This section will connect you with all of the programs that would be of interest to families or Late Adults 36-55 years of age. The links will take you to the sites with information that may support families, grandparents or others for services or to find out answers to questions. If you do not find what you are looking for – go to the Question & Answer Section under Popular Pages and ask a question – your question will appear in the answer section and your question will be confidential.
Are you amongst the many individuals who have been turned away from health insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition? Are you someone who has never had the opportunity to obtain health insurance because your job didn’t offer it? Or maybe you’re a person who simply couldn’t afford health insurance? The Affordable Care Act was established to help people like you and many more.
Partner organization, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is dedicated to spreading the word about Get Covered Illinois/Affordable Care Act and the range of health insurance options available to residents in Ford and Iroquois County.
Individuals, families and small business owners need to be aware that they have until March 31, 2014 to enroll in a health plan. And if they want their coverage to begin January 1, 2014, enrollment must be completed by Dec. 15, 2013.
Iroquois and Ford County residents can now connect with a specially trained Navigator at Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department in Watseka (815)432-2483 and Paxton (217)379-9281. You may contact either office or by completing a request for appointment.
What you need to bring to your scheduled appointment:
- Your Social Security Number (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
- Your Income information (pay stub or W-2 form) for every member of your household who needs coverage
- Proof of Illinois residency (utility bill, lease)
- If you have health insurance now, bring that policy information too.
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“4 The Health of It” is a six-week program sponsored by FIPHD and WGFA Radio and encourages physical activity, healthy eating and healthy moments to celebrate wellness. The program is in it's third year of promoting self responsibility and helps people become more aware that physical activity, healthy moments, and healthy eating habits are behaviors, that when adopted, allow for a healthier status. Besides physical activity and nutritious eating, individuals are also rewarded for engaging in healthy moments that would include among others: dental check-ups, depression screenings, mammograms, pap tests/pelvic exams, blood work, annual eye exams, prostate exams, colon cancer screenings, diabetes screenings, preventative vaccinations, tobacco cessation activities, and annual physician well-visits. The program begins May 1, 2013 and ends June 15, 2013. There is no age limit and groups are most welcome. Prizes for the top individuals and groups will serve as a competitive edge for motivation. The main concept of the program is to GET UP AND MOVE - EAT RIGHT AND HAVE FUN!!!
Parenting classes are for parents and prospective parents and are modified to the age of the child(ren). The classes are $10.00 per session. Referrals are accepted. Fees also accepted through outside source if classes are mandatory.
The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program provides assistance, information and support to grandparents age 55 years or older who are raising grandchildren age 18 years of age or younger. Trainings and educational workshops are provided to inform clients of available services and options that are available to them.
The International Travel Program assists those who plan to travel outside of the United States. This informational program helps travelers to obtain appropriate vaccinations, provides information on current health and medical concerns or outbreaks associated with the country they plan to visit and offers guidance and tips for health protection. The information provided through the International Travel Program also provides other helpful travel tips such as expected weather, currency, and pertinent information about the destination country.
This program is in place to protect every individual consuming food in Ford and Iroquois counties from food borne illness by enforcing the Ford County and Iroquois County Food Service Ordinances as well as the Illinois Department of Public Health Food Services Sanitation Code. This is achieved through inspections of such establishments throughout the year.
The agency works to eliminate disease transmission and chemical poisons through the provision of a safe, potable, adequate supply of water for drinking, culinary, and sanitary purposes for every individual within Ford and Iroquois counties. This is achieved through the enforcement of the Water Well Ordinances of Ford and Iroquois counties, the Illinois Department of Public Health Water Well Construction Code and the Illinois Department of Public Health Water Well Pump Installation Code.
- Inspections of non-community water systems
- Inspections of newly constructed or repaired wells
- Testing of Private Well Water
- Issuance of permits for newly constructed wells
- Surveying of existing wells for loan purposes
- Abandoned well sealing
The goal of this program is to protect every individual in the jurisdiction of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department from contraction and transmission of disease by enforcing the Sewage Disposal Ordinance of Ford and Iroquois counties as well as the Illinois Department of Public Health Private Sewage Disposal Licensing Act and Code.
