Issue 8-19 | September 9, 2019
Spotlight On:
September is Suicide Prevention Month:
Test Your Knowledge
September is Suicide Prevention Month, which makes it a little bit easier to talk about this difficult topic. Suicide is one of those issues that many people feel uncomfortable discussing, whether they have had thoughts of suicide, love someone who has attempted suicide, or have lost a friend or loved one to suicide.

That said, it’s vitally important to discuss suicide and learn ways to talk to individuals who may be at risk. During the QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Gatekeeper Training offered by the Public Policy Institute, participants learn how to approach, listen to, and take positive next steps with someone who is considering suicide. Participants aren’t asked to play the hero or take on responsibilities they aren’t equipped to handle. Rather, they learn how to discuss the subject without judgment or fear and, if appropriate, refer someone to help.

To learn more about suicide and how it can be prevented, we’ve developed this quiz based on our QPR training. The more you know about suicide, the more confident you will feel when you encounter someone who may be considering it. 
Want to get involved in one of the activities organized to make Suicide Prevention Month? Prevent Suicide Wisconsin has created a calendar of events.
Moody Park Drug Take-Back Event
Combined Substance Abuse Prevention and Entertainment
In honor of International Overdose Awareness Day, substance abuse prevention advocates organized the first-ever  Drug Take-Back Event in the Amani Neighborhood  on Saturday, August 31, at the Moody Park Pavilion. Neighbors of all ages showed up with unwanted medication and stayed for resources, games, line dancing, a clothing bank, and lunch.

Organizers include the 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, COA Youth & Families Centers, Friends of Moody Park, the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP), Milwaukee Police Department, and Safe & Sound.

The event was covered by WISN and TMJ4 and inspired the organizers to create more substance abuse prevention events in Amani. Stay tuned for details.
Free Opioids Prescriber Education Workshop for
Health Care Professionals
CEUs Available for Responsible Opioid Prescribing
September 13 & 24
Dr. Michael McNett is presenting "Alternatives to Opioids in Treating Acute and Chronic Pain" for primary care physicians, specialty physicians, allied health professionals, nurses, social workers and staff on two dates in September.

Participants will learn why opioids should only be used as a last resort in treating acute and chronic pain, and which non-opioid medications and techniques treat acute and chronic pain.

Dr. McNett is the medical director for chronic pain at Aurora Greater Milwaukee South, and Physician Faculty, Opioid Prescribing Education, at the Wisconsin Medical Society.

This free two-hour course, with lunch afterwards, has been approved by the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board as meeting the requirements for the two-hour continuing education course on responsible opioid prescribing per Med 13.03(3) of the Wisconsin Administrative Code.

It’s presented by the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention coalition (MCSAP) and the Wisconsin Medical Society , and will be held at Aurora Sinai Medical Center – Rapkin Auditorium, 945 N. 12th St., Milwaukee, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, September 13, and Tuesday, September 23. Register for the September 13 session at this link and the September 24 session here.
Changing Your Alcohol Environment Event Series
October 8-10
Join the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth and the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for this one-of-a-kind look at our drinking culture, both nationally and in Wisconsin, and what local advocates and elected officials can to do prevent the harm associated with problematic alcohol consumption.

October 8: There Has Always Been Drinking in America: Alcohol, History, Culture, and What It All Means for Prevention
This keynote by the University of Wyoming’s Rodney Wambeam, Ph.D., explores America’s cultural relationship to alcohol, from the 13 colonies to Prohibition to today’s music and movies.

October 9: Don’t React: Create Your Alcohol Environment: Learn How Coalition Leaders and Residents Can Shape a Community’s Alcohol Environment
Julia Sherman of the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project will explain how coalition leaders and concerned residents can make local licensing decisions and related policies that can improve a community’s quality of life and public safety.

October 10: Creating a Local Environment: Learn How Local Elected Officials Can Shape a Community’s Alcohol Environment
Elected officials are invited to this session on local licensing decisions and related policies that can improve a community’s quality of life and public safety. Presented by Julia Sherman of the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project.

