Milwaukee Prevention Journal 
January 22, 2018
Issue 7-2

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 Services Manager
Community Advocates
Public Policy Institute 

Recognizing that our communities will be best served by the most up-to-date techniques in prevention work, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute's Prevention Team has expanded our training opportunities for local human services professionals. Although we've long provided technical assistance for our sub-grantees and coalition members, in 2018 we're offer new seminars and workshops to enhance prevention skills among our allies. 

For example, we recently introduced Youth Mental Health First Aid Training to help adults to better assess potential youth mental health crises; Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training to provide a framework for successful prevention initiatives; the Brain Architecture Game for a hands-on exercise demonstrating the impact of trauma on brain development, and more for our coalition members and interested members of the community.

"Community Advocates emphasizes continual professional development for our own staff, and we are excited about sharing these training opportunities with our allies," said Elysse Chay, Prevention Services Manager.

PPI's Jazzmyne Adams, Anneke Mohr, Deavon Collins and John Eshun displayed substance prevention information in Community Advocates' reception area for Light and Unite Red.
Celebrate Light and Unite Red This Week

Community Advocates is one of the more than 40 partners in Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division's Light and Unite Red activities this week. Starting today, the county and partners will be offering a wide variety of  activities to raise awareness of the dangers of substance abuse. It's part of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. Attend one or more of the events, get youth involved in the Haiku challenge and the urban line dance, and wear red and light up your building red on Friday. Post your activities with hashtag #LightUniteRed, too.

Health Care's Link to Safer Communities

There's a growing body of evidence that improved health care not only benefits the individual receiving care, but the entire community as well. Jennifer L. Doleac's "New Evidence That Access to Health Care Reduces Crime" on the Brookings Institution's blog sheds light on health care access (via expanded Medicaid and community treatment options) as a violence prevention strategy. 

SAMHSA Fiscal Year 2018 
Grant Announcements and Awards

Check out the 2018 funding opportunities from SAMHSA for prevention services and programs, including funds for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT); suicide prevention grants; and community-based coalition enhancement grants to address local drug crises. SAMHSA's application procedures have changed; check out the website for details.
New Study on Impact of Cigarettes and Marijuana on Youth
Although we're having a national debate about legalizing marijuana for adults, it's becoming clearer that cannabis can pose very real dangers for vulnerable young people whose brains are still developing. A new study published in   JAMA Psychiatry found that cannabis, and to a lesser degree cigarettes, are associated with subsequent psychotic experiences. 

" While individuals who use either cannabis or cigarettes during adolescence appear to be at increased risk of psychotic experiences, the association of psychotic experiences is greater with cannabis than with tobacco smoking," the study found.

Virginia Eubanks, Author of "Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor"
Monday, February 5

In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks explores how new technology is working against poor and working-class citizens with data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models.

Naomi Klein raved, "This book is downright scary -- but with its striking research and moving, indelible portraits of life in the digital poorhouse, you will emerge smarter and more empowered to demand justice." 

Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is cosponsoring Eubanks' talk with Boswell Book Co. and the Milwaukee Public Library. This event is free and open to the public on Monday, February 5, from 6:30 t0 7:30 p.m., at the Central Library's Richard E. and Lucille Krug Rare Books Room, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Space is limited so please register by calling 414-286-3011 or clicking here. Books will be available for sale at the event.

As we enter 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.

sponsorshipSponsorship Opportunity
Community Advocates 
Public Policy Institute
10th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, April 26
Special Guest 
Richard Rothstein

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.

Richard Rothstein

Reggie Jackson

The Public Policy Institute is now offering organizations an opportunity to sponsor this one-of-a-kind event. Benefits vary based on sponsorship level, but they 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. Individual tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks. 

Contact PPI Deputy Director Kari Lerch at or 414-270-2950 for details.

Save the Date

Together for Children Conference
April 10-12

Registration is open for the Together for Children conference, sponsored by Greg and Mary Ann Renz, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin

The conference aims to improve prevention, treatment, investigation, and prosecution of child abuse and neglect by providing knowledge and skills to address emerging issues, research questions, and public policy changes in child welfare and child protection.  Keynote Speaker Cattaraugus County, N.Y, Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb will discuss PTSD and helping professionals. 

The conference will be held April 10-12 at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. Details and registration here.

Youth Point in Time Homeless Count
January 24

Pathfinders (4200 N. Holton Street) is hosting the Youth Point in Time Count event "Drop after Dark" on Wednesday, January 24. The evening (beginning at 7 p.m.) provides a safe space for young people (14-25) experiencing housing instability and will include free food, games, music, art, and movies. Questions? Call 414-964-2565.

