Issue 7-12 | June 11, 2018
Milwaukee Prevention Journal
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 
Spotlight On: New Ways to Look at Youth Development
Milwaukee’s teen pregnancy rate is decreasing overall, thankfully. But the pregnancy rate for both African-American and Hispanic teens is still more than double the rate for white teens, indicating that there’s more work to be done to ensure that our young people are making good choices and finding ways to weather crises and recover from trauma.

That’s why Community Advocates Public Policy Institute was happy to help its Title V Teen Pregnancy Prevention subgrantees to attend the  2018 Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Conference  in Washington, D.C., from May 30 to June 1. This year’s conference focused on “Strengthening Communities: Promoting Resiliency in Youth and Families.”

“We always encourage our partners to build their skills by learning from national experts and bringing those ideas back to Milwaukee,” said PPI Prevention Services Manager Elysse Chay. “This conference inspired us to try new strategies and deepen our understanding of positive youth development.”

For LaTasha Holt, LADY Program Coordinator at  Silver Spring Neighborhood Center , keynote speaker Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was a highlight. Ginsburg explored how stress impacts teens’ physical and emotional health.

“Dr. Ginsburg also something that will stick with me forever,” Hold said. “He said to understand stress is to be resilient!”

Impressions from Promoting Health Among Teens (PHAT)
Ever wonder if the message you're communicating to young people is sinking in? Well, just listen to them! In this blog post, PPI's Contract Monitor Jan Buchler recounts her experience when one insightful young woman who participates in the Promoting Health Among Teens sexual health course was truly heard.

Southeast Region of AWY Going Strong
Members of the Southeast Region of the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth met last week to report on the progress they're making to build a new generation of ATODA-free youth leaders. Initiatives ranged from sponsoring a PSA before movie screenings, empowering young people to provide peer guidance, and constantly offering safe ways to store and dispose of drugs to keep them out of the wrong hands.  Learn more about the Alliance here.
Mental Health Awareness Day at COA Goldin Center
On May 25, COA Youth & Family Center's Goldin Center organized a Mental Health Awareness Day for the youth from its Riverwest location and the Burleigh site. More than 50 young people got together to talk about positive mental health. The four sessions included physical contests, art therapy, facts and myths about mental health, and online resources for the youth provided by the 53206 Drug-Free Communities project . After the workshops, the two sites competed against each other in a game of kickball.

Following COA's Mental Health Awareness Day, a pop-up lot resource fair was held in Moody Park. Hot dogs, chips, water, and other snacks were given out, as well as resources for youth and families. Partners from COA, Safe & Sound, the Milwaukee Police Department, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s office, and other community allies were present for about two hours to promote a positive environment in the park and talk with residents. 53206 DFC organizers gave out drug prevention information to the 50 youth and families that stopped by.
Syd's Quit Journey
It's Pride Month! To help LGBTQ smokers quit and improve their health, the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance and partners are celebrating the "quit journeys" of ex-smokers. In their latest video, performer Syd Robinson explains how and why he finally said goodbye to cigarettes. Look for #myquitjourney and #mketobaccofree on social media.
Fruit-Flavored E-Cigarettes Are Highly Toxic to Teens
Although e-cigarettes are often marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes, a new study published in Pediatrics found that they’re just as dangerous – and potentially worse. The new products contain many of the same cancer-causing chemicals as regular cigarettes. And the fruit-flavored e-cigarettes – which are especially tempting to teens – are potentially even worse. E-cigarette devices with a high voltage are especially dangerous.

“The presence of harmful ingredients in e-cigs is well established,” says the study’s lead author, Mark Rubinstein , a researcher at the University of California at San Francisco’s Tobacco Control Center. “We can now say that those toxins are making their way into the bodies of teenagers who use these products.”

Confused about new tobacco and nicotine products? Check out the state Department of Health Services’ Tobacco Is Changing initiative , which includes information about products, labeling and packaging, and how you can take action to protect young people’s health.
Save the Date
September is National Suicide Prevention Month
National Suicide Prevention Month occurs each September. National Suicide Prevention Week 2018 is from Sunday, September 9, to Saturday, September 15. Mental Health America Wisconsin wants to promote their suicide prevention initiatives and highlight coalition events all month long. If your group is hosting or sponsoring any related activities, please send them to Leah at  so that MHA can feature you on their website and social media.
Children Come First Conference
Monday, November 12 & Tuesday, November 13
Registration is open for Wisconsin Family Ties’ 29 th annual Children Come First Conference , to be held November 12-13 at the Glacier Canyon Lodge at Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. This year’s theme is “collaboration.” Keynote speakers are Dr. Ross W. Greene and Dr. Tina R. Goldstein. The conference will also feature a screening of “The Kids We Lose,” a 90-minute documentary (to be released in October) highlighting the human side of being and having a kid with behavioral challenges. Dr. Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model is featured in the film, and he’ll participate in a Q&A after the screening. Get more details and register here. Contact Alison at 262-617-6775 or for sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.
Caring Connections: Support for Families with Addiction
First & Third Thursday of Every Month
This Aurora Health Care support group welcomes families with a loved one who has an addiction to drugs or has lost a family member due to a drug-related death. The group meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Aurora West Allis Medical Center , 8901 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis. This no-cost program is for mature adolescents and adults only. Registration is not required but you can obtain more information by calling 414-328-7524.
Wholly Mindful Parent-Child Class
June 11-July 30
Kids ages 6-10 with their adult caregiver can enroll in this six-week course that will teach them how to cultivate mindfulness and self-understanding. Jamie Lynn Tatera from Wholly Mindful will lead these one-hour sessions on Monday mornings, June 11 through July 30, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the Jewish Community Center Teva Yoga Studio. Call the JCC at 414-964-4444 to register. 
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Thursday, June 14 & Tuesday, July 10
A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem.  