- Inspections of newly constructed or repaired septic systems
- Inspections of disposal sites
- Inspections of pumper trucks
- Issuance of permits for newly constructed or repaired septic systems
- Surveying of existing septic systems for loan purposes
“4 The Health of It” is a six-week program sponsored by FIPHD and WGFA Radio and encourages physical activity, healthy eating and healthy moments to celebrate wellness. Formally called Employee Health & Fitness Month, “4 The Health of It” was developed to include all persons living in the WGFA Radio listening area. The project promotes self responsibility and helps people become more aware that physical activity, healthy moments, and healthy eating habits are behaviors, that when adopted, allow for a healthier status. Besides physical activity and nutritious eating, individuals are also rewarded for engaging in healthy moments that would include among others: dental check-ups, depression screenings, mammograms, pap tests/pelvic exams, blood work, annual eye exams, prostate exams, colon cancer screenings, diabetes screenings, preventative vaccinations, tobacco cessation activities, and annual physician well-visits. There is no age limit and groups are welcome. Prizes for the top individuals and groups will serve as a competitive edge for motivation. The main concept of the program is to GET UP AND MOVE!!! EAT RIGHT AND HAVE FUN!!!
If you are interested in becoming a Participant – call (815) 432-2483 and ask for Ellen.
If you are interested in becoming an Award Sponsor your logo or business badge will be placed on the marketing brochure, all public communications (including weekly radio announcements) and the participant forms. Call (815) 432-2483 and ask to speak with Ellen, “4 The Health of It” Program Coordinator or you can email her at email@example.com.
Do it for yourself………do it “4 The Health of It!”
A link to this site has also been made available on WGFA Radio's website.
One-on-One Diabetes Education
Contact Information: DiAnne Schoolman, Registered Diabetic Educator
200 Fairman Ave.
Watseka, IL 60970
Telephone: (815) 432-7719
For more information concerning the Iroquois Memorial Hospital Diabetes Education, contact Diane Schoolman.
The Diabetes Education Program
Contact Information: Eileen Woolums
Diabetes Education Program
1120 N. Melvin Street
Gibson City, IL 60936
Telephone: (217) 784-2344
Diabetes Support Group meets 2nd thursday of every month - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Radiology waiting room. For more information on the Gibson Area Hospital Diabetes Education Program or Diabetes Support Group, contact Eileen Woolums.
Diabetes Support Group
Contact Information: Karen Mbanza
Carle Physician Group
2300 North Vermilion Street
Danville, IL 61832
Telephone: (217) 554-1700
Support Group meets 4th Tuesday of each month (except November and December) - 6:30 pm. Group meets at teh Danville Family YMCA - contact Karen Mbanza for more information.
The Diabetes Wellness Center - Diabetes Self-Management Education Program.
Contact Information : Kelly Cuffe
Riverside Diabetes Self-Management Education Program
1905 West Court Street
Kankakee, IL 60901
Telephone: (815) 936-6515
Address: 100 Westwood Oaks Ct Kankakee, IL 60901-2957
With the adoption into law of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), this HazMat map increases the public's awareness of hazardous materials within our bi-county jurisdiction. In the event of any emergency situation, the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and other local emergency responders will be notified and the communities will be informed how to proceed.
For more information or how to become an active member in the local Ford-Iroquois LEPC Committee - contact:
- Andy Johnson - F-ILEPC Chairperson firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 815-341-3188
- Lori Yates - F-ILEPC Secretary email@example.com or call her at 815-432-7755
The Coordinated Point of Entry (CPoE)/Senior Information Services (SIS) Program provides information regarding services available for people 60 years of age and over or disabled. Information may be given over the phone or in a home visit by the Senior Service Representative. Assistance includes, but is not limited to:
Answering questions about local, state and federal government benefits such as:
- Pharmaceutical Assistance
- Reduced rate on vehicle license plates
- Energy Assistance
- Social Security
- Power of Attorney
- Living Will
- Help filling out forms
- S.H.I.P. (Senior Health Insurance Program)
- Public Aid
Community programs and services including:
- Property Tax/Homestead Exemption
- Food Pantries
- Personal Supplies
- Nutrition Programs
- Senior Center Activities
- Lion's Club (hearing aids and glasses)
- Home Health Care
- Case Management
- Benefit Access Program
The Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP) (Also known as Live Well, Be Well Program) is a 6 week self-managment course offered to the residents of Ford and Iroquois Counties to help manage chronic health conditions. The evidence based program helps the participate learn to help take steps towards positive change and healthier living, helps to build confidence and one's ability to manage the day-to-day life events. Topics of the program include:
-Working with your doctor
-Medication "how to's"
-Personalizing a fitness & exercise program
-Dealing with negative emotions
-Tips for eating well
-Effective problem solving
The Immigration and Naturalization Program provides aliens, of any age, with services necessary to adjust the status to one of lawful permanent resident of the United States.
