Issue 9-5 | March 2, 2020
Spotlight On:
Disposable Fruit and Candy Flavored Vape Devices
Raise Concerns 
On February 6, 2020, a new FDA regulation went into effect banning certain types of e-cigarettes thought to be most attractive to youth -- reusable pod-based devices in all flavors except tobacco and menthol. New types of disposable e-cigarettes, however, seem to have no trouble blasting through the many loopholes in the new federal regulation.

Take Puff Bars, for example, which seem to be replacing JUULs as the go-to vape device that appeals to youth. Puff Bars, like JUUL, look like USB drives and offer tasty flavors, like O.M.G. (orange, mango, and guava), Café Latte, watermelon, Banana Ice, and lemonade. But JUUL isn’t able to sell fruit- and candy-flavored vape pods under the new regulations. Puff Bars, in contrast, sell a limitless number of flavors because they’re disposable, and single-use devices in all flavors are allowable under the new regulations, assuming they received FDA market authorization if introduced after August 8, 2016. Puff Bars and similar devices have not received market authorization, according to research from Rutgers University

Alliance for Wisconsin Youth
POWER in PREVENTION Regional Training
March 25-26
~Registration Is Open~
Save the date for Power in Prevention, a two-day intensive regional training to network, gain information, and learn strategies to prevent substance use/abuse in your community. Sponsored by the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth and the Northeastern Wisconsin Area Health Education Center, this training is targeted toward prevention coalition coordinators and members, public health experts, law enforcement, health care professionals, and government representatives.

The keynote speaker is Kris Archie, executive director of The Circle, a vaping podcast will be recorded, and ComedySportz will perform. Breakout sessions will cover Strategic Prevention Framework 101, plus trauma, drug-endangered children, Wisconsin's alcohol culture, the CBD phenomenon, the connection between suicide and substance abuse, fundraising for coalitions, youth engagement, and much more.

"Power in Prevention is a great way to learn the most up-to-date information on trends, resources, and activities to create even more impact in our communities," said Kari Lerch, Deputy Director of Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, which coordinates the Southeastern Region of the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth. "It’s also a good way to learn from each other and get inspired."

Power in Prevention will be held Wednesday, March 25, and Thursday, March 26, at the Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Northwest Conference Center, 11600 W. Park Place, Milwaukee. Cost is $100 to attend; hotel room is $90 per night. Registration is open at this link.
emergency shelter intake form
Community Performance
Saturday, March 28
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is highlighting the importance of addressing and bringing light to challenges in our community, including homelessness, eviction, and the lack of affordable housing. The release of Matthew Desmond's  Evicted  shed further light on the eviction crisis in Milwaukee and was one of the inspirations for composer Gabriel Kahane’s  emergency shelter intake form . This oratorio-style work tells the story of becoming homeless and confronting homelessness from several angles, culminating in a performance by a choir made up of community members directly touched by homelessness, eviction, or housing insecurity.
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is partnering with a number of nonprofits that work directly to provide both services to those affected by homelessness and to develop long-term solutions to end the pipeline to homelessness in our community. Community Advocates is honored to be one of the MSO's partners.
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, soloists, and community choir will perform emergency shelter intake form at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at North Division High School, 1011 W. Center St., Milwaukee. A panel discussion and talk-back will follow the concert. Registration is required for this performance at this link . The concert is free of charge with an encouraged donation to Community Advocates to support the establishment of a Rental Housing Resource Center with our partners in the coming months. Please select "Rental Housing Resource Center" in the drop-down menu on our donation page .

There are a number of pre-concert events throughout the community to explore what's being done in our city, and what remains to be done to make a greater impact. Check out the MSO's website for details and to register .
Drug Impairment Training for Education Professionals
April 9 & 10
Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention coalition are pleased to offer this no-cost, two-day training for education and other professionals to learn how to identify chemically impaired individuals.
Drug Impairment Training for Education Professionals (DITEP) is aimed toward educators, school nurses, administrators, law enforcement, parents, nonprofit professionals, and youth-serving organizations. Participants will learn how to assess individuals for substance use and ensure a safe environment for all.

