March 28, 2016

We thank you for reading this edition of the Prevention Journal! As always, please keep us informed of your coming events, job opportunities, grant availability, and other activities. Your ideas and feedback are welcomed.

Yours in prevention,
Elysse Chay Wageman
Prevention Services Manager, Public Policy Institute
PPI Spotlight: Mike Bare and the Effective ACA Implementation Project
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On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. This week's PPI Spotlight video highlights our Effective ACA Implementation Project as we celebrate the ACA's 6th birthday!

Each week we will be rolling out a video on our programs and how they each contribute to the Public Policy Institute's mission: preventing and reducing poverty while improving the quality of life for individuals and families in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. Find out more about the Effective ACA Implementation Project on our website and watch all of the PPI Spotlight videos on the PPI blog.
Jobs for the young in poor neighborhoods
This New York Times opinion piece highlights the One Summer Plus program in Chicago, which inspired PPI's Youth Works MKE program. The goal of Youth Works MKE is to link teens at risk of criminal involvement with subsidized jobs and supportive services including mentoring to increase employment skills and positive engagement while preventing participation in criminal and delinquent activities. Learn more about Youth Works MKE on our website.
Kick Butts letter from FACT youth
This letter was originally published by the
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

"National 'Kick Butts Day' was March 16, 2016, a day when brought awareness about tobacco and the problem it brings to our communities. As a member of the Neu-Life Community Development FACT group, I am a part of Wisconsin's youth-driven tobacco prevention movement for young leaders in grades 7 through 12."

Read the full letter from Dejah Brown, FACT Leader at Neu Life Community Development, on the Milwaukee Neighborhood News website.
"Know Your Neighbor" workshop brings together convenience store owners, law enforcement & community members
Due to the high volume of businesses that sell alcohol and tobacco in many Milwaukee neighborhoods, it's important they are responsible tenants in the communities they serve. Yet, with the large number of convenience stores in the city, it can be challenging for store owners and community members to make meaningful connections. On March 22, 2016, the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance and Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition collaborated with the 27th Street West Drug-Free Coalition to bridge the gap by hosting a "Know Your Neighbor" event at the Neighborhood House.

Reducing the risk of relief
On March 15, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Guideline for Prescribing Opiods for Chronic Pain to chart a safer, more effective course. The guideline is designed to support clinicians caring for patients outside the context of active cancer treatment or palliative or end-of-life care.

More research is needed to fill in critical evidence gaps regarding the effectiveness, safety, and economic efficiency of long-term opioid therapy. However, given what we know about the risks associated with long-term opioid therapy and the availability of effective nonpharmacologic and nonopioid pharmacologic treatment options, the guideline uses the best available scientific data to provide information and recommendations to support patients and clinicians in balancing the risks of addiction and overdose with the limited evidence of benefits of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain.
Do Something for Kids - Child Abuse Prevention
The Division of Safety and Permanence, Bureau of Safety and Well-Being Informational memo 2016-08, "Say Something.  Do Something for Kids - Child Abuse Prevention" has been posted to the Department of Children and Families' memo website. You can also access the toolkit here.
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In This Issue
PPI Spotlight: Mike Bare
Jobs for the young in poor neighborhoods
Kick Butts letter from FACT youth
"Know Your Neighbor" workshop brings together convenience store owners, law enforcement & community members
Reducing the risk of relief
Do Something for Kids - Child Abuse Prevention
Event Announcements
April 9, 10am-4pm
Milwaukee, WI
State Senator Harris-Dodd has convened a group of concerned citizens and community stakeholders to organize the 2nd annual Unite Milwaukee Anti-Violence Summit, an inter-generational summit for neighbors to build community, improve neighborhoods, and collaboratively work on solutions to gun violence. The event is free, but registration is required.  For more information, email Senator Harris-Dodd.

April 26-27
Stevens Point, WI
Programming includes keynote speakers Barbara Rubel and Chris Prochut. Find more information and register online.

June 26-July 1
Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a week-long leadership training and career awareness program for high school students with a disability who are active in their school and/or community and would like to develop leadership and advocacy skills, explore career options, and start making valuable connections with others. Costs of the program are covered by BPDD and the application deadline is May 1. More information can be found online.

Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee CAN (Change Addiction Now) is a support group for anyone whose life has been affected by substance use and/or addiction. We recognize that this disease impacts not only those with the addiction, but also their friends and family. If you have similar life experiences, please join us. Milwaukee Area CAN meets on the 2nd Monday of every month, 6:00 PM to 7:30 at the Shorewood Library 3920 N. Murray Ave., Shorewood, WI.
Job Announcements
Milwaukee Christian Center is hiring a Youth Academic & Volunteer Coordinator! The Coordinator's primary responsibilities include coordinating and delivering high quality academic support, recruiting and managing volunteers that support program goals, and recording data relating to youth programming for youth ages 6-17 in Milwaukee Christian Center's Youth Development Program located at Kosciuszko Community Center on Milwaukee's near south side. More information available here.
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