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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...
Oct 22, 2007 Area Students Will Watch Their Promises Bloom and Grow with the Help of CUPHD
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Partners with Local Schools to Promote Tobacco-Free Lifestyles for Students

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has partnered with Leal Elementary School and Ludlow Elementary School to promote tobacco-free lifestyles for both the students and their communities. Each school is committed to planting 500 red tulips in gardens on school grounds. Each tulip will represent a student who made a promise to lead a tobacco-free... more...
Oct 16, 2007 CUPHD to Offer Preservative-Free Flu Shots to Children Ages 6 Months to 18 Years
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Recommends Flu Shots for ALL Children ages 6 Months to 5 Years to Minimize Disease Contraction Among High Risk... more...