WIC Nutrition Program
Here's a quote from a WIC Mom recommending our services: "Wic has provided the help my family needed to make healthier food choices so we can grow smart, healthy and strong." from Tiffany Sharp. If you want to learn how WIC can help you, give us a call at 263-3873.
Election for Fy '14 Board of Health Officers
On May 8, the slate of officers to serve for the time period from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 was set.
President will be Dr. Fullop
President-Elect will be Cindy Bishop
Secretary will be C.J. Peach
FY 2014 Board of Health Meeting Schedule
The Meeting schedule for the Wabash County Board of Health for the next year will be the second Wednesday of every odd month @ 5:15 pm in the Wabash General Hospital Board Room.
July 10, 2013
September 11, 2013
November 13, 2013
January 8, 2014
March 12, 2014
May 14, 2014
Appreciation plaque presented to Board Member, Dr. Gillihan
Dr. Gillihan regretfully offered his resignation from the Board of Health on May 8, 2013 since he will be moving out of the area soon. We wish him well and appreciate his two years of service on the Board.
UPDATE: The nation-wide Tubersol shortage has been resolved. TB skin testing is once again available at the Wabash County Health Department. Call 618-263-3873 for more information.
6/4/13 Bridges out of Poverty Workshop (strategies for professionals and communities) 8:30 – 3 pm WVC Brubeck
Auditorium. Free! Registration Form
6/15/13 Fishing with my Dad Day @ Beall Woods State Park 8:30 – 11 am. Free! No fishing license required. Bring
own fishing poles and bait. Prizes for biggest fish and smallest fish caught on a hook. Door prizes for
Dads. Call Cathy Ile 263-3873 ext. 234 for more info.
6/26/13 Violence Prevention Workshop @ WVC Brubeck Auditorium 8:30 am – noon. Internationally renowned
keynote speaker, Dr. Annie Lewis-O’Connor. Other presentations by Linda Bookwalter from SWAN (stopping
woman abuse now) and Sheryl Woodham from The Guardian Center. Free! Registration Form
Dr. Henning is the current Wabash County Board of Health President. Thanks for serving the Community!
Wabash County Health Department salutes its wonderful Board of Health Members and recognizes their support and commitment to the community. The Board Members sat for this picture after the March 13, 2013 Board Meeting. Pictured are bottom row from left: C.J. Peach, Cindy Bishop, Tayna Smith. Top row from left are: Dr. Fullop, Rob Dean, Dr. Gillihan and Theresa Marcotte. Unable to be present for this picture was Dr. Henning. Public Health Week is April 1-7th and Wabash County Health Department is proud to be a part of this community providing vital health and preventative services that provide a tremendous Return On Investment. According to information presented on the National Public Health Week website: Quick Facts: The Value of Public Health To Our Lives and Pocketbooks
• The U.S. spends far more on health care than any other country, with such costs rising ten-fold from 1980 to 2010 and expected to rise faster than national income during the foreseeable future. However, investing just $10 per person each year in proven, community-based public health efforts could save the nation more than $16 billion within five years. That’s a $5.60 return for every $1 invested.1
• Routine childhood immunizations save $9.9 million in direct health care costs, save 33,000 lives and prevent 14 million cases of disease.2
1 Levi,J. et al, Prevention for a Healthier America: Investments in Disease Prevention Yield Significant Savings, Stronger Communities. Trust for America’s Health.Feb.2009.
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. FiscalYear2011 President’s Budget Congressional Justification.
Staff Receives Award: We are proud of Gerald Brooks, emergency preparedness coordinator for Wabash County Health Department who was the recipient of the "Stephen Westbrooks Excellence in Rural Public Health" Award on March 6th during the Awards dinner of the 9th annual Rural Public Health Institute in Effingham, IL.Congratulations Gerald!
Wabash County Health Department is seeking a qualified individual for a Full-Time Behavioral Health Division Clerical/Billing Manager position. Qualified individual must possess excellent computer, telephone, organizational and general office skills. Must be able to take direction as well as work independently to complete assigned tasks. Medical office management, mental health knowledge, and Medicaid, Medicare, and insurance billing experience a plus. Minimum educational requirements are High School Diploma or GED, Associate Degree in Clerical or Medical Office Assistant field preferred.
Counseling services in the schools:The Depot Counseling Center is now able to see children at their schools! If you have a child in need of mental health services call us at 618-263-4970 or stop in at 1001 North Market Street, Suite 101 and we can get your child set up.
WCHD announces that Leann Lear, Psychiatric Nurse at the Depot Counseling Center, started her new Full Time schedule on 1/28/13. Her schedule is 8-12:30 and 1-5 pm Monday through Thursday.
1/24/2013: Press Release : Wabash County Health Department adopts Smoke-Free Campus Policy:Effective immediately, the Wabash County Health Department is proud to implement a smoke-free campus policy. Receiving approval by the Wabash County Board of Health, the new policy expands the pre-existing smoke-free building policy to prohibit cigarette smoking on the entire Wabash County Health Department campus including all properties owned, leased, or operated by or under the control of Wabash County Health Department. This policy, intended to promote employee health and contribute to a healthier workforce, is the latest demonstration of Wabash County Health Department’s commitment to protecting employee and client health by making its own worksite a place where healthful choices are easy choices.
