City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention

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“Health experts, including Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik, have attributed the numbers to historic, econ...
04/17/2020
Coronavirus: South Side Milwaukee ZIP Code Has Disproportionate Number Of Cases

“Health experts, including Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik, have attributed the numbers to historic, economic, and environmental factors that put black people at higher risk of chronic conditions such as asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.

Studies by the United Health Foundation show that Latinos face comparable risks. Both communities experience rates of hypertension and diabetes higher than Wisconsin's white population.

Will Milwaukee’s Latinos face a similar fate to many of its black residents? Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz, a professor at Marquette who studies race and systemic oppression, says yes.

"We should anticipate that the Latino community will be disproportionately affected by virtue of the fact that they have disproportionate access to health care, similar types of comorbidity factors, as well as socioeconomic conditions, all also foiled by the added dimensions of people that are undocumented and just share general distrust with the healthcare establishment," Rivera Berruz says.

Rivera Berruz says studies also show that the types of employment prevalent in the Wisconsin Latino community puts them at a higher risk of contracting the virus. We're talking about a population that probably does not have the privilege of staying at home,” she says.” - WUWM

On Wednesday, Mayor Tom Barrett announced that the 53215 ZIP code on Milwaukee's south side is one of three areas in the city with a disproportionate

“Violence prevention specialists in cities across the country work with people and families who are impoverished, unders...
04/15/2020
The Very Essential Work of Street-Level Violence Prevention

“Violence prevention specialists in cities across the country work with people and families who are impoverished, underserved, and disadvantaged. Those who had jobs were among the first to lose them during the economic meltdown the coronavirus crisis has caused. It is imperative that these most vulnerable and high-risk people receive on-going support. And like other frontline essential workers, violence prevention specialists are in desperate need of personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves. They also deserve our acknowledgment, respect, and appreciation.” - The Trace

On the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, outreach workers are going beyond their mission of preventing shootings by filling gaps in social services.

The Women's Center in Waukesha wants victims to know that its services are still available during this difficult time."O...
04/14/2020
Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Getting help while under 'Safer at Home' order

The Women's Center in Waukesha wants victims to know that its services are still available during this difficult time.

"Our resources are open, our hotline is up and running and our shelter is open," said Executive Director of The Women's Center Angela Mancuso.

The Women's Center's 24-hour hotline is 262-542-3828.

The Women's Center in Waukesha wants victims to know that its services are still available during this difficult time.

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
04/13/2020
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Although voting during the coronavirus pandemic created challenges, community leaders say living in Milwaukee has taught them to be ready for any crisis.

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04/04/2020

Please encourage friends and family to take this seriously. Please share. #stopcvmke

04/04/2020
Milwaukee PBS

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Vaynesia Kendrick, Community Outreach Specialist for the City of Milwaukee Health Department office of violence prevention and strong babies program with a focus on adolescent suicide.

Find more Home/Work assignments at:
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04/03/2020
Milwaukee PBS

OVP team member, Vaynesia Kendrick, on suicide prevention during COVID-19.

Vaynesia Kendrick, Community Outreach Specialist for the City of Milwaukee Health Department office of violence prevention and strong babies program with a focus on adolescent suicide.

Find more Home/Work assignments at:
https://www.milwaukeepbs.org/homework

SAMHSA
04/01/2020

SAMHSA

The #CoronavirusPandemic can be overwhelming and also can seriously affect emotional health. The Disaster Distress Helpline responds to people who need crisis counseling and support in dealing with #COVID19
☎️ 1-800-985-5990
📲 Text "TalkWithUs" to 66746

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations like the Coronavirus Pandemic. Check out this tip sheet for suggesti...
04/01/2020
www.samhsa.gov

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations like the Coronavirus Pandemic. Check out this tip sheet for suggestions on ways to care
for your behavioral health during this time ➡️ http://bit.ly/2Qockv1 #COVID19

"A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate is leading a national competition that encourages middle and high school s...
04/01/2020
UWM grad leads #Enough playwriting competition asking students to write about impact of gun violence

"A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate is leading a national competition that encourages middle and high school students to write about the impact of gun violence on their lives.

Theater director Michael Cotey, a South Milwaukee native, said "#Enough: Plays to End Gun Violence" was inspired in part by the activism of students from Parkland, Fla., after the 2018 shootings there.

"What has kept the conversation (about gun violence) alive? … The voice of all the young people," Cotey said in a phone interview. Their activism "puts grownups on notice: So what are you doing? What excuse do you have?"

Students in grades six through 12 can submit plays up to 10 minutes long through June 20 through the #Enough website, enoughplays.com. A panel of leading national playwrights, including Lauren Gunderson, David Henry Hwang, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Robert Schenkkan and Karen Zacarías, will choose 10 finalists. Each finalist will also receive $500." - JSOnline

UWM theater grad Michael Cotey is leading #Enough, a competition that asks students to write short plays about the impact of gun violence.

