Milwaukee Prevention Journal 
March 5, 2018
Issue 7-5

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 

If you work with youth, you know that too many young people believe that there's no harm in smoking marijuana.
It's hard to cut through the confusion, thanks to pro-weed messages coming from the media and music, legalization efforts around the country, parents who smoke marijuana, and young people themselves. The relaxed attitude about marijuana could be why more young people smoking or vaping weed .
But marijuana can be harmful to young people. In fact, young people who smoke weed jeopardize their health, their educational opportunities, their ability to find a good job, and their athletic success.
The Second Annual Youth Summit sponsored by the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition will provide real talk about the impact of marijuana on a young person's life.
"Young people are ambitious and want to be successful in life," said Kasaundra Brown, MCSAP coordinator. "Unfortunately, they don't realize that getting high will prevent them reaching their goals. This summit will help them realize that they need to live drug-free if they want to live the lives of their dreams."
The MCSAP Youth Summit will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at Neu-Life Community Development, 2014 W. North Ave., Milwaukee. About 100 high school students are expected to attend. In addition to trivia games, role-playing scenarios, social media activities, free food, and prizes, the summit will feature expert speakers on:  
  • Marijuana and the criminal justice system
  • Marijuana in the media and social media
  • Marijuana's impact on on'es ability to pass a drug test and get a job
  • Marijuana's effect on financial aid for college
  • Marijuana and tobacco products
  • Marijuana and athletic performance and college sports
"Every day I work with young people who are so full of potential," said Jody Rhodes, Director of Neu-Life Community Development and Chair of MCSAP's Marijuana Work Group. "But young people's brains are still developing and smoking or vaping marijuana may stunt that physical process. We want the youth who attend this summit to make good choices about how they live their lives now and in the future."
This second MCSAP Youth Summit builds on last year's successful event at which the attendees brainstormed the Let's Be Blunt campaign, which resulted in #NoNeedforWeed messaging on Milwaukee County Transit System buses throughout the summer.
Interested in bringing youth to the summit? Contact Jody Rhodes at

Smoking Is Such a Drag!

On Saturday, February 24, the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance (CoMTFA) joined 2,000 UW-Milwaukee students, staff, faculty, and community members at one of the most highly anticipated events of the year -- the UWM Drag Show. 

Attendees were treated to a viewing of Lady J's PSA, which shares the message that "Smoking is such a drag" and encourages people to contact the Wisconsin Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) for support with quitting. 

CoMTFA volunteers had the opportunity to table and share information along with other community groups, including Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, Pathfinders, Diverse and Resilient, and Milwaukee LGBT Community Center. 

CoMTFA volunteer Deb Heim and intern Anna Goetze distributed surveys in partnership with UWM professors Dr. Joshua Gwon and Dr. Linnea Laestadius to assess attitudes and experiences related to tobacco use on campus. 

Mark your calendars for February 23, 2019, to experience it for yourself next year!  

Motivational Interviewing Training
Thursday, March 15 & Thursday, March 22

Our highly popular training is back! Led by the   Alma Institute's Shawn Smith, this two-day training teaches you the basics of the Motivational Interviewing conversational technique in both one-on-one and group settings. This no-cost training is offered only to Milwaukee Brighter Futures/Title V grantees. CEUs are available.

This two-day training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, and Thursday, March 22, in the second floor community room of Community Advocates, 728 N. James Lovell Street, Milwaukee. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is a must. RSVP here. Questions? Contact Shawn Smith at or 414-235-1930.

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. 

Light and Unite Red
National Prevention Week Paint Night

Know a Milwaukee County student who'd like to attend a free painting night? If so, share this link with him or her. Light and Unite Red would like to sponsor this event during National Prevention Week (May 14-19) and is gauging interest on dates and times. Thanks!

March Meter Madness Is On!

Recognizing that many We Energies customers fall behind on their bills during the winter and are at risk of being disconnected in April, the Milwaukee County Energy Assistance Program is offering March Meter Madness to prevent energy cutoffs! Qualified customers will get a break on paying a down payment and can set up a payment plan. 

Contact 414-270-4653, or stop by one of our six locations around Milwaukee County to learn more about this proactive program.

We'll also be at Jammin' 98.3's The Gathering 2018 on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino's Event Center. You'll find booths to shop, live entertainment, fashion shows and more. VIP tickets are $25 cash; general admission tickets are $10 at the door. This is an 18+ event.

