May 23, 2016
ISSUE 6-11

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
Milwaukee Women's Center finalist in WaterStone Bank video contest
Exciting news: the Milwaukee Women's Center was chosen as a finalist in WaterStone Bank's 95th Anniversary Video Contest! The winner of the contest receives a $50,000 donation - but we'll need your help to win.

Finalists' YouTube videos will be embedded into a voting page starting TODAY, Monday, May 23. The video with the most votes between today and Tuesday, May 31 will win the $50,000 grand prize! The winners and runners-up will be announced on Wednesday, June 8. Individuals may vote once per day. 

Milwaukee teen birth rate plummets 54.4 percent
Milwaukee's teen birthrate dropped 54.4 percent in the past decade, beating the nation average of 40 percent. In 2014, the total number of births to girls 17 and under dropped to fewer than 300 for the first time in history. The overall rate was 23.7 births per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 17.

New law helps ensure safe and legal tobacco sales
Recently, 2015 Wis. Act 275 was signed by Governor Walker which provides the City of Milwaukee the ability to not renew, suspend, or revoke tobacco licenses for businesses with well documented nuisance activity. Wisconsin State Representative Evan Goyke (Assembly District 18) was instrumental in its development and passing with support local stakeholders including Assistant City Attorney Nick DeSiato and Keith Stanley, Executive Director of the New West Side Partners.

This new law will undoubtedly aid our ability to keep our communities safe and healthier by ensuring safe and legal retail practices. We thank Representative Goyke, Attorney DeSiato and Mr. Stanley not only for their leadership, but also for coming to our full coalition meeting on May 11th, 2016 to share more on the background of the bill and how it will be implemented.
Mental health matters: Consequences of mental health stigma
Of the many challenges faced by mental health professionals and the mental health industry as a whole, stigma might be the oldest and most difficult. As definitions and diagnoses evolve alongside professional opinions and public policy, stigma associated with mental health conditions remains a recurring issue. As much as stigma complicates the industry and those who work inside it, the effect on people experiencing mental health conditions is much costlier.

"Milwaukee the Beautiful" debuts at 9th Annual Neu Life Youth Art Show

"Milwaukee the Beautiful" debuted at the 9th Annual Neu Life Youth Art Show on May 14, 2016. The song was written and produced in Summer 2015 by the Neu Life Summer CLC camp students at Gwen T. Jackson Elementary School. The students worked to develop lyrics about Milwaukee, it's iconic attributes and attractions, sharing their perspective about the city they call home and appreciating all its offerings.
Most of America's drunkest cities are in Wisconsin
Twelve of the top twenty "drunkest cities in America" are in the state of Wisconsin, with Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis ranking 17th. For each of these cities, the report lists four metrics: percent of adults drinking to excess, percent of driving deaths involving alcohol, premature death rate, and median household income.

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In This Issue
Milwaukee Women's Center finalist in WaterStone Bank video contest
Milwaukee teen birth rate plummets 54.4%
New law helps ensure safe and legal tobacco sales
Mental health matters: Consequences of mental health stigma
"Milwaukee the Beautiful" debuts at 9th Annual Neu Life Youth Art Show
Most of America's drunkest cities are in Wisconsin
Event Announcements
June 4, 10am
Milwaukee, WI
SDC is sponsoring a special performance of NAMI'S "PIECES: In My Own Voice." This is a very powerful production and discussion regarding efforts to reduce stigma about mental health as it impacts self, peers, family, and community. This event will be held at the Martin Luther King Center - 1531 W. Vliet St, Milwaukee.

June 4
Milwaukee, WI
Please join us as we bring attention to the issue of Building Resilience Through Culturally Appropriate Trauma Informed Care in 2016. More information here.

June 9-10
Milwaukee, WI
More information can be found here.

June 15, 5pm
Milwaukee, WI
This original experience features live performances by the kids and families heard on the Precious Lives radio series. More information and tickets 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
Milwaukee County is hiring a Health Prevention Coordinator. More information here.

United Community Center is hiring a Marketing & Digital Communications Coordinator. More information here.

Lake Valley Camp is looking for trip leaders and counselors. More information here.

Southwest Key Programs is hiring a Clinician AODA. More information available here.

CADCA launched a job board to assist coalition leaders looking for their next opportunity.
The purpose of the Basic Center Program is to provide an alternative for runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. More information available here.
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