May 9, 2016
ISSUE 6-10

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
Opening doors to tobacco prevention & health equity for LGBTQ+ community
The City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance recently met with Diverse & Resilient (D & R) on opening the doors to tobacco prevention and health equity. We are especially excited about starting an FACT Movement group for LGBTQ+ youth and allies, which will be the first in Wisconsin! More great things to come in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned. Thanks D& R for the opportunity to partner!
May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month!
Every May, the nation recognizes the progress made and renews its commitment to teen pregnancy prevention. Significant declines in teen birth rates have occurred in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups. Since 2006, the teen birth rate in the United States has declined over 40 percent. Nevertheless, disparities persist and more work remains.

The HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) invites you to join us in recognizing May as National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) by using OAH resources, tools, and ideas to raise awareness in your community.
Meeting the mental health needs of Wisconsin's children
In recognition of Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, Wisconsin Council on Children & Families is releasing a new policy brief entitled Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Wisconsin's Children. The brief explores the high number of children in Wisconsin affected by mental health issues and the urgent need to provide proper care for them. Left unaddressed, childhood mental health issues can have a significant life-long impact.
Feds announce final e-cigarette rule that nearly bans them
Electronic cigarettes and premium cigars will now be regulated the same way as tobacco cigarettes and regular cigars, according to a new federal rule issued last Thursday.

Under the rule, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would have to approve all tobacco products not currently regulated that hit stores after February 2007. The e-cigarette industry was virtually non-existent before then.

The stress of systemic poverty is killing us
Physicians have known for years that racial minorities, especially African Americans, experience shorter lives because of a higher-than-average prevalence of maladies like kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and hypertension.

There are many reasons for the health crisis among African Americans, the stress of systematic poverty being chief among them. But there is one major contributing factor that is much easier to fix than economic inequality and it lies within the everyday power of American doctors: better listening skills.

CDC releases STOP SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence
The CDC recently released STOP SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence to help states and communities prioritize efforts to prevent sexual violence.

The strategies in this package include those with a focus on preventing sexual violence from happening in the first place, as well as approaches to lessen the immediate and long-term harms of sexual violence. Strategies are intended to work in combination and reinforce each other. The technical package describes the approaches to advance each strategy and the evidence behind them. It is intended as a resource to guide and inform prevention decision-making in communities and states.
Youth mental health screenings
Taking a screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible. But not all of us think about our mental health enough. Learn how you can take a step towards recovery today!
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In This Issue
Opening doors to tobacco prevention & health equity for LGBTQ+ community
May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month!
Meeting the mental health needs of Wisconsin's children
Feds announce final e-cigarette rule that nearly bans them
The stress of systemic poverty is killing us
CDC releases STOP AV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence
Youth mental health screenings
Event Announcements
May 10, 7pm
Milwaukee, WI
This film is a vital, fact-based exploration of the gap between the overwhelming majority of the American public and the extremist minority of corporate gun lobbyists and do-nothing politicians. Register online here.

May 14
Milwaukee, WI
Neu Life is hosting its annual art show/auction and local food luncheon! More information and registration available here.

May 21
Milwaukee, WI
Join us for a day dedicated to wellness, and giving you the resources you need to stay healthy. Informational flyer available here.

Shorewood, 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. 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 Opportunities
Express Yourself Milwaukee is hiring an Expressive Arts Therapist. More information available here.

The Women's Center is hiring a Director of Development & Communications. More information available here.
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