All sessions will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at a location to be determined. They’re free, but RSVPs are required at this link. Questions? Contact Jazzmyne Adams, Coordinator, Southeast Region of the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth, at 414-270-4658 or
LGBTQ+ Tobacco Efforts Get National Recognition
Two members of the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance presented at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health in Minneapolis last month on the great work being done in Milwaukee to reach members of the LGBTQ+ community. Anthony Harris, co-chair of the Alliance’s LGBT Work Group, presented on the coalition’s successful effort to persuade PrideFest Milwaukee to stop accepting Big Tobacco sponsorships in 2018, part of its "No Thanks, Big Tobacco" campaign. Jazz Nance (aka Lady J) explained the innovative ways smoke-free advocates get in touch with LGBTQ+ individuals, such as featuring the personal stories of influential community members, working with the UWM Drag Show, and organizing the first-ever LGBTQ+ Youth Substance Use Prevention Summit in August. Well done!
Volunteers Needed for
Prevention Outreach at Local High School Football Games
Want to help us connect with high school students and their parents? Volunteer for a Thursday Night Lights football game!

The Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention coalition (MCSAP) and our community partners are doing prevention outreach and providing Dose of Reality materials to fans of high school football this fall.

We’ll be at the following games:

  • September 12: Greendale @ Pewaukee
  • September 19: Homestead @ Whitefish Bay
  • September 26: Waukesha North @ Waukesha West
  • October 3: Rufus King v. Riverside @ Pulaski Stadium
  • October 10: St. Catherine’s @ Greendale Martin Luther
  • October 17: Franklin @ Oak Creek
Each of these games will be broadcast on My24 and will be livestreamed (and archived) on as part of its Thursday Night Lights coverage.

Interested in volunteering at a game? Email John Eshun at Thank you!
New Cigarette Butt Receptacle Installed
The City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance is celebrating the first installation of a Hold On To Your Butt MKE receptacle, which was installed at Riverworks last week. Amber Ascher, who leads neighborhood cleanups and community improvement projects for Riverworks in Harambee and Riverwest, helped to install it along with her colleague John Cervantes. The receptacle was placed outside of the Riverworks Coin Laundry, where a collection of butts had accumulated after the previous receptacle was stolen.

Like Hold On To Your Butt MKE on Facebook, where you’ll get updates on this campaign to keep butts out of our parks, waterways, and public spaces.

Interested in cleaning up a local beach? Participate in a global day of action by adopting a beach on September 21. Sign up here.
The Parenting Network’s Autumn Offerings
The Parenting Network provides parent education and support to anyone in a parenting role. It has just announced its autumn workshops and groups, and also offers ongoing classes that can be joined at any time. These session meet at The Parenting Network and at sites around the community. New this fall are workshops to be held at Community Advocates Training Center, 6900 W. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee: 5 Protective Factors Training ; Sex Talk As Real Talk (START) Training , and Stewards of Children Training .

Contact the Parent Helpline at 414-671-0566 or go the website for details about specific courses.

  • RELAX-Alternatives to Anger will be held on Mondays beginning September 23 through November 25.
  • Strengthening Families (SFP) 10-12 (Spanish) will be held on Tuesdays beginning October 1 through November 12.

Single Classes
  • Cooperative Co-Parenting, for parents of minor children going through a divorce, separation, or annulment. To be held on September 16, October 15, November 12, and December 14.
  • START: Sex Talk as Real Talk, to be held on Tuesday, September 17.
  • Stewards of Children, to be held September 9 and October 11 at The Parenting Network and on September 20 at Community Advocates Training Center.

