Issue 9-14 | July 7, 2020
Spotlight On:
BIPOC Mental Health Month 2020 Toolkit
July is Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month, a time to shed light on the mental health needs of these traditionally underserved and underrepresented individuals. Mental Health America has developed a toolkit for those who want to raise awareness of the mental health experiences of BIPOC. The toolkit includes social media materials as well as resources specifically for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, handouts on racism and mental health and racial trauma, infographics, and a call to action to share how discrimination and/or racism have affected individuals’ mental health. You can get details and download the toolkit at this link .
Remembering Kaylin Jones
We regret to share with our partners and community members the recent passing of Kaylin Jones, the Chair of the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention coalition in 2017 and 2018. Kaylin was a passionate, inspiring, and energetic young leader who had a great impact on the young people in our community, a woman who led by example and was always willing to lend a helping hand. We'll always remember her fantastic enthusiasm for helping young people and individuals impacted by substance abuse, which made even the most difficult tasks enjoyable.

"Kaylin was young but she leaves behind an incredible legacy among our city’s youth," said Kasaundra Brown, MCSAP's Coordinator. "This is a huge loss to the community and the youth that she so tirelessly and selflessly served. Kaylin was a true champion. She will be greatly missed."

Our hearts are with Kaylin’s family, friends, and the youth in her care at this difficult time.
Alternatives to Opioids in Treating Acute and Chronic Pain
On-Demand Online Training through August 31
Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and the Wisconsin Medical Society are pleased to present this free, two-hour on-demand training on alternatives to opioids. Presented by Dr. Michael McNett, this session covers when and why opioids should be used, as well as non-opioid medications and techniques for treating acute and chronic pain. This free training is targeted to health care professionals but all community members will learn helpful information. Meets the requirements for the two-hour continuing education course on responsible opioid prescribing per Med 13.03(3) of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. To register, email Questions? Contact John Eshun at
One in Five Milwaukee Retailers Are Selling Tobacco to Youth
2019's Wisconsin Wins checks of retailers found that 1 in 5 local shops are selling cigarettes, cigarillos, and e-cigarettes to minors, even though it’s illegal. That's a slight decrease from 2018's numbers, but also up from 11% in 2009, indicating a worrying 10-year trend. The Wins checks, conducted by FACT youth members paired with Milwaukee Police officers, also found that rates were highest in Aldermanic Districts 1, 9, and 4. The checks were conducted before Tobacco 21 went into effect in December 2019, which raised the legal minimum age for tobacco sales to 21 across the country. You can read more about it in the Milwaukee Community Journal.
Wisconsin’s Clean Indoor Air Law Turns 10
On July 5, 2010, Wisconsin’s Clean Indoor Air Law went into effect, which prohibits smoking in indoor spaces, such as bars, restaurants, and other workplaces statewide. Now, ten years later, tobacco-free advocates are calling for the law to be updated to include a ban on vaping as well, noting that the chemicals typically expelled by vapes—including nicotine, carcinogens, heavy metals, and volatile organic compounds—are harmful. About one-third of Wisconsin residents—including those who live in Milwaukee—are protected by local ordinances banning vaping in public.

Bills with bipartisan support were introduced in both houses of the Legislature last session, but neither received a hearing in committee. “We encourage lawmakers to support this legislation, which is a simple update that keeps up with the quickly changing tobacco industry that is working to addict a new generation of lifelong tobacco users,” said Sara Sahli, Government Relations Director with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in a press release.

