Issue 7-19 | September 17, 2018
Thank you for your commitment to making Milwaukee a better place by investing in prevention efforts. Do you have:

  • Job openings?
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  • News to share?
  • Suggestions?

Forward the information to Elysse at . Thank you for your service to Milwaukee!

Yours in prevention,
Elysse Chay 
Prevention Manager
Community Advocates
Public Policy Institute 
What Can You Do with $1,000?
"Sometimes it helps to get a little boost in the middle of the year," said Jazzmyne Adams, coordinator of the  Southeast Region of the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth (AWY)   on why this chapter awards $1,000 grants annually to its members.

AWY, which supports coalitions that focus on positive youth development so that young people will live substance-free lives and cultivate their leadership skills, just heard back from their members about how they used their $1,000 grant to advance specific goals.

"It was great to hear what they accomplished with the grants and to share resources and advice with each other at the meeting," Adams said. "Our AWY members were able to engage their community about preventing substance abuse creatively and effectively with this extra funding."

Here’s how the AWY members used their grants this year:

Get Emodka Vodka Off Store Shelves
Have you seen Emodka vodka? It’s packaged like emoticons and is about the size of a small ball. Thanks to four complaints from Wisconsin, the Distilled Spirits Council ruled that Emodka vodka primarily appealed to kids and violated its Code of Responsible Practices for Beverage Alcohol Advertising and Marketing.

However, the manufacturer doesn’t have to pull its stock from the shelves and is allowed to sell out its current stock. That means these kid-tempting balls of vodka are still being sold.

If you see Emodka vodka on store shelves, Julia Sherman of the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project asks that you take a photo of the product in the store, print a copy of the Distilled Spirits Council’s decision, and give the decision to the store manager and ask him or her to pull it from the shelves. If they don’t do it, send the decision to your local legislative body and ask the community to have the product removed. Document and email your evidence to Julia Sherman at
Signs of Suicide Training
Friday, October 5
The Public Policy Institute is pleased to announce a new suicide-prevention training for youth workers interested in facilitating the evidence-based SOS Signs of Suicide. The program teaches students how to identify the signs of depression and suicide in themselves and their peers and encourages help-seeking behaviors through the ACT® technique (Acknowledge, Care, Tell). 

PPI will offer two half-day trainings for facilitators on October 5. The morning session will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. and the afternoon session will run from 12 noon to 3 p.m. To learn more, email Elysse Chay at .

Family Unity Night
Thursday, October 11
Every year, the Milwaukee Teen Pregnancy Prevention Network (MTPPN) celebrates the
importance of family communication
through sit-down family dinners. We come
together once a year to celebrate "Family
Unity Night." Join us by bringing some of
the families you serve to our October 11 event
(agency only pays $50 fee) and have a
great time with your families at the Italian Community Center.

Questions? Contact Jody Rhodes at Sponsored by the Public Policy Institute and Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative.
Equity in Action:
Dismantling Cancer Health Disparities in Wisconsin
Thursday, November 15
The City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance’s Anneke Mohr will participate in a panel discussion on addressing disparities in tobacco use in special populations at the Wisconsin Cancer Council’s 2018 Wisconsin Cancer Summit in November. The summit aims to raise awareness of cancer health disparities and reduce the cancer burden for everyone in Wisconsin. It’ll be held at the Edgewater Hotel in Madison on Thursday, November 15. Members of the Wisconsin Cancer Council attend for free; cost for nonmembers is $50. Get details and register here.
New Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings Announced

If you know first aid for physical emergencies, consider learning first aid for mental health emergencies. Youth Mental Health First Aid helps concerned adults learn the signs of mental health issues in young people so that they can get the appropriate help when they need it.

The Public Policy Institute is offering three full-day, free-of-charge sessions this autumn, on October 23, November 13, and November 30. All are welcome to attend. Register at this link.
Save the Date
2018 Wisconsin Summit on Opioids & Meth
Tuesday, October 23 & Wednesday, October 24
This summit on opioids and meth, sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, will focus on collaborations between law enforcement, public health agencies, and prevention and treatment providers. The Summit will highlight the good work of our Wisconsin anti-drug coalitions and introduce best practices from around the country for protecting our most vulnerable neighbors. Attendees will have the option to select from over 40 programs as they work with other professionals to address this national epidemic. The summit will be held at Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. Cost is $75. Register at this link.
Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap
Wednesday, October 24
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is offering two half-day sessions on the Marquette University campus that will offer concrete actions leaders can take to bridge the divide and embrace the systems, culture and behavior changes that align with the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

