Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

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...

Feb 26, 2008 Partnership Provides Convenient Services Specifically for Area Head Start Parents
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Partners with Head Start to Provide Special WIC Clinics for Area Parents with Children Currently Participating in Head Start Programs

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has partnered with Head Start to provide additional access to the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program specifically for area Head Start parents. Special clinic hours will available Thursday, February 28, 2008 from 8:00am - 9:30am and 3:30pm - 7:00pm. Weekend hours will also be available Saturday, March 1, 2008 from 9:00am - 1:00pm. All clinics will be held at CUPHD at 201 West Kenyon Road in Champaign. Participating Head Start parents are encouraged to call for appointments for FREE health screenings for their children at... more...

Jan 22, 2008 Radon Gas Causes More Than 20,000 Lung Cancer Deaths in the Country Each Year
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Encourages Citizens to Test Their Homes with Free Radon Test Kit

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

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

Jan 18, 2008 Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Receives National Honor
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is Selected by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention as a National Pilot Site for Pandemic Influenza Planning Workshop

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has been selected by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), to be one of two national pilot sites for the new "Workshop in Community Partnerships for Pandemic Influenza Planning". CUPHD shares this honor with the Winston-Salem community in North Carolina. The 3 day workshop provides an opportunity for the collaboration between community partners to effectively identify strategies and plan for an influenza pandemic as it might relate to the local healthcare... more...

Dec 10, 2007 CUPHDUrges Champaign County Residents to Prepare for Possible Winter Storms and Power Outages
Simple Steps Can Help Keep You Safe in Seasonal Storms

Champaign, IL - Seasonal winter storms are a frequent occurrence in central Illinois. During the "ice storm of 2005" more than 400,000 citizens were without power for several days during frigid temperatures. According to the National Weather Service, there has not been a winter in Illinois without a severe storm in the past century, and in fact, Illinois experiences an average of five severe storms every... more...

Nov 28, 2007 Parents: Teach Grandparents Latest Safety Guidelines
Safe Kids Champaign County Offers Child Passenger Safety Workshop For Grandparents

Champaign - On Saturday, December 8th Safe Kids Champaign County will be holding an educational workshop focusing on Child Passenger Safety for grandparents. By attending this workshop, grandparents will learn how to use child safety seats (focusing on boosters) as well as tips on the best way to travel with their grandchildren. With completion of this workshop, grandparents will be eligible to receive a free booster seat. For more information, or to register, please call... more...

Nov 19, 2007 State Public Health Director Warns Consumers to Check their Freezers and Throw Out Recalled Pot Pie
Consumers are still eating these pot pies and becoming ill

Springfield, IL - Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director, is warning consumers again today to throw out frozen pot pies that could be linked to a multi-state outbreak of salmonellosis. Last Month ConAgra Foods voluntarily recalled an undetermined amount of all varieties of frozen pot pie products produces under multiple brand names, including chicken, turkey and... more...

Nov 8, 2007 CUPHD Program Coordinator Receives Highly Competitive State of Illinois Award for Work in HIV/STD
CUPHD Program Coordinator Recognized for Many Years of Outstanding Leadership in the Field of HIV/STD Prevention.

Champaign, IL - The Red Ribbon Committee of the 16th Annual HIV/STD Conference presented Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) Program Coordinator, Jeffery Erdman with the "Arlene Valentine Sustained HIV/STD Leadership Award" at the annual award luncheon on October 31, 2007. This award is presented in recognition of over 5 years of outstanding leadership in a community based organization or health department conducting HIV/STD prevention and/or care... more...

Nov 2, 2007 CUPHD Health Educator Receives Highly Competitive National Scholarship
CUPHD Health Educator will Attend National Conference on Sexual Health Education in Baltimore, Maryland in Mid-November

Champaign, IL - Kari Schweighart, Health Educator for the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will be attending the National Sexual Health Education Conference titled "On Their Turf: Creative Approaches to Supporting Teens and Young Families" November 14-17, 2007. Schweighart is one of only 5 professionals selected nation-wide to receive the highly competitive scholarship for the all-expense paid trip to the conference being held in Baltimore,... more...