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Gov. Ryan announces breast
and cervical program grants

[OCT. 29, 2002]  SPRINGFIELD — On Friday Gov. George Ryan announced grants totaling $6.3 million for a statewide program offering free or reduced-cost mammograms and other women’s health care services.

"This funding provides health care resources for women who need help the most," Gov. Ryan said. "Through these grants, we expect to serve 17,000 women this year who otherwise might not be able to afford breast and cervical cancer screening. These routine procedures can substantially improve a woman’s chances of surviving life-threatening diseases."

The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program — the IBCCP — began in 1995 in DuPage, Lake and Peoria counties and was expanded statewide by Gov. Ryan in 1999. This year’s funding allows IBCCP to fund two additional agencies — ACCESS Community Health Network in Chicago and Cook County and the Madison County Health Department — to better serve women in those areas. There are now 25 local health departments and health care agencies across the state that work with 900 local health care providers to deliver the program’s services.

Administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health, the IBCCP is funded through a combination of state and federal funds — $2 million from the state and $4.3 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The screening program targets women 35 to 64 years of age and older who have limited incomes and are either uninsured or underinsured. To be eligible, individuals must have an income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level: $17,720 a year for a single-person household. Screenings include clinical breast exams and mammograms (40 to 64 years) and pelvic exams and Pap smears (35 to 64 years of age).

Women who are diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer through IBCCP and who meet eligibility requirements can receive treatment benefits through the Medical Assistance Program administered by the Illinois Department of Public Aid. Since the treatment benefits first became available on July 1, 2001, about 250 women have received breast cancer treatment at little or no cost.

"This program has made it possible for women who may not have been able to afford care for breast or cervical cancer to receive not only diagnosis information but also treatment," said Dr. John R. Lumpkin, state public health director.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime, and more than 2,000 women in Illinois are expected to die this year from breast cancer. In addition, an average of 700 women a year in Illinois learn they have invasive cervical cancer, and 230 die annually from the disease.

It is recommended that all women perform a monthly breast self-examination and receive an annual clinical breast examination; women 40 years of age and older also should have a yearly mammogram.


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Women should check with their primary care provider about how frequently they should receive a Pap smear. Recommendations are based on clinical findings, history of risk factors and appropriate standards of care.

For information about obtaining a free screening through the program, individuals should contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at (888) 522-1282 for voice callers or (217) 557-3326 by fax.

Below is a list of agencies receiving the grants.

IBCCP screening grant awards

ACCESS Community Health Network, $148,000

Adams County Health Department, $148,000

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, $277,500

Chicago Department of Public Health, $740,000

Cook County Department of Public Health, $296,000

DuPage County Health Department, $259,000

Fulton County Health Department, $138,750

Kankakee County Health Department, $222,000

Knox County Health Department, $101,750

Lake County Health Department, $370,000

LaSalle County Health Department, $148,000

Livingston County Health Department, $83,250

Logan County Health Department, $370,000

Madison County Health Department, $185,000

Montgomery County Health Department, $240,500

Peoria City/County Health Department, $203,500

Rock Island County Health Department, $305,250

Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital (Mattoon), $212,750

Southern Seven Health Department, $120,250

St. Clair County Health Department, $222,000

St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Inc. (Centralia and Mount Vernon), $629,000

Stephenson County Health Department, $222,000

Tazewell County Health Department, $111,000

Visiting Nurse Association of Fox Valley (Aurora), $222,000

Winnebago County Health Department, $305,250

Total: $6,280,750

[Illinois Government News Network
press release]

Help your community: Take the survey!

[OCT. 15, 2002]  Headlines from the past year reflect a growing youth problem in Logan County. Teenagers injured or killed in alcohol- and drug-related incidents have reached an all-time high. It has brought sorrow to many, brought some to their knees, and has the community as a whole searching for answers.

Concerned parents and community leaders are looking for the means and methods to eliminate teenage alcohol and drug consumption, and to curb the consumption of harmful over-the-counter drugs used for recreational and performance purposes. While many have expressed this same concern, there are currently no real "answers" in this quest.

Kristin Lessen and the staff from Logan-Mason Mental Health, a division of Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois, think that attitudes about drinking and drug use lead the way, and want to gather information which might prove this theory and provide a long-term means of treating this growing threat.

She wants you to TAKE THE SURVEY! Just 20 questions about what your attitude is about drugs and alcohol. Please participate. It could make a real difference.

[Jim Youngquist]

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Health Department offers
flu shots for the public

[OCT. 9, 2002]  Logan County Health Department has flu and pneumonia immunizations available now. Flu and pneumonia shots can be obtained at the Health Department, 109 Third St., on a walk-in basis during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. Please arrive by 4:15 p.m.

The Mobile Medical Van will also have flu and pneumonia immunizations available at all regularly scheduled times of operation in all 14 communities.

It is recommended that the flu vaccination be received by the end of November.

The cost for flu and pneumonia vaccine is $16 per shot. Medicare will pay for both shots. All clients are asked to have their Medicare cards with them when coming to get flu or pneumonia shots.

Influenza is caused by a virus that spreads from people infected to the nose or throat of others. Influenza can cause fever, cough, chills, sore throat, headache, muscle aches in people of any age.

However, people at risk for getting serious cases of influenza are people 65 years of age or older, residents of long-term care facilities, anyone with serious long-term health problems, people with weakened immune system, and health care workers coming in close contact with people at risk of serious influenza.


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People who have had a serious allergic reaction to eggs or previous dose of influenza vaccine, and people with a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome should consult with a doctor before getting the influenza vaccination.

