Issue 7-14 | July 9, 2018
Milwaukee Prevention Journal
Thank you for your commitment to making Milwaukee a better place by investing in prevention efforts. Do you have:

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Yours in prevention,
Elysse Chay 
Prevention Services Manager
Community Advocates
Public Policy Institute 
Spotlight On: Using the Five Protective Factors Framework to Support Families
When you’re facing a challenge that seems insurmountable, the last thing you want to hear is what you’re doing wrong, even if the criticism is well intended. On the other hand, perhaps the best thing you can discover is what you’re doing right and utilizing your strengths to solve your problems.

That’s the positive, practical approach to parenting explored in the  Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework , which aims to increase family resilience, enhance child development, and reduce the chance a child will be abused or neglected. It does so by encouraging family-serving professionals to look for and build on the strengths of each family instead of focusing on the family’s risk factors or detriments.

“The protective factors framework really undergirds all of the work that the  Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board  does, all of it -- all of the policy, all of the work,” said Rebecca S. Mather, the board’s prevention education coordinator.
On Tuesday, July 17,   The Parenting Network  and  Milwaukee Coalition for Children’s Mental Health  will offer a two and a half-hour introductory course that provides an overview of the Five Protective Factors for those who serve and work with families, including family service providers, child care providers, nonprofit organization employees, and teachers.

“It’s an incredible foundation in working with families,” said The Parenting Network’s Andrea Libber. “Using this framework will help you do your best work. It’s an intentional way of doing what you already do. It provides you a different way of looking at your work that is strengths based and intentional.”

This no-cost introductory course will be held at Next Door, 2545 N. 29th St., Milwaukee, and co-presented by two parents, Kamaria Holland and Melanie Anderson, who make the lessons “real,” Libber said.

The Power of Being Nurtured
In April, Jan Buchler, PPI's Contract Monitor for Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative and Stay Strong Milwaukee , had a unique opportunity to view firsthand the power of nurturing when she spent time with twelve 9th grade MPS girls who were singled out for special attention.

The students gathered for their Leadership Development group, which was being facilitated by MaryPat from  Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center  and Liza, a teacher at the school.

MaryPat asked Jan to come a little early so she could be there for the entire group experience and learn about the girls before the session. As the girls began to arrive, MaryPat greeted each one with a personalized welcome that not only acknowledged her presence, but affirmed that she was unique. Were those new glasses? Did another change up her hair for spring? The girls got a snack and sat around the tables in a large rectangle. 

The theme of the hour was “empathy.” Before the group watched a short video, Liza asked if anyone could define empathy. The response was, “It’s when you feel what another person feels, so you understand.” As the hour unfolded, what Jan witnessed was a group of bright young leaders who had thoughts to share, who were fully engaged, and who listened intently to one another.

What To Do in a Crisis
If you or a loved one is facing a mental health crisis, you are never alone. The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division’s Crisis Line (414-257-7222) is staffed by professionals who can help an individual de-escalate, provide a phone assessment, assist law enforcement and other resources, and refer callers to additional resources. You can also download BHD’s Crisis Intervention Services brochure for more information. Please keep this information handy for when you need it and pass it on to someone who might need a helping hand.
  Volition Franklin Promotes Prevention at Outdoor Movie  
Why not educate your friends and neighbors about the dangers of substance abuse while enjoying a fun night at the movies? That’s the approach taken by Volition Franklin, which brought together more than 400 movie lovers for an outdoor screening of Jumanji at the third annual Franklin Family Fun Flick. Attendees received free popcorn and a chance to watch the film – and learn more about how to prevent drug abuse, thanks to youth from Volition Franklin who hosted games and gave out prizes. Volition Franklin is a Partnerships for Success partner that is devoted to preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use by educating young people to make the right decisions. 
Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force Membership Drive
The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force includes participants from more than 40 organizations and community members who work collaboratively to identify issues faced by people affected by mental illness, facilitate improvements in services, give consumers and families a strong voice, reduce stigma, and implement recovery principles. It meets monthly to discuss issues facing Milwaukeeans living with a mental illness, policy impacts, resources, and advocacy. Click here to access a membership form and learn more about the Task Force. 
Save the Date
Briefing on Proposed 2019 Milwaukee County Department Budget Requests
Tuesday, August 14
The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force and the Make It Work Milwaukee Coalition are hosting this overview of the 2019 department budget requests made to County Executive Chris Abele. Learn about the county’s priorities regarding transit, corrections, health and human services, disability services, housing, the Behavioral Health Division, and aging. This briefing will be held on Tuesday, August 14, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Independence First , 540 S. First St., Milwaukee.  
Motivational Interviewing Training 
Wednesday, September 12 & Wednesday, September 19
You asked, so you are receiving another opportunity to learn  Motivational Interviewing  with the Alma Institute's Shawn Smith. This two-day training is offered free of charge to Milwaukee Brighter Futures/Title V and Stay Strong Milwaukee grantees. The sessions will be held on two Wednesdays, September 12 and 19, and include a light breakfast and a bag lunch. Contact Shawn Smith at  or (414) 235-1930 with questions.
22 nd Annual Crisis Intervention Conference
Thursday, September 20 & Friday, September 21
With the theme of “Tapping into Resilience: Moving from Crisis to Recovery,” UW-Stevens Point is sponsoring this two-day conference at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, on September 20 and 21. Keynote speakers are Kevin Briggs on the bridge between suicide and life; Nina Gutin on clinicians and suicide loss; and Laura Sunn on first break psychosis. Registration will open soon.
Milwaukee Out of the Darkness Walk
Sunday, October 14
Support efforts to stop suicide. Join this walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and promote mental health and wellness throughout the community. The walk will be held on Sunday, October 14, at Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee. Click here for details
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Tuesday, July 10
A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem.  

