August 31, 2015
ISSUE 5-18

The end of summer is quickly approaching and many organizations are gearing up for a busy autumn of prevention activities.  Keep us informed of your coming events, your job opportunities, grant availability and other activities by emailing me.
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Yours in prevention,
Kari Lerch
Deputy Director, Public Policy Institute
Dozens of Milwaukee youth recognized
for summer activities in reducing gun violence
Youthful 'Change-Makers' recognized for work in preventing gun violence
Nearly 100 young people were rewarded at a "Change-Maker Recognition Luncheon" on Wednesday, Aug. 18, for their efforts during the summer to make their communities safer and freer from gun violence.

All were participants in programs operated by six youth-serving agencies supported in part by grants of $1,000 each from the Coming Together Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, sponsor of the luncheon at the Grace Downtown Center.

The programs all had something in common: they were developed and operated by the youth, under the guidance of adult advisers in the various agencies.  Read more
More guns in the hands of public
do NOT deter crime, study shows
Recent high profile shootings, like the June 17 crime that left dead nine members of a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, is typically followed by calls for greater gun control, along with counter arguments that the best way to stop gun crimes is with more guns.

However, WAVE (the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Efforts) points to a new study that throws cold water on the idea that a well-armed populace deters criminals or prevents murders. Instead, higher ownership of guns in a state is linked to more firearm robberies, more firearm assaults and more homicide in general.  See study.
Spreading the truth about tobacco: the city of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance FACT Group celebrates clean air!  
Supported by the Wisconsin Prevention and Control Program, FACT is a youth-driven movement of over 5,000 Wisconsin teens determined to spread the truth about tobacco to their peers.  As part of our City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance, the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is partnering with Neu-Life Community Development to facilitate a FACT group comprised of 20 youth. 

This summer, Neu-Life's FACT group was launched and teens came together to conduct "FACTivisms" in our city. In July, in celebration of the 5th Anniversary of
Restaurant recognized for its smoke-free environment by Neu-Life.
Spreading the Truth about Tobacco: The City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance FACT Group Celebrates Clean Air!  the Smoke Free Air Law in Wisconsin, the teens recognized local restaurant Cempuzchi for being one of the original "smoke- free" restaurants in Wisconsin by thanking owner Bryce Clark for recognizing that Milwaukeeans deserve clean air, even before the law went into effect. Community Advocates is proud of Neu-Life and these positive teens for taking a stand against the harm tobacco can do! 

For additional information about the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance or the Neu-Life FACT group, contact Coalition Coordinator Deb Heffner at

City of Milwaukee Tobacco -Free Alliance invited to present poster at upcoming conference!   
Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is excited to share that our City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance LGBTQ+ work-groups proposal, "Opening the Doors to LGBTQ+ Tobacco Prevention in Milwaukee: A Community Readiness Assessment," was accepted as a poster presentation at the 2015 Chicago LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference. Thank you to the Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute of Center on Halsted and IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern University for the opportunity!
The LGBT Health Conference takes place on Saturday, October 31st in Chicago, IL. Stay tuned for additional information!

New study on electronic cigarettes raises additional concern!  Alliance seeks to educate
A growing body of evidence has led the Centers for Disease Control and other public health entities to ask for the regulation of electronic cigarettes or "e-cigs", which are devices that heat liquid nicotine into vapor. A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released in April, showed that e-cig use tripled among U.S. teens last year.
This may not be surprising considering aggressive marketing and candy flavoring such as grape and gummy bear seem to be targeting youth tastes. But now more alarming, a new Journal of the American Medical Association Study raises concern that e-cigarettes could become a gateway to traditional cigarettes.The study found that ninth graders who used e-cigs were more likely to smoke later. After six months, 31% of e-cigarette users said they had smoked, compared with 8.1% of students who hadn't used e-cigs first. 
The City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance is working diligently to educate the community on concerns about e-cigs, which can contain nicotine, ultrafine particles, heavy metals, and cancer-causing chemicals.

Nominations invited for youth coaches, athletes
who set good examples for prize trip to New York
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, in conjunction with Major League Baseball Charities, is seeking nominations of extraordinary youth sports coaches and student athletes. Maybe they have inspired others to give it their all, made the team smile after a defeat or shown exemplary character and integrity both on and off the field. You tell us.

Each winner - one youth sports coach and one student athlete - will receive an exciting trip for him/herself and one special guest to New York City!  Details here.
LISC Milwaukee has new director
replacing veteran Leo Ries
Laura Bray, a longtime leader in neighborhood improvement programs, has begun her tenure as executive director of LISC Milwaukee, replacing 15-year veteran Leo Ries.

Laura Bray
Bray, who describes herself as a "collaborator," was the executive director of Menomonee Valley Partners from 2004 to 2014, overseeing the completion of the Hank Aaron State Trail and creation of Three Bridges Park, where the Urban Ecology Center opened its third Milwaukee branch. The effort brought together partners including the City of Milwaukee, the Department of Public Works, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN) and more.

"The work of improving cities and improving neighborhoods [has] evolved over time," Bray said. "It really does require so many stakeholders at the table working together."  Read more. from Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

State to hold town hall meetings, invites comments on changes to IRIS and Family Care

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services plans to convene eight town hall meetings throughout the state regarding the changes to the Family Care and IRIS Programs.  Dates of the meetings are to be announced.
Health Services Department Secretary Kitty Rhoades also said the State will look to hold meetings with the various agencies, councils and groups involved with the aging and those with various disabilities.
The public is invited to comment with written statements addressed to:
Family Care and IRIS Programs, 1 West Wilson St., PO Box 7850, Madison WI 53707-7850

Read letter from Secretary Rhoades.
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In This Issue
Youth recognized for gun violence prevention work
More guns found not to deter crime
Restaurant honored for smoke-free policies
Alliance invited to Chicago conference
Study raises issues about e-cigs
Nominations for positive youth
New director for LISC
Comments sought on Family Care, IRIS changes
Events & Announcements
Employment Opportunities
Workshop Opportunity


Event Announcements

2 p.m., Tues. Sep. 15
Community Advocates, 728 N. James Lovell St.
A presentation on Trauma-Informed Care set for general meeting of Initiative.  Details here,

Sat. Sep. 12
Hosted by Milwaukee 4 Recovery, the 7th Annual Recovery Walk will meet at Milwaukee Alano Club, 1521 N Prospect Ave., with registration at 9:30 a.m. Details here.
Sat. Sep. 12
The Merrill Park Neighborhood is looking for volunteers to assist in building a playground. Details here
           Sat. Sep. 26
    Hephatha Lutheran Ch.
A resource fair focusing on health, education and family unity for women only.  Details here.

             Nov 10-15
          Wisconsin Dells
'Include Me' is the theme of this conference for those who work with children.  Details here. 

Employment  Opportunities
Vital Voices for Mental Health is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Advocacy Manager. Details here.

Pathfinders is seeking a street outreach specialist.  Details here..  
Workshop Opportunities
Workshop ideas are being solicited for the 2016 Safe, Healthy, Strong conference to be held on March 22-23 at UWM's School of Public Health.  Fillable form available here for nominations.
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