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.
Starting November 10, 2016 the Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD) will open at 9:30 am on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month to allow staff to participate in work for the community health improvement and strategic plan. WCHD is committed to improving the health of all Winnebago County residents. We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. We will promptly serve you at 9:30 am. If you need to contact the Department with an urgent matter, please call 815-720-4000.
Winter Weather Preparedness Information
Illinois Emergency Management Agency - Winter Weather Preparedness Guide
Illinois Department of Public Health - Weathering Winter
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention - Extreme Cold: A prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health & Safety
American Red Cross - Winter Storm Prepardness: About Winter Storms
Winnebago County Health Department - Tips to Stay Healthy During the Cold Weather
Winnebago County Health Department - Winter Weather Frequently Asked Questions
West Nile Virus
Food-Borne Illness Complaints
Neighborhood Environmental Code Enforcement
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 contact the Winnebago County Health Department after hours, please call 815-720-4000.