You don't have to be a mental health professional to provide support to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge or even save a life! In this Youth Mental Health First Aid course, you can learn an action plan to help.  

Participants must pre-register at . This training is free for any adults that have contact with young people ages 12-18 -- teachers, coaches, social workers, faith leaders, and other caring citizens. This training will be held on Tuesday, July 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Register for more details.
PCIT and Resilience in Our Community
Tuesday, July 10
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based intervention offered to caregivers and their children ages 2-7 years old who struggle with externalizing behaviors and/or positive parenting skills. Through the   Institute for Child and Family Well-Being   (ICFW), PCIT is offered uniquely in the clinic, in the home, or in group settings to better serve the needs of at-risk families. Katelyn Blair, Ph.D.,  will present her dissertation research findings and discussion of the implications for the use of PCIT with specific populations affected by trauma within our community.

Details: Tuesday, July 10, from 1-3 p.m. at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Community Services (620 S. 76 th St., Room 201, Milwaukee). Networking is scheduled for 12:30 to 1 p.m. This free-of-charge discussion is part of a series related to the ICFW  Trauma and Recovery Project , a collaboration with the  State of Wisconsin Department of Children and Families   and Office of Children’s Mental Health. 
Stay Strong MKE Partner Meeting
Thursday, July 12
Partners preventing substance use among youth as part of Stay Strong MKE are required to attend. Please bring flyers for any upcoming events to share! Contact Elysse Chay at if you are a Stay Strong MKE member and need more information about this meeting. 
MCSAP Member Meeting
Thursday, July 12
Members of the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition will be on Thursday, July 12, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Employ Milwaukee, 2342 N. 27 th St., Milwaukee. A light lunch is included. Registration is required for this event by the close of business on Monday, July 9. 
53206 Pop-Up Lots
Fridays in July
They’re back! These fun, friendly gatherings in the 53206 neighborhood have returned for the summer. Coordinated by 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project partners, they provide a way for community groups to connect with neighborhood residents and provide information and resources.

The July pop-up lots are:

