Health Department Media Releases

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class Offered
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

National Preparedness Month 2017

 

GCHD Offering Adult Flu Vaccines

 

NR Lions Club Donation to the Health Department

NR Illinois Breastfeeding Month
Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis Vaccines

 

Positive Mosquito Test in Grundy County

NR TDAP available for $20.00 for qualified recipients


WIC Services At Grundy County Health Department
2017 County Health Ranking Released

SCHOOL AND SPORTS PHYSICALS

Offered at Grundy County Health Department

It is spring and time to think about getting ready for the next school year! Many of your children will need health examinations and immunizations. Physicals are required for students entering kindergarten, 6th and 9th grades, and also for those wishing to participate in school sports. Certain immunizations are also required for kindergarten, 6th and 9th grade.

All children that live in Grundy County are invited to a sports and health examination clinic performed by physicians from Morris Hospital at the Health Department. The clinic will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 and Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 9am-3pm. Cost is $15 per exam and $20 donation per vaccine. No one will be turned away for inability to pay the vaccine donation; however, exam must be paid.

The Grundy County Health Department will be offering immunizations at these clinics to those that meet the Vaccine for Children (VFC) guidelines:

– Medicaid Eligible (Title 19)

– No insurance

– Insurance that does not cover vaccinations or only covers certain vaccines

– Alaskan Native/ American Indian

All children that live in Grundy County are invited to attend these clinics with an appointment. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Grundy County Health Department at 815-941-3404

2017 County Health Ranking Released

2017 County Health Ranking Released

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/ (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 18. Congratulations Grundy County!

Click Here For Rankings

GROWS Garden Season 4 - Garden Bed Boxes still available

GROWS Garden Season 4 – Garden Bed Boxes still available!

We are looking forward to spring planting on May 19, 2017
GROWS Garden

In 2017, we are looking to local area agencies as well as residents of the community to make our garden the best yet! This year there are 18 garden beds total. All will be made available to county residents and agencies to grow their own fresh produce! A few boxes (5) are still available and will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Cost to rent your own garden box for the season is a $25 donation which covers water, maintenance to the garden box, and yard waste bags. Just think of the fresh produce you could yield for you and your family.

If you would like to volunteer individually or as part of a group to help plant and care for the garden but DON’T want to rent your own box, you can do that as well at no cost! Each garden box is 8 feet long by 4 feet wide and is raised in accordance to ADA standards at a height of 20 inches off the ground. The boxes are made from pressure treated wood with bracing and a ledge around the top to sit on.

If you’ve driven past the Grundy County Health Department at 1320 Union Street in Morris and thought, ‘I would love to have some tomatoes from that garden!’ please sign up to tend your own garden box or volunteer! A Gardner’s Application and Memorandum of Understanding can be found at www.grundyhealth.com (bottom of page GROWS Garden Information) or call Dian at (815) 941-3116 for more information. Application deadline is May 5, 2017. The planting date is Friday May 19, 2017.

Older Americans Month - May 5, 2017

OLDER AMERICANS MONTH MAY 5, 2017

Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). ACL designed the 2017 OAM theme, Age Out Loud, to give aging a new voice—one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say.

This theme shines a light on many important trends. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. What it means to age has changed, and OAM 2017 is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.

Let’s amplify the many voices of older Americans and raise awareness of vital aging issues across the country. Join us as we speak up and out loud for OAM!

The Grundy County Health Department will be hosting a Casino themed celebration in honor of OAM.

Please join us on May 5th from 11am to 3pm. We will have food, music, bingo, and plenty of fun! FREE of cost. All are welcome!

Older American's Month Flyer

Public Health Week - Senior Program Services

PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK- April 3-7, 2017

Senior Program Services

Senior Programs provides vital Older Americans Act services. We’re here for you as a resource and helping hand.

The Senior Division provides information and community based services designed to promote independent living for seniors 60+. We are the Care Coordination Unit for the Illinois Department on Aging’s Community Care Program which helps senior citizens, who might otherwise need nursing home care, to remain in their own homes by providing in-home and community-based services.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to any of our team members at (815) 941-3404.

Tania Schwer, DrPH, MPH, Senior Programs Director

Deborah Wyeth, CIRS-A/D, Information & Assistant Specialist/Care Coordinator

Lindsay Leadinghouse, MSW, Care Coordinator

Victoria Condon, MSW, Care Coordinator

For more information on our services please visit our website: https://www.grundyco.org/health/services/#seniors

Public Health Week - Behavioral Health Services

PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK- April 3-7, 2017

Behavioral Health Services

Public health includes behavioral health programs as part of their services offered because mental health is a condition that can greatly affect members of a community. Mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community” (APHA, 2017). About 25% of U.S. adults have a mental illness thus making mental illness surveillance a critically important part of disease prevention and control. The Affordable Care Act has expanded mental health coverage to include mental health and substance abuse treatment on equal terms with other medical and surgical care.

The Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at Grundy County Health Department provides individual and group counseling (age 7 and up) , psychiatric and psychotropic medication monitoring, crisis stabilization, hoarding therapy, DUI services, Drug Court and Mental Health Court, substance abuse and/or mental health evaluations. For more information, please visit www.grundyhealth.com or call 815-941-3404.

Public Health Week - Environmental Health Services

PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK- April 3-7, 2017

Environmental Health Services

Environmental health focuses on the relationships between people and their environment. It promotes human health and well-being and fosters healthy and safe communities. The field works to advance policies and programs to reduce chemical and other environmental exposures in the air, water, soil, and food to protect people and provide communities with healthier environments. Emergencies such as the Zika virus outbreak, Flint, Michigan drinking water crisis and Hurricane Katrina show the impact environmental health issues can have on vulnerable populations. The American Public Health Association brings national attention to environmental health issues and promote sound policy that protects the health, well-being and quality of life of the public in all communities across the country.

To learn about our services, please call 815-941-3115 or visit www.grundyhealth.com

Public Health Week - Communicable Disease and Immunizations

PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK- April 3-7, 2017

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE AND IMMUNIZATIONS

Preventing and controlling the spread of disease is a major focus for public health professionals. Outbreaks of infectious diseases can have extraordinary impact on human health. Communicable disease may spread from person to person, from animal to person, or even through the air, by touch, or bodily fluids. What are the best ways to prevent the spread of disease? Vaccinations can help eliminate or greatly reduce the threat of infectious diseases, which is why it is so important for children and adults to stay up to date with their recommended immunizations. Proper handwashing, consuming safe foods and water, avoiding people who are sick, and practicing safe sex are also ways to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

For more information about our services, please contact us at 815-941-3404 or www.grundyhealth.com.

Public Health Week

PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK

April 3-7, 2017

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play. Public health professionals aim to prevent people from getting sick or injured by promoting wellness through encouragement of healthy behaviors. Public health efforts are proactive, save money, improve quality of life, help children thrive and reduce human suffering by tracking disease outbreaks and implementing safety standards for the community.

Services offered by the Grundy County Health Department include children and adult vaccinations, WIC (Women, Infants and Children), health education, inspection/permitting of food establishments, financial and resource assistance to seniors, individual and group mental health/substance abuse therapy, tele-psychiatry and emergency preparedness. To see more about our services, please visit www.grundyhealth.com.

Visit the following site to learn more about public health: www.apha.org.

NR 1 Billion Steps

CONTACT:

Kelly Hitt: (815) 941-6818

khitt@grundyhealth.com

Be active! Join the effort to reach 1 billion steps

Looking for a chance to be more active? What better way to than to join the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s) 1 Billion Steps Challenge!

It’s always more fun when you exercise with others. Take family walks, schedule walking meetings at the office, walk your children to school – the more people who join, the quicker we’ll reach 1 billion steps. Plus, we’ll be encouraging healthy habits among our family, friends and co-workers!

Individual and team steps from around the nation will be tracked until April 9th with the goal of reaching 1 billion.

As part of the Grundy County Health Department’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), the Chronic Disease Action Team is committed to getting community members more active. To that end we have started our own team through APHA, called “Grundy County Health Department.”

Steps will be tracked through April 9th. The APHA website allows you to track steps by linking to your Fitbit, phone, and other fitness trackers, so there is no extra work. You can join team “Grundy County Health Department,” start your own team, or register as an individual. Simply visit the APHA’s website to register and sync your device.

Don’t forget to follow the Chronic Disease Action Team’s progress of increasing physical activity and nutrition for Grundy County at https://www.grundyco.org/health/ or on our Facebook page, “Grundy County Health Department.”

GROWS Garden Season 4 - Looking for Volunteers

For Immediate Release
Date: February 17, 2017
Contact Person: Dian Brown
Contact Phone : 815/941-3116
Website: www.grundyhealth.com

GROWS Garden Season 4- Looking for Volunteers

Although temps are low, we are looking forward to spring planting!

In 2017, we are looking to local area agencies as well as residents of the community to make our garden the best yet! This year there are 18 garden beds total. All will be made available to county residents and agencies to grow their own fresh produce! Boxes are limited and will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Cost to rent your own garden box is a $25 donation which covers water, maintenance to the garden box, and yard waste bags. If you would like to volunteer individually or as part of a group to help plant and care for the garden but DON’T want your own box, you can do that as well at no cost! Each garden box is 8 feet long by 4 feet wide and is raised in accordance to ADA standards at a height of 20 inches off the ground. The boxes are made from pressure treated wood with bracing and a ledge around the top to sit on.

If you’ve drove past the Grundy County Health Department and thought, ‘I would love to have some tomatoes from that garden!’ please sign up to tend your own garden box or volunteer! A Gardner’s Application and Memorandum of Understanding can be found at www.grundyhealth.com (http://www.grundyhealth.com) (bottom of page GROWS Garden Information) or call Dian at 815/941-3116 for more information. Application deadline is May 5, 2017. The planting date is Friday May 19, 2017.

Healthy Families Project
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

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