Milwaukee Prevention Journal 
November 20, 2017
Issue 6-45

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: 
Boosting Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Skills

It may seem like trying to promote substance abuse prevention during a deadly drug epidemic is a no-win task, with few successes to document.

But no matter how dispiriting it may be at times, there is a tested approach to promoting substance abuse prevention, especially by forming coalitions to maximize one's reach.

That's the takeaway from a recent Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training from  SAMHSA, conducted by the Public Policy Institute's Prevention Manager Elysse Chay and Annie Short, Executive Director of the  Northeast Wisconsin Area Health Education Center.

The Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is a foundational course of study in substance abuse prevention, grounded in current research and SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework. This training prepares practitioners to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs and practices that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness. It is ideally for practitioners new to the substance abuse prevention field and participating in a community coalition dedicated to preventing substance use/abuse. 

"There is a logical, systematic way to create a substance abuse prevention strategy that's right for your community," Chay said. "The SAPST framework explains how to do it."

Kasaundra Brown and Joyce Felker
MCSAP Thanks Joyce Felker for Her Leadership and Looks Forward to 2018 Initiatives

On Thursday, November 16, the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition held its final meeting of 2017, where members thanked Coalition Chair Joyce Felker, Executive Director of The Parenting Network, for her service and efforts to grow its membership throughout the Greater Milwaukee community. MCSAP members also elected Kaylin Jones, the current Co-Chair, as Chair. 

"We are so grateful to Joyce for her wonderful leadership. Thanks to her guidance, MCSAP is more than able to promote substance abuse prevention efforts throughout our community," said Kasaundra Brown, MCSAP's coordinator. "We're also very excited about expanding our coalition with Kaylin as our Chair."

Members also heard a presentation from Milwaukee Fire Department Deputy Chief Aaron Lipski on the department's responses to the opioid epidemic. Lipski praised MCSAP's members, saying, "You are trying to fix my city from the inside out, and I thank you for that."

Members are in the midst of planning their upcoming initiatives, including a holiday public service announcement, Light & Unite Red during National Drug Facts Week (January 22-28, 2018), its second annual Youth Summit (March 9, 2018) and its distribution of Weed Free yard signs to expand MCSAP's Let's Be Blunt campaign. 

To learn more about the coalition or to obtain a yard sign, email Kasaundra Brown.

New MCSAP Chair Kaylin Jones

MFD Captain Stephanie Hampton and Deputy Chief Aaron Lipski

Rafael Mercado of Milwaukee Heroin Diaries

Tuesday, November 28

Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is delighted to participate in #GivingTuesday, next week's global day of giving, on Tuesday, November 28. With your generosity and support, we'll be able to continue our work on behalf of our friends and neighbors who need a helping hand. Please remember us on #GivingTuesday as you make your donations. Together, we can build a thriving, healthy, peaceful community. Thank you.
I Am C.H.A.N.G.E.
MKE Youth Leadership Summit
Saturday, December 2

Calling all Milwaukee C.H.A.N.G.E. (Community Helping Accomplish Necessary Growth and Empowerment) agents ages 12-21! Take your leadership skills to the next level when you attend this youth summit hosted by Erica Lofton, Founder & CEO of Girls in Action, Inc. and a Milwaukee Youth C.H.A.N.G.E. agency. Keynote speaker is Dr. Antoine D. Moss, a nationally recognized C.H.A.N.G.E. agent. Sessions include information on healthy relationships, leadership skills, social media, and art for action and social consciousness. 

Details: Saturday, December 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Shore Event Centre, 7065 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be served. Group transportation is available upon request.

Sponsored by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, Healistry, I Am C.H.A.N.G.E. MKE, and C.H.A.N.G.E. 

Registration closes November 27, so sign up here as soon as you can.  

Questions? Contact Natalie Cooper at or 414-574-1679.

Community Conversation Raises Awareness of Tobacco Marketing to Milwaukee Youth

A full room of anti-tobacco activists offered up opportunities for action at a Community Conversation about Tobacco Marketing to Youth, sponsored by the City of Milwaukee Anti-Tobacco Alliance, the Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network, the Wisconsin Hispanic/Latino Tobacco Prevention Network, and the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Poverty Network at Employ Milwaukee on November 4. 

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service covered the conversation, where UW-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health Assistant Professor  Linnea Laestadius presented her findings of retail tobacco outlets in Milwaukee. The study documented how African American youth in lower-income Milwaukee neighborhoods were exposed to more tobacco marketing than their more affluent, white peers. FACT movement members were also on hand to bring home the message that we'd all be better off in a smoke-free Milwaukee. 

