As your health department, we offer a variety of wellness and
environmental health services to all Winnebago County residents.
For your good health and that of our community, we provide numerous programs focused
on wellness promotion throughout each life stage, injury and violence prevention,
disease prevention, disaster preparedness and response and environmental safety.
The Winnebago County Health Department begins the 2016 Mosquito-Borne Surveillance Season
The Winnebago County Health Department wants you to have a safe and healthy summer. Know the facts on how to stay safe.
Area Agencies in Winnebago County and the City of Rockford - 2016 Heat Awareness in Winnebago County 7/20/2016
Illinois Department of Public Health - Illinois Department of Public Health Safty Tips for Heat 7/20/2016
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention - Ideas for a Healthier, Safer Summer
Illinois Department of Public Health - Safety Tips for Heat
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Extreme Heat Prevention Guide
Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) - Keep Your Cool in the Hot Summer
National Weather Service - Beat the Heat Website
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - What is the Heat Index?
Winnebago & Boone County Cooling Centers
Summertime Health Tips
Winnebago County Health Department - Summer Fun Health Tips
Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) - Don't Get Burned
Summertime Food Safety Tips
Winnebago County Health Department - Summer Food Safety Brochure
USDA - Four Simple Steps to Food Safety Brochure - English
USDA - Four Simple Steps to Food Safety Brochure - Spanish
Illinois Department of Public Health - Safe Food Handling
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Prevention and Education - Food Safety
Keep your Family Food-Safe for all your Summer Celebrations - You Tube Video
West Nile Virus
Personal Health and Safety Precautions During a Flood
Food-Borne Illness Complaints
Neighborhood Environmental Code Enforcement
The Winnebago County Health Department does not comment on pending litigation.
In response to general inquiries, the following clarification is being provided:
The Winnebago County Health Department receives funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide family planning services under Federal Title X guidelines. As outlined in the grant agreement,
Family Planning services are an effort to lower the incidence of unintended pregnancy, improve maternal and infant health, and reduce the incidence of abortion.
All clinical, educational, and counseling is provided in compliance with Title X guidelines. These guidelines strictly prohibit the use of program funds to provide abortion services as a method of family planning.
PHAB Application Submittal
On the road the PHAB accreditation in 2016. The journey has been two and a half years in the making to satisfy the standards and measures of 12 domains. The measures equate to the submission of over 500 supporting documents. On Wednesday, September 2, 2015, Winnebago County Public Health Administrator, Dr. Sandra Martell accomplishing another mile marker by submitting WCHD's application to the Public Health Accreditation Board. The Department is applying for voluntary accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), the independent organization that administers the national public health accreditation program. To achieve accreditation, the Health Department must undergo a rigorous,multi-faceted, peer review assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of public health quality standards. The next mile marker is for the application review which can take up to six months. Pictured: WCHD Public Health Administrator, Dr. Sandra Martell (left), WCHD Health Equity Coordiantor, Kyle Auman, and WCHD Quality and Data Coordinator, Kari Nimmo (right).
The Winnebago County Health Department is responsible for ensuring that all community residents including those with functional needs are prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster. It is our goal to assist you in the event of an evacuation emergency. The public service announcement may be viewed here. The Functional needs Support Services (FNSS) Committee of Winnebago County is collecting information to assist in identifying those residents in our community that will need assistance in evacuation efforts. Your information is critical in helping us to prepare. The information you provide is voluntary and will be kept confidential. For more information and to fill out a form, please go to the Functional Needs Support Service Plan & Voluntary Registration Form link.
To better serve our clients, the Winnebago County Health Department has consolidated clinical services in one location. The new clinic is located on the fourth floor at Winnebago County Health Department's 555 North Court Street facility. The appointment line for the clinic is 815-720-4370. For additional details about available services, please see the attached flyer (English) and (Spanish), and power point presentation.
Winnebago County Receives Gold Recognition by the Illinois Department of Public Health "Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation"
To contact the Winnebago County Health Department after hours, please call 815-720-4000.