You don't have to be a mental health professional to provide support to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge or even save a life! In this Youth Mental Health First Aid course, you can learn an action plan to help.  

Participants must pre-register at . This training is free for any adults that have contact with young people ages 12-18 -- teachers, coaches, social workers, faith leaders, and other caring citizens. Two trainings will be held -- on Thursday, June 14, and on Tuesday, July 10 -- from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Register for more details.
Calling all social service providers, advocates, and allies: The Empowerment Coalition of Milwaukee (ECOM) is offering a full year of workshops to enhance your skills and knowledge and empower you in your profession. The June 15 workshop will focus on domestic violence / elder abuse prevention and intervention. The workshop will be held at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, 225 W. Vine St., Milwaukee, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $5. Click here for details and to register.
Motivational Interviewing Training 
June 19 & June 26 
You asked, so you are receiving another opportunity to learn  Motivational Interviewing  with the Alma Institute's Shawn Smith. This two-day training is offered free of charge to Milwaukee Brighter Futures/Title V and Stay Strong Milwaukee grantees. Registration is required here . The sessions include a light breakfast and a bag lunch. Contact Shawn Smith at  or (414) 235-1930 with questions.
Dreamland Reading Group
Monday, June 18
The Greenfield Public Library and the Greenfield Health Department are sponsoring a Science Book Club for the Curious to spark a discussion of science and health. Its June selection is Sam Quinones’ Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic , an essential read for anyone interested in understanding how and why so many Americans have had such easy access to -- and become addicted to -- prescription opiates and heroin. The discussion will be held on Monday, June 18, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield.
Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition’s
Mental Health Action Team Community Series
Join these information sessions sponsored by the Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition (convened by the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers). The upcoming schedule is:

  • June 21: Human Trafficking
  • September 20: Burn-Out and Self Care
  • December 20: Social Networking and Appreciation

The series will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Tannery Business Center, 700 W. Virginia St., Lower Level Conference Room, Milwaukee. Light refreshments will be provided.
Amani Un | Leaded Lead Resource Fair
Saturday, June 23
If you live in the Amani neighborhood, learn more about how to ensure your house is lead free. Community partners will be giving out resources and materials that will better support you to keep you and your family lead free.

Details: Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at COA Youth & Family Centers Goldin Center , 2320 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee.
Amani United Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, June 26
Be part of the change you want to see! The next meeting of Amani United is Tuesday, June 26, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dinner is provided. Meet at COA Youth & Family Centers Goldin Center, 2320 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee.

Research & Resources
Reportable Suicide Deaths in Wisconsin 2014-2017
This publication from the state Department of Health Services provides the most accurate data on death by suicide in Wisconsin, as well as resources for health care professionals, prevention advocates, family, and friends.
Community Advocates Summer E-Newsletter
Keep up with Community Advocates' housing, utilities, domestic violence, and homeless outreach services by subscribing to our quarterly e-newsletter. The summer edition is full of community events, celebrations of success, and advice from our advocates. Sign up here.
Children’s Community Health Plan Scholarships
Children’s Community Health Plan (CCHP) is proud to announce that a $5,000 tuition scholarship is available to its current members, whether they are a member of BadgerCare Plus - CCHP, Care4Kids, or its health insurance plan Together with CCHP. This opportunity was made possible through the national Medicaid organization – The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP). New to the scholarship this year, immediate family members of the enrolled HMO member can apply. I n addition to the ACAP scholarship, CCHP is proud to also award its own $2,500 tuition scholarship available to any member enrolled in Children’s Community Health Plan, Together with Children’s Community Health Plan or Care4Kids. Applicants must demonstrate the intention to pursue a career in health care or social services.   Get more details on CCHP’s website . Deadline for applications is June 22.
Race to Equity Scholarships
Kids Forward and the Race to Equity Project are pleased to announce the availability of two Race to Equity scholarships. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student graduating from a Dane County high school in the spring of 2019, who plans to enroll in secondary education or vocational training. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student graduating from a Wisconsin high school outside of Dane County in the spring of 2019, who plans to enroll in secondary education or vocational training.

To apply, applicants should submit an essay of 500-1,000 typewritten words that answers the question, “What does racial equity mean to me?” Get the details here.
Job Opportunities
Elysse Chay | Community Advocates Public Policy Institute | 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.