• 24th Apr, 2017
    Eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, measles cases being seen again in unvaccinated

    SPRINGFIELD – Several mumps outbreaks around the state over the past couple years and a measles outbreak in 2015 in northern Illinois that affected mainly children too young to be fully immunized, are stark reminders of the importance of immunizations.  During National Infant Immunization Week, April 22-29, 2017, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is asking all parents to talk with a health care provider and make sure their children are fully immunized.
    “Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death,” said Director Shah.  “Because of the success of vaccines, parents may not have heard of or seen the serious...

  • 19th Apr, 2017
    Ceremony at the Old State Capitol April 25th

    SPRINGFIELD – In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) will present 24 Illinoisans and four businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award during a special reception at the Old State Capitol on April 25, 2017 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. Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed April 23-29, 2017 as National Volunteer Week in Illinois. 
    “Those that are honored at the event are part of millions of Illinoisans that gave 286.6 million hours of their time to others in 2016,” said Commission Executive Director Scott McFarland. “These particular...

  • 17th Apr, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD - The West Side Heroin Task Force is holding a town hall meeting to discuss the opioid crisis. Elected officials, state agencies, and Chicago organizations would like to invite the public to learn more about drug use, prevention, response, treatment, and recovery.

    WHEN:Tuesday, April 18, 2017
     1:00-3:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Malcom X College
     Auditorium 1104
     1900 W. Jackson, Chicago

    Representative La Shawn Ford and other elected officials

    Opioid Crisis in Illinois: Statewide Perspective
    Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., Director, Illinois...

  • 7th Apr, 2017
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the following type “AA” and “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act processed during the first quarter of 2017.  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.
  • 5th Apr, 2017
    Bridging Health Equity Across Communities

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Center for Minority Health Services is hosting an event in the north hall of the State Capitol on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to celebrate National Minority Health Month.  IDPH, in conjunction with other public health entities and community partners, will have information and resources about programs and initiatives focused on minority health in Illinois.
    Celebrated every April, National Minority Health Month is an effort to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations.  The mission of the IDPH Center for Minority Health Services is to improve the health and well-being of Illinois’ minority populations through the...

  • 3rd Apr, 2017
    National Public Health Week – April 3-9, 2017

    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 3-9, 2017, 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 is...