National Public Health Week: IDPH wants to empower you to improve
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[April 09, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — If you have ever
eaten at a restaurant, gone to a hospital, needed an ambulance or
received a flu shot, you've been touched by public health. The
Illinois Department of Public Health, in conjunction with 96
certified health departments across the state, works every day to
control infectious diseases; ensure food safety; conduct newborn
screenings; provide immunizations; regulate hospitals and nursing
homes; compile birth, death and other statistics; and educate
communities on how to live healthier lives. April 7-13 is National
Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public
health and highlight issues that are important to improving our
"For the first time in decades, the current generation is not as
healthy as the previous generation," said IDPH Director LaMar
Hasbrouck. "I encourage people to look at their health, the health
of their family and of their community to see what positive changes
can be made to improve the quality of life and rebound to a
This year's theme for National Public
Health Week is "Public Health: Start Here" and each day has a
For "Did you know?" highlights on each daily topic below,
On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., Dr. Hasbrouck,
the IDPH director, will attend the Health Check Clinic at the Henry
and Stark County Health Department, 4424 U.S. Highway 34 in Kewanee.
At 12:15 p.m., he will attend the Knox County Health Department
recognition luncheon at 1361 W. Freemont St. in Galesburg. At 5
p.m., he will attend the annual Madison Community Unit School
District Health Fair at Bernard Long Elementary School, 1003 Farrish
St. in Madison.
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On Friday at noon, IDPH will join the National Center for
Rural Health Professions and the Winnebago County Health
Department at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at
Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave. in Rockford, to celebrate all
things public health.
You can also check with your local health department for upcoming
events or health fairs in your area.
IDPH is committed to promoting awareness of health issues and how
to address them through developing and expanding partnerships.
Building partnerships is just one of IDPH's priorities in its
Five Year Strategy 2014-2018 (PDF).
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Illinois Office of Communication and Information]