August 17, 2015
ISSUE 5-17

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Deputy Director, Public Policy Institute
Different perspectives on Milwaukee's increasing gun violence
The Trace recently published an article regarding the increase in gun violence in Milwaukee this year. It provided accounts from three different members in the community: the Executive Producer of Precious Lives, the Chief Deputy District Attorney, and a "Safe-Zone Ambassador."

They each told the stories of their personal experiences with gun violence, how it is effecting the community, and how they personally are working to reduce the number of gun-related homicides in the city.

The article provided a unique insight into the different effects that gun violence in Milwaukee is having on different groups within the community.

A new approach to suicide prevention    


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services partnered with Prevent Suicide Wisconsin and released an updated Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Strategy this past May.  


According to the U.S. Department of Health  and Human Services, more than one person dies by suicide every 15 minutes. Nationally, suicide costs $34.6 billion annually in combined medical and work loss costs. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Wisconsin, and 10th in the nation.  


The new Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Strategy has four main goals: reduce the likelihood that individuals become suicidal, identify suicidal individuals and provide timely access to treatment, support suicidal individuals with the highest quality of care, and monitor whether these strategies are making a difference. The state plans to achieve these goals by implementing a series of new policies and community programs.  


Read more from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services   


New limits on carbon pollution mark a shift towards a healthier community

The Environmental Protection Agency just finalized the Clean Power Plan, which proposes a 41 percent emissions reduction for Wisconsin by the year 2030. For the first time, there are limits being placed on carbon pollution emissions from existing power plants.

Keith Reopelle, Senior Policy Director of Clean Wisconsin, said that Wisconsin will save $7 in health benefits or see $7 worth of benefits in the improved health of Wisconsinites for every $1 that is spent meeting these new requirements. He believes that the 41 percent emissions reduction is very possible for Wisconsin, and that Wisconsin can even exceed those goals. We look forward to seeing a cleaner environment and a healthier community.
Read more about the Clean Power Plan here
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In This Issue
Different perspectives on Milwaukee's increasing gun violence
A new approach to suicide prevention
New limits on carbon pollution mark a shift towards a healthier community
Event Announcements
Milwaukee, WI
The First Step Community Recovery Center provides essential drug and alcohol detoxification services. More information available here


August 21  

Milwaukee, WI  

The Neighborhood House of Milwaukee is hosting Community Unity Day, which will include a summer block party. More information available here



Employment  Opportunities


The Department of Children and Families is seeking a Youth Services Policy Coordinator for Employment and Housing. More information available online.   



The Milwaukee Christian Center is seeking an Adult Education Coordinator to join its YouthBuild program. More information available online.  

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