Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Jul 19, 2018 Saturday Hours
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is currently open the third Saturday of every month from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM to provide an option for working families that find it difficult to schedule visits during weekdays.

CUPHD offers Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinic hours as well as provides an opportunity for school physicals and immunizations during the summer. The WIC clinics are walk-in (no appointments are necessary), and the school physicals and immunizations are by appointment from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Families should bring their children, identification, and proof of income in order to sign up for WIC, and immunization records and insurance information for physicals. Physical and immunization appointments are currently being accepted for August 18 and September 15, 2018 with immediate appointments currently available every weekday.... more...

Jul 5, 2018 New Leadership Teams Selected for Kresge's Emerging Leaders in Public Health Initiative
The Kresge Foundation announced last week that Julie Pryde, Public Health Administrator, and Awais Vaid, Director of Planning and Research at Champaign-Urbana Public Health District have been selected to join a group of 40 public health leaders from around the country who will participate in the The Kresge Foundation's Emerging Leaders in Public Health initiative. The Emerging Leaders in Public Health Program was designed to provide public health leaders of county and local health departments opportunities to build additional knowledge and skills to tackle the challenges they face in their... more...

Jun 15, 2018 High Temperatures and Humidity Can Be Extremely Dangerous
Heat-related illness can take many forms ranging from a mild case of heat exhaustion to a more serious and life-threatening case of heat stroke. Heat-related illnesses occur when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. The body's temperature rises rapidly and the body looses its ability to perspire and cool down. Rising to temperatures of 106 degrees or higher within 10 to 15 minutes can result in death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

Signs and symptoms of heat-related illness include:... more...

Feb 2, 2018 Free Dental Exams and Cleanings for Children at C-U Smile
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will host C-U Smile on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana. The event will provide free oral healthcare services to children ages 0-17.

C-U Smile will offer free dental exams, cleanings, fluoride varnish treatments and dental sealants, as needed, and will fulfill the dental requirement for school children entering grades K, 2, and 6. The oral health fair will offer visits with the Tooth Fairy, provide interactive oral health instruction and tips on reducing dental anxiety. Appointments are not necessary; however, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the child. There are no income or residency requirements to receive services. Any adult accompanying a child may receive a free oral cancer... more...

Jan 25, 2018 Getting to Zero - Working to Eliminate HIV in Illinois
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will be participating in a town hall meeting hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago on Friday, January 26, 2018 focused on "Getting to Zero" (GTZ). The GTZ campaign aims to eliminate new HIV infections and reduce HIV mortality. CUPHD will host the event from 9:30 AM to Noon at 201 W. Kenyon Road in Champaign. This meeting is one of a series of meetings to be held across the state of Illinois to focus on thoughts, ideas, and hopes for HIV elimination.

Getting to Zero consists of a framework focusing on no new HIV infections and ensuring that people living with HIV are receiving adequate treatment. CUPHD has a "GTZ" campaign called "CUatZero" that also addresses the stigma that many people face related to HIV disease. "HIV is very treatable and manageable today. For people who are active in HIV treatment, they are living longer, healthier lives, much like other persons with a chronic disease," says Julie... more...

Jan 3, 2018 January is National Radon Action Month
Radon Gas Causes More Than 20,000 Lung Cancer Deaths in the Country Each Year and Forty-Eight Percent of Homes Tested in Champaign County have High Radon Levels

CHAMPAIGN, IL - January is National Radon Action Month and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) encourages citizens to learn more about the threat of radon and to test their homes for the presence of radon. CUPHD has radon test kits available for $5.00. Test kits may be picked up at the Environmental Health Division of CUPHD located at 201 West Kenyon Road in Champaign; kits are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exposure to indoor radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United... more...

Jan 3, 2018 January is National Radon Action Month
Radon Gas Causes More Than 20,000 Lung Cancer Deaths in the Country Each Year and Forty-Eight Percent of Homes Tested in Champaign County have High Radon Levels

CHAMPAIGN, IL - January is National Radon Action Month and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) encourages citizens to learn more about the threat of radon and to test their homes for the presence of radon. CUPHD has radon test kits available for $5.00. Test kits may be picked up at the Environmental Health Division of CUPHD located at 201 West Kenyon Road in Champaign; kits are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exposure to indoor radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United... more...

Oct 27, 2017 Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic
Champaign, IL - On Saturday, November 4, 2017 the Champaign County Medical Reserve Corps (CCMRC) will host a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic for the surrounding community and their pets. This event will take place in the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) garage located at 201 West Kenyon Road, Champaign, IL, from 10am-1pm.

This event offers an opportunity for dog and cat owners, who may not otherwise be able to provide vet care, a more affordable option. Services will include the county rabies registration and vaccination, administered by veterinarian volunteers. Also, educational outreach regarding zoonotic diseases will be provided throughout this event. Before an animal receives their rabies vaccination, multiple stations will be set-up around the designated area addressing different types of diseases that can potentially affect animals and their owners. The cost of the rabies vaccination plus the county registration fee ranges from $15 - $36. Up to 75... more...

Oct 12, 2016 Survey to Determine Emergency Preparedness
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District's Medical Reserve Corps is overseeing a first-of-its-kind survey in Champaign County that will look at how prepared local residents are for potential disasters. The Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response-or CASPER-survey will take place in neighborhoods across Champaign County on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16, 2016 from Noon to 6 PM. Volunteers will visit Champaign, Homer, Rantoul, Sadorus, Savoy, St. Joseph, and Urbana.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Health Studies Branch developed CASPER. This simple tool enables government at all levels to rapidly assess a community's health needs after a disaster, as well as to measure household preparedness for disasters or emergencies.... more...

Jul 19, 2016 High Temperatures and Humidity Can Be Extremely Dangerous
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) and the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA) urge everyone to watch for the symptoms of heat-related illness, and to take precautions to keep their families and communities safe.

Heat-related illness can take many forms ranging from a mild case of heat exhaustion to a more serious and life-threatening case of heat stroke. Heat-related illnesses occur when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. The body's temperature rises rapidly and the body looses its ability to perspire and cool down. Rising to temperatures of 106 degrees or higher within 10 to 15 minutes can result in death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

Signs and symptoms of heat-related illness include:

An extremely high body temperature of 103 degrees or higher
Red, hot, and dry skin (no signs of perspiration)
Rapid, strong pulse
Throbbing headache... more...