Milwaukee Fire Department Assistant Chief Aaron Lipski wrote a letter to the Cap Times celebrating the 10-year anniversary, noting that smoking rates among adults and high school youth have dropped in the past decade. He also called on the Legislature to add vaping to the smoke-free indoor air law.
Training Opportunities on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors
In collaboration with Wisconsin Department of Health Services , the Behavioral Health Training Partnership is pleased to offer virtual and online trainings for mental health professionals and health care providers supporting individuals who are in their community. These unique training opportunities are made possible through grant funding from the Department of Health Services to promote best practice and evidence-based techniques in recognizing, assessing, and managing suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Trainings include: Crisis Response Planning; Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS); Brief Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Suicide Prevention; Core Mindfulness Skills; Distress Tolerance; and more. Check out the virtual and online trainings here . If you have any questions, please contact the BHTP office at 920-465-2101 or .
Webinars & Events
Urban Ecology Center Free Summer Meal Program
Weekdays through August 28
The Urban Ecology Center’s Washington Park Branch (1859 N. 40th St., Milwaukee) and Milwaukee Center for Independence are serving breakfast and lunch packs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through August 28.
NatCon at Home
Wednesday, July 15
The National Council for Behavioral Health is sponsoring two and a half hours of virtual learning, including the panel discussion, "A Candid Conversation about Mental Health and Caring for Loved Ones" with author Hannah Hart and President and CEO of Mental Health America Paul Gionfriddo. You can get details and register here.
Research into Action Webinar:
Simulating the Impact of a Cigarette Minimum Floor Price Law on Adult Smoking Prevalence in California
Wednesday, July 15
CADCA, along with its Geographic Health Equity Alliance and in partnership with Counter Tools , has invited Dr. Shelley Golden and Derek Carr, JD, to discuss how coalitions can use minimum floor price laws as an effective non-tax policy change strategy for reducing consumption of tobacco or other substances and decreasing socioeconomic disparities in tobacco use in their communities. This webinar will be held at noon on Wednesday, July 15. Get details and register here .
Society for Prevention Research 2020 Annual Meeting
July 21-July 23
The Society for Prevention Research will be holding its annual conference virtually with the theme "Why Context Matters: Towards a Place-Based Prevention Science" from July 21-23. Topics include "Increasing Health Equity and Strengthening Resilience" and "Interventions to Decrease Health Disparities." Registration for the virtual conference is free and can be found at this link.
Bike Drives
July 18 & August 15
Milwaukee County Parks, the Milwaukee County Office on African American Affairs, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Milwaukee Police Department, the Office of Violence Prevention, and the City of Milwaukee Health Department, in partnership with Feeding 100 Mouths, will be hosting Bike Drives throughout the summer so that kids can ride bikes and practice social distancing safely. They’re looking for volunteers and new or gently used bikes and equipment for their next three events. Each event will provide volunteers with PPE gear and volunteers will be asked to practice social distancing. Contact Prianca Lal for more information at

  • July 18: King Center, 1531 W. Vliet St., and Kosciusko Center, 2201 S. Seventh St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • August 15: Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St., and Brown Deer Park, 7835 N. Green Bay Road, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2020 Virtual Public Health Conference
Mondays, August 3, 10, 17 & 24
The Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) and Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) are offering their annual conference virtually on Mondays in August:

  • August 3: COVID-19
  • August 10: Data & Performance Management
  • August 17: New Skills
  • August 24: Legislative Issues

The sessions are free for WPHA and WALHDAB members, and $100 for non-members. Get details here .
5th Annual Peer Recovery Conference: Thriving Amid Adversity
Thursday, August 13 & Friday, August 14
Registration is open for the 2020 Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference. This will be a virtual conference using Zoom. The registration fee is $50. Scholarships are available. Organized by Independent Living Resources, with funding from the DHS Division of Care and Treatment Services, this event features workshops on how to provide effective peer support within community services for mental health and substance use concerns and innovative applications of peer support.  Click here for details .  
Wisconsin Virtual Zero Suicide Training
Wednesday, August 19-Friday, August 21
Mental Health America and Wisconsin Zero Suicide Faculty will be hosting a virtual 2020 Wisconsin Zero Suicide Training to be held August 19-August 21 via Zoom. They are also extending the deadline for applications to 4 p.m. on July 14. The cost will be $250 per team. Get details here.
Prevent Suicide Wisconsin 2020 Virtual Conference
September 8 & 9
Prevent Suicide Wisconsin’s annual conference is tentatively scheduled to be held virtually on September 8 and 9. Originally planned for April 28 and 29 in Wisconsin Dells, the conference will be held on Zoom to protect the health and safety of attendees. For details, click on this link.
APHA 2020
October 24-October 28
The theme of the American Public Health Association’s 2020 annual meeting and expo is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence." It’ll be held online with registration opening July 7. Attendees will have 24/7 access to all meeting sessions during or beyond the dates of the meeting. Get details and register here.
The City of Milwaukee Health Department launched "Ask MHD" to respond to questions about COVID-19. Email to ask your question.
Food Resources
If you are looking for where to get food right now, visit 211 Wisconsin , dial 211, or text your ZIP code to 898211. FoodShare is another great way to get the food you need for your family! If you are interested in applying to receive EBT benefits, please visit Wisconsin's  Access website . Find more information from Hunger Task Force .
Community Advocates' COVID-19 Resource Pages
Home To Stay
Home To Stay is a new website full of resources for people returning from incarceration developed by the Milwaukee County Community Justice Council’s Milwaukee Reentry Council and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. New entries are being added, so check this site often.
Get Counted
The 2020 Census is underway and the most important thing you can do is respond when you receive your invitation. Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up. Go to   to be counted.
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