There is no cost to attend, and participants will receive a manual and lunch. It will be held at Community Advocates Training Center, 6900 W. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9 and 10. RSVP at this link as space is limited.
Wisconsin Tribes Struggle with Opioids
Ned Daniels Jr., chairman of the Forest County Potawatomi Community, spoke out about the opioid crisis during his State of the Tribes address at the Wisconsin State Capitol in February.

Native communities across Wisconsin have been hit especially hard by the opioid epidemic. There are hundreds of families like mine who are now caring for the young ones of relatives because of opioid addiction," he said.

Wisconsin Public Radio reported that "In 2018, Native Americans had the highest rate of opioid deaths of any ethnic group in Wisconsin. Daniels said the Potawatomi are working to combat the crisis in different ways, like increasing law enforcement funding and boosting high school graduation rates. "

East Side Cleans Up Its Cigarette Trash
The East Side BID recently emptied their cigarette butt receptacles (which are at the Colectivo on Prospect, Kenilworth Place, and in front of Landmark Lanes/Ma Fischer’s) and found they had 941 butts. The receptacles were provided by Hold On To Your Butt MKE and the volume of cigarette trash shows that they are being used and are helping to keep the streets, sidewalks, and ultimately our rivers and lake a bit cleaner.
Milwaukee Riverkeeper Spring Cleanup
With Hold On To Your Butt MKE
Saturday, April 18
Help to remove cigarette butts and trash from our rivers to protect wildlife, kids, and the natural environment. Sign up in advance by registering below to clean up one of four sites from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, April 18, then let Hold On To Your Butt MKE know you’re coming by clicking on this link .

Save the Date
Greater Milwaukee Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness
Tuesday, May 5
The Greater Milwaukee Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness   will educate young people, educators and other adults about the growing opioid epidemic and encourage healthy decision-making.

An essential ingredient to a solution is stopping the spread of addiction through a message of abstaining from experimentation:  if fewer young people are experimenting with these highly addictive drugs, fewer will fall victim to this often-fatal disease of addiction . The program seeks to educate students, teachers, and parents about the dangers, warning signs, and effects of opioid abuse, and also connect them with resources to deal with opioid abuse. Most of all, the program aims to recognize and promote healthy choices and demonstrate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Educators are encouraged to bring their students.

This summit is organized by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, DEA 360 Strategy, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice. It'll be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesday, May 5, at the Miller High Life Theater, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. Get more information and register here .
WPHA-WALHDAB 2020 Annual Conference
Advancing Our Public Health System, One Step at a Time
May 19-21
Registration is open for the Wisconsin Public Health Association and Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards' 2020 conference, Advancing Our Public Health System, One Step at a Time, to be held May 19-21 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Hotel room group rate reservations at the Hyatt Regency Green Bay must be made by April 27 at this link. Want to nominate a public health professional for an award? Click here. Deadline to submit a poster presentation is April 10 at this link.
Behavioral Health Redesign Forum
Thursday, March 5
You are invited to the Behavioral Health Redesign Forum on Thursday, March 5, at the Peck Pavilion at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the upcoming changes to the Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder system in Milwaukee County and across Wisconsin. Refreshments and networking begin at 8:30 a.m.; the program will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. It’s free to attend but registration is required at this link.
Fourth Annual Celebrating Abilities/Celebrando Habilidades
Special Education Family Forum
Saturday, March 7
All MPS families and staff are welcome at this forum on special education services, programs, and summer opportunities. It’ll be held on Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Milwaukee Marshall High School, 4141 N. 64th St., Milwaukee. The first 200 people will win free Bucks t-shirts. The forum includes breakfast, a resource fair, workshop presentations, and lunch. To request child care, accommodations, or interpreting services, please call 414-902-8434. Get details and register at this link.

