Issue 9-12 | June 8, 2020
Community Advocates' Message to the Community
Community Advocates’ core values of dignity and respect for all we serve guides us in our work each day. We are incensed by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dontre Hamilton, Sylville Smith, Tony McDade, Joel Acevedo and countless other men and women whose lives have been stolen, many at the hands of law enforcement. This senseless loss of life is devastating not only to the families and loved ones of those whose lives have been lost but also to the community as a whole and especially communities of color who are and have been traumatized and brutalized through a system of oppression and marginalization for the past 400 years.

During this time of crisis, we are recommitting ourselves to honoring, supporting, and advocating for our community members, especially communities of color, whose dignity has not been recognized historically and at this present moment. We are affirming our belief that speaking out for justice for all and working to end systemic and personal racism and inequality is always the right thing to do. All of us have a role to play in creating a more equitable and accepting community, including peacefully protesting, rising to the call of leadership, changing harmful laws or policies, and actively listening to and honoring individuals who have historically and are currently experiencing trauma based on systems of structural racism and ingrained attitudes of white supremacy and white privilege.

We commit to being present for communities of color, to listening and hearing about the pain and suffering from people who have and are experiencing trauma and loss and to amplifying their voice so that we as a community can heal and create meaningful change.
We humbly ask that everyone find their role and play their part in creating an equitable community that respects and honors the dignity of all.

Andi Elliott, CEO
Jodi Wire, Board President
Our Prevention Team Recommends...
We’re living through remarkable times and current events are affecting each of us in different ways. Our Prevention Team has collected resources, songs, videos, and quotes to help our community members deepen their understanding of race in America, be white allies, and find ways to get inspired and soothe the soul.

PEARLS for Teen Girls’ Summer Programming
PEARLS for Teen Girls' virtual summer programming is free to girls in 5th through 12th grade (19-20 school year). Groups will focus on team building, health and wellness, college and career readiness, creativity, and more. Click here for details and to register.
MFD Partners with Ignite the Spirit-MKE for Pride Month
Ignite the Spirit-MKE is partnering with the Milwaukee Fire Department to debut a new uniform work shirt line and support our LGBTQ+ communities. This collection is a reflection of the unity in Milwaukee. Tank tops and hoodies are also available. Pre-order closes Sunday, June 14, at 11:59 p.m., when orders will be printed and shipped. Proceeds of the Pride Collection to be split between Ignite the Spirit- Milwaukee and Courage MKE, an organization that works to support LGBTQ and Youth in Milwaukee. Get details and order here . Watch CBS 58's coverage at this link .
BHD Budget Survey Needs Your Input
The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force asks you to complete this survey to share your priorities for the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division Budget by close of business on Thursday, June 11. The next BHD/Milwaukee County budget will be challenging due to decreases in revenue. What services should be prioritized? Are there opportunities to save money or bring in new revenue? Survey results will be shared with the Mental Health Board, BHD and DHHS leadership, and the County Executive.
Ask MHD Launched
The City of Milwaukee Health Department launched "Ask MHD" to respond to questions about COVID-19. Email to ask your question.
Community Input Sought
In an email to her constituents, Congresswoman Gwen Moore wrote that she wants to hear what Fourth District residents have to say about how we can move forward in a positive way. She wrote, "I know that change occurs at the community level, and I have already heard powerful, gripping messages from my constituents. I want to hear from each of you. Share your ideas on how we can all work towards building more just and fair communities  here."
Webinars & Events
National Alliance to End Homelessness Webinar:
Communities Using Data to Analyze Racial Disparities during the Pandemic
Tuesday, June 9
Because of historic and ongoing structural racism, the coronavirus pandemic is hitting communities of color hard. That same historic and structural racism also makes people of color more likely to experience homelessness. Homelessness systems and programs must understand and address the intersection of these two crises, and this webinar from the National Alliance to End Homelessness will feature four communities that are beginning to gather and analyze data to determine whether people of color experiencing homelessness are being equitably protected and served during the pandemic. The webinar will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9. RSVP here.
Clinical Depression and COVID-19:
Expanding on Mental Health Promotion 
Thursday, June 11
Mental health professionals are bracing for what may be an epidemic of clinical depression related to COVID-19. In this webinar, Dr. Jonathan Kanter will:

