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Iroquois County Public Health Department
Office hours Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For an after hours or weekend emergency, please call 911.
Groundwater Awareness Week: March 5-11, 2017. “An annual checkup of your well is the best way to ensure problem-free service and quality water,” says Terry Eimen, Director of Environmental Health at the Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD).
“It is not too late to get a flu shot,” said Vonda Pruitt, RN, Director of Nursing and Social Services at the Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD). “The flu season usually peaks between December and February and continues until May. It is important to protect yourself and those around you against flu viruses, and the flu vaccine can help you do that.”
Protect yourself and others from the common cold. Wash your hands often and stay at home when you are sick.
Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults.
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Iroquois County Public Health Department Press Releases
Groundwater Awareness Week: March 5-11, 2017 – 02/14/2017
It is not too late to get a Flu Shot – 01/26/2017
January is Cervical Health Awareness – 01/19/2017
January is National Radon Action Month – 01/03/2017
Drive-Thru Flu Clinic in Gilman – 10/15/2016
IPHA Award – 09/28/2016
Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic – 09/27/2016
ICPHD Flu Clinics – 09/09/16
A Healthy Start: Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child – 08/15/16
School Age Children Vaccines – 08/08/16
Adults Need Vaccines Too – 08/01/2016
Bird Collection – 07/18/2016
HPV Vaccine – 07/18/2016
Preteen Vaccines – 07/11/2016
ICPHD SNS Full Scale Exercise 2016 – 06/01/2016
National Public Health Week 2016 – 04/04/2016
World TB Day 2016 – 03/24/2016
Daycare Emergency Preparedness Guide – 03/14/2016
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month – 01/11/2016
January is National Radon Action Month – 01/11/2016
Health Department Reminds Well Owners to Test Following Floods – 12/30/2015
Water Samples during Thanksgiving Holiday – 2015
Great American Smokeout – 11/19/2015
2015 Public Flu Clinics Reminder – 10/22/2015
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – 10/19/2015
West Nile – Mosquito Protection – 09/11/2015
2015 Public Flu Clinics Schedule – 09/11/2015
Well Owners Test Following Flood – 06/25/2015
West Nile and Other Mosquito-borne Illness – 06/25/2015
Dead Birds Needed by Health Department – 06/02/2015
IDPH Announces World TB Day – 03/24/2015
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month – 01/13/2015
The Great American Smokeout – 11/16/2014
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – 10/28/2014
Iroquois County Demographics
Data on basic demographic characteristics are essential when understanding current and future public health concerns. Iroquois County, the third largest county in Illinois, is an agricultural county that is 35 miles long, 32 miles wide, and contains 1,120 square miles. The county is bordered on the north by the county of Kankakee, on the east by the State of Indiana, on the south by Vermillion and Ford Counties, and on the west by Ford County.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Iroquois County had a population of 29,718 of which 14,519 are men and 15,199 are women. These statistics revealed that the median age of the Iroquois County population was 43.4 years with males at 41.7 and women at 44.7 years, respectively. Individuals who were 65 years and older in 2010 comprised 5,627 of the population. This documented data showed that the Iroquois County’s population was reported to be 94.7 % Caucasian, 0.8% African American, 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native, and 0.3% Asian. The ethnic statistics of the county revealed 5.3% of the county’s population was of the Hispanic or Latino culture.
Economically, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), in June 2014, Iroquois County showed a lower unemployment rate of 6.1% compared to the state of Illinois’ average of 7.1% (IDES, June 2014). On further study, the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2012, showed a poverty rate for Iroquois County of 11.7% with a median household income 3-year estimate of $46,794.00 and a per capital income 3-year estimate of $24,831.00 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010). The published data on poverty varies from source to source. The American Community Survey 5-year estimates, done through the U.S. Census Bureau from 2008-2012, revealed that 11.7% of the Iroquois County population lived below the poverty level (U.S. Census Bureau, 2008-2012). These poverty level statistics were further divided to reveal that 10.7% of the men and 12.8% of the women in Iroquois County lived below the poverty level. The age determinant further revealed that 16.6% of the population living below the poverty level were less than 18 years of age with 10.6% falling between the ages of 18 to 64 years and 9.3% in those 65 years and older.
Since the poverty status has been proven to have a direct correlation to the educational attainment of the county’s population we must look at this data to understand further the reasons for Iroquois County’s poverty level statistics. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Iroquois County has seen an increase of 7.4% of individuals completing a high school education bringing the total percent to 87.7% as compared to a state rate of 87%. However, Illinois’ rate for residents completing a bachelor’s degree or higher is 31.1% with Iroquois County’s rate at 14.1% well below the state average.
Through this above data we can gain an understanding of the Iroquois County population and factors that can affect their health status.
What is IPLAN?
The Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs (IPLAN) is a community health assessment and planning process that is conducted every five years by local health jurisdictions in Illinois. Based on the Assessment Protocol for Excellence in Public Health (APEX-PH) model, IPLAN is grounded in the core functions of public health and addresses public health practice standards. The completion of IPLAN fulfills most of the requirements for Local Health Department certification under Illinois Administrative Code Section 600.400: Certified Local Health Department Code Public Health Practice Standards. The essential elements of IPLAN are:
- an organizational capacity assessment;
- a community health needs assessment; and
- a community health plan, focusing on a minimum of three priority health problems.
Iroquois County Public Health Department Board of Health
- Mrs. Michelle Fairley, President
- Dr. Aravind Reddy, Vice President
- Mrs. Lisa Breymeyer, Secretary
- Ms. Susie Legan
- Mr. Marvin Stichnoth
- Dr. James Tungate
- Dr. Rodney Yergler
- Dr. Philip Zumwalt
Board of Health Finance Committee
- Dr. Philip Zumwalt, Chairman
- Mrs. Lisa Breymeyer, Vice Chairman
- Mr. Marvin Stichnoth
Iroquois County Health Committee
- Mr. Troy Krumwiede, Chairman
- Mr. Kevin Coughenour
- Mr. Mike McTaggart
- Ms. Barb Offill
- Mr. Dan Pursley
- Mr. Jed Whitlow
Iroquois County Officer Contacts
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Flood Related Resources
For additional information check out the Emergency Preparedness web page for mold and disaster preparedness.
- IDPH Flood Publications & Links
- IDPH Flood Safety Guidance
- “After the Flood” brochure (IDPH)
- Debris Issues from Storms or Floods (IEPA)
- Food Safety After A Flood (FDA)
- “Repairing Your Flooded Home” brochure (FEMA)
- “After A Flood” website (CDC)
- “After A Flood” website (NWS)
- Talking to Kids About Floods (CDC)
- “National Flood Insurance Program” website (FEMA)