Illinois Department of Public Health Director to Visit DuPage County for Roundtable Discussion

DUPAGE COUNTY – The recently appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. will be visiting the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) on June 10 to hear from local leaders about how to improve the health of Illinois residents.
“Improving our public health infrastructure is vital to helping the citizens of Illinois live longer, healthier lives.  But public health cannot do it alone, especially when people are faced with challenges like poverty, poor education, housing and environmental factors,” said Director Shah.  “The public health community must expand its partnerships to collaborate with city planners, education officials, public, private and for-profit organizations – everyone who plays a role in fostering good health.  That is why I’m traveling the state to meet with different officials – to help expand our partnerships and improve the lives of our citizens.”
"Our Health Department is excited to host Director Shah's visit as we are anxious to share our successes and challenges as a region.  We look forward to continuing our collaboration with IDPH and our community partners to promote health, prevent disease, and achieve healthier communities throughout our county and the region," said Karen Ayala, DCHD Executive Director. 
WHAT:           Community Public Health Roundtable Discussion – Healthy Illinois Communities
WHO:             IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah
                      DCHD Executive Director Karen Ayala
                      Local Health Professionals and Partners
WHEN:           Wednesday, June 10, 2015
                      10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
WHERE:       DuPage County Health Department
                    111 North County Farm Road
                    Wheaton, Illinois  60187