Issue 9-4 | February 18, 2020
Spotlight On: Home Is Where Our Health Is
New Report from Community Advocates Public Policy Institute Recommends Policies for Improving Health & Housing
Healthy housing is a basic building block for the health and well-being of people, families, and communities. We all seek to live in a home that is free from hazards and structurally sound, to be able to choose when and why to move somewhere new, and to not have to choose between paying housing costs and buying groceries.

Community Advocates Public Policy Institute's new report, Home Is Where Our Health Is: Policies to Improve the Health of Renters in Milwaukee and Beyond , recommends 32 key federal, state, and local policy changes that would improve housing outcomes, advance racial and economic equity, and cultivate healthier communities.

PPI created Home Is Where Our Health Is in partnership with Human Impact Partners, the lead researchers on the report, and academic partners Geoffrey Swain, M.D., and Marah Curtis, PhD, at the University of Wisconsin.
This new report is the result of two years of quantitative and qualitative research, focus groups, and meetings that included more than 25 community advisors.
The report is focused on improving rental housing conditions by addressing three major themes: the availability of affordable rental housing, the quality of rental housing , and the housing stability of renters. Each of these issues has profound impacts on people’s health and well-being, and they are also intricately connected to each other. 

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 .
Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus Black History Month Events
The Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus is organizing a variety of events in Milwaukee and Madison throughout the month to celebrate Black History Month. In Milwaukee, Senator Lena Taylor and Representative David Bowen are sponsoring a screening of Free Angela and All Political Prisoners at the Center Street Wellness Center on February 23, and much more. Check the flyer for details about all events. 
Red Ribbon Week 2020 Theme Announced
This year's theme for Red Ribbon Week -- Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free. – was submitted by Tricia Nelson of Locust Corner Elementary School in Cincinnati. This theme will be featured prominently during Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, to highlight the benefits of living drug free. Learn more here
Save the Date
Together for Children Conference
April 21-22
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.
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 .
PATCH Symposium
Wednesday, May 13
Wisconsin Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (PATCH) is offering this day-long symposium for health care professionals and young people (ages 12-21) to learn from each other to become better adolescent health champions and advocates. It'll be held on Wednesday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Dr., Madison. Registration is open now at this link.
Free Legal Clinic for Youth
February 19 & 26
Presented by the State Bar of Wisconsin Young Lawyers Division’s Project Street Youth, attorneys will be available every Wednesday in February at Pathfinders for free consultation about legal issues facing homeless and transitional youth. Bring important documentation with you. The clinics will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on February 19 and 26 at Pathfinders, 4200 N. Holton St., Milwaukee. Enjoy some pizza with lawyers on February 26!
NAMI Walks Rally and Open House
Wednesday, February 19
Check out NAMI Greater Milwaukee's new offices and learn about NAMIWalks Greater Milwaukee in June. This open house is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19, 4 to 6 p.m., 1915 N. MLK Jr. Drive, Milwaukee—inside of the YWCA Building on MLK and Reservoir. 
Place of Last Drink Users Meeting
Thursday, February 20
On Thursday, February 20, a Place of Last Drink users meeting will be held at UW-Madison Law School. The meeting is a one-day discussion of the success, challenges, and the future of Place of Last Drink (POLD) compilations in Wisconsin to help identify patterns of over-serving.

There is no registration fee, but attendance is limited to those preparing or conducting a POLD compilation. Contact Julia Sherman, Project Coordinator of the Alcohol Policy Project , at to attend. If your community is considering a POLD compilation and would like materials to help frame your conversation, Julia will provide them by emailed reply. If you know of a POLD project, please contact Julia with the names and communities of individuals (including yourself) who could benefit from the POLD users meeting in February. 
UW-Milwaukee Annual Drag Show
Saturday, February 22
Members of the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance will be on hand at this annual celebration of local drag superstars and our diverse LGBTQ+ community members. The UW-Milwaukee Annual Drag Show will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, at the Miller High Life Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. Doors open at 5:30. Shuttles will be available for students and the public. This event is open to all, but students are encouraged to bring their ID. The suggested donation is $5; please bring cash for tips. Click here for details.
Mind-Body Connection: A Source of Power and Emotional Empowerment
Monday, February 24
Mental Health America-Wisconsin is sponsoring this talk by Adel B. Korkor, MD, on the how exercise can help one's mind and body. This session will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, February 24, at the Timbers Building, 700 W. Virginia St., Lower Level. It’s free to attend, but please register by emailing
NAMI Family-to-Family Classes
February 25-April 14 & March 21-May 9
NAMI’s Family-to-Family Classes are an eight-session program for family, partners, friends, and significant others of adults living with mental illness. Two series will be held this spring:

