Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

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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...

Mar 9, 2016 Free Dental Exams and Cleanings for Children on Saturday, March 12 at Parkland College
Free Dental Exams and Cleanings for Children on Saturday, March 12 at Parkland College

The Illini District Dental Society, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, Parkland College Dental Hygiene and mile Healthy Participate in Give Kids a Smile

Champaign, IL - The Illini District Dental Society will sponsor Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) Day on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Parkland College Dental Hygiene Clinic located at 2400 W. Bradley, Champaign. The event is part of the Children's Dental Access Program through the American Dental Association (ADA) that provides free oral healthcare services to children of low-income... more...

Jan 14, 2016 Cotton Bowl Diaper Drive Coming to Champaign-Urbana
Diapers for families in need

Champaign County, IL - On Thursday, January 21st, the Champaign‐Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), WDWS, WKIO, and WHMS radio, and Chambanamoms.com are coordinating a Cotton Bowl Diaper Drive.

The Cotton Bowl drive‐through diaper drive will collect diapers for babies in need. The average child requires 50 diaper changes a week costing approximately $75 a month. This can be very difficult or impossible for families earning low incomes. Some families have to stretch diapers; which means babies wear diapers too long, or wear reused diapers. Wearing diapers too long can cause babies to develop urinary tract infections, diaper dermatitis, or other health problems.

The drive‐through diaper donations will be collected on January 21st from 8am‐6pm in two... more...

Sep 1, 2015 First 2015 Human West Nile Virus Deaths in Illinois
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 human are... more...

Aug 4, 2015 Mumps Booster Shot Recommended for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Students
Illinois Department of Public Health, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and University address mumps outbreak

SPRINGFIELD The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), and McKinley Health Center are recommending students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign receive a booster shot of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine as soon as possible, even if they have already received one or two previous MMR vaccinations.

"We continue to see new mumps infections in students at the University and are working to stop the spread," said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah. "While most cases on campus have already received two doses of MMR, a third dose may help control the outbreak. Although the vaccine against mumps is extremely effective, it is not perfect. This is why it is important for those who can be vaccinated, to take this extra step and potentially help protect those around... more...

Jun 24, 2015 National HIV Testing Day
Champaign, IL - National HIV Testing Day is this Saturday, June 27, 2015 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 with 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 infection. On average, 1,800 people are diagnosed with HIV in Illinois each... more...

Jun 12, 2015 Numbers of Mumps Cases Increase
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have identified 23 cases of mumps in a local outbreak. Mumps is a contagious, vaccine-preventable, acute viral illness that is spread through droplets of saliva or through mucus of an infected person.

According to IDPH, symptoms of mumps usually appear 14 days to 18 days after infection. They usually include fever, headache, tiredness, muscle aches, loss of appetite and swelling and tenderness of one or more of the salivary glands, usually the parotid gland (located just below the front of the ear at the angle of the jaw). In mild cases, the swelling may only last for three to four days, but can last up to a week or more. Approximately one-third of infected people do not exhibit symptoms. There is no specific treatment for mumps, but there are treatments that can help relieve some symptoms. Persons with symptoms of mumps should contact their primary care... more...