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Iroquois County Public Health Department

  Agency Contact Information:
Address: Administrative Center
1001 East Grant Street
Watseka, IL 60970
Phone: 815.432.2483
Fax: 815.432.2198
Website: www.co.iroquois.il.us/health-department/
  Agency Contact Information:
Address: Iroquois Community Health and Social Services Center
850- South Fourth Street
Watseka, IL 60970
Phone: 815.432.1088
Fax: 815.432.1091
  Service Profile:
Service/program name: Environmental Health
Description: This program is responsible for protecting the residents of Ford and Iroquois Counties from contracting or transmitting disease through water, food or disposal of sewage.

Programs include:
Inspections - Abandoned Well Sealing
Inspections - Food Establishments
Inspections - New Constructed or Repaired Septic Systems, Wells, Non Community Water Systems, Sewer Disposal Sites/Pumper Trucks
Inspections - Tanning Facilities
Nuisance Complaints/Investigations in Inincorporated Areas
Permits for Food/Retail Establishments
Survey of Existing Wells and Septic Systems for Loan Purposes
Testing of Private Wells

Service/program name: Home Health Care
Description: Home Health Care encompasses a broad spectrum of health services that can be provided to recovering, disabled or chronically ill persons.

Services provided include:

Skilled Nursing Services;
Physical Therapy;
Home Health Aide Care;
Homemaker Service;
Community Care Case Management;
Senior Health Insurance Program services;
SHIP (Helping Seniors with their insurance needs through the Senior Health Insurance Program;
Occupational Therapy

Service/program name: Maternal Child Health Programs
Description: Designed to provide health, social and educational services for familiesin Iroquois County. Programs include: Women's, Infants and Children Program (W.I.C.)- a supplemental food program; Family Planning - assist clients to choose an appropriate birth control method and prepare/plan pregnancy by choice; Immunizations - childhood immunizations necessary to protect children from diseases that might otherwise be deadly. Adult immunizations are encouraged and are provided at reasonable cost upon request. Healthy Moms/Healthy Kids Family Case Management - monitor the health status of pregnant mothers and their children. Lead Screening - detect lead poisoning early in children.

FAMILY PLANNING/STD SCREENING
Clinics provide examinations, education, and referral services for women of childbearing age who are sseking a birth control method. Methods may include abstinence, oral and injectable contraceptives, as well as barrier methods. STD testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea is available for Family Planning Clinets. Pregnancy testing is also available.

KID CARE Insurance Application
A free or low cost health insurance program that offers coverage to children through age 18 and pregnant women. Applicants must meet residency and income requirements.

TEEN PARENT SERVICES
A program that helps teen parents get their education and training they need to support their families by attaining their GED or high school diploma.

Service/program name: School and Community Health Programs
Description: Designed to identify chronic and communicable health conditions present in the jurisdiction and school systems. Services include: childhood immunizations, childhood vision & hearing screenings, dental sealant program, sexually transmitted diseases screening & testing, pregnancy testing & counseling, TB skin tests, adult immunizations, and school programs on various health and prevention topics.

Service/program name: Elder Care Services
Description: Investigates suspected cases of elder abuse and either substantiates that it is a case of elder abuse and take action or to implement prevention measures to help assure abuse does not occur in the future.

The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department staff has received extensive training on how to handle these delicate and often difficult situtations.

When someone is physically abused there are usually signs such as bruises, cuts, or other injuries that are visible signs of abuse, but when an elderly person is being emotionally abused, neglected, or if they are being taken advantage of financially there may not be any visible signs. Some older people may feel ashamed to admit there is a problem because the abuser is a family member.

Service/program name: Disaster Preparedness
  General Information:
Description: Promotes health through school and community health programs, environmental health, and maternal/child health. Home health care encompasses a broad spectrum of health services that can be provided to recovering, disabled, or chronically ill persons.

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