Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Jan 3, 2018 January is National Radon Action Month
Radon Gas Causes More Than 20,000 Lung Cancer Deaths in the Country Each Year and Forty-Eight Percent of Homes Tested in Champaign County have High Radon Levels

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 $5.00. 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 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... more...

Oct 27, 2017 Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic
Champaign, IL - On Saturday, November 4, 2017 the Champaign County Medical Reserve Corps (CCMRC) will host a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic for the surrounding community and their pets. This event will take place in the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) garage located at 201 West Kenyon Road, Champaign, IL, from 10am-1pm.

This event offers an opportunity for dog and cat owners, who may not otherwise be able to provide vet care, a more affordable option. Services will include the county rabies registration and vaccination, administered by veterinarian volunteers. Also, educational outreach regarding zoonotic diseases will be provided throughout this event. Before an animal receives their rabies vaccination, multiple stations will be set-up around the designated area addressing different types of diseases that can potentially affect animals and their owners. The cost of the rabies vaccination plus the county registration fee ranges from $15 - $36. Up to 75... more...

Oct 12, 2016 Survey to Determine Emergency Preparedness
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District's Medical Reserve Corps is overseeing a first-of-its-kind survey in Champaign County that will look at how prepared local residents are for potential disasters. The Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response-or CASPER-survey will take place in neighborhoods across Champaign County on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16, 2016 from Noon to 6 PM. Volunteers will visit Champaign, Homer, Rantoul, Sadorus, Savoy, St. Joseph, and Urbana.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Health Studies Branch developed CASPER. This simple tool enables government at all levels to rapidly assess a community's health needs after a disaster, as well as to measure household preparedness for disasters or emergencies.... more...

Jul 19, 2016 High Temperatures and Humidity Can Be Extremely Dangerous
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) and the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA) urge everyone to watch for the symptoms of heat-related illness, and to take precautions to keep their families and communities safe.

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:

An extremely high body temperature of 103 degrees or higher
Red, hot, and dry skin (no signs of perspiration)
Rapid, strong pulse
Throbbing headache... more...

Jun 23, 2016 National HIV Testing Day
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Encourages Citizens to "Take the Test, Take Control"

Champaign, IL - National HIV Testing Day is Monday, June 27, 2016 and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) encourages everyone to get tested.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 1.2 million people in the United States that are living with HIV. Because of effective treatments, people are living long and healthy lives with HIV. But it important to start treatment as soon as a person finds out that they have HIV. If you are living with HIV or know someone who is, you can contact CUPHD at 217-531-5368 and speak to Gary for more information.

It is estimated by the CDC that there are 50,000 new HIV infections each year in the United States. Almost one in seven people are unaware of their infection. Over half of young people between the ages of 13-24 living with HIV are unaware of their... more...

May 12, 2016 CUPHD Finds Local Tobacco Vending Practices that Increase Youth Smoking Rates
Champaign County, IL - The Champaign‐Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is releasing a report this month with findings that tobacco vending in Champaign County is more heavily concentrated in certain areas, and that a number of vendors have practices that make smoking more appealing to youth. Retail tobacco practices have a direct impact on the number of smokers, and how many youth begin smoking.

The Champaign County tobacco vendor survey found that:

Tobacco vendors are more likely to be located near schools in low income areas;

More than half of local teens live near a tobacco vendor;

Tobacco products attractive and accessible to youth are more prevalent in certain villages, with the highest number in Mahomet;

Tobacco vendors are more concentrated in certain villages, with the highest density in Thomasboro.... more...

Apr 20, 2016 Free Screening of Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will host a screening of the documentary Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The event will be held at the Art Theater Co-op located at 126 W. Church Street in Champaign from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The event is free to the public and includes a panel discussion following the screening featuring local experts currently battling HPV and cervical cancer in the area. Popcorn will be available free of... more...

Mar 24, 2016 Champaign-Urbana Walk with the Mayors
Walk for Health and Fitness with the Champaign and Urbana Mayors

Champaign, IL - On Saturday, April 2nd, the second annual Walk with the Mayors event will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Douglass Park (512 E. Grove St, Champaign).

The purpose of the walk is to encourage community health and physical activity. Mayor Deborah Feinen of Champaign and Mayor Laurel Prussing of Urbana will lead the group to share their commitment to wellness and to inspire the community through healthy role modeling. The walk is free and open to the public, including children.

"We'd love to have residents join us," said Mayor Prussing. "I try to walk every day. I enjoy walking to work and back. It's great for your health."

Champaign Mayor Feinen said, "Walking benefits our health and our environment and it's a great way to spend the morning. I am excited to show off our parks and our community's tremendous bike and walking infrastructure to those who join... more...

Mar 9, 2016 Free Dental Exams and Cleanings for Children on Saturday, March 12 at Parkland College
Free Dental Exams and Cleanings for Children on Saturday, March 12 at Parkland College

The Illini District Dental Society, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, Parkland College Dental Hygiene and mile Healthy Participate in Give Kids a Smile

Champaign, IL - The Illini District Dental Society will sponsor Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) Day on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Parkland College Dental Hygiene Clinic located at 2400 W. Bradley, Champaign. The event is part of the Children's Dental Access Program through the American Dental Association (ADA) that provides free oral healthcare services to children of low-income... more...

Jan 14, 2016 Cotton Bowl Diaper Drive Coming to Champaign-Urbana
Diapers for families in need

Champaign County, IL - On Thursday, January 21st, the Champaign‐Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), WDWS, WKIO, and WHMS radio, and are coordinating a Cotton Bowl Diaper Drive.

The Cotton Bowl drive‐through diaper drive will collect diapers for babies in need. The average child requires 50 diaper changes a week costing approximately $75 a month. This can be very difficult or impossible for families earning low incomes. Some families have to stretch diapers; which means babies wear diapers too long, or wear reused diapers. Wearing diapers too long can cause babies to develop urinary tract infections, diaper dermatitis, or other health problems.

The drive‐through diaper donations will be collected on January 21st from 8am‐6pm in two... more...