Blood Drive - December 5th, 2016

For Immediate Release

Date: December 1st, 2016
Contact Person: Kelly Hitt
Phone: 815/941-6818
Website: www.grundyhealth.com

December 5th, 2016 Blood Drive

It is Within You to Save Lives This Holiday Season!

The Grundy County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps Unit is partnering with Heartland Blood Centers again for a blood drive! The blood drive will be held:

Monday, December 5th, 2016 from 2:30-5:30pm
Grundy County Administration Center
1320 Union Street, Morris IL. 60450
To reserve your preferred donation time slot contact:
Kelly Hitt at (815) 941-6818 or khitt@grundyhealth.com

If you are unable to make an appointment walk-ins will be welcomed!

We are excited Heartland Blood Centers will be offering all blood donors a special surprise gift (while supplies last) as a thank you!

NR Grundy County Health Department Flu Clinics scheduled

For Immediate Release

Date: October 20, 2016
Contact Person: Katie Harrison, RN
Contact Phone #: 815/941-3126
Website: www.grundyhealth.com

COVER YOUR COUGH, WASH YOUR HANDS AND GET YOUR FLU SHOT

The Grundy County Health Department will be having the following flu clinics:

November 2nd from 1pm-3:30pm a walk-in Adult flu clinic at Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union Street, Morris IL.

November 9th from 1pm-3:30pm a walk-in Adult flu clinic at Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union Street, Morris IL.

  • Both of these clinics are for Adults 19 and older.
  • Adults 65 and older will receive either the quadrivalent flu vaccine or the high dose flu vaccine. The price is $35.00 for regular flu and $60 for high dose or Medicaid/Medicare will be billed. Medicaid clients may have a co-pay that would be payable at the time of the vaccine administration. We now accept credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Discover or American Express) as well as cash or check to pay for the vaccine if you do not have Medicaid or Medicare. Please bring your Medicare and/or Medicaid cards with you to the clinics. Any questions, please call 815/941-3404.
NR Scheduled walk-in flu clinics

For Immediate Release

Date: September 30, 2016
Contact Person: Kathyrn Harrison, RN.
Contact Phone: 815/941-3404
Website: www.grundyhealth.com

COVER YOUR COUGH, WASH YOUR HANDS AND GET YOUR FLU SHOT

The Grundy County Health Department will be having the following flu clinics:

Wednesday October 5th, 2016 from 1pm-3:30pm a walk in Adult only flu clinic at Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union Street, Morris, IL

Friday October 7th, 2016 from 1pm- 4pm a walk in Adult/child flu clinic for those 6 months and older at Grundy Administration Building, 1320 Union Street Morris, IL

Wednesday October 12, 2016 from 1:00-3:30 a walk-in Adult only flu clinic at Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union Street, Morris IL.

Friday October 21st from 8:15am-2pm a walk in Adult/child clinic for those 6 months and older at Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union Street, Morris, IL.

  • Children 6 months through 18 years must be: -Grundy County Residents, have Medicaid insurance, or be uninsured or underinsured, Alaskan Native/American Indian. Bring Medicaid card if applicable.
  • Adults 19-65+ will receive either the quadrivalent flu vaccine or the high dose flu vaccine. The price is $35.00 for regular flu and $60 for high dose or Medicaid/Medicare will be billed. Medicaid clients may have a co-pay that would be payable at the time of the vaccine administration. We now accept credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Discover or American Express) as well as cash or check to pay for the vaccine if you do not have Medicaid or Medicare. Please bring your Medicare and/or Medicaid cards with you to the clinics. Any questions, please call 815/941-3404.
Flu Clinics to be held in October

For Immediate Release

Date: September 23, 2016

Contact Person: Katie Harrison, RN

Contact Phone #: 815/941-3126

Website: www.grundyhealth.com (http://www.grundyhealth.com/)

COVER YOUR COUGH, WASH YOUR HANDS AND GET YOUR FLU SHOT

The Grundy County Health Department will be having the following flu clinics:

October 5, 2016 from 1:00-3:30 pm  a walk-in Adult flu clinic at Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union Street, Morris IL.

October 12, 2016 from 1:00-3:30 pm a walk-in Adult flu clinic at Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union Street, Morris IL.

· Both of these clinic are for Adults 19-65 and up.

· Adults 19-64 will receive either the quadrivalent flu vaccine or the high dose flu vaccine. The price is $35.00 for regular flu and $60 for high dose or Medicaid/Medicare will be billed. Medicaid clients may have a co-pay that would be payable at the time of the vaccine administration. We now accept credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Discover or American Express) as well as cash or check to pay for the vaccine if you do not have Medicaid or Medicare. Please bring your Medicare and/or Medicaid cards with you to the clinics. Any questions, please call 815/941-3404.

