JULY 29, 2016
ALD. CAVALIER JOHNSON
ALDERMAN CAVALIER JOHNSON will lead a one-mile walk in the Capitol
Heights neighborhood on SUNDAY, JULY 31, as part of the “WALK 100 MILES
IN 100 DAYS” initiative with MAYOR TOM BARRETT.
Alderman Johnson is encouraging anyone interested to please join him
for the walk, which will begin at N. 63rd St. and W. Hope Ave. at 2:30
P.M. (RAIN OR SHINE) ON SUNDAY. Mayor Barrett will have remarks before
and after the walk, specifically focused on why Capitol Heights was
chosen for the walk.
“Staying vital and healthy is very important and walking is a great
exercise to improve one’s health,” Alderman Johnson said. “I am asking
neighbors to please join me for a pleasant and refreshing walk on
“Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days” is a city-wide effort to engage Milwaukee
residents and families to lead a more active lifestyle and implement
physical activity into daily routines.
Please visit WWW.CITY.MILWAUKEE.GOV/WALK100  for more details on the
program, to see about registering and to track your progress. A list of
scheduled walks can also be found on the website.
Milwaukee LISC: Bess Earl, 414-930-1758 / [email protected]
Greater Newark LISC: Nakeefa Garay, 201-736-8293 / [email protected]
WHO: 10 Resident Leaders from Milwaukee’s Harambee and Amani neighborhoods, 10 Resident Leaders from Newark’s Fairmont and Vailsburg neighborhoods, LISC Newark, and LISC Milwaukee, & Shared Studios Portals curators Divad Sanders & Lewis Lee.
WHEN: Friday, June 24, 2016
· 12:00 – 12:30 PM CT: Separate resident group discussions in Milwaukee and Newark
· 12:30 – 1:00 PM CT: Portal discussion
· Milwaukee: Shared Portal at 2320 West Burleigh Street, Milwaukee, WI 53206
· Newark: Shared Portal at Military Park, 51 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102
The residents will connect virtually through high-tech “Portals.” The portals are repurposed shipping containers equipped with immersive audio and video technology. Full-body screens will enable the groups to converse in real-time as if they are in the same room. The portals were created by Shared Studios; there are currently 27 of them around the world.
WHAT: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) will facilitate a virtual meeting between local resident leaders in Milwaukee and Newark to discuss strategies for improving public safety through community engagement.
LISC already has robust resident-led community safety initiatives in place in Newark and Milwaukee. At this virtual meeting, the local groups that have taken part in these programs will benefit from talking about their past experiences, including successes and achievements, lessons learned, and best practices.
Topics to be discussed include:
· Techniques for successful engagement with local law enforcement
· Strategies for increasing community involvement in resident-led safety initiatives
· Experiences with Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and the strengths and limitations of this approach
· Tactics for organizing residents in opposition to a “problem business” (for example, a liquor store or problematic corner store)
· Strategies for organizing residents around problem properties or problem landlords
*** Interviews, photos, and video opportunity ***
About Shared Studios & Portals
Portals is a global public arts initiative. Each Portal is a gold shipping container equipped with immersive audio and video technology inside. When you enter one, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal and can converse live, full-body, and making eye contact, as if in the same room. Shared Studios coordinates each golden portal, utilizing designated Portal Curators. Curators promote dialogue among participants during scheduled city time slots. For more information about the Portals initiatives in Milwaukee and Newark, please contact Lewis Lee (Portal Curator for Milwaukee, Wisconsin) or Divad Sanders- (Portal Curator for Newark, New Jersey). For general information about the Portals initiative, please visit our website at www.sharedstudios.com
In observance of the 2016 National HIV Testing Day and Men’s Health Month Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. (MHSI) Early Intervention Program (EIP) is offering free HIV and Hepatitis C Testing on Monday, June 27, 2016 from 9 AM to 4 PM at their two convenient locations MLK Heritage Health Center 2555 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and at the Isaac Coggs Heritage Health Center 8200 W. Silver Spring Drive.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages everyone to know their status.
