• 5th Feb, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7, 2016, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Center for Minority Health Services and HIV/AIDS Section are encouraging HIV testing, education, and awareness about HIV/AIDS in black communities statewide. This year’s theme is, “I Am My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS!”

    “Community involvement in promoting HIV awareness and testing is crucial to identifying undiagnosed individuals who are unaware of their infection,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “IDPH encourages you to mobilize your community to get educated, get involved, get tested, and get treated.”

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, compared to other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., blacks account for a disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS. While blacks represent approximately 12...

  • 3rd Feb, 2016
    Wear Red On Friday
     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging everyone to wear red this Friday, February 5, 2016, to raise awareness of heart disease, and to celebrate American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day®.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Illinois.
     
     “While heart disease typically surfaces later in life, what you do in your teens, 20s, and 30s can impact your health as you get older,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Some cardiovascular disease risk factors cannot be controlled, such as a family history or age, but others can.  It is important for people of all ages to embrace a healthy lifestyle and know the risks for heart disease.”
     
    Risk Factors:  Things that can...