West Nile Virus Positive Mosquito Pool in Minooka

For Immediate Release

Date: September 22, 2016

Contact Person: Cara R. Anderson

Contact Phone Number: (815) 941-3128

Website: www.grundyhealth.com (http://www.grundyhealth.com)

The Grundy County Health Department has recently collected mosquitoes in the Village of Minooka that have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Positive mosquito pools have already been reported in Morris and Braceville early this year. This pool of mosquitoes is the fifth confirmed detection of the virus in the County this year.

As the warm, dry weather continues into the early fall, the Grundy County Health Department anticipates increased frequency of positive mosquito pools being detected which raises the risk of disease transmission to the public. Therefore, Grundy County Health Department continues to encourage everyone to take steps to avoid becoming a victim of West Nile Virus or of the mosquito-borne viruses.

To minimize your risk’s, follow the Illinois Department of Public Health’s recommended practices: Reduce, Repel and Report.

It starts with Reduce exposure by avoiding the outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn. You can also make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Finally, eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other receptacles, and change water in bird baths weekly.

Repel the mosquitoes when outdoors by wearing shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. IDPH recommends that you apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. They encourage that you consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

Finally, IDPH suggests that you Report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes to whomever handles mosquito control activities in your area.

According to the IDPH’s web-site, “mild cases of West Nile infections may cause a slight fever or headache. More severe infections are marked by a rapid onset of a high fever with head and body aches, disorientation, tremors, convulsions and, in the most severe cases, paralysis or death.” These symptoms will typically appear between and three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. IDPH’s web-site also states, “Persons at the highest risk for serious illness are those 50 years of age or older.”

For further information regarding West Nile Virus, contact the Grundy County Health Department at 815-941-3115. You may also obtain information from the IDPH web-site located at http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm.

Positive Mosquito Pool for West Nile Virus Found

For Immediate Release

Date: September 9, 2016

Contact Person: Cara Anderson

Contact Phone: 815/941-3128

Website: www.grundyhealth.com (http://www.grundyhealth.com)

Mosquito Pools test Positive for WNV in Grundy County

The Grundy County Health Department has recently collected mosquitoes in the Village of Braceville and the City of Morris that have tested positive for West Nile Virus. These pools of mosquitoes are the second and third confirmed detection of the virus in the County this year.

As we enter into the late summer weather, the Grundy County Health Department anticipates increased frequency of positive mosquito pools being detected which raises the risk of disease transmission to the public. Therefore, Grundy County Health Department continues to encourage everyone to take steps to avoid becoming a victim of West Nile Virus or of the mosquito-borne viruses.

To minimize your risk’s, follow the Illinois Department of Public Health’s recommended practices: Reduce, Repel and Report.

It starts with Reduce exposure by avoiding the outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn. You can also make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Finally, eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other receptacles, and change water in bird baths weekly.

Repel the mosquitoes when outdoors by wearing shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. IDPH recommends that you apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. They encourage that you consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

Finally, IDPH suggests that you Report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes to whomever handles mosquito control activities in your area.

According to the IDPH’s web-site, “mild cases of West Nile infections may cause a slight fever or headache. More severe infections are marked by a rapid onset of a high fever with head and body aches, disorientation, tremors, convulsions and, in the most severe cases, paralysis or death.” These symptoms will typically appear between and three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. IDPH’s web-site also states, “Persons at the highest risk for serious illness are those 50 years of age or older.”

For further information regarding West Nile Virus, contact the Grundy County Health Department at 815-941-3115. You may also obtain information from the IDPH web-site located at http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm.

Free Tetanus Shots Offered to Qualified Braceville Residents

For Immediate Release

Date: August 31, 2016

Contact Person: Phil J. Jass

Contact Phone:  815/941-3113

Website: www.grundyhealth.com

 

Free Tetanus Shots Offered to Qualified Braceville Residents

The Grundy County Health Department has free tetanus shots available for those affected by the recent flood in Braceville, IL.  If you have received a tetanus shot in the last 10 years, you will not need another.  If you have not received a shot in the last 10 year and you have worked in the flood water, you should get a tetanus shot.  If you are unsure, please call the health department and ask to speak with a nurse.

To get your free tetanus shot, please call the Health Department at 815-941-3404 and set up an appointment.  You need to bring proof that you are a resident of Braceville to receive your shot.

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus

For Immediate Release
Date: July 13, 2016
Contact Person: Cara R. Anderson
Contact Phone Number: (815) 941-3128
Website: www.grundyhealth.com

 

The Grundy County Health Department has recently collected mosquitoes in the Village of Braceville that have tested positive for West Nile Virus.  This pool of mosquitoes is the first confirmed detection of the virus in the County this year.

