Issue 7-13 | June 25, 2018
Milwaukee Prevention Journal
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Yours in prevention,
Elysse Chay 
Prevention Services Manager
Community Advocates
Public Policy Institute 
Spotlight On: We're Winning the Fight against Big Tobacco
It’s been a watershed spring for the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance as it racked up successes in the Milwaukee Common Council and in the community.

“I think these initiatives help to reshape norms around smoking so people will be better educated, better informed, and also be able to live, work, and play in environments that are smoke free, both from cigarette smoke and e-cigarette vapor,” said Anneke Mohr, coordinator for the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance, which is housed in the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute.

First up are the important changes made to local e-cigarette regulations.
There’s increasing awareness that these largely unregulated nicotine delivery systems pose harm not just to the individual who’s vaping, but to those who surround them. The vape cloud emitted by e-cigarettes isn’t just water vapor, but a toxic mix of chemicals.
“We’ve seen a growing body of evidence that the second-hand aerosol from e-cigarettes is harmful and contains heavy metals, the flavorings have different chemicals that cause irreversible lung disease, and it’s contaminating the air and causing negative health effects for people with respiratory issues,” Mohr said.

At the same time, new e-cigarette devices and e-juice flavors are becoming more popular with young people, thanks to targeting by e-cigarette companies. Statewide, more youth are vaping and they say that they wouldn’t try e-cigarettes if they didn’t taste like candy or fruit. 

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 .
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 .
Walking with Our Youth
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently reported on Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services, one of the Brighter Futures partner agencies . The article highlighted the Child Well-Being program, specifically Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCTB ), and included an extensive interview with Meghan Christian on her work with youth who have experienced trauma, primarily youth in out-of-home care. Her trauma-responsive approach included meeting with the young people in venues where they were comfortable, including taking a walk through the park.

This approach of meeting with youth in venues they suggest is unique in therapy and matches the comments and suggestions we heard throughout the past two years as we conducted focus groups with youth throughout our community as part of our Brighter Futures monitoring. In one way or another, the teens and young adults told us that when they needed help, they were not comfortable going to an office and meeting with a therapist. They wanted to see someone in environments where they were familiar, including the sites where they participated in outside-of-school activities. They wanted this "someone" to be a person they trusted who was connected with their world and who they trusted.

It’s heartening to know that those who are caring for some of our community’s most vulnerable young people are taking the extra step of meet them where they are and walking with them on their path to health and wholeness. It’s an approach we should all follow, both symbolically and literally.

--Jan Buchler, Contract Monitor, Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative
and Stay Strong Milwaukee
New Statewide Youth Sex Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Media Campaign
‘WI, We Need to Talk’
The state Department of Children and Families has just launched ‘WI, We Need to Talk’ to spur greater awareness and discussion of youth sex trafficking. The overall campaign has a positive focus that meets the Guiding Principles adopted by the Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and promoted by DCF, including using trauma-informed, developmentally appropriate, and youth-centered solutions. The main goal of the campaign is to inform the public that sex trafficking of Wisconsin youth is an issue in urban, suburban, rural, and Tribal communities throughout the state. The site includes resources on warning signs of youth sex trafficking, social media posts, and information on reporting this crime.
October Drug Take-Back Day Scheduled
The Wisconsin Department of Justice has scheduled the next Drug Take-Back Day for October 27. Coalitions to register their take-back events with the DOJ by emailing Danielle Long at . The April 28 drug take-back events collected 63,541 pounds of unused medications. 
 Provide Input on Pilot Adaptive Bike Program for Milwaukee  
The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) is seeking input from community members about an upcoming Pilot Adaptive Bike Program. DPW is looking to expand access to cycling and bike share by providing a wider variety of bikes, such as tricycles, side-by-side tandem cycles, and handcycles. The pilot program aims to help Milwaukee residents and visitors of all ages and abilities experience the benefits of cycling. Based on the feedback from the survey, DPW will further develop the Pilot Adaptive Bike Program to best meet the needs of Milwaukee. What are your thoughts about a pilot adaptive bike program? Take the online survey at
Save the Date
Five Protective Factors Training
Tuesday, July 17
The Parenting Network and the Milwaukee Coalition for Children's Mental Health invite you to an introductory training to the Five Protective Factors. This is a framework from the Center for the Study of Social Policy that guides their work as a coalition to strengthen families and promote optimal child development. The training will be on Tuesday, July 17, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Next Door, 2545 N. 29th St., Milwaukee. Please RSVP here by Friday, July 13.
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.
Strengthening Families 10-14 Facilitator Training
Wednesday, July 25 – Friday, July 27
The Parenting Network , with the support of the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute , will be offering a Local Agency Facilitator Training for the Strengthening Families 10-14 program. The Parenting Network needs facilitators for both Youth and Adult groups. Spaces are limited. Please complete and return this Facilitator Training Application to Patrick Fendt at by July 9 to be considered for this opportunity. We will confirm approved registrants and the location of the training by July 12. Facilitators must attend all three days of the training to be certified.
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 
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.
MKE Elevate Action Team Meetings
June 26-June 28
MKE Elevate is coordinating  a community-driven agenda to elevate the health and well-being of Milwaukee residents. It’s hosting action team meetings for those who want to help shape Milwaukee's future into a healthier city.

