Issue 7-16 | August 6, 2018
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 Manager
Community Advocates
Public Policy Institute 
"You absolutely cannot deal with prematurity unless you have that understanding that stress is a driver, chronic stress, constant, unremitting stress," Dr. Chip Morris explained during a forum on healthy birth outcomes in Milwaukee.

The forum was moderated by Nicole Angresano, vice president, community impact, at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County , during the "Healthy Babies, Healthy Communities" program sponsored by her organization, as well as the  City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance  and  Community Advocates Public Policy Institute .

Two guest speakers -- Dr. Morris, representing the United Way’s  Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Collaborative , and Hattie Griggs, a Health Educator at  First Breath   -- presented before Angresano moderated a discussion with the candidates running for Assembly Districts 12, 16, and 18.
Morris provided an overview of how we can improve birth outcomes for babies in Milwaukee,  a special focus of the United Way . Morris noted that while infant mortality has greatly decreased in the past century, disparities still exist in our community in 2018. Milwaukee’s African American babies are about three times as likely to die before their first birthday as Milwaukee’s Caucasian babies.  

The cause?

Candidate Forum:
Assembly District 16 & Milwaukee County Sheriff
Monday, August 6
The Amani United Neighborhood Association and partners, including the 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project, is sponsoring this candidate forum before the August 14 primary election. Fred Royal, president of the Milwaukee Chapter of the NAACP, will moderate the forum at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W. Center St., Milwaukee. A meet and greet will be held at 4:30 and the forum will begin at 5:30 p.m.
MCSAP International Overdose Awareness Day Event
Wednesday, August 29
The Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition is providing resources and outreach at Washington Park Wednesdays on August 29, International Overdose Awareness Day. It's the final concert in this summer series and will feature the Diaspora Arkestra presented by James Julius Anderson and Tarik Moody. Plan to stop by Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St., Milwaukee, between 5 and 8 p.m. on August 29.
Circles of Support Volunteer Training
Tuesday, October 2
The Milwaukee Reentry Council is seeking volunteers for its new initiative, Circles of Support for formerly incarcerated individuals returning to the community. The circles will provide guidance, accountability, and healing for returning citizens who are embracing a new way of life. This volunteer training session will provide information on the benefits to and responsibilities of volunteers holding these circles for our community members. Volunteers will be asked to commit to about four hours a month. Contact Conor Williams at for details.
Save the Date
Motivational Interviewing Training 
Wednesday, September 12 & Wednesday, September 19
~Registration is Open~
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 lunch. Contact Shawn Smith at  or 414-235-1930 with questions. Register here.
22 nd Annual Crisis Intervention Conference
Thursday, September 20 & Friday, September 21
~Registration is Open~
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. Register before September 12 for early bird prices.
Success Starts Here Men's Seminar
Tuesday, September 18
Men seeking a new job or exploring their career options are encouraged to attend the Men's Job Seminar 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, at Manpower Group Global Headquarters, 100 Manpower Way, Milwaukee. An optional employer expo and resource fair will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Manpower and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. Get details and register here.
Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities Conference
Wednesday, September 26 – Friday, September 28
Hosted by Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWiM), a multidisciplinary group dedicated to inspiring collaboration to help Milwaukee heal, and organized by SaintA, this Milwaukee conference is aimed at anyone working with ACEs. Get more details here.  
SDC Summit On Poverty | WISCAP Poverty Matters! Conference
Thursday, September 27 & Friday, September 28
This year, SDC will be hosting its annual Summit On Poverty in partnership with WISCAP’s annual Poverty Matters! conference at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee. This year's theme is "Sharing Our Stories, Cultivating Our Solutions: Closing the Rural-Urban Divide." Get details and register here.  
Autism Speaks Milwaukee Walk
Sunday, October 7
The 2018 Autism Speaks Milwaukee Walk will be held on Sunday, October 7, at the Wisconsin State Fair Park from 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds from the annual fundraising walk will fund scientific research, family and adult services; raise awareness, and advocate for the needs of people with autism and their families in Wisconsin. Start a team, join a team, or come on your own. Walk and fundraise together to enhance the lives of people living with autism. Get details and register here.
QPR Suicide Prevention Instructor Training
Monday, October 29
Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee is hosting and sponsoring this day-long training for those who want to become QPR instructors. The training will be held on Monday, October 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Timbers Building Conference Room, Lower Level, 700 W. Virginia St., Milwaukee. Cost: $420; includes lunch and snacks. Register before Monday, October 14, at Email for more information. 
Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care
Thursday, November 1 & Friday, November 2
This two-day Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Certificate Training is designed for mental health and health care professionals, social support providers, childbirth professionals, and others who are interested in building skills for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders. Sponsored by Postpartum Support International-Wisconsin Chapter; CEUs are available. This training will be held on November 1 and 2 at Radisson Hotel Madison. Click here for details and to register.
Division of Youth & Family Services Resource Fair
Thursday, August 9
Stop by and say hello to the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance and Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition members. The DYFS Resource Fair will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, at DYFS Children’s Court Center, 10201 W. Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa. Food for sale will benefit the Wisconsin Juvenile Detention Association and Unity Club.
Semi-Annual QPR Suicide Prevention Trainer Update
Monday, August 13
Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee is hosting a QPR Suicide Prevention Trainer update that will focus on sharing and reviewing the current QPR training materials, networking, and learning more about suicide in greater Milwaukee. This training is open to all certified QPR Suicide Prevention Trainers who conduct training in Greater Milwaukee. Details: Monday, August 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Tannery Conference Room, 700 W. Virginia St., Milwaukee. Dinner will be provided at this no-cost event. Learn more and register here by August 8.
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.  
27th Street Drug-Free Communities Celebration
Tuesday, August 14
Join the 27th Street West Drug-Free Communities Coalition at Safe & Sound as they unveil their billboard campaign featuring our community's youth fight against substance use. The campaign is the result of their Potowatomi's Heart of Canal gift. Stop by the corner of 33rd Street and Lisbon Avenue from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14.
Milwaukee Transitional Jobs Collaborative Meeting
Wednesday, August 15
All are welcome to attend the monthly meeting of the  Milwaukee Transitional Jobs Collaborative , which seeks to obtain local, state and federal funding for Transitional Jobs and strives to see that such funding is used effectively. Contact Conor Williams at for details.
Beyond the Book Bag Carnival
Friday, August 17
Join the fun at this end-of-summer carnival at COA Goldin Center-Moody Park, 2320 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee. Free games, food, and entertainment from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 17.
Grief Following Trauma
Tuesday, August 28 & Wednesday, August 29
The Salvation Army is presenting this two-day course on developing a basic understanding of how to help grieving people after trauma. Targeted participants will be trained clergy, chaplains, mental health professionals, and CISM-trained crisis responders who work with people who experience grief and loss following a traumatic event. Must attend both days to receive a certificate of completion. Get details and register here. 
Pick ‘n Save Fresh Picks Mobile Market
Tuesday, August 28
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, August 28, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Research & Resources
Five for Families
Thanks to the Wisconsin Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Board, a new website at offers five easy-to-understand steps parents can take to decrease stress, increase their confidence, and build better connections with their kids. 
Youth Tobacco Use:
Results from the 2017 National Youth Tobacco Survey
From the Food & Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Get the latest data on youth tobacco use, including numbers on their use of e-cigarettes, which are more popular than traditional cigarettes. 
Job Opportunities
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.