As the summer continues, the Grundy County Health Department anticipates increased frequency of positive mosquito pools being detected which raises the risk of disease transmission to the public.  Therefore, Grundy County Health Department wants to encourage everyone to take steps to avoid becoming a victim of West Nile Virus or other mosquito-borne viruses.  To minimize your risk’s, follow the Illinois Department of Public Health’s recommended practices: Reduce, Repel and Report.

It starts with Reduce exposure by avoiding the outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.   You can also make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings.  Finally, eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other receptacles, and change water in bird baths weekly.

Repel the mosquitoes when outdoors by wearing shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.  IDPH recommends that you apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. They encourage that you consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

Finally, IDPH suggests that you Report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes to whomever handles mosquito control activities in your area.

According to the IDPH’s web-site, “mild cases of West Nile infections may cause a slight fever or headache. More severe infections are marked by a rapid onset of a high fever with head and body aches, disorientation, tremors, convulsions and, in the most severe cases, paralysis or death.”   These symptoms will typically appear between and three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.   IDPH’s web-site also states, “Persons at the highest risk for serious illness are those 50 years of age or older.”

For further information regarding West Nile Virus, contact the Grundy County Health Department at 815-941-3115.  You may also obtain information from the IDPH web-site located at http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm.

Introducing Youth Mental Health First Aid to Local Community

For Immediate Release

Date:  April 27, 2016

Contact Person: Martha Jarmuz

Phone: 815-941-6133

Website: www.grundyhealth.com

Grundy County Health Department Introduces Youth Mental Health First Aid to Local Community

Grundy County Joins National Initiative to Increase Mental Health Literacy

Morris, IL – Grundy County Health Department is initiating the Youth Mental Health First Aid program in the local community.  The Health Department will train 400 adults who work with youth (ages 12-18) to improve mental health literacy – helping them identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.

“We are thrilled to bring Youth Mental Health First Aid to our community,” says Martha Jarmuz, Program Coordinator for the Health Department.  “This important educational effort goes a lot further than emergency intervention.  It really helps people understand the fear and judgment that individuals and families face when experiencing mental illnesses and addiction.  Our goal is to help reduce stigma and move more and more people toward recovery.”

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions, and secure appropriate care for the individual.  The program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.  

Thorough evaluations in randomized controlled trials and a quantitative study have proven that the CPR-like program is effective in improving trainees’ knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others.

“We welcome Grundy County Health Department’s involvement and enthusiasm in the Mental Health First Aid community,” says Linda Rosenberg, MSW, president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, the organization that brought Mental Health First Aid to the United States in 2008.  “We know they will have a great impact on the mental health communities throughout Grundy County, and will be key players in improving mental health literacy nationwide.”

In its pilot year, the program was introduced in nearly twenty states and more than 40 communities nationwide.  In March 2016, The National Council certified three instructors—Martha Jarmuz, Kelly Hitt, and Paula Goodwin—to provide the Youth Mental Health First Aid program through an instructor certification course offered in Madison, Wisconsin.  Grundy County Health Department and all the sites across the nation that replicate this program maintain strict fidelity to the original, proven program.

Mental Health First Aid originated in 2001 in Australia under the direction of founders Betty Kitchener and Tony Jorm. To date, it has been replicated in more than twenty other countries worldwide, including Sweden, Hong Kong, Scotland, England, Canada, Finland, Singapore, and many more.

For more information or to find out how you can bring Youth Mental Health First Aid training to your organization, call Martha Jarmuz at 815-941-3138 or e-mail mjarmuz@grundyhealth.com.

 

The mission of Grundy County Health Department is to preserve, protect and promote the health and welfare of the citizens of Grundy County. In order to achieve this purpose we offer various programs and services specifically designed to meet the needs of our community.

The National Council for Behavioral Health is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 2,000+ behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly seven million adults, children and families in communities across the country. The National Council and its members bear testimony to the fact that medical, social, psychological and rehabilitation services offered in community settings help people with mental illnesses and addiction disorders recover and lead productive lives.

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2016 County Health Ranking Released

For Immediate Release

Date: March 16, 2016

Contact Person: Philip J. Jass, Public Health Administrator

Phone: 815-941-3113

Website: www.grundyhealth.com

 

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program helps communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their homes, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) collaborates with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) to bring this program to cities, counties, and states across the nation. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to what is making people sick or healthy. The Roadmaps to Health and RWJF Culture of Health Prize show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.

Published online at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/, the Rankings help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live. The Rankings are unique in their ability to measure the current overall health of each county in all 50 states. They also look at a variety of measures that affect the future health of communities, such as high school graduation rates, access to healthy foods, rates of smoking, obesity, and teen births. Communities use the Rankings to identify and garner support for local health improvement initiatives among government agencies, healthcare providers, community organizations, business leaders, policy makers, and the public.

