• 7th Jan, 2015

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging women ages 21 and older to speak with their physician or health care provider about cervical cancer screening and prevention this month – “Cervical Health Awareness Month.”

    Cervical cancer forms in the tissues of the cervix (the lower, narrow end of the uterus or womb that connects the vagina or birth canal to the upper part of the uterus). Cervical cancer is almost always caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Fortunately, with regular screenings and follow-up, this form of cancer is easily preventable and highly treatable when detected in its early stage.

    “We recommend women have their first routine cervical screening at age 21,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “I also encourage women, along with young girls (ages 11 to 13) and their parents, to ask their health care provider about HPV...

  • 5th Jan, 2015

    Inaugural Illinois Morbidity and Mortality Bulletin

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today released the inaugural issue of its Illinois Morbidity and Mortality Bulletin (IMMB). The IMMB is IDPH’s primary publication for scientific articles of interest to public health communities and professionals in Illinois. Articles in the IMMB are prepared by IDPH staff from various programs based on analysis, description, interpretation and discussion of data...

  • 27th Dec, 2014

    CHICAGO – Today, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck announced negative Ebola test results.

    “The Illinois Department of Public Health conducted testing for Ebola, which was negative, of an individual who recently travelled from West Africa,” said Dr. Hasbrouck. “The individual was experiencing a fever and respiratory symptoms and was transported to a hospital following stringent infection control protocols. In addition to medical evaluation and after consultation involving the hospital, the Chicago Department of Public Health, IDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH performed testing for Ebola as a precaution. The test results were negative for Ebola.

    “At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Illinois and there is no threat to the general public. Travelers from Africa may experience illnesses such as...

  • 20th Dec, 2014

    CHICAGO – The following is a joint statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC), two of the members of the Chicago Ebola Resource Network:

    Test results for Ebola virus disease were negative for a child who recently traveled from West Africa to Chicago. The child had a fever during screening at O’Hare International Airport and was transported to UCMC following stringent infection control protocols for observation and testing. In addition to a medical evaluation, Ebola testing by IDPH was performed as a precaution, the results of which were negative. The child has been discharged.

    At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Illinois, and there is no threat to the general public. Travelers from Africa may experience malaria or respiratory illness due to...

  • 18th Dec, 2014
    2.57 Million Illinoisans Give $7.2 Billion in Service

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is commending the state’s 2.57 million volunteers who made a difference through volunteerism last year. Illinois volunteers served nearly 320 million total hours, which is valued at $7.2 billion.

    “Illinois has a strong tradition of neighbors helping neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. “Across our state, we see volunteers working in schools, helping the homeless, preparing for and responding to disasters, supporting faith-based organizations, protecting the environment, and supporting economic improvement. When communities volunteer, we see an increase in economic strength and education and a decrease in crime.”

    The recently released...

  • 9th Dec, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is accepting nominations for the sixth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. For-profit businesses that support service will also be recognized.

    “Illinois is fortunate to have thousands of volunteers who donate their time and talents to help others and to build stronger communities,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of Serve Illinois. “With these awards, we recognize those whose initiative,...

  • 8th Dec, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), and the Serve Illinois Commission today announced that funding is available for local governments interested in administering AmeriCorps programs in the state. AmeriCorps members serve their communities by improving education opportunities, public health, safety, the environment, disaster preparedness, and promoting economic development.

    Operation AmeriCorps allows for local governments (...

  • 4th Dec, 2014

    The Illinois Department of Public Health encourages flu vaccinations to protect you and your family

    SPRINGFIELD – As we see increasing influenza activity in the state, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is encouraging everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine during Vaccinate Illinois Week, December 7-13, 2014. Vaccinate Illinois Week coincides with National Influenza Vaccination Week, a national observance established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination and encourage more people to be vaccinated during the holiday season and into the new year.

    “Previous flu seasons have shown the number of people being vaccinated drops quickly after November, but this is typically when we start seeing increased flu activity, which we currently are. If you haven’t received your flu vaccine, it’s not too late,” said...

  • 1st Dec, 2014

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Office of Performance Management has awarded grants totaling more than $32,000 to Clay County and Knox County Health Departments. The two local health departments are pursuing national public health accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), and will use the money to pay fees associated with achieving this designation. Clay County was awarded a 2015 Accreditation Support for Local Health Departments Grant (ASLHD-15) for $12,720. Knox County was awarded under the same grant for $20,670.

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  • 29th Nov, 2014

    CHICAGO – Today, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck announced negative Ebola test results.

    “We have promised the public we would let them know if the Illinois Department of Public Health conducted testing for Ebola, and today, we are doing just that,” said Dr. Hasbrouck.

    “IDPH performed testing for Ebola, which was negative, of an individual who travelled from Liberia and arrived in Illinois on November 16. The individual was evaluated, was determined to be asymptomatic and...

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