Communicable Disease Surveillance - The purpose of the communicable disease control program is to protect the citizens of Marion County from contracting and transmitting infectious disease. MCHD receives reports of communicable diseases from physicians, laboratories, health care practitioners, schools and daycare personnel as the disease occurs.
Dental Sealant - Since 2001, we have received a grant from Illinois Department of Public Health to offer dental sealants to school children who are low-income, or on the free and reduced lunch program. We contract with Miles of Smiles, who have dentists and hygienists that come into the schools and perform dental exams and place sealants on molars. This is an excellent program that promotes prevention of dental caries.
Environmental Health - In order to protect the people within the county from contracting and transmitting infectious diseases, the Division of Environmental Health performs a comprehensive food protection program, private sewage program, private water well program, and tanning program.
Family Case Management - The Family Case Management Program (FCM) assists families with pregnant women, an infant, or a young child to obtain the health care services and other services they may need to have a healthy pregnancy and to promote the child’s healthy growth and development. The goals of Family Case Management are to: provide access to primary care, identify and resolve access barriers, provide health education to all eligible clients, and to reduce infant mortality and premature births. Family Case Management includes high-risk infant follow-up and HealthWorks of Illinois. High risk infant follow-up serves infants who have any of the following: a serious congenital infection, an endocrine, metabolic, or immune disorder, a blood disorder, birth weight less than 1501 grams, a positive urine toxicology for any drugs, discharge from a neonatal intensive care unit, or a congenital anomaly or other conditions. The goals of high-risk infant follow-up are to promote optimal growth and development, teach the family care of the high-risk infant, prevent complications, decrease morbidity and mortality, decrease stress and potential for abuse, and insure early identification and referral for further treatment and evaluation. HealthWorks of Illinois assures that DCFS wards from birth to age 21 who are in foster care, receive comprehensive quality health care services, as mandated by the BH Consent Decree. In Marion County, public health nurses case manage DCFS wards placed in Marion County, under the age of 6 and assure that DCFS caseworkers receive all documentation of medical care and services received.
Genetics - MCHD nurses receive periodic continuing education in the rapidly evolving field of genetics. All eligible clients are screened for genetic risk factors and referrals for follow-up counseling are arranged as needed.
Immunizations - Immunizations are administered through the immunization program to citizens of Marion County in all age groups. Some of the vaccines the health department offers are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, flu, meningitis, MMR, pneumonia and tetanus. Various clinics are offered at other sites in Marion County throughout the year for flu and pneumonia.
Influenza - Influenza, often called the "flu," is caused by a special kind of virus. Many coughs, colds, and upset stomachs are mistakenly called flu. With influenza, you usually get sick suddenly and have a fever (often with chills), headache, dry cough, sore throat and body aches. It is a serious illness that can lead to pneumonia.
International Travel Consulting - International travel consultations provide educational and informational materials for the traveler. Example: HIV, cholera, yellow fever, malaria information; vaccination recommendations for Hepatitis A & B, Japanese Encephalitis, polio, rabies, typhoid, tetanus; country information which includes general information, health precautions, disease risk, official health data, current health concerns, crime, travel conditions, and consular information. You can call, mail or e-mail the information and Marion County Health Department will obtain the travel information you require.
Tobacco - The Health Department offers the following programs regarding tobacco: Truth or Consequences - a high school program highlighting the Great American Smoke Out every November.
Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) - WIC is the special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children. It is administered in Illinois by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). WIC assists parents to feed their children properly during critical periods of growth and development. WIC provides free health screenings to all participants, nutrition education, counseling and support, breastfeeding support, nutritious foods through the use of food vouchers, and referrals to other health and social services. In Illinois, approximately 40 percent of all babies are born on the WIC program. Recent studies have shown that WIC reduces fetal deaths, infant mortality, low birth weights and iron-deficiency anemia in children and increases immunization rates. To be eligible for WIC, an applicant must be pregnant, in the postpartum period (six month after delivery) and/or breastfeeding or an infant or child under age 5. Also, a health professional must determine that a health or nutritional risk exists.