Smoking is prohibited and any person including the public shall not smoke in any of the following enclosed areas:
· The grounds, parking lots, outdoor break areas or any enclosed area within WCHD Administrative and the Depot Counseling Center offices.
· Privately owned vehicles when operated or parked on the grounds of WCHD.
For questions or information on how you can access help to quit smoking cigarettes, please contact the Wabash County Health Department at 618-263-3873 or the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-866-QUIT-YES (866-784-8937). Wabash County Health Department – Better Health for a Brighter Tomorrow.
Winter blues got you down? Call the Depot Counseling Center (a division of the Wabash County Health Department) at 618-263-4970. We Can Help!
Welcome and thanks to Dr. Garrett from West Salem as he began his tenure as volunteer medical director for the Wabash County Health Department on October 17th.
Why Public Health Funding is so important: Here's a web address to some information about how Public Health Services save lives, Protects Communities and Children and Saves Money: http://www.apha.org/NR/rdonlyres/2C4AA7CC-6BCB-4D66-859C-A0F7F94192DB/0/apha_infographic.gif
Flu Shots! You can get a flu shot by 1. Walking in during office hours (8 am - 5 pm) on Tuesdays or 2. By making an appointment (call 263-3873 ext. 256). The Wabash County Health Department is located at 130 W. 7th St. Mt .Carmel. Cost is $30. Medicare and Medicaid accepted.
Newest Board of Health Member appointed! Tayna Smith was appointed to the Board of Health by the Wabash County Commissioners at their September 17th meeting. Congratulations to Tayna and welcome to the Board of Health!
Community Health Survey Findings: During the summer of 2012, Wabash County Health Department conducted a Community Health Survey. The Survey was performed in conjunction with the current Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs (IPLAN). The IPLAN process is completed by Wabash County Health Department every five years as a part of WCHD’s state certification process. The survey was administered to residents of the Wabash County area via paper survey distribution and through a Survey Monkey link attached to the Wabash County Health Department’s website and Facebook pages as well as other area business and agency electronic media sites. A total of 219 surveys were completed and the following subjective information was collected. Respondents rated (1.)Access to health care (e.g. family doctor, dentist), (2.)Good jobs and healthy economy and (2.)Good schools as the top three most important factors for a Health Community. Responses revealed the three most important health problems in our community (those problems that have the greatest impact overall) were (1.) Cancer, (2.) Alcohol and drug use/Addiction, and (3.) Overweight and obesity. When asked what the three most important risky behaviors in our community were, Illegal drug (e.g. methamphetamine) ranked 1st with Alcohol abuse coming in 2nd. (Additionally, Prescription drug abuse, Potpourri/Bath Salts use/abuse and Tobacco use followed in the #4, #8, and #10 spots respectively, highlighting the drug abuse problem facing the Wabash County area). Being overweight was listed as the 3rd riskiest behavior affecting the overall health of Wabash County residents. Over 50% of persons reported having themselves or an immediate family member being diagnosed with a mental health diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, attention deficit disorder or other mental illness). 54.4% of these people sought care for mental illness through their primary care physician. When questioned on Family Emergency Preparedness, approximately 42% of people had a Family Emergency Plan in place and only 23.6% had a “72 Hr. Emergency Kit” put together and readily available in case of natural disaster or emergency.
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program Application:We have the applications for the State of Illinois' Animal Population Control Program. If you're eligible (be a resident of Illinois, own a dog or cat, and be eligible for the Food Stamp Program or the Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits Program) you can pick up an application at our main office- 130 W. 7th Street. Mt.Carmel, IL, complete it and mail it to the State Department of Public Health. They will notify you if you qualify to have your pet spayed or neutered for only a $15 copay. Click here for details: info
We are again providing DUI (Driving under the Influence) Offender Services !: Our Depot Counseling Center @ 1001 N. Market Street (263-4970) is currently taking appointments to do DUI evaluations. Risk Education classes will be scheduled in the near future.
Foot Care Clinics!:Our nursing division is now providing foot care clinics for those who have trouble caring for their own feet. Gift certificates may be purchased for $25. Appointments are limited so hurry and schedule your foot care appointment soon. Call 263-3873 ext. 246.
Family Planning now accepting new patients:Planning when to start your family is the best way to ensure that you are ready physically and emotionally.
To assist you, call us for a family planning appointment @ 618-263-3873 ext. 246.
WIC HAS OPENINGS!:The Wabash County Health Department WIC Program currently has openings for eligible pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five living in Wabash or Edwards Counties. For more information or to schedule a WIC appointment for you or your child, please call 618-263-3873.
What is WIC? The WIC Program provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge. WIC is not an entitlement program. WIC is a food assistance program for Women, Infants, and Children. It helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy.WIC benefits are for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or just had a baby, infants and children under 5 years old in families with a low to medium income. WIC provides nutrition education, counseling and support, breastfeeding support, nutritious foods, health screenings, and referral to other services. WIC enables parents to feed their children properly during critical periods of growth and development. WIC can provide: Special checks to buy healthy foods - like milk, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, fruits and vegetables and dry beans, tuna or salmon, and peanut butter. Information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and be healthy Information and help about breastfeeding. Help in finding health care and other services in your area.WIC Annual Income Eligibility Guidelines (Effective from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012). A family of 1 can make up to $20,147, family of 2 can make up to $27,214, family of 3 can make up to $34,281, family of 4 up to $41,348. Family Size and Income level increases as a family of 8 can make up to $69,616.