Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

May 30, 2019 Summer Food Service Program Starts Tomorrow
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is hosting the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) again this year beginning Thursday, May 30. The program provides free meals throughout the summer months when children are not in school.

SFSP is sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education and will run through mid-August. All meals are free to children ages 1 - 18 regardless of income or residency. The following times and locations will be available:

CUPHD lobby located at 201 W. Kenyon Road in Champaign... more...

Mar 19, 2019 Women's Health Expo
Free Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Expo

Champaign, IL - The Champaign'Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), along with the University of Illinois School of Social Work and via PCORI funding, (Patient'Centered Outcomes Research Institute), is hosting a Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Expo on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The event will be held at the Champaign Public Library, Robeson Ballrooms A, B, and C, located at 200 W. Green Street in Champaign from 10:00 AM ' Noon.

The health expo will highlight available information and resources as well as speakers discussing birth, pregnancy, perinatal depression, and health policy. Refreshments and prizes will also be provided. This event is free and open to the... more...

Mar 4, 2019 Champaign County EMA and Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Urge People to Prepare for Severe W
Champaign, IL - The Champaign County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA) and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) urge everyone to prepare for severe weather. March 3-9, 2019 is Severe Weather Preparedness week in Illinois. Now is the time to prepare - before severe weather is predicted.

While there is nothing we can do to stop severe thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, or floods from developing, there are things that everyone can do to minimize the impacts of severe weather on our lives. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the following precautions can be taken to prepare for severe... more...

Feb 17, 2019 Additional Measles Cases
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is reporting two more cases of measles. The third case was in quarantine for the entire infectious period. The fourth case is pending genotyping results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All four of the measles cases are no longer infectious.

Most individuals are vaccinated routinely, in childhood, starting at age 1 (MMR, Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine) and are not at high risk for infection. Of most concern are people who have not been vaccinated, including infants. Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is working with the Urbana Early Childhood School and Carle to identify potential contacts. If you were at any of these exposure sites, please contact public health or your healthcare provider for follow-up.

Individuals with symptoms of measles (fever, rash, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes) and an exposure should CALL their health care provider to discuss the... more...

Feb 4, 2019 Second Measles Case
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is reporting a second local case of measles. Most individuals are vaccinated routinely, in childhood, starting at age 1 (MMR, Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine) and are not at high risk for infection. Of most concern are people who have not been vaccinated, including infants. Individuals unsure of their vaccine records should call their health care provider to check to see if they are fully vaccinated. Individuals with symptoms should CALL their health care provider to discuss the need for testing before presenting to the clinic. University of Illinois students who have symptoms should contact McKinley Health Center before presenting for... more...

Sep 5, 2018 Hepatitis A Vaccine Available for People At-risk
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health, is offering hepatitis A vaccine to people at the greatest risk of becoming infected in our community. Although there are currently no outbreaks in Illinois, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported hepatitis A outbreaks in states across the county, including neighboring states.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. It is usually spread from person-to-person through contaminated food or water. According to the CDC, the major risk factors associated with the recent outbreaks include drug use (injection and non- injections), homelessness, or... more...

Jul 19, 2018 Saturday Hours
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is currently open the third Saturday of every month from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM to provide an option for working families that find it difficult to schedule visits during weekdays.

CUPHD offers Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinic hours as well as provides an opportunity for school physicals and immunizations during the summer. The WIC clinics are walk-in (no appointments are necessary), and the school physicals and immunizations are by appointment from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Families should bring their children, identification, and proof of income in order to sign up for WIC, and immunization records and insurance information for physicals. Physical and immunization appointments are currently being accepted for August 18 and September 15, 2018 with immediate appointments currently available every weekday.... more...

Jul 5, 2018 New Leadership Teams Selected for Kresge's Emerging Leaders in Public Health Initiative
The Kresge Foundation announced last week that Julie Pryde, Public Health Administrator, and Awais Vaid, Director of Planning and Research at Champaign-Urbana Public Health District have been selected to join a group of 40 public health leaders from around the country who will participate in the The Kresge Foundation's Emerging Leaders in Public Health initiative. The Emerging Leaders in Public Health Program was designed to provide public health leaders of county and local health departments opportunities to build additional knowledge and skills to tackle the challenges they face in their... more...

Jun 15, 2018 High Temperatures and Humidity Can Be Extremely Dangerous
Heat-related illness can take many forms ranging from a mild case of heat exhaustion to a more serious and life-threatening case of heat stroke. Heat-related illnesses occur when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. The body's temperature rises rapidly and the body looses its ability to perspire and cool down. Rising to temperatures of 106 degrees or higher within 10 to 15 minutes can result in death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

Signs and symptoms of heat-related illness include:... more...

Feb 2, 2018 Free Dental Exams and Cleanings for Children at C-U Smile
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will host C-U Smile on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana. The event will provide free oral healthcare services to children ages 0-17.

C-U Smile will offer free dental exams, cleanings, fluoride varnish treatments and dental sealants, as needed, and will fulfill the dental requirement for school children entering grades K, 2, and 6. The oral health fair will offer visits with the Tooth Fairy, provide interactive oral health instruction and tips on reducing dental anxiety. Appointments are not necessary; however, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the child. There are no income or residency requirements to receive services. Any adult accompanying a child may receive a free oral cancer... more...