Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Aug 14, 2006 Get Your Child's School Physical In Time for the New School Year!
Student-Run Free Clinic and Public Health Partner to Meet the Needs of Uninsured Families

Hundreds of families in Champaign are finding it difficult to meet the state requirements for annual physical exams for kindergarten, fifth and ninth graders. Without documentation of a school physical, children cannot attend classes in the fall. Either because they don't have insurance or because local "All Kids" providers are unable to meet the demand, these families don't have many options for medical... more...

Jul 31, 2006 Health and Safety Officials Urge All to Mind the Heat!
During a Heat Wave, Common Sense is the Best Defense

Champaign County is bracing for a three-day stretch of high temperatures, and health and safety officials are urging residents to follow some common sense guidelines. The American Red Cross, the cities of Champaign and Urbana, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Champaign County Public Health Department are asking all county residents to follow these guidelines, from the Illinois Emergency Management... more...

Jun 30, 2006 Public Health to Change its "Health Check" Schedule
Monthly Clinics Will be Discontinued in Mahomet, Tolono and St. Joseph Special Clinics Will Be Offered in These Communities During the Flu Season

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is changing its "Health Check" schedule, offering blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings every Monday at its Rantoul office and every day at its Urbana site, while discontinuing the monthly clinics in St. Joseph, Mahomet and Tolono. Instead of offering the monthly health check clinics in these communities, Public Health will schedule special clinics at these sites during the flu season, when demand for the services is high.

Public Health will also offer the same services on all of its mobile clinics in... more...

Jun 28, 2006 Two Longtime Members of the Champaign County Board of Health Retire
Both Were Members Since the Early Days of the Champaign County Board of Health

Members of the Champaign County Board of Health expressed their deep appreciation last night to Board President Dr. Doug Wright and Board Member Dr. Safwat Wahba for their long and meritorious service on behalf of the citizens of Champaign County. Both Dr. Wright and Dr. Wahba retired from the county board of health last night.

Both members have served on the Board since shortly after its inception in 1996. During that time they devoted their time, talent and efforts to meeting the mission of the county board of health, which is "to promote health, prevent disease, and lessen the impact of illness through the effective use of community-wide... more...

Jun 28, 2006 School Physicals, Immunizations and Dental Exams Available to School Children This Month
Parents can get an early start on the required school physicals, immunizations and dental exams this month, thanks to a collaborative effort to offer these services well in advance of the school year.

On Thursday, July 6, a team of service providers will offer school physicals and immunizations to about 50 local children. School physicals are required for kindergartners, fifth and ninth grade students. Collaborators on this project include: the HERMES Student-Run Free Clinic, the Champaign Unit 4 School District and its Marshall K. Berner Family Information Center and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health... more...

Jun 24, 2006 June 27 is National HIV Testing Day
Public Health to Offer Rapid HIV Testing at Restoration Urban Ministries

In the United States, half of all new HIV infections occur in people under age 25; one-fourth in people under the age of 21.

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. The goal of National HIV Testing Day is to encourage you to know your HIV status by participating in an anonymous or confidential HIV testing program.

HIV counseling and testing helps people with HIV take steps to protect their own health and that of their partners, and helps people who test negative get the information they need to stay... more...

May 23, 2006 Free School Physical Clinic for Uninsured Children
Three Groups Partner to Fill the Gap

Hundreds of families in Champaign are finding it difficult to meet the state requirements for annual physical exams for kindergarten, fifth and ninth graders. Without documentation of a school physical, children cannot attend classes in the fall. Either because they don't have insurance or because local "KidCare" providers are overwhelmed with too many patients, these families don't have many options for medical... more...

May 11, 2006 Smoking Ban Bill
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May 10, 2006 Champaign Parks and Public Health Team Up for Fun Run/Walk and Health Fair in Douglass Park
Health Tests, Healthy Snacks, Exercise and Education Available to All

Everyone is invited to start the weekend with a little exercise and fun at the Fun Run/Walk and Health Fair on May 13 in Douglass Park, Champaign. The Champaign Park District will provide healthy refreshments to all and is giving out free t-shirts to the first 50 participants.

Wellness on Wheels, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District mobile health clinic, will offer participants a chance to meet privately with Public Health nurses to get blood pressure screenings, pregnancy tests, rapid HIV tests and tests for sexually transmitted diseases. Participants will learn about diabetes and smoking cessation programs, and eligible women and children will also be able to enroll in nutrition and health programs offered at Public... more...

May 9, 2006 May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month
Public Health Urges Those at Risk of Hepatitis A or B to Get Vaccinated

May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month, an observance to draw attention to viral diseases of the liver.

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B are vaccine-preventable diseases. Public Health offers both Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B immunizations to those who visit one of its Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) clinics in Champaign, Urbana or Rantoul. Anyone 19 years of age or older who visits an STD clinic is eligible for the vaccines, as is anyone who is HIV-positive. (See STD Clinic schedule,... more...