  • Morning Session: Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap: Sean Thomas-Breitfield and Frances Kunreuther will present key findings of the Nonprofits, Leadership and Race Survey. This session is free but RSVPs are required.
  • Afternoon Session: Sean Thomas-Breitfield will lead a hands-on social change workshop. This session is $30 and reservations are required
Governor’s Faith-Based Summits on Opioids
Milwaukee Summit, Monday, October 29
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is sponsoring three no-cost regional faith-based summits focusing on the opioid crisis for all faith-based groups, organizations, and individuals. The Milwaukee summit -- organized by the Southeast Wisconsin Region of the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth -- will be held on Monday, October 29, at the Tripoli Shrine Center, 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave. Click on this link for details and to register. Questions? Contact Southeast AWY Prevention Coordinator Jazzmyne Adams at
Community Engagement Symposium
Deepening Partnerships in Pursuit of Social Justice
Tuesday, November 13
Marquette University’s Community Engagement Symposium provides community organizations, faculty, staff and students the chance to engage in bidirectional research and learning opportunities and strengthen partnerships. The keynote speaker is Howard Fuller, Founder and Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette. The symposium includes breakout sessions, a poster display, awards, and a networking reception. The deadline for a breakout session proposal or poster is October 4; the deadline for nominating someone for an award is October 12. Find details and register at this link.
Wake-Up Call Presentation
Monday, September 17
Can you identify the signs of substance abuse in your teen’s room? You’ll learn how to spot red flags in this life-size exhibit of a teen’s bedroom at this Wake-Up Call presentation. This free presentation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 17, at Cudahy High School Auditorium, 4950 S. Lake Drive, Cudahy. A resource fair will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. This presentation is for adults 21 and over only; childcare is available. Sponsored by Your Choice Prevention Education, Rosecrance, Rogers Memorial Hospital, School District of Cudahy, and Partnerships for Success partner Cudahy Health Department. Register here.
Real Men, Real Talk
Monday, September 17
Gee's Clippers, City of Milwaukee Health Department, and City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention are offering this barbershop-style discussion about men, for men. Panelists include Deonte "Bucky" Lewis, Dr. Ramel Smith, Anthony Courtney, and Derrick Rogers; it'll be moderated by Kwabena Nixon. The event will be held Monday, September 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Gee's Clippers, 2200 N. Martin Drive, Milwaukee. Space is limited; register here.
Ben Austen, author of
High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing
Monday, September 17
This inaugural Rose Petranech Lecture presents Ben Austen speaking about his book High-Risers , which braids personal narratives, city politics, and national history to tell the timely and epic story of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green, America’s most iconic public housing project. It is an account told though the lives of residents who struggled to make a home for their families as powerful forces converged to accelerate the housing complex’s demise.  High-Risers  is a sweeping exploration of race, class, popular culture, and politics in modern America that brilliantly considers what went wrong in our nation’s effort to provide affordable housing to the poor and what we can learn from those mistakes. Cohosted by Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity at Boswell Book Co. , 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 17.
Youth Prisons Input Session
Tuesday, September 18
The state is shutting down Wisconsin's two youth prisons, Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake, by 2021. What should happen next? Learn about the state's plans and add your voice at this event, organized by Youth Justice Milwaukee. The Department of Corrections will make a presentation and participants will discuss the plans and provide input.