Interested in learning more about the 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project? Contact coordinator John Eshun at
Milwaukee Art Museum Tour
Saturday, July 14
Neighborhood House of Milwaukee is offering this tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. The bus will depart Neighborhood House, 2819 W. Richardson Place, Milwaukee. To RSVP and get details, call 414-933-6161 ext. 142.
Break the Disparity: A Community Conversation
Wednesday, July 18
The LGTBQ+ community experiences significant cancer disparities, including higher incidence rates for head and neck, oral, anal, and lung cancers. MCW Cancer Center Community Conversations are a series of listening sessions with underserved and underrepresented communities around Milwaukee. Join us, we want to hear from you.
Share a delicious, healthy meal and interactive cooking demonstration about how to add more cancer fighting plant based foods to your diet. Free health resources, including cancer screening vouchers and smoking cessation programs, and speak one-on-one with a health care professional. 
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at this link .
Parent & Teen Wellness Circle Facilitator Training
Friday, July 20
Want to learn how to facilitate six-week wellness circles for parents or teens? Samaritan Family Wellness is offering three opportunities in 2018 to learn how. The first is scheduled for Friday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Aurora Family Services, 3200 W. Highland Blvd., Milwaukee. RSVP deadline is Friday, July 13, to Cost is $35, which includes lunch and materials. Additional sessions will be held on October 12 and November 2. 
Empowerment Coalition of Milwaukee Workshop
Friday, July 20
Social service providers, advocates, and allies are invited to this meeting of the Empowerment Coalition of Milwaukee Workshop, sponsored by Community Advocates. The July meeting will focus on human trafficking and child exploitation. The workshop will be held at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, 225 W. Vine St., Milwaukee, from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, July 20. Cost is $5. Get registration information and details here. 
Pick ‘n Save Fresh Picks Mobile Market
Tuesday, July 24
The Hopkins-Lloyd Community School (1503 W. Hopkins St., Milwaukee) is hosting the Pick ‘n Save Fresh Picks Mobile Market, which provides fresh and affordable food at a 25% discount. The market accepts credit, debit, and FoodShare, but no cash. The mobile market will be in the school’s playground on Tuesday, July 24, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The market will return to the site on Tuesday, August 28.
City-County Heroin, Opioid, and Cocaine Task Force
Community Engagement Session
Tuesday, July 24
The Milwaukee City-County Heroin, Opioid, and Cocaine Task Force is hosting a community engagement session to discuss the task force’s initial work plan and to address specific focus areas. The session will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, at the Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch, 906 W. Historic Mitchell St., Milwaukee.
Amani United Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, July 24
Be part of the change you want to see! The next meeting of Amani United is Tuesday, July 24, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dinner is provi ded. Meet at COA Youth & Family Centers Goldin Center, 2320 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee. All residents of the Amani neighborhood -- which is bounded by 20th Street on the east, 27th Street on the west, Center Street on the south and Keefe Ave on the north -- are welcome.
Candidate Forum: Healthy Babies, Healthy Communities
Wednesday, July 25
Find out where candidates stand on issues related to creating healthy communities that promote healthy birth outcomes. The forum is an opportunity for the public to ask questions of the candidates in a moderated setting. Invited State Assembly candidates include: District 12: Frederick Kessler & LaKeshia Nicole Myers; District 16: Rick Banks, Danielle McClendon-Williams, Supreme Moore Omokunde, Kalan Haywood & Brandy Bond; District 18: Evan Goyke & Travis Spell. The forum will be held on Wednesday, July 25, from 1-3 p.m. at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, 225 W. Vine St., Milwaukee.
Sponsored by the  United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Community Advocates Public Policy Institute , and the   City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance . This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are recommended. It will also be live streamed on  Community Advocates Public Policy Institute's Facebook page .
Nonprofit Involvement in Lobbying and Voter Registration Efforts in Milwaukee
Thursday, July 26
This community leadership briefing, sponsored by the Nonprofit Repositioning Initiative, supported by Forward Community Investments, will provide the results of the first-ever survey of Milwaukee nonprofit involvement in nonpartisan voter registration and lobbying efforts. Presenters include Ashlie Benson and Kyle Hagge, Trinity Fellows at Marquette University, and Frank Martinelli of the Nonprofit Repositioning Initiative and the Center for Public Skills Training. This no-cost event is open to the public and will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, July 26, at the BMO Harris Community Room, 2745 N. MLK Drive, Lower Level, Milwaukee. Register here.
MKE Unplug Day Meet-Up
Thursday, July 26
You were born unplugged, so why not celebrate it? Enjoy MKE Unplug Day Meet Up for young people under the age of 26. It’s a free, fun event -- with games and barbecue – to let people mix and mingle and enjoy being unplugged. Details: Thursday, July 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Gordon Park, 2828 N. Humboldt Blvd, Milwaukee. Sponsored by SaintA, All 4 Kids Foster Care Support, Journey House, and Owen’s Place. #mkeunplugged 
Summer Slam Block Party
Friday, July 27
This family-friendly event sponsored by Neighborhood House of Milwaukee and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin offers a performance by the amazing Milwaukee Flyers, plus a DJ and music, crafts, games, free giveaways, food, STI testing and blood pressure checks. The party will be held at Neighborhood House, 2819 W. Richardson Place, Milwaukee, from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
Research & Resources
Wisconsin PK-Adult Social and Emotional Learning Competencies 
From the state Department of Public Instruction, these materials are designed to provide educators and out-of-school-time youth service professionals with the essentials for implementing a comprehensive approach to SEL.
Vital Signs: Trends in Suicide Rates – United States 1999-2016 and Circumstances Contributing to Suicide – 27 States, 2015
From the Centers for Disease Control, this report examines the nearly 30% rise in suicide rates since 1999 as well as contributors and state-level trends.
HeadsUpGuys is a comprehensive mental health resource specifically for men with depression. Includes a self-check, practical tips, and action steps.
Survival Coalition Transportation Survey
Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is conducting a survey to learn more about transportation options or lack of transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities across the state. The results of this survey will be used by Survival Coalition to inform policy makers and improve transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities.
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Community Advocates is supported by ReCAST, 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.