October 12, 2015
ISSUE 5-21
       

Many organizations are gearing up for a busy autumn of prevention activities. Please keep us informed of your coming events, job opportunities, grant availability, and other activities! As always, your ideas and feedback are welcomed.

Yours in prevention,
Kari Lerch
Deputy Director, Public Policy Institute
Poverty keeps tight grip on Milwaukee, census figures show
Poverty held a persistent grip on Milwaukee in 2014, according to estimates released in September by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The city's poverty rate of 29% - unchanged from a year earlier - was nearly double the national rate of 14.8%, leaving Milwaukee as the nation's fifth most impoverished big city. Among children 18 and under, the poverty rate was 42.1%. The poverty rate among African-Americans in the city was 39.9%, among Hispanics it was 31.8% and among non-Hispanic whites it was 14.8%.

START program seeking parents for community conversations
The Community Advocates Public Policy Institute has teamed up with the Parenting Network in planning a parent workshop for helping parents talk to their children about sexual health.

To help us plan this event, we're convening 3 community conversations throughout Milwaukee with parents--one on October 19th and two on October 24th. At these sessions, we're asking parents to share their thoughts, questions, and concerns about having conversations regarding sexual health with their children.

These focus group sessions are open to the public but RSVP is required. Food will be provided.

Please share our event flyer and FAQ talking points to parents who may be interested in attending! Feel free to print and distribute or post them as you see fit, or we'd be happy to deliver printed copies for you.
Why teens are impulsive, addiction prone, and should protect their brains 
Research into how the human brain develops helps explain why teens can't control their impulses. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated - so signals move slowly.

"Teenagers are not as readily able to access their frontal lobe to say, 'Oh, I better not do this,' " says Dr. Frances Jensen.

Jensen, who's a neuroscientist and was a single mother of two boys who are now in their 20s, wrote The Teenage Brain to explore the science of how the brain grows - and why teenagers can be especially impulsive, moody and not very good at responsible decision-making.

Healthy Wisconsin Partnership Program: learn about upcoming learning and funding opportunities
The HWPP Capacity Building component supports communities and partnerships to enhance their readiness and resource availability to improve the health of Wisconsin residents through action-oriented non-grantmaking and grantmaking investments in three focus areas:
  • Partnership Development and Project Planning
  • Funded Project Support and Peer Learning
  • Dissemination and Sustainability
More information available online.
Takeaways from the CDC's Youth Flavored Tobacco Research
Below are some key results from the CDC's Youth Flavored Tobacco Research, released earlier this month.

Flavored Tobacco
  • Of past-30 day tobacco users in middle and high school, 70% reported using at least one flavored tobacco producto
    • 63.5% of youth cigar smokers, 63.3% of e-cigarette users, and 60.6% of hookah users reported using flavored tobacco in the last 30 days
Frequent Use of Tobacco
  • Among current or past-30 day tobacco users in high school, frequent use was most prevalent among smokeless tobacco users (42%), followed by cigarette smokers (31.6%), e-cigarette users (15.5%) and cigar smokers (13.1%)
  • Among current or past-30 day tobacco users in middle school, frequent use was most prevalent among smokeless tobacco users (29.2%), followed by cigarette smokers (20%), cigar smokers (13.2%), and e-cigarette users (11.8%).
Dual Use
  • Dual use was common among users of all types of tobacco. Here are dual use percentages for students who used these products 1-5 days during the last 30 days
    • Cigar smokers - 77.3%
    • Cigarette smokers - 76.9%
    • Smokeless tobacco users - 63.4%
    • E-cigarette users - 54.8%
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In This Issue
Poverty keeps tight grip on Milwaukee, census figures show
START program seeking parents for community conversations
Why teens are impulsive, addiction prone, and should protect their brains
Healthy Wisconsin Partnership Program
Takeaways from the CDC's Youth Flavored Tobacco Research
Event Announcements
BREASTFEEDING & MARIJUANA, OPIOID USE
Oct. 14, 5:30-8pm
Milwaukee, WI
Informational flyer available here.

MILWAUKEE FATHERHOOD SUMMIT
Oct. 16-17
Milwaukee, WI
More information available online.

ZERO SUICIDE KICKOFF
Oct. 16
Milwaukee, WI
Through Prevent Suicide of Greater Milwaukee and Mental Health America, Milwaukee County will be challenged to participate in a Zero Suicide initiative. See the flyer for the kickoff at the next PSGM quarterly coalition meeting here.

BOYS & MEN OF COLOR WEEK
Oct. 19-24
Milwaukee, WI
Flyer with information on all events available here.

MCSAP FEST
Oct. 22, 4-6pm
Milwaukee, WI
The CA Public Policy Institute invites you to party prevention style! MCSAP Fest will bring community stakeholders together around substance abuse and tobacco prevention work, while sharing the latest efforts of MCSAP and City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance. Register here.

YOUTH BRAIN DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
Oct. 27, 1-3:30PM
Community Advocates
Deborah McNelis, author, speaker, educator, parent and creator of Brain Insights LLC, will be the presenter for this training. RSVP to Jan Buchler.

DCF PROGRAM INFO SESSIONS
Oct. 28, 9am, 10:30am
The W-2 info session will be held at 9am and the BMCW info session will be held at 10:30am. For more info or to register, contact Jessica Kotsakis.

CHILDREN COME FIRST CONFERENCE
Nov. 10-11
Wisconsin Dells, WI
More information and registration available online.
Job Opportunities
TOBACCO CONTROL COORDINATOR
The American Lung Association of Wisconsin is hiring for a Tobacco Control Coordinator. More information available here.
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