The session will be held at North Division High School, 1011 W. Center St., Milwaukee, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A light dinner will be served before the Department of Corrections' presentation at 6 p.m.. Click on this link for details.
Empowerment Coalition of Milwaukee Workshop
Friday, September 21
ECOM’s September workshop, organized by Community Advocates, focuses on Energy Assistance and utility services in preparation for the 2018-2019 Energy Assistance Heating Season, which begins on October 1. ECOM’s workshop will be held at the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, 225 W. Vine St., Milwaukee, from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is required. Cost is $5; a light breakfast is included. Click on this link for registration details. 
10 th Annual Walk for Recovery
Saturday, September 22
Celebrate National Recovery Month by joining this fun, festive walk to support those impacted by substance use disorders. The walk will be held on Saturday, September 22, at the Alano Club, 1521 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, with a block party to follow. Details here.
SEL Professional Development Series Quarter 1
Saturday, September 22 & Saturday, September 29
Milwaukee Succeeds is sponsoring this 2.5-hour workshop targeted to direct youth workers on two Saturdays in September. The focus is on self-awareness and self-management and will provide attendees with a better understanding of the learning environments they design as well as practical tools that assist with conflict resolution. This workshop, to be held at Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, 2819 W. Richardson Place, Milwaukee, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will be facilitated by Ubuntu Research and Evaluation, LLC. This event is free but space is limited. Register for the September 22 workshop here and the September 29 workshop here.
UWM Campus Safety Week Kickoff Event
Monday, September 24
The Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition will provide outreach at the kickoff event for UW-Milwaukee’s Campus Safety Week. Stop by Spaights Plaza on Monday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to get resources about substance abuse prevention.
CDC Rape Prevention and Education Grant Needs Assessment
Listening Session
Wednesday, September 26
Here’s an opportunity to share your ideas for preventing sexual violence. Your input can inform Wisconsin Department of Health Services plans for the CDC Rape Prevention and Education grant for years to come. The session will be held at Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, 2819 W. Richardson Place, Milwaukee, from 5:30 to 7: 30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26. Dinner will be provided at no cost, so please arrive at 5 p.m. to check in and enjoy the food. Questions? Contact Mariah Geiger at or 608-266-2684. Register here. Additional sessions will be held in Eau Claire, Green Bay, and Madison.
A Community Conversation
Wednesday, September 26
Join this community conversation about how to better reach out to Milwaukee’s diverse communities and include all people with developmental disabilities and their families. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, this event will be held at Independence First, 540 S. First St., Milwaukee, on Wednesday, September 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be served. Stick around after the event for a tour of Independence First. RSVP for this free event to or 608-266-7826.
Wisconsin Public Psychiatry Network Teleconference
Fall 2018 Schedule
This free, statewide teleconference from UW-Madison Department of Psychiatry and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services will shed light on behavioral health topics. The sessions are held on the following Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, and participants can earn free continuing education hours. Call 877-820-7831 before 11 a.m. and use the passcode 107633# when prompted.

This fall's classes are:
  • September 27: Harm Reduction 101
  • October 11: Rosen Method and Somatic Therapies
  • October 25: Peer Support for Youth with Mental Health and AODA Challenges
  • November 8: SBIRT
  • December 6: Sparking Transformation
  • December 20: Mid-Stage to Late-Stage Dementia
A Community Dialogue with Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg
Thursday, September 27
As part of the Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities conference (September 26-28), Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWiM) and Bader Philanthropies are offering a special conference session in the Harambee neighborhood on Thursday, September 27. This gathering will feature Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg on a strength-based approach to working with young people so that they embrace their full potential.