Tomorrow begins Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). While it will look different this year we can still support survi...
04/01/2020

Tomorrow begins Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). While it will look different this year we can still support survivors, raise awareness and help to ensure people know they are not alone.
Join us tomorrow!!!
#denimdaymke
#saam
#teamteal365

Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Outbreak
03/31/2020
Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have described the coronavirus, or COVID-19, as an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named....

Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks | SAMHSA Publicati...
03/31/2020
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks | SAMHSA Publications and Digital Products

Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks | SAMHSA Publications and Digital Products

Out of stock for ordering This fact sheet provides parents, caregivers, and teachers with strategies for helping children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes potential reactions among youth and the support adults can provide to help them. Publication ID PEP20-01-0...

03/31/2020
Milwaukee PBS

Milwaukee PBS

The impact of Covid-19 on Milwaukee's African American Community is discussed with Dr. Jeanette Kowalik, Health Commissioner for the City of Milwaukee.

IHME | COVID-19 Projections
03/31/2020
IHME | COVID-19 Projections

IHME | COVID-19 Projections

Explore hospital bed use, need for intensive care beds, and ventilator use due to COVID-19 based on projected deaths for all 50 US states and District of Columbia

“A woman was killed when her vehicle was struck by gunshots and she collided with another vehicle on Sunday.The victim p...
03/31/2020
Milwaukee police are looking for a vehicle involved in a shooting that led to a fatal crash

“A woman was killed when her vehicle was struck by gunshots and she collided with another vehicle on Sunday.

The victim passed a dark-colored four-door Jeep Cherokee that was weaving in traffic when multiple gunshots were fired, some hitting her vehicle.

Fox6Now.com reported the victim was a 64-year-old woman who died at the scene. Her 15-year-old granddaughter, who was a passenger in the car, was in stable condition at a hospital Monday.” - Jsonline

A woman was killed when her vehicle was struck by gunshots, causing her to collide with another vehicle on Sunday.

The Office of Violence Prevention has issued a Request for Proposals for ReCAST MKE’s 2020 Safe Summer Healing Project. ...
03/29/2020

The Office of Violence Prevention has issued a Request for Proposals for ReCAST MKE’s 2020 Safe Summer Healing Project. The full RFP can be found at https://city.milwaukee.gov/CDGA.

"This was just a group of us that felt that call to start doing mutual aid. We understand our community here on the sout...
03/29/2020
Milwaukee south siders create grass-roots food donation campaign

"This was just a group of us that felt that call to start doing mutual aid. We understand our community here on the south side, and for us, it's just like let's just do it," Jeanette Martín, with the group Ayuda Mutua MKE, said.

Two weeks ago, Ayuda Mutua MKE was just a page dedicated to translating important coronavirus information into Spanish.

Translating a lot of information from the CDC, from the World Health Organization, from the city of Milwaukee to the state of Wisconsin," Martín said. Then one week later, it blossomed into something more: a food delivery, donation, and pickup service.” - TMJ4

A group of seven south side Milwaukee neighbors has banded together in just two weeks to create a vital and now popular service for residents affected by the coronavirus.

"Earlier this month, a boy at the New Orleans juvenile detention center refused to attend classes. He wouldn't even leav...
03/29/2020
Coronavirus in juvenile detention is a ‘nightmare scenario,’ doctors and advocates say

"Earlier this month, a boy at the New Orleans juvenile detention center refused to attend classes. He wouldn't even leave his room.

Christy Sampson-Kelly, an administrator for the school in the detention center, run by a nonprofit called the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings, said she went to his room with a social worker to see what was wrong. The boy said he was worried about catching COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. He thought staying in his room was the safest thing he could do.

Sampson-Kelly said the boy told her, "Miss Christy, I just don't want to die in here."

Many of the 47 children in the New Orleans Juvenile Justice Intervention Center are afraid, Sampson-Kelly said. While some don't want to leave the safety of their rooms, others fear that if there is an outbreak in the facility, they'll be restricted to those rooms, essentially placed in solitary confinement. For many detained youth, their primary caretaker is a grandparent, and they're scared that someone they love will die of the virus before they get out. As of Thursday, 83 people in Louisiana had died because of COVID-19, among the highest death tolls of any state." - NBC News

The coronavirus is already appearing in juvenile detention centers. Experts say it'll get worse unless children are released.

Milwaukee City Development
03/27/2020

Milwaukee City Development

DCD Staff continues to work with partners to update resources and information for businesses impacted by #COVID19. Visit milwaukee.gov/businessresourcesforCOVID19 to learn more!