Triple-P Individualized Parent Coaching
  • Triple P Coaching

Parent Cafes and Parent Leader Training
  • Parent CafĂ©s

Ongoing Classes
  • Positive Parenting
  • Dad Matters
  • Welcome Baby! 
Save the Date
Alliance for Wisconsin Youth Regional Prevention Conference
March 25 & 26, 2020 
The Alliance for Wisconsin Youth is presenting this intensive two-day training for coalition coordinators with breakout sessions on specific substances, prevention CEUs, and Comedy Sportz. It’ll be held at the Milwaukee Sheraton-Brookfield on March 25 and 26, 2020. Contact Jazzmyne Adams with questions at
2019 Wisconsin Summit on Opioids and Meth
Tuesday, October 15 & Wednesday, October 16
The North Central High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) is sponsoring its second annual state Summit on Opioids and Meth. The summit will feature trends in drug trafficking, interdiction, and treatment, along with model law enforcement, recovery, prevention, and harm reduction partnerships that reduce addiction and enhance recovery. Cost is $75 per person. The summit will be held October 15 and 16 at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa. Get details and register here.
NAMI Greater Milwaukee Family-to-Family Education Program
Wednesdays, September 11-November 20
NAMI Greater Milwaukee’s free, 11-session Family-to-Family Education Program is for family, partners, friends, and allies of adults living with a mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, major depression, and schizophrenia. The sessions will be held Wednesdays, beginning September 11, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at NAMI Greater Milwaukee, 3200 S. Third St., Milwaukee. Register by calling 414-344-0447 or emailing
Minority Health Film Festival
September 12-September 15
The Minority Health Film Festival, organized by Milwaukee Film and sponsored by Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin, intends to spark health-related conversations in Milwaukee. The film festival combines films, community forums, an interactive health fair, and features speakers Charlamagne Tha God on mental health, rapper and juice entrepreneur Styles P, and Harriet Washington, author of the best-selling book Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. Get details and tickets at this link.
Sixth Annual Rally for Recovery
Saturday, September 14
Wisconsin Voices for Recovery invites family members, people in or seeking recovery, policy makers, and supporters to their Sixth Annual Rally for Recovery on Saturday, September 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the State Capitol in Madison. Speakers include former UW Badger football player Montee Ball, American Fix author Ryan Hampton, and musician Lee Turner. Get details here.
Ascension’s Medical Mission at Home
Saturday, September 14
Ascension’s Medical Mission at Home is a one-day health care event that provides free access to medical and dental care, medications and other services. The event is 100% free of charge to anyone who attends. The Mission is open to everyone, with a special focus on reaching those who are uninsured and underinsured. Interpreters will be available. The Medical Mission at Home will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Division High School, 1011 W. Center St., Milwaukee. For details, click here .
11th Annual Milwaukee Walk for Recovery
Saturday, September 21
Support those in recovery by participating in this annual Walk for Recovery and block party to celebrate September as National Recovery Month. It begins at Alano Club, 1521 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, on Saturday, September 21, with registration at 9:30 and a speaker, awards, walk, and block party following. It’s organized by Milwaukee Walk for Recovery.
The Brain Architecture Game
Friday, September 27
The Brain Architecture Game is a tabletop game experience that builds an understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development. If your organization or community is embarking on a conversation about adverse childhood experiences, toxic stress, or other early childhood issues, The Brain Architecture Game can be a valuable resource for creating a common understanding and a common language on these topics. It’ll be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, 101 W. Pleasant St., Milwaukee, on Friday, September 27.

This Community Advocates Public Policy Institute training is offered free of charge thanks to a ReCAST MKE grant from the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention . RSVPs are required at this link .
Sixth Annual Oak Creek Health Fair
Thursday, October 3
The Oak Creek Health Department and Lions International are offering this afternoon health fair with free health screenings and services, including blood pressure testing, balance screenings, information about substance abuse prevention, and more. It’ll be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek. 
'Pieces: In My Own Voice'
Saturday, October 12
Families Moving Forward presents Pieces, a theatrical production by Brenda Wesley depicting youth as they deal with the stigma and labels of mental health issues. This free production will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, at the African American Women’s Center, 3020 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee. A community resource fair will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Population Health and Health Equity Webinar
Appreciating the impact of social and environmental conditions on health can create physician advocates and elevate the care provided in clinical settings. In four self-paced modules featuring academic and practice-based experts, this course introduces key concepts, strategies, and resources for learners to consider and apply in their own practice to improve the health of their communities. This webinar series is offered by Region V Public Health Training Center. Click here for details and to register.
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