Issue 10-23 | November 15, 2021
Spotlight On: Kira Hankins Joins PPI's Prevention Team
We're pleased to announce that Kira Hankins has joined PPI as the Coordinator of the Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships for Success grant. Kira is a recent graduate of UW-La Crosse, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health and Community Health Education. She also worked with Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, where she served as a Crisis Counselor helping the community navigate the pandemic and its stressors and also planned and implemented a free clothing giveaway event and vaccination pop up events.
The SPF-PFS grant focuses on preventing alcohol, marijuana, and e-cigarette use among 9-20 year olds in Milwaukee County. Coalition partners include Cudahy Health Department, Hales Corners Health Department, Oak Creek Health Department, Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Volition Franklin, and West Allis-West Milwaukee. We think Kira will do great work with her coalition partners.
Webinars & Events
Cultural Competence & Behavioral Health Webinar
Tuesday, November 16
SAMHSA and HHS Office of Minority Health will be hosting a Webinar on Cultural Competence & Behavioral Health. The webinar will show real world examples of behavioral health service providers using the national standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate services and the behavioral health implementation guide. The webinar will be held Tuesday, November 16, at 1:30 p.m. Click here to register.
LGBTQ+ Youth Substance Use Prevention Summit
Friday, November 19
27th Street West Drug Free Coalition, the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance, and Safe & Sound are organizing the third LGBTQ+ Youth Substance Use Prevention Summit to provide a safe, fun space for LGBTQ+ individuals ages 12-18 to share experiences around drug and alcohol use. It’ll be held from 6-9 p.m. on November 19 at Groppi High School, 1312 N. 27th St., Milwaukee. Questions? Want to get involved? Contact Zoe at 414-345-7258 or
Milwaukee Trans Day of Remembrance
Friday, November 19
On Friday, November 19, the Milwaukee community will be honoring those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender bias or violence. This virtual event, organized by FORGE in Wisconsin, will be a space where speeches, music, grounding and community connection will take place. The event will begin at 7 p.m. To learn more, click here.
Delta-8 THC Training
Friday, November 19
Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is hosting a training on Delta-8 THC. The training will be presented by police officer Nick Place and Alliance for Wisconsin Youth Southeast Region coordinator Hannah Lepper. The training will present trending and upcoming drugs such as Delta-10, damage caused by drugs in the human body, and more. The training will be held on Friday, November 19, at 11 a.m. via Zoom. To register, click here.
Safe & Sound and MPD Turkey Giveaway
Saturday, November 20
Safe & Sound and the Milwaukee Police Department Office of Community Outreach & Education will be hosting a Turkey Giveaway for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday on Saturday, November 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Milwaukee Safety Academy, 6680 N. Teutonia Ave. Please register by Wednesday, November 17, at 4 p.m. by emailing your first & last name and contact number to
The MHSWI Resource Directory Training
Tuesday, December 7 & Thursday, December 9
MHS Health Wisconsin is offering a virtual training to learn about the MHSWI Resource Directory, which can help connect individuals in our community to free and reduced-cost programs and services. There will be two virtual trainings available to teach how social service providers can take advantage of this platform. Trainings will be on Tuesday, December 7 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon or Thursday, December 9 from 10 to 11 a.m.
Virtual MHFA-Adult Training
Wednesday, December 15 & Friday, December 17
Mental Health First Aid-Adult teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in adults. This training will give you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Community Advocates is offering virtual MHFA-Adult sessions in the month of December.
Click on the following dates to register:

Breaking Bread Community Thanksgiving Feast Donation Drive
Saturday, November 20
The Dream Team United MKE & Parklawn Assembly of God will be hosting a Community Thanksgiving Feast Donation Drive to help feed those in need. Donations will be accepted until Saturday, November 20. For more information on drop-off locations, volunteering, or donating, please contact Farina Brooks at 414-839-9481.
Covid-19 Vaccination Resources for Children
Children 5 years and older can now get the Covid-19 vaccine to help fight and protect from the Covid-19 virus and Delta Variant. Outreach Resources about Covid-19 vaccinations for children ages 5+ and posters for vaccination providers are available. To learn more about vaccinations for children visit the CDC website.
PEARLS Open Group
PEARLS for Teen Girls is recruiting girls to join their unique leadership development program serving girls middle school through high school, and beyond. The open group is free and open regardless of the school they attend. For more information call 414-265-7555.
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