The team meetings are:

  • Economic Security Action Team RSVP: Tuesday, June 26, 4-6 p.m. at United Community Center, 1028 South 9th Street, Milwaukee. RSVP here.

  • Positive Mental Health Action Team RSVP: Wednesday, June 27, 4-6 p.m. at the King Community Center, 1531 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee. RSVP here.

  • Fair and Inclusive Society Action Team RSVP: Thursday, June 28, 4-6 p.m. at Zilber School of Public Health, 1240 N. 10th St., Milwaukee. RSVP here.
Amani United Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, June 26
Be part of the change you want to see! The next meeting of Amani United is Tuesday, June 26, 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.
Prevent Opioid Abuse! How You Can Help
Tuesday, June 26
Take Back My Meds MKE , in collaboration with Safe & Sound , Wisconsin Health Literacy , and the Milwaukee Public Library , will be presenting a program on opioid abuse prevention on Tuesday, June 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Milwaukee Public Library Branch at 906 W. Mitchell Street. Lorena Cortes, Clean Wisconsin’s summer intern, will be there to present information on drug take back in Spanish. The near south side is the part of Milwaukee County with the highest number of overdose deaths and the highest number of hospital visits due to the improper use of unused medicine. This event is free and open to the public. Sign up here.
Milwaukee County BHD 2019 Budget Input
Thursday, June 28
The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) is working through its 2019 budget request. The narrative provides a detailed description of the organization’s proposed budget. You’re invited to provide feedback in person at the Thursday, June 28, Mental Health Board meeting during the public comment session. All comments will be limited to three minutes. The Board will vote on the budget on July 12 and the budget will be submitted to the County Executive’s Office on July 15.

The session will be held on Thursday, June 28, at 1:30 p.m., in the Behavioral Health Division Conference Room, 1045 W. Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee.  
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.
Research & Resources
Milwaukee County Opioid-Related Overdose Report
The latest report from the Milwaukee Community Opioid Prevention Effort (COPE), dated June 2018, indicates that the opioid epidemic isn’t abating. In Milwaukee County in 2017, 337 opioid-related deaths were reported, while Naloxone was given by EMS 1,534 times. Both numbers are increases from 2016. The report also includes locations of overdoses, drugs involved in overdoses, and other vital demographic data.
Community Advocates Summer E-Newsletter
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Leaders Sought
Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute
Community Teams Program Applications
The regional Community Teams Program is a yearlong program that facilitates sustainable community partnerships through the development of collaborative leadership and public health skills among teams working on health improvement. Applications for the 2018-2019 Southeastern Wisconsin teams are open. Click here to apply and get more information. Application deadline is July 13, 2018. Questions? Contact Program Lead Salma Abadin, 414-520-1951 or .
Job Opportunities
Elysse Chay | Community Advocates Public Policy Institute | 414-270-6936  | |
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.