Written Off: Documentary Screening and Talk Back
Thursday, January 25       

The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division is sponsoring this free-of-charge screening of "Written Off," which explores the national opioid epidemic through the life of Matt Edwards of Wisconsin through the words in his journal. After the documentary, stay for a talk back discussion moderated by Jermaine Reed, of the Rise & Shine Morning Show on WNOV860 AM and fea turing behavioral health care experts, community leaders, and people with lived experience. The panel will explore the topics of behavioral health care resources in our community, AODA/addiction, stigma, race, and more. 

The documentary screening will begin at 7 p.m. at Landmark Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee; the talk back will begin at 8:30 p.m.  
Register here for this free event that is offered as part of Light and Unite Red's activities to mark National Drug & Alcohol Facts week.

National Drug & Alcohol 
Facts Week 
Resource Fair 
for Teens & Parents
Saturday, January 27
As part of Light and Unite Red's prevention activities during National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, attend this resource fair at Southridge Mall's Center Court (5300 S. 76th Street, Greendale) on Saturday, January 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here to register to be a vendor or perform for free.

Commit to Get Fit
Monday, January 29
Attend MPS Research and Review's interactive session to learn more about a collaborative research project focused on improving the physical fitness outcomes  of our youth. Presenters will describe the Passport to Lifetime Fitness program, where participating MPS students receive both high-quality physical education instruction during the school day and a physical fitness intervention in the after-school setting. 

This event will be held in Room 102 of Washington High School, 2525 N. Sherman Blvd., on Monday, January 29, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Pre-register here.

When Good Is Not Good Enough: 
Repositioning Nonprofits as a Powerful Collective Force for Systems Change
Wednesday, January 31
Join Frank Martinelli of the Center for Public Skills Training  on January 31 to learn about a new initiative to provide resources, tools, and network-building opportunities to increase capacity of nonprofits to deepen their impact at the underlying systems level and provide more permanent solutions to crucial community problems. This program is based on Martinelli's TEDx Talk at UW-Milwaukee in October 2016. 

Matinelli's event is free and open to the public but registration is recommended here. Details: Wednesday, January 31, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at the Washington Park Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Frank Martinelli: When Good Is Not Good Enough
Frank Martinelli: When Good Is Not Good Enough; TEDxUWMilwaukee

An Afternoon with 
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
Saturday, February 10

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, pioneering physician, author and Founder/Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Youth Wellness will discuss her new book, "The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity." 

Dr. Burke Harris will speak about toxic childhood stress, answer questions from the audience, and sign books on Saturday, February 10, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Marquette University Varsity Theatre, 1324 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. 

This is event is free and open to the public, but registration is required here. Her appearance is sponsored by REDgen, Boswell Book Co., and Marquette University

And don't forget to check out Dr. Burke Harris' TED Talk, "How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime."

Weighty Matters: Is Body Stigma a Microaggression?
Wednesday, February 28
To mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the Graduate Counseling Student Organization of Mount Mary University and the Wisconsin Psychological Association are presenting Dr. Laura Lees' talk on weight stigma and body shaming as microaggressions that can victimize people of all shapes and sizes on a broad scale. 

Dr. Lees, elected president of the Wisconsin Psychological Association for 2018, treats anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric conditions that often co-occur with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders. 

This event is free and open to the public and will be held at Mount Mary University's Gerhardinger Center, Room 109, 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28.

learningLearning Opportunities
Zero Suicide Topic Call
January 25

Prevent Suicide Wisconsin's next Zero Suicide topic call is scheduled for Thursday, January 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Jenna Heise, Texas State Suicide Prevention Coordinator, will be presenting on the pathway to care and care transitions. This will be especially relevant to those working in the public system and with programs such as CSP and CCS. This call is open to anyone, so feel free to forward to others that may be interested in learning more. Dial 1-888-387-8686, Passcode: 5111211.

UWM College for Kids & Teens

UW-Milwaukee's summer programs for kids and teens range from mandala making and learning the fundamentals of architecture to ACT preparation classes, before- and after-care, and reading programs for four-year-olds on up through adulthood.   Check out the course offerings here.   

Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health 
2017 Report to the Wisconsin Legislature

You'll find easy access to hard-to-find data about children's mental health in this new report from the Office of Children's Mental Health, from the office's activities to Wisconsin child well-being indicators and fact sheets. 

Children's Mental Health Collective Impact
Children's Mental Health Collective Impact

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