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Mar 1, 2017 Free Dental Exams and Cleanings for Children
Free Dental Exams and Cleanings for Children

Saturday, March 11th at Parkland College.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017 9:00am-12:00pm

Dental Hygiene Clinic
2400 West Bradley, Champaign
On the 180 LIME B MTD Line
FREE Dental Exam, Cleaning, Fluoride, Dental Sealants and Educational Activities for Kids! NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED

GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY is sponsored by the ILLINI DISTRICT DENTAL SOCIETY in partnership with Parkland College Dental Hygiene, SmileHealthy / Promise Healthcare and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Children & Teens Dental Clinics



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Feb 14, 2017 Special Saturday WIC Clinics in March
CUPHD will Hold Special Saturday WIC Clinics in March

Weekend hours make WIC convenient for working families

Champaign, IL - Every Saturday in March the Champaign‐Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will hold special Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinic hours. Saturday visit hours are a great option for working families that find it difficult to schedule WIC visits during weekdays.

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program provides nutrition counseling and healthy food to low‐income pregnant women, infants, and children up to age 5. WIC is effective in improving the health of women and their infants, and it provides comprehensive services to families. In addition to nutritional support, CUPHD family case managers support women through their pregnancies and their baby's first year in all aspects of their... more...
Jan 20, 2017 Six Cases Of Viral Illness Linked To Ratteries
Illinois Department of Public Health Reports Six Cases Of Viral Illness Linked To Ratteries General public at low risk of infection

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting six cases of Seoul virus in individuals who had direct exposure to rats in two different Illinois ratteries. Ratteries are facilities where rats are bred. A rattery in Wisconsin purchased rats from the two Illinois ratteries and two Wisconsin residents have also tested positive for Seoul virus. Results of laboratory testing of rats at these facilities are pending.

IDPH is working closely with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local health departments to investigate the source of these Seoul virus infections, coordinate testing, and prevent possible future cases. IDPH has contacted both Illinois ratteries to identify people who may have been exposed and to follow up on any additional potential... 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...
Jun 23, 2016 National HIV Testing Day
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Encourages Citizens to "Take the Test, Take Control"

Champaign, IL - National HIV Testing Day is Monday, June 27, 2016 and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) encourages everyone to get tested.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 1.2 million people in the United States that are living with HIV. Because of effective treatments, people are living long and healthy lives with HIV. But it important to start treatment as soon as a person finds out that they have HIV. If you are living with HIV or know someone who is, you can contact CUPHD at 217-531-5368 and speak to Gary for more information.

It is estimated by the CDC that there are 50,000 new HIV infections each year in the United States. Almost one in seven people are unaware of their infection. Over half of young people between the ages of 13-24 living with HIV are unaware of their... more...
May 12, 2016 CUPHD Finds Local Tobacco Vending Practices that Increase Youth Smoking Rates
Champaign County, IL - The Champaign‐Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is releasing a report this month with findings that tobacco vending in Champaign County is more heavily concentrated in certain areas, and that a number of vendors have practices that make smoking more appealing to youth. Retail tobacco practices have a direct impact on the number of smokers, and how many youth begin smoking.

The Champaign County tobacco vendor survey found that:

Tobacco vendors are more likely to be located near schools in low income areas;

More than half of local teens live near a tobacco vendor;

Tobacco products attractive and accessible to youth are more prevalent in certain villages, with the highest number in Mahomet;

Tobacco vendors are more concentrated in certain villages, with the highest density in Thomasboro.... more...
Apr 20, 2016 Free Screening of Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will host a screening of the documentary Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The event will be held at the Art Theater Co-op located at 126 W. Church Street in Champaign from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The event is free to the public and includes a panel discussion following the screening featuring local experts currently battling HPV and cervical cancer in the area. Popcorn will be available free of... more...
Mar 24, 2016 Champaign-Urbana Walk with the Mayors
Walk for Health and Fitness with the Champaign and Urbana Mayors

Champaign, IL - On Saturday, April 2nd, the second annual Walk with the Mayors event will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Douglass Park (512 E. Grove St, Champaign).

The purpose of the walk is to encourage community health and physical activity. Mayor Deborah Feinen of Champaign and Mayor Laurel Prussing of Urbana will lead the group to share their commitment to wellness and to inspire the community through healthy role modeling. The walk is free and open to the public, including children.

"We'd love to have residents join us," said Mayor Prussing. "I try to walk every day. I enjoy walking to work and back. It's great for your health."

Champaign Mayor Feinen said, "Walking benefits our health and our environment and it's a great way to spend the morning. I am excited to show off our parks and our community's tremendous bike and walking infrastructure to those who join... more...