Family Listening Sessions on Autism

If you are caring for a child identified with autism, the Wisconsin Care Integration System wants to hear from you. They're holding three listening sessions at the Milwaukee Central Library in March. See the details below.


Do You Miss Us on Facebook?

When you like Community Advocates Public Policy Institute on Facebook you've always got up to date information on what we and our community partners are doing. Unfortunately, many of you might be missing our posts in recent months. Facebook recently changed its algorithm so that posts from public pages, like PPI's, are less likely to appear in your news feed. 

If you'd like to keep PPI's posts in your feed, it's easy to do. Simply go to our page , and below the picture of our drummers click on "Follow" or "Following." A dropdown menu will appear. Select "See first."

We'd also appreciate it if you'd follow our allied Facebook pages for Community Advocates, 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project, and the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance. Thank you!

SponsorshipSponsorship Opportunity
Community Advocates 
Public Policy Institute
10th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, April 26
Keynote Speaker
Richard Rothstein
with Reggie Jackson

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 evening 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 about partnering with the Public Policy Institute on this event.

Save the Date
Opioid Forum
Wednesday, April 11 &
Thursday, April 12
Registration Is Open!

This forum, presented by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Care and Treatment Services, will cover the best practices in harm reduction, prevention, and treatment of opioid use disorders. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, on Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12. Cost is $55 per person. Registration will open soon. Register here.

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

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. Sponsorships and exhibiting opportunities are available. The conference will be held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, where a block of rooms is being held until Monday, March 12, or until the rooms are gone. Register here.
Motivational Interviewing Training
Tuesday, April 24

Wisconsin members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) are presenting a conference on Motivational Interviewing (MI) to assist helping professionals, including nurses, physicians, social workers, psychologists, specialty addiction treatment providers, and health educators, in effectively working on behavioral health issues with clients/patients.  A variety of sessions will meet the interests of people new to MI as well as those who want to expand their knowledge and skills in MI application and implementation.
When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 8:30-4:30
Where: Great Wolf Lodge, Wisconsin Dells
Cost: $129.00 Early Bird (before March 15); $159 regular; Group discount for groups of five or more from same organization with $25 off per person
For more information and to register:

2018 Health Equity Summit
Thursday, April 26

Registration is now open for Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers' 2018 Health Equity Summit, which will explore ZNA (ZIP code) v. DNA and children's health. Topics include social determinants of health, social drivers of health care costs, local look at health equity, putting local data into action, driving systemic change, CEOs reimagining solutions, and funders moving the needle. 

Details: Thursday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee. Light breakfast, lunch, and beverages included. $25 registration fee; sponsorships are available for students to attend free. Register here.

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. 

Neuroscience, Poverty & Policy Seminar
Thursday, March 8
UW-Madison La Follette School Professor Bobbi Wolfe will present her emerging research with Psychology Professor Seth Pollak. They'll discuss the potential of brain research to inform public policy that improves opportunities for children in low-income families, including their 2015 research suggesting that specific brain structures tied to processes critical for learning and educational functioning are vulnerable to the environmental circumstances of poverty, such as stress, limited stimulation, and nutrition. 

This event will be held on Thursday, March 8, at the University Club, 924 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee. The seminar will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; the reception for LaFollette School of Public Affairs alumni and friends is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Appetizers will be served, and a cash bar will be available. Register for this free event here.

Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee Quarterly Coalition Meeting
Friday, March 9
Special guest Amy Parry from the Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin will discuss the role of the Milwaukee County Child Death Review Team and opportunities for collaboration. This meeting of Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 9, at IndependenceFirst, 540 S. First Street, Milwaukee. 
A Mother's Voice Input Group
Saturday, March 10
These input groups, sponsored by the Marquette Office of Community Engagement and the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, are for mothers of any age living in one of the following neighborhoods: Concordia, Uptown, Clarke Square, Metcalfe Park, or Old Historic Mitchell. The purpose is to hear your experiences and gather your input for responding to neighborhood violence. P articipants will also get a sneak peek of an excerpt of Milwaukee Rep's production of "Until the Flood," written by noted playwright Dael Orlandersmith and based on interviews conducted with community members in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Childcare, $10 stipends, and light refreshments are provided, but space is limited so RSVPs are required. Call 414-239-8555, email, or click here.

The next input group is:
  • Uptown: Saturday, March 10, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee
The Future of Mental Health in Milwaukee Lunch Panel
Tuesday, March 13
Wisconsin Health News is sponsoring this discussion on Milwaukee's changing mental health care system, which will emphasize community supports rather than institutions. Panelists include Barbara Beckert, Disability Rights Wisconsin Milwaukee Office Director; Mike Lappen, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division Administrator; and Joy Tapper, Milwaukee Health Care Partnership Executive Director. 