1. Review the science on risk factors for depression 
2. Share the latest information on how individuals are responding to the current crisis
3. Propose best practices for depression prevention and treatment moving forward.
The presentation will highlight online strategies that include disseminating evidence-based mental health tips, identifying and targeting risk groups, and conducting stepped-care treatment groups, stepping to individual treatment as needed. This webinar from Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network and Great Lakes Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 11. Register here .
March on Milwaukee: 200 Nights of Freedom Live Video
Thursday, June 11
While many Milwaukeeans have a vague notion of the Open Housing Marches, this presentation will offer a detailed examination of events that took place over 200 days in 1967-1968. This quintessential local story will explore the remarkable work of Milwaukee’s NAACP Youth Council and Commandos, with their advisor Father James Groppi, in support of Alderwoman Vel Phillips. This live video will begin by building a framework for understanding the civil rights movement and Long Black Freedom Struggle. Then, it will explore the conditions that led to the Open Housing Marches and use images and media to build the dramatic account of what unfolded in Milwaukee’s streets during the marches. It’s sponsored by Milwaukee County Historical Society and March On Milwaukee 50th. This live video will be shown from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11. Get details here.
Racism as a Public Health Crisis
Wednesday, June 12
The Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA) Public Policy Institute two-part series will explore the many ways that institutional racism has diminished life and health outcomes for communities of color. Increased infant and maternal mortality rates; escalating incidence of heart disease, diabetes and stroke; proximity to environmental pollutants; low wage employment opportunities; substandard schools; and a disproportionate share of the incarcerated population are just some of the challenges a person of color must contend with while striving to be successful. This webinar will be held 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12. Sign up here.
Bike Drives
June 20, 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

  • June 20: Lincoln Park, 1301 W. Hampton Ave., and McGovern Park, 5400 N. 51st Blvd., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 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.
Motivational Interviewing
Monday, June 22 & Monday, June 29
Join Share Training to explore how to hold space for those you serve. These two 4-hour sessions will begin your journey of learning Motivational Interviewing (MI) from a trauma-informed lens.

This workshop is designed for all human service professionals and leaders. The event is led by Shawn Smith, Certified MI Trainer, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers member, Founder of  Share Training , and Co-Founder of the Alma Institute. Shawn has trained MI to thousands of professionals, including those serving in workforce development, criminal justice, health care, behavioral health, education, and youth services. CEUs available per WI - DSPS 166.10 including Psychologists. The trainings will be held on Zoom from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 22 and Monday, June 29. Cost is $110. Click here for details and to register .
5th Annual Peer Recovery Conference: Thriving Amid Adversity
Thursday, August 13 & Friday, August 14
Registration is now 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 .  
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.
M-LINC’s Legal Services Resume
Marquette Legal Initiative for Nonprofit Corporations (M-LINC) is taking appointments for remote services provided pro bono. Details and the intake form are at this link.
Focus & Focus+:
Human Services Programs and the Opioid Crisis, Part 2
UW-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty has released the second part of their look at human services programs and the opioid crisis. This issue includes six articles examining barriers and solutions for human service programs on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, looking at particular geographic areas, and also using the viewpoints of brain and behavioral science and of the state courts. Access it here.
International Overdose Awareness Day 2020 Ideas Bank
International Overdose Awareness Day will be observed on August 31. It’s not too early to start thinking about how you or your organization will highlight the need for overdose prevention and honor the lives lost. Pennington Institute has 40 campaign ideas you can build on. Download it here.
Making Contact:
A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers
A new self-paced, online course from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Coalition of STD Directors, Making Contact is a free, on-demand training for entry-level COVID-19 contact tracers. Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers   will support ongoing public health agency efforts to prepare new contact tracers for their work of helping identify COVID-19 positive cases and those they've been in close contact with.
Covering Wisconsin Health Insurance Help
If you have questions about your health insurance options, Covering Wisconsin can help—for free, over the phone. To make an appointment, call 414-270-4677 (Milwaukee) or 608-261-1455 (statewide) or go to Click here for FAQs about COVID-19 and health insurance coverage.
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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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.