Of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S., an estimated one in six do not know that they are infected and only one and four has their virus under control with treatment.1
According to the Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program’s 2014 Annual Review, at of the end of 2014, 6,899 persons reported with HIV or AIDS were presumed to be alive and living in Wisconsin. There were 226 new cases of HIV infection diagnosed in Wisconsin in 2014. Milwaukee County accounted for 58% of these new HIV cases in 2014 and 49% of all people living with HIV reside in Milwaukee County. HIV infection disproportionately affects racial/ethnic minorities. In 2014, 67% of new diagnoses were among racial / ethnic minorities, despite minorities making up just 17% of Wisconsin’s population. It is estimated that 1,125 Wisconsin residents are not aware of their HIV infection.2
“The primary objective of the event is to provide access to health care services, community resources, and education that will empower and enrich the lives of the community we serve. This will in turn impact the awareness of HIV,” says Crystal Collins, RN, Program Coordinator of the Early Intervention Program at Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. Everyone is welcome to attend. Patients will have access to a range of services that would include HIV and STI testing, health education and insurance benefit assistance. There will be free groceries, snacks, door prizes and incentives for those who attend.
The event is sponsored in partnership with Brain Brawn & Body, Feeding America, Jammin 98.3, WNOV, V100.7 Jams and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.
To learn more about the 2016 National HIV Testing Day Event or how to get involved contact Ms. Crystal Collins at 414-267-2806 or Email: [email protected]
The mission of MHSI is to provide accessible, quality, primary and related health care services to Milwaukee residents, with the continuing emphasis on medically-underserved families and individuals. MHSI operates the Martin Luther King, Jr. Heritage Health Center at 2555 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and Isaac Coggs Heritage Health Center at 8200 W. Silver Spring Drive.
For more information, contact:
Maureen Remmel ([email protected])
External Communications Manager
For Immediate Release:
June 16, 2016
Milwaukee, Wis., – On Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Department of Emergency Medicine, Section of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Disaster Medicine, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Program and the National Disaster Life Support Foundation, will conduct an Advanced Disaster Life Support™ (ADLS®) training on the Milwaukee campus.
This 15-hour training is designed for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, pharmacists, allied health professionals, and students in health professional schools, and allows participants to demonstrate competencies in mass casualty management. Training includes population health scenarios, a mass casualty triage tabletop and situational training exercise, surge tabletop scenarios for a health care facility, personal protective equipment skills, decontamination process review, casualty clinical management in simulated scenarios, and an emergency operations center situational training exercise.
“As recent events have shown, there is an increasing number of natural and intentional catastrophic incidents occurring in our country that require a community-wide response,” explains Jason. M. Liu, MD, MPH, associate professor, section of EMS and disaster medicine, department of emergency medicine at MCW. “These events have demonstrated the obvious need for a well-trained team to stabilize a situation and provide life-saving treatment. In a large-scale incident, responders must not only know how to care for patients, but be able to efficiently coordinate among and communicate with local, state and federal emergency response agencies, protect themselves and others from further harm, and address the psychological impact and related social chaos that may arise.”
The National Disaster Life Support (NDLS) curriculum offered by the Regional Training Center at MCW, has been nationally vetted and provides an established method of recognizing and responding to disasters. By bringing together personnel from various agencies and organizations across the state, this program helps to standardize operations and build a network for the effective exchange of information. The training also promotes standardized high-quality, evidence-based medical care in disaster and mass casualty events to improve the ability to treat and save the lives of victims and responders that are involved in a mass casualty incident.
MCW’s Section of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine has operated an official NDLS Regional Training Center since 2008 and has a NDLS-certified infrastructure, including facilities, equipment, and faculty. Faculty from this center have authored and reviewed lectures and textbooks used in the national curriculum. Over the years, the center has delivered numerous courses that have trained hundreds of healthcare professionals throughout the state. MCW’s center is currently the only active NDLS Regional Training Center in Wisconsin.
Tony Tagliavia, Milwaukee Public Schools
MILWAUKEE – Families and community members are invited to learn more about cancer prevention, ways to improve health and cancer-related racial disparities from students and experts as Milwaukee Public Schools’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA) hosts the second of two health fairs this weekend.
The MHSA service learning project has involved 300 students at the school. The project is happening thanks to a grant from the American Cancer Society and Kohl’s to the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center. Through the grant, MHSA students have been studying cancer and related racial disparities in Milwaukee, and hearing from MCW guest speakers.
