Milwaukee Magazine: 10 Medical Breakthroughs

Milwaukee Magazine: 10 Medical Breakthroughs

In 2012, Rosanne Norwood became the first person to offer a specific type of first-aid training in Milwaukee. Norwood, a certified mental health first-aid instructor, held a 12-hour training course to instruct people on how to deal with mental health emergencies. The course was designed to train people to recognize and respond to someone dealing with a psychiatric crisis or an untreated mental health or substance abuse issue. Mental health first-aid courses have been taken by individuals in the general public and by groups including college resident advisers, faith community leaders, law-enforcement professionals and primary care professionals.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Amid cold snap, Milwaukee homeless shelters fill fast: Funding pinch, however, leaves them without overflow space

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Amid cold snap, Milwaukee homeless shelters fill fast: Funding pinch, however, leaves them without overflow space

Advocates said this is the first time in memory that no overflow shelters have been available at the height of winter because of the lack of funds.

"Historically, overflow shelters would open up in mid-December and stay open until the end of March," said Joe Volk, the executive director of Community Advocates, who has worked on homeless issues for 30 years.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Local centers offer help for domestic abuse victims: Domestic violence calls spiked after Azana spa shooting

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Local centers offer help for domestic abuse victims: Domestic violence calls spiked after Azana spa shooting

Calls to Sojourner, the Milwaukee Women's Center and other programs for abuse victims spiked in the days after Zina Haughton and two other women were murdered by her abusive husband at a Brookfield spa last Sunday.  The hotlines are one gateway into a complex system of shelters, health and educational programs, the courts and more aimed at extricating people from dangerous situations, holding abusers accountable, and in some cases healing families.

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CBS 58: Salon shooting sparks

CBS 58: Salon shooting sparks "bad memories" for former abuser

We often hear about programs for women involved in domestic abuse situations but there are groups for men who are abusers. Nevermore: Batterers Intervention Program holds weekly sessions for men who’ve either been court ordered to attend or who volunteer to enter the program. Program Coordinator Steven Thomas was once a client.

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FOX6: Purple Ribbons Commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month

FOX6: Purple Ribbons Commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to raise awareness, the organization Community Advocates installed two 10-foot-tall purple ribbons on a downtown Milwaukee building between Wells St. and Wisconsin Ave.  The purple ribbons – international symbols of domestic violence awareness – will remain on the building through the end of October. Community Advocates operates the Milwaukee Women’s Center, which provides comprehensive domestic violence services in the greater Milwaukee area.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Four Steps to Dramatically Reduce Poverty in the State

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Four Steps to Dramatically Reduce Poverty in the State

Our goal should be to reduce poverty by more than half. Our policies should aim to drive the poverty rate to less than 4%.  The Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, in consultation with local and national experts, has developed "policy package" to achieve this goal. It includes: 1) a Senior and Disability Income Tax Credit; 2) a Transitional Jobs Program; 3) a minimum-wage increase; and 4) an Earnings Supplement Reform. The Urban Institute found that the policy package would dramatically reduce poverty in Wisconsin between 58% and 82% - to a poverty rate between 3.4% and 1.5% - depending on the takeup of the transitional jobs program and existing programs.

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Wisconsin Public Radio News: Exchanges and the Affordable Care Act

Wisconsin Public Radio News: Exchanges and the Affordable Care Act

Some states opposed to the Affordable Care Act are setting up exchanges now that the law has been upheld by the nation's highest court. Mike Bare of Community Advocates Public Policy Institute in Milwaukee urged the Walker administration to do so. "If Wisconsin chooses not to expand Medicaid, a large portion of the low income uninsured clients we serve, and at least 170,000 Wisconsinites will remain uninsured."

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee's poverty rate stands at 29.4%

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee's poverty rate stands at 29.4%

The Great Recession is over, but the hangover remains in Milwaukee, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Milwaukee remained one of America's 10 most impoverished big cities, with a poverty rate of 29.4% in 2011. The figure was unchanged from a year earlier, signaling that the economic spiral that enveloped the city's poorest communities in recent years may have hit bottom.

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