The session will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Bader Philanthropies, 3300 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Milwaukee.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided for guests. Complimentary valet parking will be available. RSVP here or contact Sandra Alvarez at 414-224-6464 or by Thursday, September 20, as seating capacity is limited.
Circles of Support Volunteer Training
Tuesday, October 2
Circles of Support create a safe space for returning citizens to tell and share their stories so they can be successful in their reentry to the community. The Milwaukee Reentry Council is working with Project Return and its committed partners, Hephatha Lutheran Church, St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, and the Dept. of Corrections, to create monthly Circles of Support to start in late October 2018. They are currently looking for volunteers to participate in these circles. The training session will be held on Tuesday, October 2, at Project Return, 2821 N. 4th St. Suite 223, Milwaukee, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. If you are interested please contact Wendel Hruska, Project Return, or 414-374-8029 or Conor Williams, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, or 262-442-4646.
Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action
Begins Wednesday, October 3
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s six-session Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action course is open for registration. The course uses facilitated dialog, activities, documentaries, and listening pairs to address the roots of racism, institutional racism, each individual’s role in racism, and how to take action. The fall sessions in Milwaukee are at capacity, but the series is being offered in Racine on October 3, 17, and 31, November 14 and 28, and December 12. Get details and register at this link.
2018 Fatherhood Summit
Friday, October 5 & Saturday, October 6
The theme for the 2018 Fatherhood Summit is "We Are Rising: Uplifting Our Community through Our Fathers." The purpose of this annual, two-day event is to bring together men, fathers and future fathers to identify solutions and resources for support in promoting positive activity in the father role. The summit also gathers data to help address the many obstacles that prevent men from being involved, responsible, and committed fathers. The goal is to strengthen the knowledge and skills of fathers and caregivers in all communities to build strong pathways, leading to healthy father development and engagement in the lives of their children and families. It’ll be held October 5 & 6 at Greater New Birth Christian Campus, 8237 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee. Register for this no-cost event here.
2018 Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Seminar
Wednesday, October 10
Registration is open for this session on alcohol policy targeted to local officials, law enforcement, coalition leaders, and advocates on what Wisconsin communities can do to reduce alcohol-related disorder, harm, and expense. This year’s theme is “Creating a Positive Alcohol Environment.” Community coalitions affiliated with the Wisconsin Alliance for Youth may be eligible for registration fee waivers, contact your regional prevention center for details. The registration fee for this session is an eligible expense for Substance Abuse Block Grant Funds allocated to counties. This full-day seminar will be held at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Wisconsin Dells. The $125 registration fee includes all sessions, workshops, materials, breakfast, and lunch. Register here. Feel free to contact Julia Sherman at 608-262-0370 or, if you need additional information.
Community QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Wednesday, October 10
QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) is a suicide prevention training that aims to teach people of all ages how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, understand the common causes of suicidal behavior, and how to get help for someone in a crisis situation. This October 10 training walks through how to ask someone if they are feeling suicidal, how to persuade someone to tell you if they are in a time of need and where to refer someone to if they are in crisis. This program is intended for those 18 years of age and older, youth QPR trainings can be provided by request. This training will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Greenfield Public Library, 5318 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, and is sponsored by Greenfield Health Department, Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee, Mental Health America Wisconsin, and the Greenfield Public Library. Registration is encouraged, but not required, by calling 414-329-5268.
Wisconsin Juvenile Detention Association Conference
Wednesday, October 10-Friday, October 12
The 23 rd annual WJDA conference aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of those working in juvenile justice. The conference will be held at the Chula Vista Conference Center and Resort in Wisconsin Dells on October 10 through October 12. Deadline for room reservations is September 30. Space is limited for the conference, so organizers encourage participants to register early. Check out WJDA’s website for the most up-to-date information about the conference and registration details. 
Neu-Life Community Development Farmfork Feast
Saturday, October 13
Neu-Life's Farmfork teens have been hard at work learning the ins-and-outs of urban agriculture, how to prepare food from scratch, and getting their feet wet in event catering. The program culminates with a grand celebration! Using produce from the gardens, these talented teens will prepare and serve a four-course lunch and provide a tour of Neu-Life’s Gardening projects. The feast will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2014 W. North Ave., Milwaukee. Cost is $75. Space is limited. RSVP by contacting Tracy at 312-371-7612 or .
14 th Annual Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Training Conference
Wednesday, October 17 & Thursday, October 18
Join UW-Stevens Point’s long-standing, partner-driven conference designed to meet the professional development needs of providers in the state of Wisconsin and learn the latest trends and topics from qualified state and national experts. Keynote speakers are Mark Sanders, On the Mark Consulting, and forensic psychiatrist David Mays. The conference will be held on October 17 and 18 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Get details and register here.  
Research & Resources
Vape Users Wanted
UW-Milwaukee is seeking students ages 13-18 who use e-cigarettes, JUUL, or vape pens (or know someone who does) for a focus group. Participants will receive a $20 gift card. Focus groups will be held on Saturday, September 29, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m., and on Saturday, October 6, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Contact Carli Jarman at 262-483-8961 or if you are interested.
Instagram Users Wanted
UW-Milwaukee would like to talk to Instagram users ages 18-24 about e-cigarette ads. The sessions are 90 minutes and include refreshments and a $50 gift card. Contact, 414-750-4139 or to sign up or get more information.
Planning and Implementing Screening and Brief Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use: A Step-by-Step Guide for Tribal Communities
From the CDC: “Planning and Implementing Screening and Brief Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use: A Step-by-Step Guide for Tribal Communities” is available for download at no charge. The guide was adapted from CDC’s Planning and Implementing Screening and Brief Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use: A Step-by-Step Guide for Primary Care Practices (released in 2014) to improve cultural relevance for American Indian/Alaska Native communities. The guide was developed with collaborators at the University of Wisconsin and Denver Public Health and their tribal partners.
Clean Slate Expands
CleanSlate has opened another location in Milwaukee. It’s located within the United Community Center Human Services building, Third Floor, 1111 S. 6th Street, Milwaukee. CleanSlate provides medication-assisted treatment and an individualized treatment plan for each patient suffering from opioid addiction CleanSlate accepts most types of insurance. Contact the clinic at 414-831-1825. 
Job Opportunities
Fall Intern Sought
Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is seeking a writing intern for the fall semester. The intern will help to write and produce the Milwaukee Prevention Journal, blog items, social media posts, and additional e-newsletters. Strong background or interest in journalism, public health, social services, policy or advocacy a plus. Email Lisa Kaiser at for details.
Elysse Chay | Community Advocates Public Policy Institute | 414-270-6936  | |
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.