• 13th Apr, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the following type “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act were cited during the first quarter of 2016.  An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result.
     
    The Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators can be found on IDPH’s website and contains additional information about the violations.
     
    January
    Asbury Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation, a 75-bed skilled care facility located at 212 Airport Road, North Aurora, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to supervise residents at high risk...

  • 12th Apr, 2016
    Elizabethkingia cases found in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois

     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting that tests from an Illinois resident match those from a Wisconsin outbreak of Elizabethkingia anophelis.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have been investigating an outbreak of infections caused by a bacteria called Elizabethkingia anophelis, which is usually found in the environment. 
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  • 11th Apr, 2016
    7th Annual Awards Ceremony to be Held on April 13thin Springfield
    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service will present 25 Illinoisans and 5 businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award during a special reception at the Old State Capitol on April 13, 2016 at 1 p.m.  The award recognizes volunteers and volunteer programs that have made a difference in Illinois and highlights the importance of volunteerism and community service.

    “These 30 awardees represent the work that 2.51 million Illinoisans do each year,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director.  “The work these individuals and businesses do make the lives of thousands better through volunteer efforts including helping the homeless, youth education and assisting needy veterans. We are honored...

  • 7th Apr, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is holding two public hearings to receive comments about combining the Child Health Examination Code and Immunization Code to address vaccination requirements for all children attending public and private schools, daycares, and child care facilities. Combining the Codes will also incorporate implementing the use of the Certificate of Religious Exemption form.

    Proposed revisions to the Child Health Exam Code (77 IL Adm Code 665) and the Immunization Code (77 IL Adm Code 695) were published in the Illinois Register on March 4, 2016 and can be found at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_vo...

  • 4th Apr, 2016

    Governor Rauner Designates April 5, 2016 as “Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service”

    SPRINGFIELDGovernor Rauner has proclaimed April 5, 2016 as Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service. More than 3,000 participating officials will mark April 5, 2016 as the Mayors and County Recognition Day for National Service. As of the date of this release, over 100 Mayors and County Executives in Illinois have signed on to participate. On this day, mayors and county executives will hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the value of national service to the nation’s cities. Last year, 2,786 mayor and county officials representing more than 150 million citizens in all 50 states...

  • 4th Apr, 2016

    April Is STD Awareness Month—Protect Your Health: Talk. Test. Treat.

    SPRINGFIELD - Every year there are an estimated 20 million new sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections in the U.S. Nationally, recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show cases of three reported STDs—chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis—all increased for the first time since 2006. In Illinois, the number of chlamydia and syphilis cases increased in 2014 from the previous year, while gonorrhea cases decreased. There were more than 66,500 chlamydia cases, almost 16,000 gonorrhea cases, and approximately 1,680 syphilis cases in 2014 in Illinois.

    “Any increase in STDs, especially in young people, is concerning,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “While chlamydia and gonorrhea infections may not cause any symptoms, undiagnosed infections could lead to...

  • 1st Apr, 2016

    How You Can Affect Health In Your Community

    SPRINGFIELD - If you have ever eaten at a restaurant, used a public swimming pool, gone to a hospital, needed an ambulance, or received a flu shot, you’ve received public health services. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), in conjunction with 97 certified health departments across the state, works every day to control infectious diseases, ensure food safety, conduct newborn screenings, provide immunizations, regulate hospitals and nursing homes, compile birth, death, and other statistics, and educate communities on how to live healthier lives. April 4-10, 2016 is National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our nation.

    “Public health officials around Illinois work hand-in-hand with other government officials to...

  • 29th Mar, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is holding hearings across the state where the public can weigh in on the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) and the State Health Assessment (SHA), two components of Healthy Illinois 2021.
     
    The SHIP and SHA help us understand the current health needs in Illinois and map out strategies to address these needs.  Public hearing participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the current state of health in Illinois, and health improvement activities related to behavioral health, chronic disease, and maternal and child health.
     
    WHO:            
    Illinois Department of Public...

  • 28th Mar, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is holding hearings across the state where the public can weigh in on the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) and the State Health Assessment (SHA), two components of Healthy Illinois 2021.
     
    The SHIP and SHA help us understand the current health needs in Illinois and map out strategies to address these needs.  Public hearing participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the current state of health in Illinois, and health improvement activities related to behavioral health, chronic disease, and maternal and child health.
     
    WHO:            
    Illinois Department of Public...

  • 24th Mar, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is holding hearings across the state where the public can weigh in on the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) and the State Health Assessment (SHA), two components of Healthy Illinois 2021.

    The SHIP and SHA help us understand the current health needs in Illinois and map out strategies to address these needs. Public hearing participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the current state of health in Illinois, and health improvement activities related to behavioral health, chronic disease, and maternal and child health.

    WHO:    
    Illinois Department of Public Health
    MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice
    General public

    WHAT:    
    Public hearings on the State Health Assessment and State Health Improvement Plan

    WHERE:  
    Bilandic Building
    160 N. LaSalle...

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