• 10th Nov, 2014

    CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck announced today the appointment of a 15-member Illinois Community Health Worker (CHW) Advisory Board. The board will advise the Governor, IDPH and the legislature on all matters impacting the effective work of CHWs across the state, including the training and certification processes.

    Signed into law in August of 2014, the CHW Advisory Board is composed of eight CHWs from across the state. The remaining seven members consist of individuals representing healthcare and social services, health workforce policy and institutions of higher education. Board members include the following:

    Mary Ann Abate, MS LSW
    Vice President Public Policy, Rosecrane Health Network

    Teresa Berumen (CHW)
    Community Health Promoter, Enlace Chicago

    Leticia Boughton, BA (CHW...

  • 28th Oct, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), in conjunction with the Illinois Public Health Association, will open the 23rd Annual HIV/STD Conference on Wed., Oct. 29 - 30, 2014 in Springfield. This event aims to strengthen efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and STDs. A preconference will be held today, Oct. 28, from 10 am – 4:30 pm.
    Illinois ranks 7th in the nation in the estimated number of AIDS cases, 4th for the number of reported primary and secondary syphilis cases, 10th for reported gonorrhea cases and 9th for Chlamydia cases. Hundreds of health care providers, practitioners, educators and advocates statewide are expected to attend this event to share information and develop comprehensive strategies to further prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and STDs.
     

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  • 27th Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today provided further guidance on Illinois’ Ebola safety guidelines, including mandatory home quarantines for individuals who have a high-risk of exposure to the virus.

    “The Ebola safety guidance IDPH issued on Friday was designed to ensure that the public is protected without discouraging our health care workers from volunteering to fight this virus at its source,” Dr. Hasbrouck said. “These guidelines ensure that we appropriately address the risks posed by workers who have been directly exposed to the Ebola virus without the necessary protective gear or procedures. These individuals have a higher probability of becoming ill and a home quarantine is the most responsible way in which to manage this situation.”

    The guidance on Friday was issued in light of the need for direction to...

  • 24th Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today ordered the Illinois Department of Public Health to require a mandatory 21-day home quarantine for high-risk individuals who have had direct contact with an individual infected with the Ebola virus while in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea.

    The mandatory quarantine order includes any high-risk medical personnel who have performed medical services to individuals infected with the Ebola virus. The order will be implemented by local health departments across the state. Previously these high-risk individuals were subject to a voluntary quarantine.

    “This protective measure is too important to be voluntary,” Governor Quinn said. “We must take every step necessary to ensure the people of Illinois are protected from potential exposure to the Ebola virus. While we have no confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in Illinois, we will continue to...

  • 23rd Oct, 2014

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

    IDPH preliminary test results for the patient at the University of Chicago Medical Center were negative for Ebola, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed these results. The patient has been discharged from the University of Chicago Medical Center.

    The patient tested was a child who vomited one time while on a flight originating from Liberia and traveling to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The child was immediately taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for a full medical evaluation. After consulting with the University of Chicago Medical Center and...

  • 22nd Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a task force that will help ensure the public health system across Illinois is prepared for the Ebola virus. The task force was established through Executive Order with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and includes members representing health care, local public health, emergency responders, the Illinois State Board of Health, state agencies and others to further strengthen our ability to respond to Ebola. Today’s announcement is part of
    Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect the health of the people of Illinois.

    “We have learned that the best way to address the Ebola virus is to educate ourselves and know the facts,” Governor Quinn said. “I have directed IDPH to assemble a task force of experts that can lead a coordinated effort to ensure everyone in Illinois receives timely and accurate information regarding...

  • 22nd Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Below is a joint update from the following members of the Chicago Ebola Resource Network: the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Illinois Department of Public Health, Rush University Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center regarding the two patients admitted yesterday for comprehensive medical evaluation.

    • The child patient under evaluation at the University of Chicago Medical Center has shown clinical improvements since arriving last night. The patient maintains a normal temperature and shows no symptoms of Ebola virus disease other than the one reported case of vomiting and dehydration. Though improvements have been seen, as a result of the dehydration and out of an abundance of caution, the patient's doctors in consultation with CDPH, IDPH and the CDC have decided to test the patient for Ebola virus disease. IDPH was recently...
  • 17th Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, joined by local health department, hospital, health care and emergency response officials, held a media briefing today to update the public about Ebola preparedness efforts in Illinois.

    “Governor Quinn has directed the Illinois Department of Public Health to take every step necessary to ensure that Illinois’ hospitals, health care workers and residents are safe and prepared in the event of a confirmed Ebola case,” Dr. Hasbrouck said. “Information and education are the best ways to protect yourself, which is why we’ve activated the Ebola hotline and website.

    “At the Governor’s direction, we are also assembling an Ebola task force made up of medical, health care, emergency response and state officials to further strengthen our ability to respond to Ebola.”

    Illinois residents...

  • 16th Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Public Health Director (IDPH) Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today announced the activation of an Ebola hotline to answer residents’ questions about Ebola 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hotline number is 800-889-3931.

    Managed by staff from the Illinois Poison Center, hotline operators are able to provide timely information on Ebola and the state’s response. Residents can call any time with questions such as how Ebola is spread, who is at risk of being infected, when should someone go to a doctor, what hospitals and local health departments are doing to identify and control possible Ebola infections and other frequently asked questions.

    Dr. Hasbrouck, joined by local health department, hospital, health care and emergency response officials, will hold a media briefing on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. to provide the latest...

  • 15th Oct, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today is announcing plans to stand up a hotline later this week to answer questions the public may have about Ebola.

    “Although, to date, there have been no persons in Illinois under investigation for suspected Ebola that has warranted testing, we understand there is concern and people have many questions. IDPH will be setting up a hotline to help provide answers to questions the public may have, including who may be infected with Ebola, how is it spread and what can I do to avoid it.

    “After this morning's announcement of a second health care worker at a Texas hospital who provided care for the first U.S. Ebola victim preliminarily tested positive for Ebola, I would like to reassure Illinoisans that IDPH continues to work closely with hospitals and local health departments to...

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