9th Sep, 2015
SPRINGFIELD – On and after September 11th, 2001, our nation witnessed the selfless and life-saving acts of first responders and countless volunteers at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA. Each year, through the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, thousands of Illinois volunteers join Americans across the nation in tribute to those we lost.
Launched in 2002, this day of service is an annual tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and responders. The 2009 Kennedy Serve America Act formally designated September 11 as a national day of service.
“Among the eight largest states, Illinois leads in number of volunteers,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of...
3rd Sep, 2015
28 grantees will place 1,682 AmeriCorps volunteers in communities
SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service today announced $8.6 million in Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) federal grants to enable 1,682 volunteers in 28 AmeriCorps programs to better serve Illinois communities. An additional $7 million is available for college education awards.
“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer. “Building on Illinois’s strong tradition of neighbor-helping-neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the state. As they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunities for themselves - gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers.”
These federal grants...
2nd Sep, 2015
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Adams County Health Department (ACHD) are reporting four confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, including one death in Quincy. At this time there is no evidence they are connected to the Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy.
“As part of our investigation of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy, we asked our local health care providers to help us with surveillance of the disease and test individuals in the community who have symptoms related to Legionnaires’ disease,” said ACHD Administrator Jerrod Welch. “We have thoroughly investigated each confirmed case for a connection with the outbreak, as well as any possible connection to one another. At this time, we have found no connections.”
Because of the increase in testing, public health officials...
1st Sep, 2015
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first two human West Nile virus related deaths in Illinois for 2015. The Cook County Department of Public Health reported a resident in their 90’s became ill at the end of August and has died. Separately, the Kendall County Health Department reported a resident in their 70’s became ill at the end of July and has died.
“Although we’re getting closer to the end of summer, you still can be at risk of getting West Nile virus,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “It’s important for everyone to continue taking precautions like wearing insect repellent and staying indoors between dusk and dawn.”
IDPH reported the first human case of West Nile virus in Illinois this year on August 19, 2015. Last year there were 44 human cases, including four deaths. Cases in...
1st Sep, 2015
Quincy, IL - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the deaths of a total of seven residents at the Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy. The seven residents, all of whom had underlying medical conditions, were among the 39 individuals who had been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease to date. Test results are currently pending for other residents.
“While saddened by the loss of our residents, having been at the Home and talking with the staff and our residents, I am impressed with their resilience and spirit,” said IDVA Director Erica Jeffries. “We remain vigilant in monitoring our residents and we continue to follow the guidance of our interagency partners to implement remediation efforts across our Home. The safety and quality of care for our residents and staff are our...
28th Aug, 2015
Quincy, IL - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the deaths of two residents at the Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy. The two residents, both of whom had underlying medical conditions, were among the 23 individuals who had been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease to date. Test results are currently pending for other residents.
“The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and our Quincy Home staff are deeply saddened by the passing of these two veterans, just as we are when any of our residents pass. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and caretakers of these residents.” said Erica Jeffries, Director, IDVA. “We are keenly focused on making all of our Homes places for residents to live and thrive, and we work very hard to provide the safest,...
27th Aug, 2015
Quincy, IL - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced eight confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in residents at the Illinois Veterans’ Home - Quincy. There have been no known deaths related to this outbreak. IDVA and IDPH are working closely with the Adams County Health Department to identify and mitigate possible sources of the Legionella bacteria.
“Our Quincy Home staff and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) leadership are taking this situation seriously, as we do with any other situation facing our fellow veterans and residents,” said Erica L. Jeffries, Director, IDVA. “The health, safety, and high quality of life for the...
20th Aug, 2015
Grants designed to improve and strengthen Illinois communities
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Serve Illinois Commission today announced that funding is available for agencies interested in administering AmeriCorps programs in the state. AmeriCorps members serve their communities by improving education and healthcare, protecting public safety, safeguarding the environment, providing disaster relief, and promoting civic engagement.
“Each year, AmeriCorps Members dedicate a year of their lives to get things done in their communities,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. “Members work with disadvantaged youth, veterans and their families, people...
IDPH and Get Covered Illinois Announce Open Application Process for 2016 In-Person Counselor (IPC) Program20th Aug, 2015
Following a Highly Successful First Two Years of ACA Enrollment, Illinois is Gearing Up to Again Assist and Educate Health Care Consumers about Coverage Options Through $5 Million in GrantsCHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Get Covered Illinois today announced that it will be accepting applications from community organization and other qualified entities that wish to participate in the 2016 Get Covered Illinois’ In-Person Counselor (IPC) Program, the outreach and education arm for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois.
“We are extremely proud of Get Covered Illinois’ work to provide access to quality affordable health care to nearly 1 million Illinois residents within the first two years of the...
19th Aug, 2015
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus case reported in Illinois for 2015. The St. Clair County Health Department reported an adolescent female became ill in August.
“The recent hot, dry weather in Illinois has increased the number of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “This first human case is a little later in the year than we typically see in Illinois, but it’s a good reminder of the importance for people to continue taking precautions like wearing insect repellent and staying indoors between dusk and dawn.”
West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few...