Cancer and cancer-related mortality affect a disproportionate amount of African Americans in the region, including higher incidence and mortality rates for lung, liver and colon cancers and a higher breast cancer mortality rate for African-American women. Prostate cancer rates among African-American men are double those in the population as a whole.
One hundred students will present the results of their work and 12 local health organizations will join them in offering helpful health information at the fair set for Saturday, May 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, 2300 W. Highland Avenue, Milwaukee 53233.
Organizations sharing information with the community include: American Cancer Society, Canz 4 Cancer, Diverse and Resilient, Froedtert Hospital, iCare, Susan G. Komen, MCW graduate school, Milwaukee Public Schools, City of Milwaukee Summer Employment, Safe and Sound, Sixteenth Street Community Health and Us Too.
“Through the Kohl’s Healthy Families program, which provides local families with resources to help prevent cancer and cope with a diagnosis, we’re proud to support this project at Milwaukee High School of the Arts,” said Beth Brunner, health systems manager at the American Cancer Society. “By educating the students about eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight, and being active, they can help reduce their risk of cancer later in life.”
The partnership is also one part of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s work to expand awareness of cancer and career opportunities in cancer research.
“We know that people who come from underserved communities face issues such as access to care, poverty, segregation – all of which are associated with risk factors such as smoking, obesity and sedentary activity,” said Dr. Melinda Stolley, associate director of prevention and control at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center. “As one of the largest institutions in Milwaukee, we have a responsibility to the community to enhance the welfare of all.”
Released May 12,2016
MILWAUKEE – Today, Mayor Tom Barrett and Commissioner of Health Bevan K. Baker joined the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission (MHRC) in releasing its 2015 Annual Report analyzing causes and risk factors behind homicides and non-fatal shootings in the city of Milwaukee.
“After a steady decline in homicides over the last decade, 2015 was a very deadly year for our city and cities across the country,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “To address this, we must work together and use all of the tools available including having quality data to better understand where to target our prevention work.”
“Violence is a public health issue, and similar to our work in preventing the spread of disease, we must use data and analysis to first understand the root causes that drive it,” said Commissioner of Health Bevan K. Baker. “Using the approach of the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission provides all partners in violence prevention a detailed look at the contributing factors to last year’s homicides and non-fatal shootings.”
The 2015 analysis provides data on contributing circumstances to homicides and non-fatal shootings, analysis of victim and suspect demographics, and data on socioeconomic status, educational attainment and other factors that influence violence in the city.
“To prevent violence in any community we must look at both data behind the act of violence itself, but also the contributing factors,” said Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission founding director Mallory O’Brien, Ph.D. “Understanding these key indicators can help us come together as a community to work collaboratively and collectively to produce the reduction of violence our community deserves.”
The MHRC, which works with the City of Milwaukee Health Department Office of Violence Prevention, is a component of Milwaukee’s violence prevention efforts and draws on public health and criminal justice partners to better understand and inform the work to reduce violence in Milwaukee.
The report is available at Milwaukee.gov/health.
Mapping and demographic data demonstrate unexpected “hot-spots,” ubiquity of overdose epidemic across racial and ethnic lines
The epidemic of overdose deaths tied to heroin and opioid abuse is sweeping across demographic and geographic boundaries, according to an analysis of data from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner by the office of Common Council President Michael J. Murphy, and it defies conventional expectations about where drug problems occur and who is affected.
“All too often, people assume that drug abuse is not a problem that could ever impact their lives and their families,” President Murphy said. “But when you crunch the numbers and chart them on a map, you see that this isn’t just an isolated phenomenon. Every neighborhood in every city and every suburb is at risk, and unless we work together across jurisdictions to address this epidemic, the problem will continue to grow.”
Eight hundred eighty-eight (888) people died from drug overdoses in Milwaukee County from 2012 through 2015. The report, 888 Bodies and Counting (attached), breaks down the deaths by the age, gender and race of the victims. It found that white residents were most likely to die from a drug overdose between the ages of 20 and 29, while the risk spiked for black residents between the ages of 40 and 59. Men accounted for 61 percent of overdose deaths.
Caucasians far outpaced any other racial or ethnic group, making up 67 percent of the overdose deaths. Black residents accounted for 24 percent of the overdose deaths, and Hispanics represented just six percent of the fatalities.
