Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Sep 28, 2006 Silent Witness Exhibit and Candlelight Vigil to Launch Domestic Violence Awareness Month
A Woman's Fund Commemorates 35 Years of Service With a Lineup of Events in October

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and A Woman's Fund marks the observance with a series of events designed to draw attention to the persistent problem of domestic violence in Central Illinois. 2006 also marks the 35th Anniversary of A Woman's Fund, which first opened its shelter for battered women in 1971. The shelter, A Woman's Place, was the first in Illinois and one of the first in the U.S.

The month of observances will begin OCTOBER 1, with "AN EVENING TO REMEMBER," a candlelight vigil featuring wine and chocolate tasting to raise funds for A Woman's... more...

Sep 28, 2006 October is SIDS Awareness Month
Safe Kids Champaign County Offers Sleep Safety Tips

Champaign - October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, and Safe Kids Champaign County urges parents and caregivers to remember the phrase "back to sleep": babies need to sleep on their backs, face up, to minimize the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. SIDS is still not fully understood, but it is estimated that 900 cases each year involve soft bedding and suffocation in a crib or other sleeping environment. Soft bedding and mattresses have also been linked to more than 100 cases of fatal suffocation in playpens since... more...

Sep 28, 2006 Domestic Violence Threatens Women's Health in Multiple Ways
In Addition to the Risk of Injury and Death, Intimate Partner Violence is Linked to Obesity, Tobacco Use, Substance Abuse, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Other Health Problems

October 11 Is Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day, and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and A Woman's Fund will mark the occasion with a press conference on the many negative health consequences of this persistent... more...

Sep 27, 2006 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
More Women are Eligible for Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an observance meant to draw attention to a disease that claims tens of thousands of lives each year in the U.S.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women after lung cancer. American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates for 2005 indicate 211,240 women in the U.S. were diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,410 died from the disease. A small percentage of breast cancer cases occur in men. ASC estimates for 2005 also indicate 1,690 men in the U.S. were diagnosed with breast cancer and 460 died from the... more...

Sep 20, 2006 Illinois Reports First Confirmed Case of E.Coli From Spinach
Health Officials Warn Consumers Not to Eat Fresh Spinach, and to Report Any Sales of Fresh Spinach to the Local Health Department

On September 19, the Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed that a north-central Illinois resident was infected with the E. coli 0157:H7 bacterium. This infection is part of a national outbreak attributed to eating fresh spinach. So far, 114 cases of illness related to this outbreak have been reported in several states. Eight people have developed kidney failure and one has died as a result of the... more...

Sep 18, 2006 September 18-24 is Prostate Cancer Awareness Week
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Opens New Men's Clinic; Services Include Free Prostate Blood Test

Today begins Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, a national program of the Prostate Cancer Education Council. Public Health is responding to the local problem of access to prostate cancer tests by opening a Men's Clinic which will include free prostate cancer screenings to men age 40 and up. The clinic will also offer tests for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in American men. Those with a family history of prostate cancer are at higher risk. African-American men are at twice the risk of other men and should be screened starting at age... more...

Sep 11, 2006 Health and Safety Officials to Conduct Emergency Preparedness Drill
Hospitals and Other First Responders to Practice Response to an Infectious Disease Scenario

In an exercise that will last several days, Champaign County health, safety and emergency preparedness personnel will practice their plans for responding to a local outbreak of infectious disease. Local hospitals, the University of Illinois, Parkland College, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, police, fire officials and other first responders are collaborating on the drill, which will culminate early next week with the opening of a medication dispensing site at Parkland College on Tuesday, September 12, and the opening of a hospital surge facility on Wednesday, September... more...

Sep 6, 2006 Health and Safety Officials Launch Public Awareness Campaign, Website
Press Conference September 11 Stock 2 for Flu Website Urges Citizens, Businesses, Social Service Agencies and Faith-Based Organizations to Stock Up and Plan

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter, Champaign County Emergency Management Agency and Champaign County Public Health Department have teamed up to help Champaign County prepare for a possible avian influenza (bird flu) pandemic or other... more...

Aug 23, 2006 School Buses Eight Times Safer Than Cars
Safe Kids Champaign County Explains School Bus Safety to Parents

Champaign - As the new school year approaches, Safe Kids Champaign County reminds parents that school buses are eight times safer than other vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the rate of crash-related fatalities on school buses is 0.2 per million vehicle miles traveled, compared to 1.5 for... more...

Aug 16, 2006 Special Clinic for School Dental Exams August 26
Volunteer Dentists Will Offer Free Dental Exams

Several local dentists are teaming up with Central Illinois Dental Education and Services, Public Health and the Champaign County Health Care Consumers to bring free dental exams to local school children. Children in Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grades are required to have the dental exams for school.

The free clinic will be Saturday August 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District main building, 710 N. Neil St., in Champaign. No appointments are necessary. Children will be seen on a "first-come, first-served"... more...