53206 DFC is Engaging Youth in Prevention Advocacy

You're looking at some new prevention advocates in the 53206 Zip code. Last month, the new 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project Coordinator John Eshun, plus Public Ally Joshua Jenkins, visited Hephatha Lutheran Church to discuss the facts about underage alcohol and drug use. They spoke with Hephatha Church's youth group, which meets once a week after service. Pastor Mary Martha Kannass extended the invitation to John and Joshua. As you can tell from the picture, they had a great time and are feeling very hopeful about the young people in the neighborhood.   

An Evening with 
Peter Edelman
Not a Crime to Be Poor
Wednesday, November 29

Community Advocates Public Policy Institute invites you to meet author and advocate Peter Edelman at  Boswell Book Company on Wednesday, November 29, to discuss his latest book,  Not a Crime to be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America (The New Press, 2017).
Since the Justice Department's report on Ferguson, Missouri, illuminated the modern-day debtors' prisons that were plaguing that community's poor, African American residents, a national dialogue has emerged about how poverty is criminalized by the practice of imposing exorbitant fines for minor crimes and then jailing those who cannot pay. In  Not a Crime to be Poor, Edelman shows how these problems are not concentrated only in Ferguson, but in fact affect people's lives across the nation.

"Low-income people are arrested for minor violations that are only annoyances for people with means but are disastrous for the poor and near poor because of the high fines and fees we now routinely impose," Edelman writes in  Not a Crime to be Poor  before observing, "Many debtors will carry debts to their deaths, often hounded by bill collectors and new prosecutions."

The Public Policy Institute is cosponsoring Edelman's Milwaukee appearance with  Boswell Book Company, where he will discuss and sign  Not a Crime to be Poor on Wednesday, November 29, at 7 p.m. Boswell is located at 2559 N. Downer Avenue, Milwaukee. 


Save the Date
QPR Training for Trainers (TOT)
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee is offering this training at co-host Jewish Family Services ( 1300 N. Jackson Street, Milwaukee) with support from a Charles E. Kubly Foundation grant. The January 10, 2018, training, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will cost $395 per person, but scholarships are available. Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee will provide more details soon.

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
Group Facilitation Training
Coming Soon!
Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative staff who facilitate groups are invited to participate in this new trauma-informed training to be offered soon. Participants will examine the role that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) play in group dynamics and the facilitator's style; improve their message delivery; generate dynamic discussion and sharing; use storytelling and testimony to synthesize and deepen ideas; and more. The session will be held in the second floor community room at Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, 728 N. James Lovell Street, Milwaukee. 

We're still finalizing the date, but you can indicate your interest by registering here: Contact Prevention Services Manager Elysse Chay at if you have questions.

Youth Justice Milwaukee Renews Call for Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Shutdown 

Saying that the system is too broken to be fixed, members of the Youth Justice Milwaukee coalition renewed their call for a total shutdown of the youth prisons Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake. Coalition members held a well-attended press conference on Thursday, November 16, at which they responded to recent allegations about abuse at the youth prisons and offered up their ideas for reform. 

"Every news story out Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake makes it clear that these facilities are broken and they can't be fixed," said Jeffery Roman of Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and a co-founder of Youth Justice Milwaukee.

You can read more about the coalition's press conference in this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article

Amani Community Organizer 
Work Group
Tuesday, November 28
Are you a community organizer in the Amani neighborhood? Contact 53206 Drug-Free Communities Coordinator John Eshun about joining this work group, which is devoted to engaging residents and building a stronger community. 

Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is hosting its final 2017 Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) gatekeeper training for those interested in learning how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis. The 90-minute session will be led by a certified trainer from  Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee on  Wednesday, December 6, from 10:30 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

This QPR training is offered without charge to PPI's Brighter Futures/PHAT grantees, MCSAP coalition members, 53206 Drug-Free Community Coalition, Partnership for Success partners, City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance members, and Prevention Journal readers.

For details about the sessions, email Jeffery Roman at or Dr. Bob Dubois at

The session will be held at Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, Second Floor Community Room, 728 N. James Lovell Street, Milwaukee. This training may be difficult for those who have recently lost a loved one to suicide. 

Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee Partner Coalition Meeting
Friday, December 8

The meeting will include the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's "Talk Saves Lives" presentation, plus holiday cheer. The meeting will be held at IndependenceFirst, 540 South First Street, Milwaukee, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. 

