Issue 7-23 | November 12, 2018
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Spotlight On: Keeping Liquor Stores Accountable
In July, the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition completed alcohol compliance checks in the 53206 ZIP code.

In a project that targets substance abuse prevention in 53206, MCSAP, in coordination with the Milwaukee Police Department, completed 10 alcohol compliance checks across liquor stores in 53206. During the compliance checks, young people between the ages of 18 and 21 attempt to purchase liquor. If a store employee refuses to sell to a minor, the store passes.

In all, 6 out of 10 liquor stores in 53206 passed the alcohol compliance checks by refusing to sell alcohol to minors under 21. The results were an improvement over the beginning round of alcohol compliance checks, which were completed in the summer of 2017.

Alcohol compliance checks were done in part due to a Drug-Free Communities grant that works to prevent underage alcohol in 53206. Alcohol compliance checks are conducted across the country and are widely recognized as an environmental strategy to reduce underage alcohol use. Limiting the points of access where youth can access alcohol greatly decreases the likelihood of youth being able to consume alcohol.

"We are seeing fewer liquor stores sell alcohol to minors in the 53206 ZIP code, which is a good start in terms of helping youth succeed in this neighborhood," said John Eshun, 53206 Drug-Free Communities Coordinator.

With this progress, partners in 53206 and the Amani neighborhood will continue to work with convenience stores and urge liquor stores not to sell alcohol or tobacco to minors. 
Educators’ Role in Preventing ‘Deaths of Despair’
Teachers can promote their students’ resilience by including evidence-based strategies to help them meet students’ mental and academic needs, including social and emotional learning, according to an article by Julia Sabrick of the nonprofit Trust for America’s Health posted on Education Week's blog.

Sabrick writes: "This work starts with understanding the relationship between mental health and academic success: mental health influences students' ability to learn, while learning success influences mental health. Kids come to school with all kinds of stresses, trauma, sadness, and depression that put them at higher risk for not only academic failure, but also substance misuse and suicide. Most young people have not yet developed the capacity to handle these emotions which makes it difficult and -- in severe cases -- almost impossible for them to learn. Integrating programs throughout the school day that promote positive mental health and social and emotional development for students have been proven to strengthen students' resilience and academic outcomes."
SEL Professional Development Series
Tuesday, November 13 & Wednesday, December 12
This quarter's Milwaukee Succeeds Social and Emotional Learning Goal 's Professional Development Series theme is Social Awareness, which is the ability to accurately recognize and regulate one's own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior in different situations. If we are serious about reducing trauma and promote healing in Milwaukee perspective taking, empathy and respect will be critical to the process. Center for Applied Theatre is facilitating this session, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, at UWM Zilber School of Public Health, 1240 N. 10th St., Milwaukee. RSVP here . This session will also be held from 5:50 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12; RSVP here .
Unequal Killer: A Legislative Breakfast
Saturday, November 17
State and local leaders will attend this information-sharing breakfast focusing on addressing tobacco disparities through common action. Findings from the 2016-2017 Tobacco Retailer Assessment project and recent tobacco prevention efforts will be highlighted. Sponsored by the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance, the Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network, the Wisconsin Hispanic Latino Tobacco Prevention Network, and the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention & Poverty Network. The breakfast will be held on Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Employ Milwaukee, 2338 N. 27 th St., Milwaukee. Email Anneke to RSVP for this free event.
Neu-Life Community Development RFP Released
Neu-Life is seeking proposals for its Teaching Artists for Youth initiative. Neu-Life’s goal is to provide powerful, culturally relevant educational experiences in the arts for its Lindsay Heights youth while also creating items for its annual Art Show auction in May. Contact Tracy Hrajnoha at for more information.
Hours Against Hate Mini-Grants
The Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Hours Against Hate offers programs for schools and work places to foster greater understanding across lines of difference.

The “Lunch Hours Against Hate” program encourages schools and workplaces to commit to utilizing twelve lunch hours each year -- just one per month -- to foster greater understanding and respect across lines of difference. Hours Against Hate can help facilitate these connections through connecting your organization with a public speaker, discussion questions or ideas and logistics for a field trip or office outing.