The crisis does not seem to be constrained by any geographic or political boundaries. A heat map of overdose frequency shows “hot-spots” in Milwaukee neighborhoods that include all corners of the city, as well as suburbs including West Allis, St. Francis, Cudahy, South Milwaukee, Shorewood, Wauwatosa and Glendale. At least several overdose deaths were reported in almost every local municipality.
Also concerning, President Murphy said, is the very recent rise in the prevalence of the drug fentanyl in the toxicology results of overdose victims. The occurrence of the drug in test results rose more than five-fold between 2012 and 2015.
While heroin was most likely to be present in the toxicology results of white overdose victims, cocaine was the drug most frequently found in black victims.
And while many drug education efforts have been targeted at young people, the analysis shows that nearly half of Milwaukee County overdoses are occurring in victims between the ages of 30 and 59. The average age of local overdose victims is 43.
“In order for our efforts to have a measurable impact in the community, we need to look at what the data are telling us and tailor public policy to the population that we need to be targeting,” President Murphy said. “I want to thank the medical examiner’s office for sharing these data with us, and my office staff as well for their exhaustive work in fleshing it all out in this report. I hope these efforts can prove critical in preventing more of these needless deaths.”
President Murphy said that he plans to use the report this spring to guide an upcoming partnership with the medical community that will take a more comprehensive view of the addiction and the overdose epidemic in pursuit of concrete policy recommendations. More official action is needed, he said, to counteract the trend of climbing overdose-related deaths.
Between 2005 and 2014, heroin-related deaths rose 495 percent in Milwaukee County.
“Every one of these 888 deaths represents a local family that has been torn apart by the heroin and opioid epidemic,” President Murphy said. “The scale of that grief is hard to comprehend, and it touches every one of us in some way.”
“Heroin and opioid addiction is nothing short of a public health crisis,” he said, “and if we don’t act now, it will only continue to claim more lives.”
Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. said Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will open a state-of-the-art medical and dental clinic at Midtown Center next year – very welcome and positive news for the 2nd District and the city’s northwest side.
Alderman Davis said The Midtown Clinic will be located at 5433 W. Fond du Lac Ave. (former Office Depot location), in a neighborhood with few pediatric health care options and a large population of children.
The new, 20,000-square-foot Midtown Clinic is expected to open late summer 2016 and will offer pediatric and adolescent primary care, behavioral medicine and dental care with state-of-the-art technology and amenities designed specifically for pediatric patients and their families, including access to bus lines and convenient on-site parking.
“I am thrilled that Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is opening a new clinic in my district to bring critical primary care, dental care and mental health services to kids and families in Milwaukee,” Alderman Davis said. “The new Midtown Clinic will help ensure some of our most vulnerable children have access to the health care they need to grow into healthy, thriving adults. I applaud Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s expansion of services in Milwaukee and look forward to partnering with them to help achieve their vision that Wisconsin kids will be the healthiest in the nation.”
Dental services at the new Midtown Clinic will be provided by Children’s North Avenue Dental Clinic, which will move to the new Midtown Clinic to allow for the use of state-of-the-art equipment and technology that cannot be retrofitted at its current location. The current North Avenue Dental Clinic location will close by September 2016.
Primary care and behavioral medicine services currently housed at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Downtown Health Center on the Aurora-Sinai campus will move to the new Midtown Clinic and will be co-located with other patient services to increase access for the growing number of children who live on the northwest side of the city.
Alderman Davis said The Midtown Clinic is expected to serve a majority of families who are insured via Medicaid, and will bring much-needed dental and behavioral health services to the area – two of the greatest health needs identified for Milwaukee County.
Optometrists and opticians from Wisconsin Vision, along with volunteers from the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, Milwaukee Public Schools and Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, will provide eye exams to more than 200 students at MPS’ Greenfield Bilingual School who did
not pass vision screenings last month. Students who need glasses will be fitted for frames and will receive free new glasses, courtesy of Wisconsin Vision.
Greenfield Bilingual students and parents along with volunteers, staff and leaders from Wisconsin Vision, MTEA, MPS and Prevent Blindness Wisconsin
10 a.m., Wednesday, November 4, 2015
MPS’ Greenfield Bilingual School, 1711 S. 35th Street, Milwaukee 53215