• 23rd Mar, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is observing World TB (tuberculosis) Day on March 24, 2016 to raise awareness that TB is still present in Illinois and that it can be fatal.  In 2015, 344 cases of TB were reported in Illinois along with one case of extensively drug resistant TB.  While there were slightly fewer cases reported last year than in 2012, it is the first time Illinois has reported an increase in the number of TB cases since 2005.
    “The identification of a person with extensively drug resistant TB is concerning,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Extensively drug resistant TB means that most antibiotics used to treat one of the world’s deadliest diseases do not work.  IDPH wants to raise awareness about TB so that people recognize it and know the importance of completing treatment in order to prevent additional...

  • 7th Mar, 2016
              March 5-12, 2016 designated as a week to recognize 2,826 volunteers

    SPRINGFIELD – Each year, the nation celebrates the service that thousands of Americans perform through AmeriCorps. We use this week to salute the AmeriCorps members and alums for their hard work and thank the community partners that support them.
    “AmeriCorps helps hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans each year,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of Serve Illinois. “AmeriCorps members dedicate a year of their lives to their communities, and AmeriCorps Week is a time for the rest of us to say ‘thank you’.”
    AmeriCorps provides opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. From neighborhood cleanups and building homes to...

  • 5th Feb, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7, 2016, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Center for Minority Health Services and HIV/AIDS Section are encouraging HIV testing, education, and awareness about HIV/AIDS in black communities statewide. This year’s theme is, “I Am My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS!”

    “Community involvement in promoting HIV awareness and testing is crucial to identifying undiagnosed individuals who are unaware of their infection,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “IDPH encourages you to mobilize your community to get educated, get involved, get tested, and get treated.”

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, compared to other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., blacks account for a disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS. While blacks represent approximately 12...

  • 3rd Feb, 2016
    Wear Red On Friday
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging everyone to wear red this Friday, February 5, 2016, to raise awareness of heart disease, and to celebrate American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day®.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Illinois.
     “While heart disease typically surfaces later in life, what you do in your teens, 20s, and 30s can impact your health as you get older,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Some cardiovascular disease risk factors cannot be controlled, such as a family history or age, but others can.  It is important for people of all ages to embrace a healthy lifestyle and know the risks for heart disease.”
    Risk Factors:  Things that can...
  • 29th Jan, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., today announced that no new debilitating medical conditions will be added to the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act at this time. The pilot program will continue with the 39 conditions and diseases listed in the Act.

    “I want to thank the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board members for their work,” said Director Shah.

  • 22nd Jan, 2016
    Winners Honored At A Special Ceremony At The Old State Capitol

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) is reminding Illinoisans it is accepting nominations for the seventh annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers and highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in Illinois. The Commission will also recognize for-profit businesses that support service.

    “Each year, 2.6 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...

  • 19th Jan, 2016

    (Spanish version)

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is alerting the public of the potential of contracting Zika virus while traveling abroad.  Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites, similar to West Nile virus or dengue fever.  While illness is usually mild and severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon, there is a possible link between Zika virus infection in pregnant women and subsequent birth defects.
    Two pregnant Illinois residents who recently traveled to countries where Zika virus is found have tested positive for the virus.  Physicians are monitoring their health and pregnancies. 
    “There is virtually no risk to Illinois residents since you cannot contract Zika virus from another person, but only through...

  • 15th Jan, 2016
    Day Of Service Highlights Illinois Place As Top Volunteering State

    SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner has proclaimed January 18, 2016 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in the State of Illinois.  The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today encouraged people across Illinois to take part in the day of service by volunteering in their community.
    Dr. King said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”
    “Illinoisans answer this question each day by helping their neighbors and their community.  Volunteerism is the answer,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland.
    Serve Illinois calls on you to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a “day on instead of a day off.”  Martin Luther King Jr. Day was...

  • 5th Jan, 2016

    Springfield – This January, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is observing Cervical Health Awareness Month to highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease, and the importance of early detection.
    Cervical cancer forms in the tissues of the cervix (the lower, narrow end of the uterus or womb that connects the vagina or birth canal to the upper part of the uterus).  Cervical cancer is almost always caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV).  To highlight this link, IDPH received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a media campaign promoting the HPV vaccine across the state.  This campaign will build upon the successful 2014...

  • 17th Dec, 2015
    2.51 Million Illinoisans Give $6.8 Billion in Service
    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is commending the state’s more than 2.5 million volunteers who made a difference through volunteerism last year. Illinois volunteers served nearly 275 million total hours, which is valued at $6.8 billion (based on the value of volunteer time in Illinois https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time).
    “Illinois has a strong tradition of neighbors helping neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. “Illinois volunteers save lives every day. They give comfort to the homeless, help educate our students, respond to disasters, and so much more.”

    The recently released...