Motivational Interviewing Training
Wednesday, December 13 & Wednesday, December 20

Learn Motivational Interviewing an interactive two-day training with Shawn Smith, Cofounder of the Alma Institute and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. This training is offered at no cost to Milwaukee Brighter Futures/Title V grantees and includes light breakfast and bag lunch. CEUs are available per Wisconsin - DSPS 166.10. When: December 13 and December 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute's Second Floor Community Room, 728 N. James Lovell Street, Milwaukee. Questions? Contact Shawn Smith at or 414-235-1930. Register here.

A Roundup of Recent 
Prevention-Related Studies

The quality of the neighborhood where a child grows up has a significant impact on the number of problem behaviors they display during elementary and teenage years: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The impact of unemployment on child maltreatment in the United States:  University of Oxford Department of Economics

Unpacking the impact of adverse childhood experiences on adult mental health:  University of Michigan

For some youths, 'minor' offenses lead to major sentences in adult prison: Pro Publica

Afterschool program environments linked to academic confidence and skills: New York University


Mental Health America of Wisconsin's
Annual Open House & Community Awards Presentation
Wednesday, December 6

Celebrate the holidays with the members of Mental Health America of Wisconsin and friends. Barbara Moser will be awarded the Andy Werlein Advocate of the Year Award, while the Benedict Center will receive the Community Partner Award. The open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. (award presentation at 5:30 p.m.) at Mental Health America of Wisconsin, 600 West Virginia Street, Suite 502. RSVPs are appreciated by emailing or calling 414-276-3122.

Visioning Session
Tuesday, December 12

The Milwaukee County Office of African American Affairs is hosting visioning sessions facilitated by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion. The December 12 session, located at McGovern Park Senior Center (4500 W. Custer Avenue), will focus on Youth (Re)Engagement. It will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Space is limited so registration is required. Click on this link to register and get more information.

SaintA Trauma-Informed Care Trainings 

SaintA is offering a number of training opportunities in December and throughout 2018 to become an expert in its Seven Essential Ingredients (7ei) of Trauma-Informed Care model.

Seven Essential Ingredients (7ei) of Caregiver Capacity
Friday, December 1

This four-hour course takes a deeper dive into SaintA's Seven Essential Ingredients (7ei) course. Topics include secondary traumatic stress, personal trauma history, primary and ongoing trauma, and systemic stress. Completion of the Introduction to Seven Essential Ingredients is strongly encouraged. The next session will be held on Friday, December 1, from 8 am. to noon (lunch is included) at SaintA, 8901 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee. Cost is $60. Click here for details.

Introduction to Seven Essential Ingredients (7ei) of Trauma Informed Care
Monday, December 4

Led by Michael Joranger, this training is an introduction to the model of trauma-informed care that SaintA has developed and implemented across all of its programs. This introduction provides a comprehensive look at how trauma impacts an individual's life. The next session will be held on Monday, December 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch is provided) at SaintA, 8901 W. Capitol Drive. Cost is $120. This training will also be held throughout 2018. Click here for more information.

Train the Trainer: 7ei of Trauma-Informed Care
December 4-7

This four-day course  is a great way to continue the growth of trauma-informed care at your organization. Trainers will be able to provide ongoing professional development to current and new staff. This promotes a common language of trauma-informed care that supports best practice for children, families, and adults. The next session will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 4-7 at SaintA Franciscan Center, 3939 North 88th Street, Milwaukee. Cost is $2,500. This course will be offered during 2018. Click here for details.  
entriesCall for Entries
2018 My Feelings Matter 
Poster Contest

  The Children's Mental Health Matters Coalition is now accepting entries for its 2018 My Feelings Matter Poster Contest, which is open to children of all ages. The contest commemorates National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2018. Teachers, parents, and caregivers may use this activity as a way to encourage youth to create art about their feelings and to conduct age-appropriate conversations about the importance of mental health. Deadline is March 31, 2018. Click here for details.


Volunteers Sought
The Wisconsin HIV 
Outreach Project

Are you concerned about the HIV epidemic in Wisconsin? The Wisconsin HIV Outreach Project, a partnership of UW-Madison Continuing Studies and the State of Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program, is seeking six additional Statewide Action Planning Group members for 2018. As a member, you will be able to share your voice and expertise with state AIDS/HIV program staff, help shape the state's plans for HIV prevention and care, meet colleagues who are doing similar work, and gain a statewide perspective on issues related to AIDS/HIV. You can find details and the application on the project's website


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