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Apr 14, 2008 Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Joins Nation in Responding to STD Crisis
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Promotes National STD Awareness Month by Encouraging Citizens to be Routinely Tested for STDs

Champaign, IL - April 2008 marks the annual observance of National Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is responding to the impact of STDs in local communities by offering STD clinics at its 201 West Kenyon Road location: Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 5:00pm; Thursdays, 9:00am - 11:00am and 1:00pm - 3:00pm. CUPHD also offers a Men's Clinic on Mondays from 4:00pm - 5:30pm. CUPHD
emphasizes that testing is a key component for good sexual health, and encourages all sexually active citizens to be routinely tested for... more...
Apr 9, 2008 CUPHD Focuses on Climate Change and Potential Community Health Risks
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Celebrates National Public Health Week, "Climate Change: Our Health in the Balance" April 7 - 13.

Champaign, IL - April 7-13 is National Public Health Week. This year's theme is "Climate Change: Our Health in the Balance". Climate change may cause extreme weather events and changes in rainfall that increase the risk of death and disease. An increase in regional temperatures may also increase the spread of infectious disease through mosquito and tick-borne illnesses. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is urging citizens to take this week to not only develop an emergency preparedness plan, but to also to commit to some simple changes to make themselves and the climate... more...
Apr 8, 2008 Local School Students Go to Springfield to Support School Health Centers
Urbana School Representatives will Participate in Advocacy Day in Support of School Health Centers

Urbana, IL - On Wednesday, April 9, 2008, several school students from the Urbana School District along with their peers from across the state of Illinois will travel to the state capitol to support local school health centers. Students and Urbana School Health Center staff will meet at the capitol building to ask local representatives to support the return of school health center funding to the state budget. Urbana School students will
have the opportunity to speak with Senator Mike Frerichs and Representative Naomi Jakobsson to discuss how essential school health centers are to their schools and communities and specifically how important the Urbana School Health Center is to them... more...
Mar 31, 2008 Medical Volunteers Needed in Champaign County!
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Launches Medical Reserve Corps to Help Prepare Champaign County for Times of Community Need.

Champaign, IL - The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recently approved a Medical Reserve Corps Grant for the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) to produce a local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) this upcoming April 2008. CUPHD is currently actively searching for volunteers as the MRC begins its growing stages. These volunteers include both medical and public health professionals (active or retired) such as physicians, nurses, dentists, epidemiologists, pharmacists, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics. Volunteers interested in joining the Champaign County Medical Reserve Corps, are encouraged to call... more...
Mar 31, 2008 Rantoul High School Students "Kick Butts" on April 2, 2008 by "Taking it To the Streets"!
Rantoul High School Students Partner with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District to Raise Tobacco-free Awareness Among Teens

Champaign, IL - Rantoul High School's REALITY, IL Chapter will hold an official "Kick Butts Day" on Wednesday, April 2, 2008. REALITY, IL is a group of high school students engaged in anti-tobacco advocacy. From 9:30 - 10:00am, Rantoul High School students will be lining up in front of the high school facing Route 136 displaying a series of homemade posters reflecting various anti-tobacco messages for passer-bys. The students hope that their messages might make other students and the local community think more seriously about the negative effects of tobacco... more...
Mar 26, 2008 FREE Mammograms, Pap Tests, Breast and Pelvic Exams are Available for Uninsured Women in Illinois!
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District's IBCCP Program to Hold Enrollment Days in Champaign & Danville this Week

Champaign, IL - The local office of the Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP), located at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), will be holding program enrollment days for uninsured women ages 35-64. Once enrolled in the IBCCP program, qualified women will have access to FREE mammograms, pap tests, breast and pelvic... more...
Mar 14, 2008 Private Wells Should Be Tested Regularly To Check for Contamination
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Encourages Residents of Champaign County with Private Wells to Test Water Annually

Champaign, IL - In recognition of Ground Water Awareness Week, March 9 - 15, 2008, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) encourages residents of Champaign County with private wells to test their water annually for certain contaminants. Private water wells should be tested every year for evidence of coliform bacteria and nitrates, and should be tested more frequently if there are recurrent incidents of gastrointestinal illness or there are changes in taste, odor or appearance. Private well water test kits are available at the Environmental Health Division of CUPHD located at 201 West Kenyon Road in Champaign from 8:00am - 4:00pm; Monday through Friday. Each test kit is... more...
Mar 7, 2008 Urbana School Health Center Offers School Physicals for Spring Break Exams Offered to 8th Graders
Eighth-grade students and parents can take care of the mandatory physical for ninth-grade this coming spring break. The Urbana School Health Center (USHC) is offering physicals for eighth-graders March 18, 2008, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., by appointment only. Doctors at the Health Center will also review the student's immunization record. The Health Center's dentist will also be on hand to provide dental exams. This service on March 18 is for all Urbana School District 116 eighth-graders and costs $20 for all patients who do not have a medical... more...
Feb 28, 2008 CUPHD Joins Local Churches in the "Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS"
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and Local Churches Hope Event Will Shine a Light on the AIDS Crisis in African American Communities

Champaign, IL - March 2 - 8, 2008 marks the 16th Annual Black Church Week of Prayer for the healing of AIDS. This national program event, produced by The Balm in Gilead, is a week long education and awareness campaign highlighting the role of the Black Church in addressing the AIDS crisis. This campaign serves to pave the way for the continuous delivery of prevention education and services to the African American community via faith... more...
Feb 27, 2008 CUPHD Offering FREE Flu Shots to Champaign County Residents
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Urges Citizens to Get a Flu Shot to Avoid the Worst of Influenza Symptoms

Champaign, IL - Through a generous donation by Carle Occupational Health, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is able to offer FREE flu shots for Champaign County residents ages 18 and over. CUPHD has 200 doses of flu vaccine, and encourages citizens to take advantage of this limited offer. Appointments for a FREE flu shot may be made by calling 217-531-2922.

Despite the challenges surrounding this year's flu shot, flu vaccination remains the single most effective way to prevent seasonal influenza. Each vaccine provides proven protection against three known strains of influenza, including one strain that has been identified as making people sick this year. Flu vaccinations also provide "cross protection" for other strains of influenza, which result in milder symptoms and shorter duration of illness in most... more...