Hours Against Hate School Mini-Grants support student group, class, or all-school programming that engages students across lines of difference. These mini-grants for up to $1,000 support schools’ participation in the Hours Against Hate effort by planning at least five programs to be completed during the 2018-19 school year. Mini-grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 31, 2018, or until all funding has been committed.
Wisconsin HIV Outreach Project Seeks Input
The Wisconsin HIV Outreach Project seeks six additional Statewide Action Planning Group (SAPG) members for 2019. Volunteer ambassadors from all over Wisconsin are needed to fill vacancies on the SAPG. New members will be selected through a competitive application process. 25‑30 members serve staggered, multi‑year terms, advising the Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH) in the development, implementation, and prioritization of HIV prevention and care services in Wisconsin. Applications will be accepted through December 14. Click here to download the application and additional information. 
Save the Date
State Leaders Look Ahead:
Which Policies Will Ensure All Wisconsinites Thrive?
Tuesday, December 4
Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is proud to host this forum for legislative leaders on how we can ensure all Wisconsinites will prosper. Join us at our downtown offices, 728 N. James Lovell St., Milwaukee, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4. Details to come in the next Prevention Journal.
LGBTQ+ Health Conference 2019
Friday, January 25, 2019
Mark your calendars for Cream City Foundation’s LGBTQ+ Health Conference, to be held on January 25, 2019, at Milwaukee Marriott Downtown. 
Building a Better Tomorrow
Wednesday, November 14
PEARLS for Teen Girls is hosting its first TED-style talk and young professionals networking event for leaders who want to change the world. Called “Building a Better Tomorrow,” it will be held at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave., Milwaukee, with appetizers from La Masa and beverages from Stone Creek Coffee. A $5 donation gets you a PEARLS T-shirt and a chance to win a Brewers ticket package. Get info and RSVP here.
Hopkins Lloyd Community School Homework Diners
November 14 & 28 & December 12
Attention Hopkins-Lloyd families! Homework Diners are bi-weekly family engagement events that allow Hopkins-Lloyd Community School students and families to receive homework support from classroom teachers and volunteer tutors while enjoying a free community meal for the whole family. They will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on November 14 and 28 and December 12 at Hopkins-Lloyd Community School, 1503 W. Hopkins St., Milwaukee. Contact Mr. Carson at 414-269-1992 to register or sign up in the main office or in CLC.
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Saturday, November 17
Join a community of suicide loss survivors to find comfort and gain understanding as participants share stories of healing and hope and screen the documentary A Daughter’s Journey. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, at the Lincoln Blatz Pavilion, 1301 W. Hampton Ave., Glendale. It’s sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Wisconsin Chapter, Mental Health America of Wisconsin, and Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee. Register here.
City-County Heroin, Opioid, Cocaine Task Force
Community Engagement Session
Tuesday, November 27
If you want to have a say in how our community develops a plan to address substance abuse, the Task Force wants to hear from you. This session will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Ann Center, 2450 W. North Ave., Milwaukee, on Tuesday, November 27. Please RSVP to or 414-286-6738.
Research & Resources
Survivors Helping Survivors Support Group Directory
Prevent Suicide Wisconsin needs your help updating their Survivors Helping Survivors (SHS) Support Group Directory. If you have not heard from the organization about your listing, or if you know of new support groups for suicide loss survivors, please email the group information to Leah at so that PSW can update the highlighted  directory on its website. 
Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment
Through December 15
Need health care coverage for 2019? The open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans will run between Thursday, November 1, and Saturday, December 15. Need help signing up? Contact Covering Wisconsin to set up an appointment with a navigator.
Call for Focus Group Participants
UW-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health researchers are looking for focus group participants for two studies on tobacco use and attitudes. Smokers (not e-cigarette users) ages 18-24 are needed for a study on e-liquid marketing; compensation is a $50 gift card. Call 414-750-4139, email or go to to sign up. Young people ages 13-18 who use e-cigarettes, JUUL, or vape pens or knows someone who does are also needed for a December 9 focus group on attitudes about e-cigarettes and vape pens; compensation is $20 gift card. Contact Carli Jarman at 262-483-8961 or if you are interested.
Job Opportunities
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