Issue 10-19 | September 20, 2021
Spotlight On:
MCSAP at Friday Night Rivals Games
This autumn, MCSAP members have been participating in the Friday Night Rivals series of high school football games broadcast and streamed by My24Milwaukee. These games are opportunities for community organizations in Milwaukee to share their resources and promote prevention methods to youth and their families. During outreach at the Friday Night Rivals football games, MCSAP has been able to speak to students, parents, and staff and provide them with prevention materials and MCSAP swag. MCSAP has even been featured in a short commercial that airs during the game, creating great exposure for the coalition. You can find the schedule of games on MCSAP's online calendar.
Community Advocates Offers QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Training Throughout September
We can all save lives. 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. This two-hour interactive introduction to suicide awareness and prevention will also cover statistics and intervention strategies. Community Advocates will offer this introductory session via Zoom at no cost five times during the month of September. Registration is required. You can check out and register for all sessions on our calendar.
Recovery Mondays with MCSAP
Alexandria Kohn, the coordinator for the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention coalition (MCSAP), has taken the lead to highlight some of the resources that Milwaukee county has to help an individual in active addiction wanting to seek help. Recovery Monday is a 10 minute, live discussion with services that support recovery. They will be talking about what the resource is and provides, how to pay for treatment, and some advice on how to seek care. These discussions will be held Monday's during the month of September and aired live on the MCSAP Facebook page. Click here to tune in for the next Recovery Monday on September 27, at 10 a.m.
Webinars & Events
Real Talk Fridays
Friday, September 24
Real Talk Fridays are back this Friday, September 24!
Join MCSAP in an honest discussion with individuals in recovery on how they got help for substance use issues and how they're making it work. The talk will be from 10-11 a.m. live on MCSAP's Facebook page and archived to watch later. To tune in, click here.
Health Equity Series
Wednesday, September 22 – October 13
The Southeast PTTC is hosting a new Health Equity Series this month with three amazing presenters from the prevention field who will teach attendees how to build their capacity to promote health equity in evidence-based, prevention-oriented processes and strategies. There will be two sessions in this series. The first session begins Wednesday, September 22, at 10 a.m. For more information and to register for the Health Equity series, click here.
MPS 18th Annual Foro Latino
Deadline to Register: Friday, September 24
Join MPS for the 18th Annual Foro Latino, a virtual family forum on education updates and important information for students with special needs. Learn about academic resources and talk about topics that include academic career plans, strategies for managing behavior, special education resource guide and much more. The virtual family forum will be held on Monday, September 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. To participate, register here before Friday, September 24.
Substances: An In-Depth Look
Fall Webinar Series
Thursdays, September 30 – October 28
Join the Your Choice 2021 Fall Webinar Series, which features talks from experts on topics and issues that matter most in preventing substance abuse for today’s youth. These webinars will be held virtually through Zoom and registration will be required for attendance. These sessions are free and will teach you how to identify different types of substances and their street names, summarize the impact of the rising surge of use, and evaluate various interventions for treatment. To register for these webinars, click here.
Free Dental Day
Saturday, October 2
Wauwatosa Family Dental will be offering the Milwaukee community free dental services on Saturday, October 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (hours will be extended if necessary). Registration begins at 8 a.m. and will be on a first come, first serve basis. All ages are welcome for the following services: cleaning, filling, or extraction. Wauwatosa Family Dental is located at 11904 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa. Any questions, call 414-454-0700.
Prescription Drug Take Back
Thursday, October 7
WestCare Wisconsin's Drug Free Community coalition will be hosting a prescription drug take back event on Thursday, October 7, from 12-3 p.m., located at the Clinton Rose Senior Center. If you or anyone has expired or unused prescription, please attend this event to safely dispose of those prescriptions.
Safe & Sound: A Night to Unite
Friday, October 8
Safe & Sound is hosting their annual event, "A Night to Unite," which will be held virtually and in person at Nō Studios. This event will feature a cocktail hour, silent auction, golden raffle, and an awards program that will honor individuals who are working to improve public safety in Milwaukee's neighborhoods. Funds will be raised for Safe & Sound's mission to unite residents, youth, and law enforcement to build safe and empowered neighborhoods. The event will be held on Friday, October 8; click here to register.
20th Annual Art Show for Gallery Night
Friday, October 15
Neu-Life Community Development is hosting the 20th annual art show for Gallery Night where they will be debuting their new installation exhibit, "Metamorphosis: An Immersive Art Experience," which was created by Neu-Life youth using projection, model making and animation will be showcased. Join this event on Friday, October 15, from 5-8 p.m. at The Shoppe, located at 155 N. Milwaukee St. For more information, click here.
Motivational Interviewing
Friday, October 15
Share Collaborative is hosting a two-session professional development opportunity to learn Motivational Interviewing from a trauma-informed, culturally reverent lens. In these sessions you will explore MI communication skills to heal, honor, and empower behavior change, simple tools for ongoing learning, and many more key takeaways. All human service professionals and leaders are encouraged to attend this course lead by Shawn Smith, member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, MINT Certified Trainer and a founder of Share Collaborative. The first session will begin on Friday, October 15, at 8:30 a.m. There will be a registration fee of $135. To register, click here.
The APHA’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo
October 24-27
The American Public Health Association’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo is coming up on October 24 through October 27. The 2021 theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthen Social Connectedness." The conference has the option of being attended virtually or in person. The conference will be held in the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Virtual attendees will participate online from anywhere, globally. For more information on the conference, sessions, and activities, click here.
WestCare Wisconsin's Artist Drawing Contest
Deadline Thursday, June 30, 2022
WestCare Wisconsin is hosting an artist drawing contest for Milwaukee youth ages 25 and younger to highlight ideas of not using drugs and alcohol and to inspire other youth to make safe choices. The deadline to submit your art is Thursday, June 30, 2022. For any questions about this contest, please contact Monet’ Johnson-Anderson at (414) 345-7664 or Markeda Williams at (414) 514- 0779.
Menthol Study Opportunity
Medical College of Wisconsin is offering a nicotine addiction research opportunity for individuals between 25-65 years old who are a cigarette smoker and not currently trying to quit. The research will take about four hours over a two-day period and participants will be compensated for time and travel. If interested in this study, call or text 414-308-6044.
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