Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Jun 23, 2014 CUPHD One of the First in the Nation to Receive National Accreditation
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) announced
today that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board
(PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the
public by advancing the quality and performance ofthe nation's Tribal, state, local and territorial
public health departments. CUPHD is one of the first of hundreds ofhealth departments across
the country that sought accreditation through PHAB, the independent organization that
administers the national public health accreditation program.

"We are pleased and excited to be one of the first health departments in the nation to achieve
national standards that foster effectiveness and promote continuous quality improvement," said
Julie Pryde, CUPHD Administrator. "The accreditation process helps to ensure that the programs
and services we provide are as responsive as possible... more...

Jun 18, 2014 Breast Milk Depot Coming to Champaign
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) and the Indiana Mothers' Milk Bank (IMMB) will host a Milk Depot opening ceremony on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 201 W. Kenyon Road, Champaign, beginning at 10:00 AM in the Maternal and Child Health conference room. CUPHD will become the first downstate location in Illinois to become a breast milk drop-off site for screened and approved breast milk donors.

One goal of this program is to raise awareness of the importance of breast feeding for all babies and the life-saving benefit for premature babies in need. According to Heather Ludwig, Certified Lactation Consultant, "Many people are unaware of the option to donate breast milk. We want to raise awareness about this life-saving gift. When a mother's own milk is not available, the next best nutrition source is the use of human donor milk. There are over 200 ingredients in breast milk that cannot be duplicated in formula. Currently milk banks cannot keep up... more...

May 6, 2014 Mobile Units to Provide Health Screenings to Community
Local Agencies to Participate in a Mobile Health Round Up

CHAMPAIGN, IL - On Thursday, May 8, 2014, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will partner with the State of Illinois and other organizations to host a "Mobile Health Round Up."

The Mobile Health Round Up is a free event for the public that will include health screenings, prizes and fun for the whole family. Mobile units will be available from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM in the CUPHD parking lot, located at 201 W. Kenyon Road in Champaign, this Thursday providing blood pressure screenings, body mass index checks, radon awareness education, West Nile virus prevention, financial health information and much... more...

May 2, 2014 Public Health Officials Reassure Illinoisans after First Case of a Serious Virus in the U.S.
CHICAGO - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the U.S. The patient was on a flight last Thursday, April 24, 2014 from London to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, and then took a bus to Indiana.

"We will continue to work with the CDC and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) concerning the MERS-CoV patient who traveled from London to Chicago and then to Indiana," said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.

"The CDC, IDPH and CDPH do not consider passengers on the flight or bus to be close contacts1 of the patient and therefore are not at high... more...

May 1, 2014 IMPORTANT - Tick season in Illinois
A confirmed fatal case of RMSF acquired in Illinois occurred last year. Tetracycline is the drug of choice in adults and children. Empiric treatment should be initiated as soon as RMSF is suspected to prevent serious complications or death. RMSF is transmitted by the dog tick; dog ticks are present in all areas of Illinois.

--Signs and symptoms of RMSF include fever, malaise, headache, myalgias, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting, and a rash. However, all of these diagnostic clues are rarely identified on the initial patient encounter, leading to delays in appropriate therapy. Rash occurs in about 90% of RMSF cases; the typical rash first appears as spots on the wrists and ankles and then spreads to the trunk and also sometimes the palms and soles. The rash often appears two to five days after onset of fever. Some patients, especially children, may also have abdominal pain that may be severe. As with other tick- borne illnesses, some patients do not report a history of... more...

May 1, 2014 WIC Celebrates 40 Years of Service to Those in Need
Champaign, IL - In 2013, the Illinois WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program served over 280,000 low-income, pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children. Governor, Pat Quinn, recently issued a Proclamation announcing April 2014 as WIC Month in Illinois, encouraging all citizens to support and promote the WIC program.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) offers the WIC program to clients assisting over 4,000 families each year offering knowledge and skills to help them make healthy choices for their families. WIC is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program that provides healthy food vouchers and is aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, moms and infants up to age 5. According to the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), "Nearly 40 percent of all babies born in Illinois are WIC participants and research shows that WIC has been successful in the reduction of fetal deaths, infant mortality, low birth weight... more...

Apr 21, 2014 Teen Birth Rates are Rising in Champaign County Despite a National Decrease
Champaign, IL - In preparation for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report on April 8, 2014 showing a decline in births to younger U.S. teens. Although younger teen births have declined nationally, the Champaign County teenage birth rate is rising... more...

Mar 25, 2014 ACA Enrollment Deadline Nears
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will extend hours starting next week to assist individuals with Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment. The current open enrollment period will end on March 31, 2014. CUPHD will have staff available from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM March 25th through March 31st with additional hours on Saturday, March 29th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

"Meeting the Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline is particularly important if someone is purchasing insurance through the Marketplace. While people can still sign up for Medicaid after the 31st, plans through the Marketplace can only be purchased if a significant life event occurs. The next open enrollment period begins November 15, 2014," said Jeff Kemp-Rinderle, Lead Agent, Illinois Region 6 Implementation Program.... more...

Mar 4, 2014 Free Dental Exams and Cleanings for Children
Free Dental Exams and Cleanings for Children on Saturday, March 8 at the Fluid Events Center in Champaign

Champaign, IL - The Illini District Dental Society will sponsor Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) Day on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Fluid Events Center located at 601 N. Country Fair Drive in 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 families.

On March 8, local dentists and hygienists are taking the opportunity to give back to the community by volunteering time and services for GKAS and providing free dental exams, cleanings and fluoride varnish treatments to any child between the ages of 1 and 17. The oral health fair will offer a wide range of services and activities for everyone including: dental hygiene education; free toothbrushes; face painting; and visits and pictures with Flossie from the... more...

Feb 25, 2014 CUPHD Encourages Housing Property Owners to Go Smoke-Free
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) sent a mailing on Monday, February 24th to Champaign County multi-unit housing property owners detailing the benefits of smoke-free rental properties.

The mailing describes the cost savings to landlords of smoke-free rental units. The expense to clean a smoking unit after a smoker moves out can be anywhere from $4,000 to $15,000. The expense to clean a smoke-free rental unit is generally under $1,000. Cigarettes are also the leading cause of residential fires.

Beyond the risks and costs to property owners, smoking in multi-unit housing puts nonsmokers at risk for inhalation of secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke drifts into non-smokers' apartments through ventilation systems, light fixtures, electrical outlets, doorways, and windows. Secondhand smoke can remain in the air for hours after a cigarette is extinguished. Of the 4,000 chemicals in secondhand smoke, 250 are known toxins, and 50 are... more...