Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Jan 30, 2015 Creating Baby-Friendly Communities in Illinois
Strategies for Successful Collaboration between Hospitals and Local Health Departments.

We Choose Health Sites Engaged in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

The goal of Illinois' We Choose Health Baby-Friendly Hospital project was to increase the number of Baby-Friendly hospitals in the state, and in doing so, foster partnerships between each hospital and its local health department. From September 2012 through September 2014, fifteen hospitals and twelve local health departments participated in the Baby-Friendly Hospital project, part of the Illinois Department of Public Health's We Choose Health Initiative, which was made possible through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The collaboration between the hospitals and their local health departments was an effort to create not only a Baby-Friendly hospital, but also to build a Baby-Friendly community that would better support breastfeeding families.... more...

Jan 27, 2015 Un caso de Sarampion confirmado en Illinois!!!!
SPRINGFIELD - El director del Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois confirmó hoy un caso de sarampión en Illinois. Un residente de los suburbios del condado de Cook se enfermó a mediados de enero y los resultados positivos de sarampión regresaron este fin de semana.

"Este caso en Illinois sirve para recordar la importancia de las vacunas," dijo el direcor Shah. "Con solo 10 casos reportados en Illinois en los últimos cinco años, muchos padres de familia no han tenido la experiencia de la grave enfermedad causada por el sarampión. Las vacunas son imprescindibles para proteger no solo a cada niño, sino a la comunidad entera."

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Cook (CCDPH por sus siglas en inglés), con la ayuda del Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois (IDPH por sus siglas en inglés), está localizando e informando a todos los posibles contactos que podrían... more...

Jan 27, 2015 One Confirmed Case of Measles in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav Shah today confirmed one case of measles in Illinois. A suburban Cook County resident became ill in mid-January and test results were positive for measles.

"This case in Illinois is a reminder of the importance of immunizations," said Director Shah. "With only 10 cases reported in Illinois over the past five years, many parents may not have experienced the severe illness that can be caused by measles. Immunizations are vital to protect not only each child, but the community as a whole."

The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), with assistance from IDPH, is conducting contact tracing and informing all potential contacts of their possible exposure.

"Measles is highly contagious and a person with no immunity can become infected simply by being in the same room with someone who has the disease," said CCDPH Senior Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Rachel Rubin. "To... more...

Jan 6, 2015 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 a 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 threat of radon and to test their homes for the presence of radon. CUPHD has radon test kits available for $10. Test kits may be picked up at the Environmental Health division of CUPHD located at 201 West Kenyon Road in Champaign; kits are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

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

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released into the air from decaying matter in rocks, soil and water. While levels in outdoor air are relatively harmless, radon can... more...

Dec 4, 2014 Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic this Saturday
Join the Champaign County Medical Reserve Corp and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District for a Fun and Educational Event

Champaign, IL - The Champaign County Medical Reserve Corps (CCMRC), Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), Champaign County Animal Control, and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians have teamed up to host a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic and education event this Saturday, December 6, 2014. The event will be held at the Rantoul Community Service Center located at 520 E. Wabash from 10:00 AM - Noon. ... more...

Oct 15, 2014 Proclamation - National Breat Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Below is the proclamation. You can also download a printable copy of it.


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Oct 15, 2014 Illinois Department of Public Health Director Announces Plans for an Ebola Hotline
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today is announcing plans to stand up a hotline later this week to answer questions the public may have about Ebola.

"Although, to date, there have been no persons in Illinois under investigation for suspected Ebola that has warranted testing, we understand there is concern and people have many questions. IDPH will be setting up a hotline to help provide answers to questions the public may have, including who may be infected with Ebola, how is it spread and what can I do to avoid it.

"After this morning's announcement of a second health care worker at a Texas hospital who provided care for the first U.S. Ebola victim preliminarily tested positive for Ebola, I would like to reassure Illinoisans that IDPH continues to work closely with hospitals and local health departments to provide guidance to quickly identify any potential cases of Ebola and contain any possible spread.... more...

Oct 8, 2014 WIC Program Changes Promote Healthy Food Choices
New milk guidelines effective October 1

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is making changes designed to improve the nutrition and health of pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children. Effective October 1, WIC will offer only one percent or skim milk for children over the age of two and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have recently had a baby. Children ages 12-23 months will continue to receive whole milk to ensure proper growth and development.... more...

Sep 18, 2014 Food Establishment Inspection Reports Now On-Line
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Website Now Host of Champaign County Food Establishment Inspection Reports

Champaign, IL - September is National Food Safety Month and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) announced this week that the CUPHD website now has inspection reports available for every retail food establishment where food is directly sold or offered to a consumer within Champaign County, Illinois, (such as a restaurant, convenience store, grocery store, day care, school, hospital, nursing home or tavern), except for cottage food operations and the retail food establishments operated by the University of Illinois.

Inspections have been a part of the food safety regulatory program since the start of the Champaign- Urbana Public Health District in 1937 and the start of the Champaign County Public Health Department (CCPHD) in 1998. Inspections are used to determine compliance with the current food rules and regulations to help protect... more...

Aug 21, 2014 U of I and CUPHD Partner to Offer Tobacco Cessation Program
CHAMPAIGN, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) typically offers one Freedom From Smoking class per year, but thanks to a new partnership with the University of Illinois, this year will be different. "Although CUPHD completed a class in April, partnering with the University of Illinois will allow us a wonderful opportunity to offer a second class in 2014 for UI employees and community members to quit together," said Talia Oakley, Health Educator.

Freedom From Smoking is a seven-week program that allows participants to work together with other quitters to develop and execute their own individualized "Quit Plan." "Quitting smoking can be very difficult, and we want to support individuals in making these difficult behavioral changes so they can be successful," said Nikki Hillier, Program Coordinator at... more...