The Coordinated School Health Grant Program enhances the physical and mental health of all within the Unit 9 school system by providing specific education and interventions to promote the 8 essential components of Coordinated School Health: (1) Parent & Community Partnerships; (2) Health Education; (3) Physical Education; (4) Nutritional Services and Education; (5) Healthy and Safe School Environment; (6) Mental Health Services; (7) Health Services; and (8) Staff Health Promotion. The focuses of this program include:
-improved physical and mental well-being through promotion of proper nutrition;
-increased physical activity;
-increased capacity to learn;
-reduction of absenteeism;
-strengthening of community resources and relationships;
-decreased bullying, violence, crime and substance abuse;
-as well as obesity and chronic disease prevention.
The Communicable Diseases Program protects residents within this jurisdiction from contracting and transmitting infectious diseases through active surveillance and by completing investigations, providing diagnostic screenings, providing referrals as appropriate and reporting as mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The Emergency Preparedness and Bioterrorism Program provides citizens of Ford and Iroquois counties with a plan ensuring comprehensive emergency preparedness and response to any overt threat, whether natural or man-made. Emergency preparedness includes identifying the crisis at hand, implementing plans, providing education and media information as appropriate and pertinent to the event, plus providing appropriate treatment in a timely manner, if available.
In the event of a bioterrorism attack, a plan for the distribution of strategic national stockpile medication dispensing has also been completed. The purpose is to establish policies, procedures and guidelines for the dispensing of mass medications and/or vaccinations to the residents of Ford and Iroquois counties and to anyone who may be traveling through the two counties in the event of a bioterrorist attack, diseases outbreak, or other natural or man-made disaster. The overall responsibility for the plan is with the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department. In order to respond to an actual event in initiating this Plan, coordination and support of multiple agencies and community partners will be necessary.
The Community and School Health Division works closely with the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Planning Grant Program through the Illinois Emergency Managment Agency (IEMA). The program objectives are to:
-Support the Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs)
-Enhance hazardous chemical emergency plans
-Determine flow patterns of hazardous materials
-Conduct emergency response drills and exercises of the hazardous chemical emergency plans
-Assess local response capabilities
-Community awareness and public education
The Community and School Health Division is involved with notifying first-response communities by using the State of Illinois Rapid Electronic Notification (SIREN) warning system. The SIREN system allows all community entities in both counties to be notified simultaneously of any alerts that may arise. SIREN cuts the response time dramatically for our local agencies to respond to natural or man-made disasters.
The goal of the Tobacco Initiative Program is to assure the public has the opportunity to live and work in a smoke-free environment through eforcement of the Illinois Smoke-free Act. The program supports effective K-12 school based programs for tobacco prevention to reduce initiation and encourage cessation of tobacco use among young people. The department also offers free nicotine replacement therapies to those wishing to quit smoking.
This program works to reduce the incidence of long term diseases and the potential for complications through education, screenings, and appropriate referrals for citizens of all ages in Ford and Iroquois counties. Free Blood pressure screenings are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Diabetes and Cholesterol Screenings are scheduled periodically and require an appointment. Diabetic information and education is provided through a free quarterly newsletter.
HIV/AIDS Surveillance and Education decreases the incidence and spread of HIV/AIDS. Education and referral services are available for community members, to enhance community awareness and knowledge of signs and symptoms, treatment and resources that are available.
Adult Immunization Program
The Adult Immunization Program provides adults in Ford and Iroquois counties with appropriate immunizations to prevent the spread of communicable and vaccine preventable diseases, thereby reducing morbidity rates and improving the quality of health.
Adult immunizations include:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- HPV - to age 26 (private pay) to age 20 (medical card)
- Shingles - Must be age 60 or older
- TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis [whooping cough])
Please call the office to schedule your appointment today!