Issue 9-15 | July 20, 2020
Spotlight On:
WPHA Recognizes Anneke Mohr's Contributions to Public Health
Anneke Mohr, the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance's coordinator, is receiving much-deserved recognition for advancing public health at the grassroots level. The Wisconsin Public Health Association has announced Anneke will receive its Spirit of Public Health Award, which recognizes “the contributions of an individual who is part of the fabric of public health in his/her community and whose goal is to be ‘of use.’”

The award description captures Anneke’s contributions perfectly. As CoMTFA’s coordinator, she has led her coalition on advocating for smoke-free and vape-free indoor and outdoor spaces and tobacco litter-free public spaces; reducing health disparities in tobacco use and exposure, especially among LGBTQ+ individuals and low-income communities of color; and supporting local youth advocates participating in the FACT movement. She has also helped to grow a new generation of public health leaders by serving as a preceptor to UW-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health students.

Anneke has devoted her entire career to public health and health equity in a variety of roles. She has addressed HIV prevention and support as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland and Washington, D.C.; worked as a Wisconsin Population Health Service fellow with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services AIDS/HIV Program and Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center; focused on LGBTQ health at Diverse & Resilient; and served as the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Assistance at the Milwaukee Health Department.

"Anneke is truly deserving of this award and we’re thrilled that the WPHA is recognizing her work," said Kari Southern, Deputy Director of Community Advocates Public Policy Institute. "She is passionate about improving the health of our communities and supporting individuals’ ability to make informed decisions about their health and well-being. All of her colleagues at the Public Policy Institute congratulate her on this much-deserved award."
Alternatives to Opioids in Treating Acute and Chronic Pain
On-Demand Online Training through August 31
Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and the Wisconsin Medical Society are pleased to present this free, two-hour on-demand training on alternatives to opioids. Presented by Dr. Michael McNett, this session covers when and why opioids should be used, as well as non-opioid medications and techniques for treating acute and chronic pain. This free training is targeted to health care professionals but all community members will learn helpful information. Meets the requirements for the two-hour continuing education course on responsible opioid prescribing per Med 13.03(3) of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. To register, email Questions? Contact John Eshun at
2020 LGBTQ+ Scholarship Now Open
Cream City Foundation is thrilled to announce applications their our annual LGBTQ+ Scholarship are now being accepted! This year marks the fifth anniversary of this incredible program that honors emerging leaders in southeastern Wisconsin’s LGBTQ+ communities. Since the program's inception in 2016, Cream City Foundation has committed over $100,000 toward the education of scholarship recipients. This year's application period closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 9, 2020. For more information about this scholarship, as well as Cream City Foundation's many other programs, please check out their website .
Text READY to 200-400 to Begin Enrollment in Quit Line Services
Wisconsin tobacco users can now text they keyword READY to 200-400 to begin enrollment in Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line services. The participant will quickly receive a response from the Quit Line confirming that the text was received. The user will then receive 3 quick questions via text: asking for name, then zip code, then permission for the Quit Line to leave a message if the participant does not answer their phone. The Quit Line will begin making attempts to reach the participant by phone within 48 hours to enroll the participant in Quit Line services. The participant can text STOP to cancel at any time. Message and data rates may apply.  Spread the word and download the updated Quit Line fact sheets at this link.
Webinars & Events
Urban Ecology Center Free Summer Meal Program
Weekdays through August 28
The Urban Ecology Center’s Washington Park Branch (1859 N. 40th St., Milwaukee) and Milwaukee Center for Independence are serving breakfast and lunch packs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through August 28.
Buprenorphine X-Waiver Training Webinars
July 21-November 17
Register now for buprenorphine x-waiver training webinars sponsored by the Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services . These webinars are part of an effort to increase treatment capacity for opioid use disorder through expanded prescribing of buprenorphine. MDs, DOs, NPs, and PAs are encouraged to participate. There is no registration fee for these webinars.

  • July 21: 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Register)
  • August 18: 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Register)
  • September 14: 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Register)
  • October 23: 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Register)
  • November 17: 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Register)

Each webinar is presented as a live four-hour activity via Zoom, which, when paired with the American Society of Addiction Medicine's (ASAM) four-hour on-demand course, will provide necessary education for participants to qualify for their buprenorphine x-waiver. Prior to the four-hour live course, participants will be provided instructions for completing the first four-hours of education online, after which they will attend the live four-hour activity via webinar. When done with both activities, participants will qualify to apply for their x-waiver. ASAM offers the additional 16 hours required for NPs, PAs, and other CNSs for no additional cost.
Emotional Resiliency in Uncertain Times
July 21-August 18
UWM’s School of Continuing Education presents a new virtual series, Emotional Resiliency in Uncertain Times, to support overall well-being. Advance registration is required and CEUs will be awarded. Each workshop is scheduled for approximately 60-90 minutes via Zoom. An access link will be sent a minimum of 24 hours prior to the start date. Workshops are $19 per session, or $15 per session for students. Get details and register at this link .

