Issue 7-24 | November 26, 2018
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Spotlight On: Place Matters for Tobacco
"Place matters."

That’s the assessment of smoke-free advocates who presented their work to local and state leaders on November 17 as part of the "Unequal Killer: A Legislative Breakfast," sponsored by the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Place matters not only for tobacco marketing and access, but it matters, too, for how we can implement solutions to the problem.

At "Unequal Killer," smoke-free advocates spoke about their successes in 2018, recognized local champions, and heard responses from elected officials. FACT youth advocates also led the group to promise "not in my community" when presented with facts about tobacco.

Throughout 2018, advocates confirmed that place matters especially for young people, communities of color, low-income individuals, and the LGBTQ+ community, because they are more likely to be exposed to cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and cheap cigarillos, as well as their advertising, and therefore disproportionately bear the burden of tobacco and nicotine addiction and exposure.

"Having concrete evidence of what we have suspected – that tobacco companies prey on communities of color and youth – is a rallying call for us all to take action. We can no longer accept what we cannot change. We must change what we cannot accept," said Anneke Mohr, City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance Coordinator. 

A Deep Dive into Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training
The Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) was developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMSHA) Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies to prepare prevention professionals for work in their community in a proven effective way. SAPST walks participants through the Strategic Prevention/Planning Framework.

An early November training session was facilitated by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute Prevention Services Manager Elysse Chay and Alliance for Wisconsin Youth Southeast Region Coordinator Jazzmyne Adams, and guest trainer Annie Short, Executive Director of the  Northeast Wisconsin Area Health Education Center.

SAPST is a highly interactive, four-day face-to-face workshop. Because the SAPST training is an intensive training, it was important to gather feedback daily about specific training modules, as well as feedback about the training in all parts, including the trainers.

Participants learned:

  • The Strategic Planning/Prevention Framework
  • How to work through the steps to create an appropriate prevention plan
  • The importance of choosing appropriate evidence based strategies to address local needs 
  • How cultural competence, sustainability, and evaluation are themes for the entire process

Overall, participants felt that their knowledge increased "a great deal" and that they felt "more prepared" with several training topics. Specifically, 8 of the 10 participants felt that their knowledge increased "a great deal" for the topics of using SAMHSA’s Prevention Framework for prevention program planning.

Amanda Clark, the Public Ally for Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, said the training helped her to better understand how important it is to "look at the pond as a whole versus the frog" in terms of combating substance use/abuse. Another trainee stated "this training session and information will be very useful and can be applied to work beyond coalitions."
Save the Date
Wisconsin DHS Opioid Forum
March 19 & 20, 2019
This opioid forum, to be held in Green Bay, will feature workshops on prevention and harm reduction, treatment and recovery, and criminal justice topics. The registration fee will be $70 per person. A full agenda will be available in January 2019. This event is part of Wisconsin's State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 
Wisconsin’s Opioid Crisis: A Trauma-Informed Response
April 2 & 3, 2019
This Green Bay event will feature workshops on trauma's role in the misuse and abuse of opioids. The registration fee will be $70 per person. A full agenda will be available in February 2019. This Wisconsin DHS conference is part of Wisconsin's State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 
City-County Heroin, Opioid, Cocaine Task Force
Community Engagement Session
Tuesday, November 27
If you want to have a say in how our community develops a plan to address substance abuse, the Task Force wants to hear from you. This session will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Ann Center, 2450 W. North Ave., Milwaukee, on Tuesday, November 27. Please RSVP to or 414-286-6738 or register through Eventbrite.
Hopkins Lloyd Community School Homework Diners
November 28 & December 12
Attention Hopkins-Lloyd families! Homework Diners are bi-weekly family engagement events that allow Hopkins-Lloyd Community School students and families to receive homework support from classroom teachers and volunteer tutors while enjoying a free community meal for the whole family. They will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on November 28 and December 12 at Hopkins-Lloyd Community School, 1503 W. Hopkins St., Milwaukee. Contact Mr. Carson at 414-269-1992 to register or sign up in the main office or in CLC.
MC3 Jingle Mingle
Wednesday, December 5
The Milwaukee Comprehensive Care Collaborative (MC3) invites you to their annual holiday party. Meet Change Agents and learn what local organizations are doing to improve residents’ health and wellbeing. No RSVP is necessary. The Jingle Mingle will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee. For more information, go to
SEL Professional Development Series
Wednesday, December 12
This quarter's Milwaukee Succeeds Social and Emotional Learning Goal 's Professional Development Series theme is Social Awareness, which is the ability to accurately recognize and regulate one's own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior in different situations. If we are serious about reducing trauma and promote healing in Milwaukee perspective taking, empathy and respect will be critical to the process. Center for Applied Theatre is facilitating this session, which will be held at UWM Zilber School of Public Health, 1240 N. 10th St., Milwaukee from 5:50 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12; RSVP here .
Research & Resources
Ethics in Prevention:
A Guide for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners
December 3-14
From Prevention Solutions@EDC: This moderated online course explores the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics, and introduces a decision-making process to help practitioners apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas, and an online discussion area for participants. Endorsed by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and NAADAC-certified.
Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment
Through December 15
Need health care coverage for 2019? The open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans will run between Thursday, November 1, and Saturday, December 15. Need help signing up? Contact Covering Wisconsin to set up an appointment with a navigator.
Call for Focus Group Participants
UW-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health researchers are looking for focus group participants for two studies on tobacco use and attitudes. Smokers (not e-cigarette users) ages 18-24 are needed for a study on e-liquid marketing; compensation is a $50 gift card. Call 414-750-4139, email or go to to sign up. Young people ages 13-18 who use e-cigarettes, JUUL, or vape pens or knows someone who does are also needed for a December 9 focus group on attitudes about e-cigarettes and vape pens; compensation is $20 gift card. Contact Carli Jarman at 262-483-8961 or if you are interested.
Job Opportunities
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Community Advocates is supported by ReCAST MKE, 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.