Pneumonia vaccine protects against pneumococcal pneumonia, a serious lung infection. Symptoms of pneumonia include fever, aches, fatigue, chest pain, cough and confusion. People 65 years of age and older should receive the pneumococcal immunization. Re-vaccination of people at highest risk for serious pneumococcal infection is recommended only once, after five years have elapsed.

For further information, please contact the Logan County Health Department at (217) 735-2317.

[News release]

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Immanuel Lutheran Church hosts blood drive

[NOV. 7, 2002]  Immanuel Lutheran Church will host a blood drive with the Central Illinois Community Blood Center on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 3 until 6:30 p.m.

Central Illinois Community Blood Center provides all of the blood and blood products for 12 area hospitals, including those in Lincoln, Hopedale and Springfield. CICBC is a community-based blood center whose mission is to provide a safe and adequate blood supply for patients in local hospitals in a cost-effective manner. No other organization provides blood in these hospitals.

Patients in these hospitals are your friends, neighbors, and family members, and they depend on healthy community members for the lifesaving blood they need. Less than 5 percent of the population donates blood for the other 95 percent. Please help save lives in your community by donating blood to your community blood center.

You may donate blood if you are at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed permission slip from parent or guardian), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good health. There is no upper age limit. You need only be in good health and have a picture ID or two other forms of ID. Please remember that as a blood donor, you are truly saving lives.

Please donate blood… It’s about life.

[CICBC press release]

Mobile health unit schedule

The Rural Health Partnership has announced the schedule for its mobile health unit for 2002.


Morning: 9-11 a.m.



Afternoon: 1-3:30 p.m.


1st and 3rd


1st and 3rd



2nd and 4th

San Jose

2nd and 4th






Mount Pulaski



New Holland




1st and 3rd




2nd and 4th

Friendship Manor-Lincoln


1st, 2nd, 4th

Village Hall-Latham




2nd and 4th




Maintenance/ special events


special events

The mobile health unit does not operate on the following dates for holidays during 2002:  Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), Feb. 18 (Presidents’ Day), March 29 (Good Friday), May 27 (Memorial Day), July 4 (Independence Day), Sept. 2 (Labor Day), Oct. 14 (Columbus Day), Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), Nov. 28-29 (Thanksgiving break) and Dec. 24-25 (Christmas break).

For more information on the mobile health unit schedule and services, contact Dayle Eldredge at (217) 732-2161, Ext. 409.

Community resource list

This family resource list to save and use is provided by the Healthy Communities Partnership and the Healthy Families Task Force, 732-2161, Ext. 409.         


Phone number


Lincoln agencies


911 (emergency)
732-3911 (office -- non-emergency)

911 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital


315 Eighth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

American Red Cross

732-2134 or 
1 (800) 412-0100

125 S. Kickapoo
Lincoln, IL 62656

Catholic Social Services


310 S. Logan
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln/Logan County Chamber
of Commerce


303 S. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Community Action (CIEDC)


1800 Fifth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Crisis Pregnancy Center/
Living Alternatives


408 A Pulaski St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

DCFS (Department of Children
& Family Services)

735-4402 or 
1 (800) 252-2873
(crisis hotline)

1120 Keokuk St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Heartland Community College
- GED program


620 Broadway St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Housing Authority


1028 N. College St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP)

735-2317 or 
1 (800) 269-4019

109 Third St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Illinois Employment and Training Center (replaces JTPA office)


120 S. McLean St., Suite B
Farm Bureau Building
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Area YMCA


319 W. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln/Logan Food Pantry


P.O. Box 773
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Parents’ Center


100 S. Maple
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Park District


1400 Primm Rd.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan County Department of Human Services (Public Aid)


1500 Fourth St.
P.O. Box 310
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan County Health Department


109 Third St.
P.O. Box 508
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan-Mason Mental Health

735-2272 or
735-3600 (crisis line)

304 Eighth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan-Mason Rehabilitation Center


760 S. Postville Drive
Lincoln, IL 62656

The Oasis
(Senior Citizens of Logan County)


501 Pulaski St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Project READ


620 Broadway St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Salvation Army


1501 N. Kickapoo
Lincoln, IL 62656

Senior Services of Central Illinois

732-6213 or 
1 (800) 252-8966
(crisis line)

109 Third St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

U. of I. Extension Service


980 N. Postville Drive
Lincoln, IL 62656

Springfield agencies

Department of Aging


421 E. Capitol, #100
Springfield, IL 62701-1789

American Cancer Society

(24 hour)

1305 Wabash, Suite J
Springfield, IL 62704

Community Child Care Connection

(217) 525-2805 or
1 (800) 676-2805

1004 N. Milton Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-4430

Hospice Care of Illinois

1 (800) 342-4862
(24 hour) or
732-2161, Ext. 444

720 N. Bond
Springfield, IL 62702

Illinois Department of Public Health

(217) 782-4977

535 W. Jefferson
Springfield, IL 62761

Legal Assistance Foundation

(217) 753-3300 or
1 (800) 252-8629

730 E. Vine St., Suite 214
Springfield, IL 62703

Sojourn Shelter & Services Inc.

732-8988 or
1 (866) HELP4DV
(24-hour hotline)

1800 Westchester Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62704

U. of I. Division of Specialized Care for Children

524-2000 or 
1 (800) 946-8468

421 South Grand Ave. West
Second Floor
Springfield, IL 62704

Logan County libraries

Atlanta Library 

(217) 648-2112

100 Race St.
Atlanta, IL 61723

Elkhart Library

(217) 947-2313

121 E. Bohan
Elkhart, IL 62634

Lincoln Public Library


725 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Mount Pulaski Library


320 N. Washington
Mount Pulaski, IL 62548

(updated 2-15-02)

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