June 22, 2015
ISSUE 5-13

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Common Council invests in neighbors to interrupt violence  

In the new episode of Precious Lives, a series of conversations with community members as a part of the Precious Lives Project, Martha Freeman is interviewed about her experiences with violence and how she is active in trying to reduce that violence in the Garden Homes neighborhood, where she has lived for more than three decades.

The Common Council is establishing "Safe Zones" in certain neighborhoods of Milwaukee with a large history of violence. Each of these zones will have community ambassadors that will work with their fellow community members to reduce gun violence. By doing this, the Common Council hopes to make a greater and long-lasting impact by having respected community members be ambassadors, which will carry through a stronger message in these communities.

Hayat Pharmacy proves to be a leader of prevention in the industry 

On June 10th, select members of the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP) took a tour of two Hayat Pharmacy locations, where they saw what measures were being taken to reduce prescription drug abuse in the community. They were nothing short of impressed.

Hayat Pharmacy has adopted several practices that provide education and guidance to customers on the dangers of prescription drug abuse. There are many safety measures in place to eliminate the possibility of falsely obtaining prescriptions, including presenting photo I.D. and auditing their narcotics every month, well above the required amount by the state of once every 6 months.

Some of the more impressive initiatives the company has taken are offering free delivery to their patients and participating in a Medication Therapy Management program, in which they assist patients with reviewing and educating them on their medications.

Overall, Hayat Pharmacy has taken many steps to ensure safe dosage and prevent prescription drug abuse, and other pharmacies should follow suit.

Canadian hospital adds 'poverty' to the diagnosis 

St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada has begun to prescribe patients that meet the criteria with money in order to aid their poverty diagnosis. The hospital recognizes the unique challenges that people in poverty face, with poorer Canadians being more likely to develop diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory illnesses, depression and arthritis than those who are richer.

Dr. Bloch of St. Michael's has developed a four-page pamphlet for doctors to treat poverty, and delivered the pamphlets to clinics around the city as well as spoke with other doctors and practitioners in the community about poverty as a disease.

If a patient is diagnosed with poverty, the hospital will give them supplemental income to help them stay afloat. News is spreading about the positive effects that diagnosing poverty is having on members of the community, and it will be interesting to see if this practice becomes the norm.

Read more about poverty as a disease here.  

Bullying in teenage years can have long-lasting effects  

New research published in The BMJ shows that nearly one-third of early adulthood depression could be linked to bullying in teenage years. The study showed the high correlation between bullying during teenage years and depression later on in life.

The study looked at the relationship between bullying at 13 years and depression at 18 years, and analyzed bullying and depression data on 3,898 participants. 

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In This Issue
Common Council Invests in Neighbors to Interrupt Violence
Hayat Pharmacy proves to be a leader of prevention in the industry
Canadian hospital adds 'poverty' to the diagnosis
Bullying in teenage years can have long-lasting effects
Event Announcements


June 30

Milwaukee, WI

Pearls for Teen Girls, Inc. is hosting a block party that will feature food, face painting, a talent show, and other fun activities. Open to the general public. Call (414) 265-7555 for more information. 



June 27

Milwaukee, WI

The Hillside Resource Center is hosting a Talk Walk for Healthy & Safety. Funds raised will support positive summer programs for youth and their families. More information available here.  



June 25

Milwaukee, WI

The Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition invites you to their June 2015 General Coalition Meeting. There will be a unique opportunity to hear from and ask questions of local and state politicians about current and future policies affecting the health of the Latino community in Milwaukee. RSVP here

Job Opportunities


North Central Health Care is seeking mental health and substance abuse therapists. More information available online



Access to Independence, Inc. is hiring a Parent Peer Specialist Coordinator. More information available online.   



United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is seeking a Project Coordinator-Strategic Markets. More information available here.  



IMPACT, Inc. is hiring an Intake Specialist, who would screen clients for eligibility for Milwaukee County funded AODA treatment. Must have own vehicle, insurance, and valid driver license to conduct mobile screenings. To apply, email resume to bmccroy@impactinc.org. 



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