Minority Health

IDPH’s Center for Minority Health is sharing activities around the state to commemorate and celebrate Black History Month.     




  • East Saint Louis:  Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts and Humanities
  • Collinsville:  The tracks of Illinois' Underground Railroad were forged in this part of the state. The Cahokia Mounds and A.A. Burlingame House (Eden) are two landmark sites that served as network stops, and you can arrange private tours of the Railroad's intact structures by contacting J.E. Robinson Underground Railroad (Alton).
  • Mounds:  Mounds African-American Museum located in  Douglas High School, closed in 1964, one of the last officially segregated high schools in the state.


  • UIS Brookens Auditorium Feb. 23 at 7p.m:  Film showing of “Something the Lord Made” about John Hopkins’ first African-American surgeon
  • Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum:  Feb. 15 at 7p.m:  Listen to Professor Charles Russell Branham presentation Race, Freedom & Equality: From Lincoln to Present Day.
  • IDOT will host a month of special events, open to the public


  • Quincy:  Friends of Dr. Richard Eells House (217-223-1800), a historic house museum offering a gateway into pre-Civil War black history. Built in 1835, it’s the oldest surviving brick home in Quincy that served as an integral stop in the Underground Railroad.


Love to Love your Heart

A Million Hearts Faith-Based Initiative

By the Illinois Department of Public Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Each year more than 1.5 million Americans suffer from heart attack and stroke, and more than 80,000 of them die. Heart disease or stroke is responsible for 1 in every 3 deaths in Illinois. Heart disease is also a leading contributor of racial disparities in life expectancies.

The Love to Love Your Heart is an initiative of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Center for Minority Health Services in partnership with faith-based communities. The goal of the Love to Love Your Heart initiative is to prevent heart attacks and stroke through education; awareness trainings regarding cardiovascular risk factors including focus on high blood pressure; and promotion of nutrition and healthy activities to support heart health.

Is your faith-based community interested in learning more or ready to get started?

Contact Gina Rives at 217-785-4311, or email DPH.cmhs.info@illinois.gov.

Illinois Department of Public Health, Center for Minority Health Services

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The Center for Minority Health Services was created by statute as a vehicle for implementing change. It is designed to assess the health concerns of minority populations in Illinois and to assist in the creation and maintenance of culturally sensitive programs. To achieve this goal the Center works within the Department  of Public Health and with other relevant state and local entities to heighten awareness of minority health issues and services across the state.

Mission:  To improve the health and well being  of Illinois’ racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and culturally linguistically appropriate programs that will eliminate health disparities.

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