#Milwaukee #Coronavirus #StaySafe #SaferAtHome

03/26/2020
City of Milwaukee Health Department

Please Stay Home. Stay Safe. Stop the Spread.
#StopCVMKE #KeepYourDistance #FlattenTheCurve #MKEHealth #SaferAtHome

Stay Home. Stay Safe. Stop the Spread.
#StopCVMKE #KeepYourDistance #FlattenTheCurve #MKEHealth #SaferAtHome

Alma Center, Inc.
03/26/2020
Alma Center, Inc.

Alma Center, Inc.

"At class called Men Ending Violence, Sonny Jackson talks about how what he lived through as a child affected him. The sessions are held at the Alma Center, Inc. in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood. It helps people heal the unresolved pain of trauma to break the cycle of violence and dysfunction. The Alma Center works mainly with men who are at-risk or involved with the criminal justice system."

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03/25/2020

Free daily support.

Join us at 12:30 PM mtn for today's community circle with GSN Facilitator Nancy Gruskay!

Zoom link - https://zoom.us/j/301643951

03/25/2020
TMJ4 News

TMJ4 News

WATCH LIVE: Milwaukee County leaders are providing a daily COVID-19 update as the state is under a "Safer at Home" order. Follow the latest developments at tmj4.com/coronavirus.

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03/24/2020

Please read and share. Stay informed, stay home, and stay healthy. #stopcvmke

"It's important for us to remember that home isn't always a safe place for everyone," said Carmen Pitre, executive direc...
03/22/2020
'Home isn't always a safe place for everyone': Domestic violence shelters, hotlines stay open during coronavirus outbreak

"It's important for us to remember that home isn't always a safe place for everyone," said Carmen Pitre, executive director of the Sojourner Family Peace Center.

Since last week, Sojourner has seen an increase in police referrals to the hotline as officers respond to domestic violence incidents in Milwaukee County, Pitre said.

"It puts them in close proximity to their abusers and it's already a very high-stress environment. That dynamic makes it worse," said Karin Tyler, injury and violence prevention coordinator for the city's Office of Violence Prevention.

Coronavirus has led to rising unemployment, which adds to anxiety and limits financial options — and further cuts off connection to the outside world, Pitre said.

No matter the situation — quarantine or not — people in an abusive relationship should have a safety plan, said Tia Love-DeBenedetto, an advocate at The Asha Project, which serves African American women in Milwaukee.

"It's my strongest belief if you are in a very dangerous situation and you do need to leave, that shouldn't be postponed," she said.

Resources:
The Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee operates a 24-hour confidential hotline at (414) 933-2722. Sojourner's shelter remains open and has beds available for clients who get screened in. The center is taking walk-in clients at 619 W. Walnut St. and following state public health guidance.

Milwaukee County court remains open for restraining order injunction hearings and for new filings for restraining orders. It is recommended to call ahead: (414) 278-5079 for the latest guidance.

The Milwaukee Women's Center also offers a hotline at (414) 671-6140 and its shelter remains open.

The Asha Project provides a crisis line from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at (414) 252-0075.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at (800) 799-7233 or by texting LOVEIS to 22522.

Local domestic violence shelters remain open. Hotlines are staffed. Help is still available.

03/20/2020
10t10thirtysix | Segment | Health Department Workshop For Hair Stylists

Our ReCast Milwaukee initiative is a federally funded effort to promote mental health and community resilience. We invite you to view this beautifully produced story by Scottie Lee Meyers of PBS on our Style and Substance training for barbers, stylists, and other personal care professionals.

If you are interested in participating in future trainings and events hosted by OVP, please follow our FB page for announcements.

The barbershop or salon might not seem like the most obvious place to talk about mental health, but for many it’s often a natural atmosphere for a sensitive ...

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and local officials announced on Friday, March 20 that there are n...
03/20/2020
Officials: 216 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state; 3,455 negative tests

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and local officials announced on Friday, March 20 that there are now 216 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state. To date, there have been 3,455 tests for COVID-19 that have come back negative, according to state officials.

There have been three deaths in the state as of Friday morning. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s office on Friday said they are investigating the death of a 66-year-old man from complications of COVID-19. The man was a Milwaukee resident and had been hospitalized for several days prior to his death. The first death was a male in his 50s from Fond du Lac County. The second death was a male in his 90s from Ozaukee County.

“Unfortunately, this number is expected to rise — and things will get worse before they get better,” Gov. Tony Evers said. “Our hearts go out to the families and communities mourning these loved ones.”

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm also cautioned that the worst was yet to come.

“Sadly these deaths will not be our only deaths, we will see more,” she said. - Fox 6

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and local officials announced on Friday, March 20 that there are now 216 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state. To date, there have been 3,455 tests for COVID-19 that have come back negative, according to state officials. There have be...

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03/19/2020
Milwaukee County Emergency Food Distribution - Google My Maps

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This is an interactive map that aims to provide a comprehensive list of sites offering meals to children and adults in Milwaukee County. You can search by Zip Code by clicking the magnifying glass. Selecting a site icon will tell you what days and times the meal service is open. This map will be upd...

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