• 25th Oct, 2016
    Sexually Transmitted Diseases increase while HIV decreases

    SPRINGFIELD – The 25th Annual HIV/STD Conference, hosted by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Public Health Association, runs October 25-27, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.  The conference brings together people living with HIV/AIDS, researchers, clinicians, local health departments, health professionals, community based organizations, activists, and government agencies to share and educate each other about HIV and STDs.
    “While we have made many advances over the years, Illinois, like the rest of the country, is seeing a resurgence of sexually transmitted diseases,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “The 25th Annual HIV/STD Conference is a great opportunity to reinforce the...

  • 24th Oct, 2016
    October 23-30, 2016 - National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

    SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner’s Cabinet on Children and Youth recently announced a statewide, cross-agency initiative to reduce children’s exposure to lead.  Lead poisoning is one of the most prevalent, preventable, environmental health hazards and is known to contribute to learning disabilities, developmental delays, and violent behavior.
    “There is no safe level of lead in the body.  Children exposed to high lead levels tend to suffer from life-long complications that affect their ability to think, learn, or behave,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Reducing blood lead levels among all Illinois children six years of age or younger would reduce crime and increase on-time high school graduation...

  • 18th Oct, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – State of Illinois health officials today announced that Illinois was one of 10 states selected to participate in a ZERO TO THREE Policy Center meeting to advance state policy related to improving infant and early childhood mental health.

    “Our children are the foundation for our future generations’ health. Participating in the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center meeting will help inform our efforts already underway to take a collaborative approach to health care as part of Illinois’ health and human services transformation,” said Governor Bruce Rauner. “Communities, health care organizations, advocacy groups, and government agencies must work together to change and improve mental and behavioral health services for infants and young children.”

    Government agencies, advocacy organizations and child- and family-serving programs in states across the country competed to become one of...

  • 12th Oct, 2016

    Proceeds Support Breast Cancer Research and Education

    CHICAGO, IL —The Illinois Lottery today introduced the 13th edition of its breast cancer awareness instant lottery game, Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure, at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, a recent grant recipient of Ticket for the Cure funding. Illinois was the first lottery to launch a game to support the fight against breast cancer.

    Since 2006, Ticket for the Cure has raised more than $11.5 million to support breast cancer research, awareness and education in Illinois. Net proceeds from the sale of the ticket are distributed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), which provides grants that fund medical research centers and community organizations across the state.

    “Millions of dollars...

  • 11th Oct, 2016
    National Service Recognition Day

    SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner is declaring October 12, 2016 National Service Recognition Day.  Almost 1,000 Illinoisans will pledge their continuing commitment to helping their communities at the 22nd Annual Illinois’ National Service Recognition Day event on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.  The event will be in Springfield at the Prairie Capital Convention Center at 9 a.m. and is open to the media.  There will be a parade to the Old State Capitol at 3:15 p.m. 
    The celebration will begin with service projects benefiting several Springfield organizations including, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, the Central Illinois Blood Center, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and...

  • 7th Oct, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the following type “AA” and “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act recorded during the third quarter of 2016. An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death. An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.

    The Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators can be found on IDPH’s website and contains additional information about the violations.


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