  • February 25-April 14: Tuesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., North Shore Community Bank, 4230 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee
  • March 21-May 9: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, NAMI Greater Milwaukee, 1915 N. MLK Jr. Drive, Milwaukee

To register, call 414-344-0444 or fill out this form online.
Alverno Community Conference
Friday, February 28
The theme of this year's Alverno Community Conference is "We Lead, We Vote, We Fight: Exploring Women’s Empowerment from Suffrage to #MeToo." The keynote speaker is Tiffany Henry, President of the Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals and Milwaukee Office Director for US Senator Tammy Baldwin. It's free for Alverno alumnae, staff, faculty, and students, and $30 for community members. It'll be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Alverno on Friday, February 28. Register here.
Question Persuade Refer
Friday, February 28
The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. This no-cost training is provided by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute thanks to a ReCast MKE grant from the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, February 28, at Urban Underground (Employ Milwaukee Building), 2342 N. 27th St., Milwaukee. Register here.
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."
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 .
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 in next month: on March 18 in Marshfield and on March 19 in Appleton. Registration is open now at this link.
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
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
The Role of Fathers in Children’s Health
Wednesday, February 19
Fathers play an important role in children's health and development. Fathers' own health and health behavior influences the well-being of their children and partners as well as fathers themselves. The webinar will address the experiences of fathers in prenatal and pediatric care settings, and identify strategies for providers to engage expectant and new fathers, as well as address strategies for promoting fathers' own physical and mental health, and supporting fathers to model positive health behaviors for their children. It’s offered by the UW-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty and the Wisconsin Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Board and will be held from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19. Register here .
WPHA Racial Equity Assessment Results
Friday, February 28
Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) is hosting an informational webinar led by President-Elect Robin Lankton to share the results of the WPHA Racial Equity Assessment and allow participants the opportunity to provide feedback and ideas for implementing the assessment results. It’ll be held at 12 noon on Friday, February 28. Register here
Resources & Requests
Greater Together Call for Papers
The Wisconsin Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals (WACYCP) and Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC) are accepting proposals for the 2020 Annual Youth Care Conference. The all-day conference will be held on Tuesday, June 2, at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. The theme of this year’s conference is "Greater Together: Intentional Collaboration." The organizers are seeking proposals in many topic areas. Each workshop will be 90 minutes long and should be aimed at youth care workers who work with youth aged 7 to 24. Click here for more details. 
Free Tax Prep
January 21-April 15
VITA Free Tax Preparation Assistance is offered at three Social Development Commission sites and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Volunteer Center (Homestead only) through April 15 for those earning up to $58,000. Schedule your appointment by visiting or calling 414-206-2262 or 2-1-1. Check the flyer for details. 
WPHA Seeks Nominations for Awards
The Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) Awards Committee is currently seeking nominations for awards to be presented at the Annual Conference, Public Health in Practice Conference, or during regional meetings. The deadline for submission is  Friday, April 3 .
Awards for consideration:
  • Carol Graham Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Distinguished Service to Public Health Award
  • Excellence in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Award
  • Excellence in Public Health Research Award
  • Excellence in Media Award
  • Spirit of Public Health Award
For more information, go to the  WPHA Awards website . It is not a requirement to be a WPHA member to submit or receive a WPHA award.
Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference
Call for Sponsors, Advertisers & Exhibitors
The 10th Annual PSW Conference will offer exhibit tables located in the main plenary room, which will allow maximum contact with conference participants. Exhibit hours are Wednesday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Around 300 attendees are expected. Click here to learn more.
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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.