Issue 10-16 | August 9, 2021
Spotlight On: Africa Lucas Joins PPI
Africa Lucas is the new Prevention Manager at Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, and for her, it’s more than a job. It’s taking all of her personal and professional experience coupled with strategic implementation to bring about innovative change in our community. 

"I'm extremely excited," she said about joining PPI. "Out of all of my career paths, this feels like full circle to me."

Webinars & Events
Relentless Together National Advocacy Chat Series
Tuesdays, August 10-31
The American Heart Association is celebrating 40 years of advocacy that created healthier communities from shared stories and experiences of fellow advocates. This year, they have created a 4-week discussion series for advocates across the country with the Relentless Together National Advocacy Chat Series. The chats will be held every Tuesday from August 10-31 for 30 minutes via Zoom or phone call.

  • Federal Civics Overview: Tuesday, August 10 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Improving Americans’ Eating Habits: Tuesday, August 17 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Achieving the Tobacco Endgame: Tuesday, August 24 at 12:20 p.m.
  • The Future of Heart: Tuesday, August 31 at 6 p.m.

You can sign up for each chat by clicking here.
Tired, Wired, Mired and Inspired:
Strategies for Prevention Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
Wednesday, August 11
The Great Lakes MHTTC in partnership with IABH for behavioral health professionals are offering a virtual presentation on how to prevent and recover from burnout and compassion fatigue. You will learn how to maintain energy, reduce frustration in your clinical work, and feel a greater sense of success from presenter Mark Sanders. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 11, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. with a registration fee of $20. If interested, click here to register.
A Trauma-Informed Focus on Employee Well-being
Thursday, August 12
The Great lakes MHTTC is offering a virtual presentation on employee well-being to help build regulated and resilient staff and bring hope and energy to their professional and personal lives. You will learn about the importance of health and well-being, how to self-check a participant's well-being, and how to take steps to recognize and contribute to employee well-being and health. These objectives will be presented by Chuck Price, M.S. This webinar will be held on Thursday, August 12 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. via Zoom. To register, click here.
Youth Mental Health 101
Friday, August 13
Join MCSAP and The House of Kings and Priests for a youth mental health training for ages 13-24. There will be snacks and drinks provided; all participants will receive a MCSAP backpack filled with items and an opportunity to get the Covid-19 vaccination with a parent's consent. This event will be held Friday, August 13, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Grace Fellowship Church, 3879 N Port Washington Road, Milwaukee. Registration is not required -- just show up at 2! Masks are required to ensure everyone's safety. Questions? Contact Alexandria Kohn.

       ADRC & Milwaukee LGBT Community Center Discuss Self-Determination
Tuesday, August 17
The Milwaukee LGBT Center is partnering with the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) for an educational session on self-determination strategies and how to advocate for the needs of LGBTQ+ people, their families, and legal guardians. The session will be held on Tuesday, August 17, from 6-7 p.m. via Zoom. To register, click here.
Understand the Impact of COVID-19 on Student Success
Friday, August 20
The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services is sponsoring a webinar on the effects COVID-19 has had on student substance misuse. The webinar will be hosted by The Tall Cop, Officer Jermaine Galloway, on Friday, August 20, at 12:30-2 p.m. To register, click here.
MCSAP Overdose Awareness Day Memorial Event
Tuesday, August 31
MCSAP will host an Overdose Awareness Day Memorial Event to commemorate those who have passed from drug overdoses, and to provide support to family, friends, and communities who are deeply affected by those losses every day. All are welcome to this event, which will be held at Zeidler Union Square, 301 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on August 31. We’ll have a memorial board to honor those we have lost to overdose, a resource fair, open mic, poster making, and free food. Want to volunteer or participate in the resource fair? Contact Alexandria Kohn.
Prenatal Resource Fair
Friday, September 3
Milwaukee County’s Healthy Start will be providing a Prenatal Resource Fair on Friday, September 3, from 12-4 p.m. This amazing event is for pregnant moms in Milwaukee County and their child’s father or male partner. There will be activities for kids, food and treats, giveaways and raffles. Location will be at COA Goldin Center, 2320 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee. Advance registration is required; click here to register.
Celebrating Recovery, Ending Stigma, Embracing Possibilities 2021 Karen Avery Forum
Tuesday, September 14
The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force is calling for nominations to honor the work of those who are making a positive difference for people with mental illness in Milwaukee. The awards will be presented Tuesday, September 14, at the 2021 Karen Avery Forum. To learn more about the event, click here
988 Updates for Additional Stakeholders
Wednesday, September 15
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Care and Treatment Services have received a 988 State planning grant earlier to work on preparing for implementation of a three-digit calling code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Additional stakeholders for 988 have been discussing opportunities and challenges the implementation could bring to the mental health continuum in Wisconsin. If you are interested in this conversation, you can join the virtual meeting that will be held on Wednesday, September 15, from 1-3 p.m. To register, click here.
2021 National Latino Behavioral Health Conference
Thursday-Friday, September 16-17
The National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC/PTTC/ATTC is hosting the 2021 National Latino Behavioral Health Virtual Conference. The conference will focus on behavioral health in Latino and Hispanic communities. There will be networking and discussions between professionals from the prevention, treatment, recovery, and research fields. The conference will be held on September 16-17. To register, click here.
5 Addiction Terms to Stop Using (And What to Say Instead)
The Addiction Policy Forum released a video that breaks down the stigmatizing language around addiction. According to research, the words we use to describe substance use disorders have an incredible impact on those struggling with addiction and how they are treated. The Addiction Policy Forum’s three-minute video explains five commonly used addiction terms that need to be erased from your vocabulary and offers suggestions for what to say instead. To watch the video, click here.
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