A snapshot of our County Health ranking over the past several years is provided below, but please visit the website to learn more about each outcome measure.

There are 102 Counties in Illinois.  This year we are ranked 19.  Congratulations Grundy County!

 

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Health Outcomes 12 18 21 41 44 40 19
Length of Life 21 22 25 32 32 29 24
Quality of Life 11 13 18 58 69 60 19
Health Factors 33 38 44 46 38 33 36
Health Behaviors 77 82 87 87 59 16 32
Clinical Care 72 83 47 47 36 36 35
Social and Economic Factors 13 17 25 34 31 38 40
Physical Environment 38 7 10 10 91 95 91

 

Registration of Contractors Installing or Servicing Private Sewage Disposal Systems

For Immediate Release

Date: December 1, 2016

Contact Person: Cara R. Anderson

Contact Phone Number: (815) 941-3128

Website: www.grundyhealth.com

 

Registration of Contractors Installing or Servicing Private Sewage Disposal Systems

 

On October 13, 2015, the Grundy County Board approved an Ordinance requiring the registration of contractors installing or servicing private sewage disposal systems.  Therefore, beginning on January 1, 2016, all contractors must register with this department and pay an annual fee of $50.  For further information regarding the contractor’s registration requirement, please contact the Grundy County Health Department at 815-941-3115.  You may obtain the registration application from the Grundy County Health Department web-site www.grundyhealth.com

Illinois Register-Department of Healthcare and Family Services

NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION

1. Statute requiring agency to publish information concerning proposed changes in methods and standards for establishing medical assistance payment rates for medical services in the Illinois Register: 5 ILCS 100/5-70(c)

2. Summary of information: Proposed Renewal of Home and Community Based Services
(HCBS) Waiver for Persons Who are Elderly – IL 0143

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), in conjunction with the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) proposes to renew the HCBS Waiver for Persons Who Are Elderly – IL 0143. The proposed waiver renewal modifies the renewal posted on May 29, 2015, copy attached, that included revisions and additions to the waiver cap, service settings and the participant centered plan and to also include a provision to modify waiver eligibility by increasing the minimum level of care threshold to match the nursing facility level.

Illinois seeks public input into the development of the HCBS Waiver for Persons who are Elderly – IL0143 renewal through two separate statements of public notice and input. 1) Electronic public notice posted on the HFS website at http://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/ MedicalPrograms/HCBS/Pages/default.aspx with a link to this website located on IDoA’s HCBS website. 2) For persons that may not have access to the website, the waiver renewal application is available at Area Agencies on Aging and Care Coordination offices across the State.

In addition to the two methods of notification, the operating agency of the HCBS Waiver for Persons who are Elderly has emailed language located in this notification and the website to its stakeholders which includes provider agencies and care coordination entities. IDoA has requested that these entities inform the public of the opportunities to access a copy of the proposed waiver renewal application including electronically at the HFS website or in person at any of the Area Agencies on Aging or Care Coordination offices located across the State.

In accordance with modifications to a previously posted draft, HFS will be accepting public input regarding the proposed renewal of the HCBS Waiver for Persons who are Elderly – IL0143 for a 30 day public comment period from June 19, 2015 through July 18, 2015. Those interested in providing input are asked to email their feedback to the HFS web portal email address: HFS.SWTransitionPlan@illinois.gov; or mail their written input to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, ATTN: Waiver Management, 201 South Grand Avenue East 2FL, Springfield IL 62763.

A summary of the public notice and comments will be incorporated into the renewal prior to HFS submitting to the Federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS). The summary will include modifications to the initial waiver renewal and the reasons why or why the State of Illinois did not adopt specific comments or recommendations.

3. Name and address of person to contact concerning this information:
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Attn: Waiver Management
201 South Grand Ave East, 2nd FL
Springfield IL

Addiction Loss & Grief Counseling
Kathy Cherven RN, LCPC
Loss & Grief Counseling
815-416-9036     griefrollercoaster.com

I am a grief counselor and have worked for HEROs (heroin epidemic relief organization) for 3 years.  I have learned much from the parents who attend the group and would like to provide that support to families in the area.

The grief associated with addiction is complex, starting with finding out about the addiction and its effect on family and friends.  Also, families feel isolated due to the “stigma” associated with addiction and are resistant to attend other groups.

This group will provide an emotionally safe place where stories can be shared and connections made with others who understand.

If interested, please contact me at 815-416-9036 or email me at kathycherven@gmail.com.

You don’t have to grieve alone.  Support is available.  Please contact me!

Kathy

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