Acompáñenos al evento de "Celebrando habilidades" el sábado 7 de marzo de 2020 en la escuela superior Milwaukee Marshall. El objetivo de este evento familiar gratuito es conectar a las familias de los estudiantes con necesidades de educación especial con los recursos de la comunidad. El evento contará con una feria de recursos con diversas agencias comunitarias seguidas de talleres interesantes sobre una variedad de temas. Este evento es gratis. Se proveerá un almuerzo y habrá cuidado de niños. Para obtener más detalles, consulte el volante del evento a continuación. Registrese para el Foro Femiliar "Celebrando Habilidades."
Youth Reentry Support Training
Tuesday, March 10
Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention are offering this free training to equip residents and service providers with tools to support previously incarcerated youth and adults in reentering the community. It will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at Sojourner Family Peace Center, 619 W. Walnut St., Milwaukee. This training is provided for free thanks to a ReCast MKE grant. Register here.
Power of Hope: A Youth Development Training
Thursday, March 12 & Friday, March 13
The Power of Hope is a two-day seminar which will include trainings on the Soul, Science and Culture of Hope, as well as details on the implementation of this trauma-focused approach to working with children and families. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 12 and 13 at the Holiday Inn Manitowoc, 4601 Calumet Ave., Manitowoc. Cost is $125. Get details and register here .
Hidden in Plain Sight: I Spy
Saturday, March 14 & Saturday, April 4
Think you can spot all the hidden indications of teen substance use? Parents and concerned adults are invited to play "I Spy" in a teen replica room and see how many you can find. Stay after the tour for a brief discussion about your findings, get tips on current trends in our community, and talk about keeping our children safe in this world of technology! Tours are scheduled for 11 and 11:30 a.m., 12 noon, and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, at Green Bay Avenue Field House (Green Bay Avenue School), 3872 N. Eighth St., Milwaukee, and at the same times on Saturday, April 4, at the House of Kings and Priests, 4718 W. Garfield Ave., Milwaukee. Sponsored by Light & Unite Red , Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, and 5 Points Neighborhood Association.
Narcan Direct Program: Training of Trainers
Wednesday, March 18 & Thursday, March 19
NARCAN® Direct Program agencies are required to have at least one staff member attend a DHS-sponsored naloxone train-the-trainer event and use the curriculum provided to train others in the administration of naloxone. Two will be held this month: on March 18 in Marshfield and on March 19 in Appleton. Registration is open now at this link.
Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Training
Thursday, March 19
Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention are offering this free training on QPR, or Question, Persuade, and Refer—the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. This training is provided free of charge thanks to a ReCast MKE grant. It will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, at Community Advocates Training Center, 6900 W. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee. Register here.
Light & Unite Red Resource Fair
Tuesday, March 21
Join Light & Unite Red to raise awareness and shine a light on the dangers of substance use. This resource fair will be held 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, at Owen’s Place, 4610 W. Fond du Lac Ave., Milwaukee. Interested in being a vendor? Download this form to get involved.
Milwaukee County DHHS Community Conversations
March 23-March 31
Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services will be hosting several Community Conversations about their strategic plan, which will guide how they serve our community. Please attend a session to learn about their services and share your ideas on how the department can make sure people have their needs met with dignity in a way that advances equity.
  • Wednesday, March 23: Milwaukee Public Library-Washington Park Branch, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
  • Tuesday, March 24: North Shore Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale
  • Wednesday March 25: Milwaukee Public Library-Mitchell Street Branch, 906 W. Historic Mitchell St., Milwaukee
  • Tuesday March 31: West Allis Library, 7421 W. National Ave., West Allis
All events will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Disability Advocacy Day 2020
Tuesday, March 24
Disability Advocacy Day is designed to connect people with disabilities and their allies with their legislators to talk about issues that affect people with disabilities in their everyday lives. It’s organized by the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations and will begin with a briefing at Monona Terrace in Madison before a rally and legislative visits at the state Capitol. Registration is required. Cost is $10 with a $10 optional lunch. Click here for details and to register
Intersectionality of Trauma and Substance Abuse
Wednesday, March 25
Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention are offering this free training to expose participants to best practices for helping youth and adults recover from trauma and substance abuse. Participants will learn more about self-care strategies to reduce substance abuse and enjoy hands-on activities designed to address population-level outcomes. It will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at Table of the Saints, 2821 Vel R. Phillips Ave., Milwaukee. It’s provided free of charge thanks to a ReCast MKE grant. Register here .
2020 Fash Up Fashion Show Fundraiser
Saturday, March 28
The JA Love Project is organizing this fashion-forward fundraiser for Fostering Memories, which provides wardrobe and funds tickets so homeless and foster youth can attend their prom. Tickets include a fashion show, free food and a featured cocktail, a silent and loud auction, music, and a cash bar. It’ll be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at Sixth Floor Wedding and Event Venue, 176 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Get details and purchase tickets here
2020 Health Equity Summit: Empower a Healthier Milwaukee
Tuesday, March 31
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers is offering their 2020 Health Equity Summit on Tuesday, March 31, at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee. This day-long conference will focus on health-related empowerment; women’s empowerment, inclusion, and health; empowerment models; the Ability Movement MKE; social emotional learning for youth, and building community power. Tickets are $50; sponsorships for students are available. Click here to register and get more details
Community Conversation:
Tobacco Products & Vaping. Adverse Childhood Experiences & Trauma.
Saturday, April 4 
This community event aims to help parents and education professionals learn more about tobacco products, vaping, and how Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma may impact various aspects of health. Brought to you by Healthiest Greenfield Coalition, the presenters are Jeremy Triblett from Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and Dr. Charlene Gaebler-Uhing from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. It will be held on Saturday, April 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Greenfield Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield. A light complimentary breakfast will be served and child care will be provided when requested at the time of your reservation. To RSVP, click here, call 414-329-5275, or email
Together for Children Conference
Tuesday, April 21 & Wednesday, April 22
The 33rd Annual Greg and Mary Ann Renz Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, organized by Children’s Wisconsin and Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin, will be held at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. The conference is scheduled for April 21 and 22, with a Seminar Day on April 23. Keynote speakers are Cori Jewel Jensen on sex offenders and Lt. Joe Laramie (ret.). The full-day trainings on April 23 are "Understanding the Impact and Risks for Children Living with Domestic Violence" and "Hot Topics in Forensic Interviewing." Details and registration can be found here.
The Science of Mental Health: Journey Inside Your Brain
Wednesdays, April 22-May 13
This part of the Conversations with Scientists series will focus on debunking the stigma around wellness and will explore how the brain really works. All sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, from April 22 to May 13:

