Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Nov 13, 2006 Public Health, Other Agencies Support Great American Smokeout
"Quit Kits" Available at Nine Sites in Champaign County

Thursday, November 16, 2006, is the 30th Annual American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout. This event encourages smokers to quit, spotlights the dangers of tobacco use and acknowledges the challenges of quitting. To commemorate the Great American Smokeout the Champaign County Tobacco Prevention Coalition will offer free "Quit Kits" to encourage smokers to quit for a lifetime by starting with just one... more...

Nov 6, 2006 Two Public Health Employees Receive State Red Ribbon Award
Health District Infectious Disease Prevention Staff Are Recognized for Their Work on HIV and STD Prevention

Two Champaign-Urbana Public Health District employees received the state Red Ribbon Award this week at the 15th Annual HIV/STD Conference in Springfield, IL. The award, given by the Illinois Department of Public Health HIV/AIDS Section, recognizes "outstanding individuals and groups involved with HIV/STD advocacy, prevention or care services."

Public Health Nurse Sonya Kuykendall, RN, received the Red Ribbon Award for Effective STD Prevention and Intervention for her work combating a syphilis outbreak in Champaign County.

Public Health Prevention Specialist Arlene Valentine received the Red Ribbon Award for Sustained HIV/STD... more...

Oct 25, 2006 October 31 is the Most Dangerous Day for Child Pedestrians
Safe Kids Champaign County reminds parents this Halloween that October 31 is the most dangerous day of the year for child pedestrians. Children are four times more likely to be killed while walking on Halloween than on any other night of the year. It is essential for parents to prepare their children properly to stay safe while having fun.

Daylight Savings Time means that children are more likely to be trick-or-treating in the dark, when it is harder for drivers to see them and the excitement of the holiday can make everyone less cautious. To keep kids safe, parents must remind them about the rules of the road and ensure that they will be seen by drivers this... more...

Oct 25, 2006 Public Health Now Offering Flu Shots for Children
Health District Received Full Shipment of Child Flu Vaccine This Week

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District yesterday received a total of 400 doses of pediatric flu vaccine, its full order for the season. Parents of children needing flu shots may now call Public Health at (217) 531-4317 to schedule an appointment.

All of the flu shots for children are in single-dose vials, and contain no thimerosal (a preservative that contains... more...

Oct 24, 2006 Local IGA Stores Join "Stock 2 for Flu" Campaign
American Red Cross Volunteers to Post "Stock 2 for Flu" Tags on Store Shelves in Champaign and Rantoul IGA Stores

Champaign County IGA stores have joined the "Stock 2 for Flu" campaign, which urges citizens to prepare for an emergency by stockpiling two weeks of food, water and other necessities. American Red Cross volunteers will help IGA staff post "Stock 2 for Flu" shelf tags on store shelves, to encourage shoppers to pick up two extra items for their emergency stockpiles each time they go to the store. The shelf tags will go up at the IGA stores on Round Barn Road and Kirby Avenue in Champaign, and at the IGA store on Route 136 in the Modern Mart Shopping Center in... more...

Oct 19, 2006 Public Health to Offer Drive-in Flu Shot Clinic
Two-Day Clinic Will Offer Flu and Pneumonia Shots to Adult Drivers and Passengers

Public Health will offer a drive-in flu shot clinic in the parking lot of First Christian Church on Staley Road in Champaign on October 26-27. Nurses will give the shots from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days.

This clinic will help meet the local need for adult flu and pneumonia shots, while also allowing Public Health staff to practice emergency mass immunizations. The clinic will utilize portable nursing stations, generators, refrigerators, radios and other equipment that might be needed in an event that required Public Health staff to provide vaccines, antibiotics or other preventive medicines to large numbers of Champaign County... more...

Oct 17, 2006 Dinner Theater, Silent Auction to Commemorate 35 Years of Life-Saving Service
October 19th A Woman's Fund Anniversary Event to Feature Fine Food, Performances and Local Artworks for Sale

A Woman's Fund, the maverick local non-profit that opened the first shelter for battered women in Illinois (and one of the first in the nation), celebrates its 35th anniversary this Thursday evening with a dinner theater and silent auction at the Historic Lincoln Hotel in Urbana.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour and opportunity to view - and bid on works of art by local artists, gift baskets and other items. Presentations and awards begin at 7 p.m., with dinner and a theatrical performance at 7:30... more...

Oct 13, 2006 Tulip Planting Commemorates Red Ribbon Week: A National Drug Prevention Initiative
Volunteers will plant 1,500 red tulip bulbs in Champaign County during Red Ribbon Week, a national drug prevention awareness week, October 23 - 30, 2006. The Red Ribbon Campaign began in 1985 after drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena, and his family began wearing red ribbons in his honor. In this event, known as "Plant a Promise," red tulip bulbs are planted to celebrate those who have chosen to be tobacco-free and to honor those whose lives have been touched by a tobacco-related disease. Each spring a spectacular bloom of "tobacco-free red" highlights the issue... more...

Oct 12, 2006 Public Health Websites Offer Calendar of All Flu Shot Clinics in Champaign County
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District website (www.cuphd.org) and the Champaign County Public Health Department website (www.champaigncountyhealth.org) each now link to a calendar of all flu shot clinics in Champaign County that are open to the... more...

Oct 11, 2006 Last Free School Physical Clinic of the Year For Uninsured Children This Week
Three Groups Partner to Meet the Need

Many families in Champaign find it difficult to meet state requirements for annual physical exams for kindergarten, fifth and ninth graders. Without documentation of a school physical, children will not be allowed attend classes this Fall.

To help meet the need, the Champaign Unit 4 Schools Family Information Center, the HeRMES Clinic (a medical student-run volunteer organization), and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District are offering the last of a series of free school physical clinics on Thursday evening October 12 from 5 - 8:30 p.m. at the Champaign Unit 4 Schools Family Information Center, 405 E. Clark Street, in... more...