Details: Tuesday, March 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Cost is $30 for Wisconsin Health News subscribers; $40 for non-subscribers. Includes lunch. RSVP here.
The Complexity and Tragedy of the Opioid Epidemic: 
A Nurse's Perspective
Monday, March 19
Dr. Alfredo Gonzalez, who specializes in toxicology and emergency medicine, will provide a brief history of opiates, an overview of his health care experiences within the current situation, a description of treatment approaches, and a discussion of how to move forward.

This program, sponsored by the Marquette University College of Nursing, will be held at the MU Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom, Third Floor, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. The event begins with Gonzalez's lecture and a facilitated Q&A at 5:30 p.m., and ends with refreshments from 6:30 to 7 p.m. This event is free; limited parking is available for $10 per vehicle in nearby parking structures. RSVP by Monday, March 12.

The Dress Sequel to Benefit 
Light and Unite Red
Saturday, March 24 
& Sunday, March 25
The Dress Sequel is a dress resale event featuring gently used prom, bridesmaid, and women's formal dresses. At its next event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, and from 10 .m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, at the Farmhouse Paint and Sip (4511 S. 6th Street, Milwaukee), a portion of the proceeds will benefit Milwaukee County's Light and Unite Red

Admission is $5 on Saturday, but free on Sunday. 

In addition to the dress resale, participants can take advantage of discount painting sessions after the event as well as a wide array of coffee drinks, smoothies, mocktails, and cocktails.

The Dress Sequel is currently looking for sellers, those who have had dresses sitting in their closet and who are interested in making some money back on their initial investment. Sellers can sign up here. 

resourcesResearch & Resources
New NIH Data on Adolescent Brain Development Is Released

Thirty terabytes of data from 4,500 children in the long-term Adolescent Brian Cognitive Development (ABCD) study was released in February by the National Institutes of Health, which calls the information "unprecedented." This data will be available to scientists worldwide to conduct research on the many factors that influence brain, cognitive, social, and emotional development. More than 7,500 youth and their families have been recruited for this study, but the researchers hope to enroll 11,500 by the end of 2018. This interim release provides high-quality baseline data on a large sample of 9- and 10-year-old children. The research hopes to shed light on brain development and sports injuries, screen time, substance use, sleep, nutrition, mental health, genetics, and more.

Keep Up with Community Advocates

Want to know more about energy assistance benefits, new resources for men and women experiencing homelessness, and ways to improve your personal safety? All of that -- and more -- will be covered in Community Advocates' spring newsletter, which will be released shortly. 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!

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Bureau of Youth Services Newsletter
February 2018

The latest issue includes information on new officers of the Wisconsin Youth Advisory Council, an update on data-gathering on the youth justice system, expanded funding for the Brighter Futures Initiative, and the Education Passport, a way for child welfare workers to share information with school staff.

Sleep Mediates the Association between PTSD Symptoms and Chronic Pain in Youth

From The Journal of Pain: Findings from this study of 97 young people revealed that, over and above the influence of associated demographic characteristics and anxiety symptoms, sleep quality partially mediated the relationships between post-traumatic stress symptoms and pain intensity and interference for youth with chronic pain. Specifically, higher levels of post-traumatic stress symptoms were linked to higher levels of pain intensity and pain interference. These relationships were partially explained by poor sleep quality. Sleep is a modifiable mechanism that could be targeted in interventions, which might alter a trajectory of pain and  mental health problems from persisting into adulthood.

Free Tax Prep  

Households earning less than $58,000 are eligible for free tax prep, thanks to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). This year, five Milwaukee County locations will offer VITA services. Questions? Contact the Social Development Corporation at or 414-963-2694 or call IMPACT 2-1-1 for details.

Sibling Bullying in Middle Childhood and Psychotic Disorder at 18 Years

From Cambridge University Press: This study of 6,988 of young people at ages 12 and 18 in the UK looked at whether bullying has an effect on serious mental health problems such as psychosis. Those involved in sibling bullying several times a week were two to three times more likely to meet criteria for a psychotic disorder. Victims and bully-victims were at increased risk of psychotic disorder. Involvement in both sibling and peer bullying had a dose-effect relationship with a psychotic disorder, with those victimized in both contexts having more than four times the odds for a psychotic disorder.

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