• 22nd Mar, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – First Lady Diana Rauner will join the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Public Health Association for the 2017 Women’s Health Conference in Springfield.  The conference is an opportunity for health care and public health providers to learn new information related to disease prevention and management, including nutrition and the latest therapy and advancements, in order to enhance their programs and educate their clientele.
    WHAT:          2017 Women’s Health Conference    
    WHERE:       President Abraham Lincoln Hotel
                         701 E. Adams St.
    WHEN:          Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Conference begins at 8:45 a.m.
                         Friday, March 24, 2017 – Conference concludes at 12:...

  • 16th Mar, 2017

    Media Contact:  Jason Schaumburg, (312) 793-3034                                                                                                   
    CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Lottery, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti,  the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National MS Society and the Illinois Department of Public Health unveiled the newest version of The MS Project instant game - a lottery ticket that funds research into the cause, prevention, and future cure of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
    “The Illinois Lottery is proud to be partnering again with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National MS Society in the fight against multiple sclerosis,” Illinois Lottery Acting Director Gregory Smith said. “By purchasing the MS Project lottery ticket, players are providing financial support to their fellow Illinois...

  • 13th Mar, 2017
    IDPH partners with Pilsen Wellness Center to provide treatment
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is teaming up with Pilsen Wellness Center to provide greater access to behavioral health services for children, adolescents, and adults in communities outside the city of Chicago.
    IDPH’s five Wellness on Wheels mobile health vans are available to local health departments and community organizations across Illinois to provide a clinical setting to perform health screenings and services in areas with few health resources.  Pilsen Wellness Center will be using one of the mobile health units to provide mental health treatment and tele-psychiatry services to people with limited access to these services.
    “The Wellness on Wheels mobile health vans allow...
  • 7th Mar, 2017
    March 4-11, 2017 designated as a week to recognize 2,600 volunteers

    SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed March 4-11, 2017 AmeriCorps Week in Illinois.  Each year, the nation celebrates the service that tens of thousands of Americans perform through AmeriCorps.  The Service Illinois Commission uses this week to salute the AmeriCorps members and alums for their hard work and thank the community partners that support them.
    “We need service in America now more than ever,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland.  “AmeriCorps members dedicate a year of their lives to their communities.  Since 1994, they have given $1.2 billion in service to Illinois.”
    AmeriCorps provides opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships...

  • 3rd Mar, 2017
    Company voluntary recalls products

    SPRINGFIELD – The I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter Company, headquartered in Illinois, is voluntarily recalling its SoyNut Butter products after 12 cases of E. coli O157 in five states were preliminarily linked to the products.  There are no cases reported in Illinois.  Product testing is currently underway.  SoyNut Butter is a nut-free substitute for peanut butter.
    “Some infections of E. coli are mild, but others can be severe or even life-threatening, especially for young children,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “If you have recently purchased soy nut butter, please check the label for the brand and throw it out if it is part of this recall.”
    IDPH recommends consumers do not eat any variety or...

  • 10th Feb, 2017

    Winners honored at a special ceremony at the Old State Capitol

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is accepting nominations for the eighth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers and for-profit businesses and highlight the importance of community service in Illinois.

    “Each year, 2.4 million Illinoisans take time out of their busy lives to help their neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of Serve Illinois. “These volunteers are helping keep children safe, keeping our environment pristine, helping people find jobs, and so much more. They improve and save lives each and every day, and with these awards, we recognize the best of Illinois.”

    Serve Illinois will present individual awards to one youth (18...

  • 8th Feb, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters. These changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program and do not suggest that Illinois fish are becoming more or less contaminated.

    “The advisories are not meant to discourage people from eating fish, but should be used as a guideline to help anglers and their families decide the types of fish to eat, how frequently, and how to prepare fish for cooking to reduce possible contaminants,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.

    There is no known immediate health hazard from eating contaminated fish from any body of water in Illinois. The main concern for regularly eating fish listed on the advisories is the effect of long-term exposure to low levels of pesticides and chemicals, such as...

  • 2nd Feb, 2017

    Raise awareness of heart disease and get your red on

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) wants you to wear red this Friday, February 3, 2017, National Wear Red Day®, to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Show your support by sharing photos of your friends, family, and coworkers wearing red this Friday on the IDPH Facebook page – IDPH.Illinois.

    According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of heart disease and stroke deaths can be prevented with education and action.

    Risk Factors – these may increase your chance of heart disease.
    • High blood cholesterol
    • High blood pressure
    • Diabetes
    • Being overweight
    • Family history of early heart disease
    • Age (55 or older for women)
    • Being...
  • 1st Feb, 2017

    February is American Heart Month

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is launching its new Faith-Based Million Hearts® Initiative during American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one cause of death. However, it can be prevented in some cases by making healthy choices and managing heart conditions.
    “To help more people learn about heart healthy steps they can take and to support communities working to become healthier, IDPH is launching its Faith-Based Million Hearts® Initiative ‘Love to Love Your Heart,’” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Many people look to their faith-based organizations for information, support, and encouragement. By offering healthy heart education and tips on lowering the risk of heart disease, we hope to reduce the number of people who die from heart disease and stroke...

  • 23rd Jan, 2017

    Influenza cases increasing in Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – Influenza activity is increasing nationwide and in Illinois. Many counties throughout the state are seeing more influenza-like-illnesses (100ºF or higher fever plus cough and/or sore throat), an increase in flu-related intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, and more people testing positive for the flu.

    “Flu season typically peaks between December and February and runs until May, so it is not too late to get a flu shot,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Anyone can get the flu, even healthy people. Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step in protecting you and those around you against flu viruses.”

    To help protect hospital and health care patients who are more susceptible to complications from influenza, IDPH recommends hospitals...