  • July 21: Re-Entry Into the Workplace: How to Stay Engaged
  • July 28: Virtual Meetings: Best Practices for Hosting and Participating
  • July 30: Growth and Resiliency
  • August 6: Be Your Best without Burning Out
  • August 11: RACISM: What Do We Do Today and Beyond?
  • August 13: Mindfulness in Times of Stress
  • August 18: How to Set Boundaries When Working Remotely
Treatment Foster Care Parent Session
Thursday, July 23
WCS is hosting an informational Zoom session on how to become a licensed Treatment Foster Care Parent at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23. The session will cover the responsibilities of a foster care parents, the timeline for becoming one, and how WCS supports foster care parents. To register, contact Megan Skaggs at or 414-840-3503.
QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Monday, July 27
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. This training will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Monday, July 27, on Zoom, and is provided free of charge thanks to a ReCAST MKE grant from the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention and a partnership with Community Advocates Public Policy Institute . Register here .
Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid
Friday, July 31
Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. This training will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31, on Zoom, and is provided free of charge thanks to a ReCAST MKE grant from the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention and a partnership with Community Advocates Public Policy Institute . Register here .
2020 Virtual Public Health Conference
Mondays, August 3, 10, 17 & 24
The Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) and Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) are offering their annual conference virtually on Mondays in August:

  • August 3: COVID-19
  • August 10: Data & Performance Management
  • August 17: New Skills
  • August 24: Legislative Issues

The sessions are free for WPHA and WALHDAB members, and $100 for non-members. Get details here .
Complex Trauma: The Connection between Mental Health,
COVID-19, and Social Unrest
Wednesday, August 5
Join experts from the National Council for Behavioral Health for a virtual workshop on supporting individuals in developing healing and resiliency. This online session will be held from 11:30 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5. Register here .
5th Annual Peer Recovery Conference: Thriving Amid Adversity
Thursday, August 13 & Friday, August 14
Registration is 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 .  
Bike Drive
Saturday, 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 its final Bike Drives this summer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 15 at Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St., and Brown Deer Park, 7835 N. Green Bay Road. They’re also looking for volunteers and new or gently used bikes and equipment. The event will provide volunteers with PPE gear and volunteers will be asked to practice social distancing. Contact Prianca Lal for more information at
WISE Annual Partner Gathering
Tuesday, August 18
WISE’s annual Partner Gathering will include watching the documentary "Finding Your Fairytale," which showcases inspirational individuals who have overcome significant adversity, including mental illness, chronic disease, and traumatic life circumstances. It’s only available via scheduled viewings at this time. Before the viewing, a partner check-in will start at 9 a.m. After the viewing (11:10 a.m. to 12 noon), there will be a panel discussion with Angela Kupper, creator of the film, and one or two others from the cast. Those attending just to watch the film, can join the meeting at 9:30 a.m. The gathering will use Microsoft Teams, which works best in Chrome browser: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting . Questions?
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.
APHA 2020
October 24-October 28
The theme of the online American Public Health Association’s 2020 annual meeting and expo is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence." Attendees will have 24/7 access to all meeting sessions during or beyond the dates of the meeting. Get details and register here.
The City of Milwaukee Health Department launched "Ask MHD" to respond to questions about COVID-19. Email to ask your question.
Food Resources
If you are looking for where to get food right now, visit 211 Wisconsin , dial 211, or text your ZIP code to 898211. FoodShare is another great way to get the food you need for your family! If you are interested in applying to receive EBT benefits, please visit Wisconsin's  Access website . Find more information from Hunger Task Force .
Volunteer Management for Emergency Response
On-Demand Webinar
Explore how local health departments are mobilizing and training volunteers to respond to COVID-19; best practices for training and managing volunteers for short- and long-term activities related to emergency response in general. From Region V Public Health Training Center. Enroll here .
Public Health 3.0 Accreditation Series
On-Demand Webinars
This three-part webinar series is designed to assist frontline public health staff work towards achieving Public Health 3.0 and national public health accreditation. From Region V Public Health Training Center; register at the links below.
Community-Driven Health Impact Assessments
On-Demand Webinar
Explore the process and findings from a health impact assessment conducted in Detroit, with an emphasis on the critical importance of partnerships in public health policy work. From Region V Public Health Training Center. Free to enroll at this link .
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.