  • April 22: Mental and Behavioral Health: From the Brain to Society
  • April 29: Bumps in the Night: Anxiety and Fear Disorders
  • May 6: More than the Blues: Major Depression and Suicidality
  • May 13: Lost Control: Addiction

You can catch these presentations live in person at Medical College of Wisconsin, Kerrigan Auditorium, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, or online. An interactive livestream broadcast will be available at the MCW-Central Wisconsin and MCW-Green Bay campuses. This free series is presented by the Medical College of Wisconsin and Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment. Register here.
MHA of Wisconsin Presents
The 10 th Annual Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference:
Reframing the Narrative
Tuesday, April 28 & Wednesday, April 29
Registration is open for the 10th Annual Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference on Wednesday, April 29, with pre-conference trainings on Tuesday, April 28, at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Click here for details on speakers, booking your hotel room, awards, and sponsorships.
The Opioid Crisis in Rural Areas: The View from Prevention
Tuesday, March 17
In this 1.5 hour webinar offered by the Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network, Dr. Ryan Westergaard of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health shares insights on some of the upstream life events, traumas, and challenges that may contribute to opioid misuse for people living in rural communities. Dr. Will Cooke of Scott County will provide an overview of the community-based approach that is helping to reclaim the lives of people with opioid use disorder and transform Scott County. It will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. Register here.
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week
Monday, March 30-Sunday, April 5
Mark your calendars for a week of Shattering the Myths ® about drugs, alcohol, and addiction from Monday, March 30, to Sunday, April 5 .  National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week is a national health observance linking teens to science-based facts about drugs and alcohol. Join National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in celebrating the 10th anniversary of NDAFW . NIDA research   shows that people are more likely to try drugs for the first time during the summer, making spring a critical season for reaching teens with important messages about drug and alcohol use. It’s easy to get involved! Find activity ideas , then register your event online. Registration takes only a few minutes.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month Website
To prepare for April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, visit US Department of Health and Human Services' Children’s Bureau's website featuring a new multimedia gallery as well as new additions to the spread the word materials, including graphics and sample social media posts to help you spread awareness and support children and families in your community. Explore the available resources including activity calendars, an interactive quiz for protective factors, and a variety of publications to educate professionals and families alike. You can also download the 2019/2020 Prevention Resource Guide to help strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
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