July 6, 2015
ISSUE 5-14

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Poverty found to be a factor in longevity  

David Orszag, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Congressional Budget Office, presented on the relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and lifespan at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research.

Life expectancy in the U.S. has continued to increase over the last decade. However, women in the lowest SES classes actually showed a decrease in life expectancy. All male life expectancy rose, but men in the lower SES classes showed a much smaller increase in life expectancy than men in higher SES classes.

Another presentation given at the Annual Meeting provided insight into potential ways to target children at high risk for expose to adverse events. The program called Child First, founded by Darcy Lowell, and the program Nurse Family Partnership, founded by David Olds, have had success in reducing early childhood stressors often associated with low SES.

371 Productions gives a voice to different communities  

371 Productions has been busy releasing documentaries and films, and is currently making two new films that will be released in the near future.

371 Productions recently aired the documentary Penelope, a film that follows the journey of the residents of a nursing home as they produce a play based on Homer's Odyssey. The production company also helped direct the recently released Kartemquin Films series Hard Earned, which showcases low-wage workers in America.

The two new films currently in production shine a light on minority groups in the U.S. The Last Jews of America tells the story of the near extinction of small Jewish communities across the U.S. American Reckoning, which 371 Productions started filming this spring, tracks unsolved murders during the civil rights era and the impact those homicides have today.

More information about these films is available online.

Youth learn to cope with depression and suicidal thoughts through EMPATHY program  

Peter Silverstone, a professor in the University of Alberta's Department of Psychiatry, created a program to help lower the rates of suicide, depression, and anxiety in youth. His program EMPATHY was implemented in Red Deer Public Schools with children ages 11-18.

The program begins with an assessment that will screen for anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts among the children. Those who are identified as being at risk for suicide or attempted harm are then provided with counseling and are given a guided internet program.

The program has seen dramatic reductions in depression and suicidal thoughts. The number of students who were actively suicidal dropped 76% after just 12 weeks of the program, from 125 to 30.

While these early results have elicited amazing results thus far, Silverstone is still focused on making sure that the results continue this trend in the long-term.

Read more about the EMPATHY program
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In This Issue
Poverty found to be a factor in longevity
371 Productions gives a voice to different communities
Youth learn to cope with depression and suicidal thoughts through EMPATHY program
Event Announcements
Milwaukee, WI
The Department of Children and Families is holding several workshops with a variety of focuses beginning in late August. More information available here


July 01-August 24 

Milwaukee, WI

The Silverspring Neighborhood Center is hosting 9 different Empowerment Workshops throughout the summer. See the general flyer, descriptions for each workshop, and the schedule.  


Job Opportunities


IMPACT, Inc. is seeking a Community Resource Specialist for the Impact 2-1-1 Program. More information available here.   



IMPACT, Inc. is hiring an AODA Telephonic Assessment Specialist for the IMPACT 2-1-1 Program. More information available here.  

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The RFP for Milwaukee Brighter Futures was recently released. Any agencies or external partners interested in receiving funding can apply here.      

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