Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Mar 21, 2006 The Great Impasta in Champaign Goes Smoke-Free
Public Health to Award Smoke Free Recognition Certificate on March 23

"I'm in the hospitality business, and I wasn't offering the best hospitality". -Harold Allston, Owner, The Great Impasta

Champaign - The Great Impasta, at 114 W. Church St., Champaign, is now a smoke-free restaurant. Owner Harold Allston chose to make his restaurant smoke-free this week, adding his establishment to a growing list of eateries that are getting rid of their smoking sections altogether.

Mr. Allston said several factors contributed to his decision to go smoke-free. First, trying to keep smoke from non-smokers was impossible. "I thought the restaurant was big enough, but you can't keep it from the non-smoking... more...

Mar 17, 2006 Friday March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day
March 24 is World TB Day, an annual observance meant to draw attention to a disease that causes over 2 million deaths a year worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control:

-One-third of the world's population is infected with tuberculosis (TB)
-9 million people become ill with TB each year
-TB is the leading cause of death among HIV infected individuals
-TB causes more deaths among women than all causes of maternal mortality... more...

Mar 14, 2006 Memo - Budget and Appropriation Ordinance
Notice is hereby given that a Proposed Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for the Champaign-Urbana public Health District in the County of Champaign and State of Illinois, for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2006, and ending March 31, 2007, is on file and conveniently available for public inspection from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the main office of the Public Health District at 710 N. Neil St., Champaign,... more...

Feb 6, 2006 Public Health to Enroll Uninsured Children In the State's "All Kids" Health Insurance Program
Parents Who Lack Health Insurance May Pre-Register Their Kids Now

Employed or unemployed parents who lack health insurance for their children may pre-register for the state of Illinois' "All Kids" program, a health insurance plan for uninsured children that will begin July 1, 2006. Public Health staff are already pre-registering families for this program, and encourage anyone with an uninsured child to schedule an appointment to pre-register for the... more...

Feb 6, 2006 Salud Pública Registrard Niños Sin Aseguranza Médica En el Programa del Estado "All Kids"
Padres con trabajo o sin trabajo que no tienen aseguranza médica para sus niños pueden pre-registrar para el programa del estado de Illinois "All Kids", un programa de aseguranza médica para niños sin aseguranza que empezará el primero de Julio, 2006. Personal de Salud Pública ya está pre-registrando familias para este programa y animan a cualquier persona con un niño sin aseguranza a sacar una cita para pre-registar para este... more...

Feb 3, 2006 C-U Public Health District Joins Nationwide Response to AIDS Crisis Among African Americans
HIV Counseling and Testing Available at Two Local Sites

Urbana, February 1, 2006 - On February 7, 2006, black American leaders and organizations of Champaign-Urbana will respond to the impact of HIV and AIDS in the city's African American communities in the sixth annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). On that day, Public Health's Wellness on Wheels Mobile Health Unit will offer HIV counseling and testing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Restoration Urban Ministries in Champaign. This event is meant to encourage Champaign County residents to get educated, get tested, get treated and get involved with HIV/AIDS as it continues to devastate black... more...

Feb 1, 2006 State Health Department Director to Highlight HIV/AIDS Initiatives Targeting African Americans
Champaign-Urbana Public Health Administrator to Participate Public Health Will Offer HIV Counseling & Testing After Dr. Whitaker's Speech

On Thursday, February 2, 2006, from noon-1 p.m., Dr. Eric Whitaker, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, will speak at a lunch and learn program at the African American Cultural Center, 708 S. Mathews, Urbana, on the campus of the University of... more...

Jan 31, 2006 Get Your "Health Check" in Champaign This February
Adult Flu and Pneumonia Shots Also Offered at Health Check Clinics

The Champaign County Public Health Department and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District are offering the following Health Check Clinics in Champaign in February. Any Champaign County resident aged 18 or older is eligible for the blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings offered at the clinics. Adult flu and pneumonia shots will also be available.

The Health Check Clinics in Champaign will... more...

Jan 31, 2006 Get Your "Health Check" in February in Mahomet, Rantoul, St. Joseph or Tolono
Flu & Pneumonia Shots Also Available for Adults and Children

The Champaign County Public Health Department is offering Health Check Clinics this February in Mahomet, Rantoul, St. Joseph and Tolono. Any Champaign County resident aged 18 or older is eligible for the blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings offered at the clinics. Adult and child flu and pneumonia shots are also available.

The County Health Check Clinics will... more...

Jan 19, 2006 Radon Gas Increases Lung Cancer Risk
Free Radon Test Kits Available From Public Health

January is National Radon Action Month, and Public Health is drawing attention to this invisible health threat by making radon test kits available to Champaign County residents free of charge.

Radon is an odorless and tasteless radioactive gas found at very low levels in outdoor air and in the soil. When radon gas enters homes it can build to higher levels and threaten health. According to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, 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...