This year’s Public Health Month theme focuses on preventing injuries and violence. In 2007 in Winnebago County, 1580 persons were hospitalized for injuries. Of those 1580 hospitalizations, 174 died as a result of their injuries. Of the 174 deaths 124 of those were unintentional deaths (excludes homicide, suicide, etc.). Two-thirds of the deaths from accidents are to those younger than 65 years of age and represent the leading cause of years-of-potential-life-lost in Winnebago County.
Nationally in 2007 more than 180,000 people died from injuries. Every year 50 million people are injured severely enough to require medical treatment. Injuries affect everyone regardless of age, sex, race or economic status; and they impact the mental, physical and financial wellbeing of individuals and their families. Injuries are also a significant economic burden costing society over $406 billion in medical cost and productivity lost.
Safety is no accident. Unfortunately many individuals accept injuries as fate or as part of life. However, local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control Prevention through the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center) are working to transform the notion that injuries are accidental and unavoidable occurrences. Take a moment to learn more about ways to prevent some of the leading causes of injury including motor vehicle injuries, child maltreatment and falls in older adults by visiting the CDC’s Injury, Violence & Safety webpage at:
In honor of Public Health Month, The Winnebago County Department of Public Health will be hosting or co-hosting or jointly sponsoring a number of special activities during the month in celebration of past successes and to focus on today’s leading contributors to wellness. Join us as we work together to make our community safer and injury free.

Events in April the Winnebago County Health Department is involved with:
  • getmoving Healthy Kids Day During Public Health Month
    YMCA of Rock River Valley, getmoving Collaborative, and The Winnebago County Health Department
    YMCA Northeast Branch - 8451 Orth Road, Loves Park, Illinois 61111 
    Saturday, April 16, 2011, 9 am -  12:00 Noon
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  • “Primp for Prom” Prom Dress Event - Ellis Heights Weed and Seed & Providence Baptist Church
     Providence Baptist Church, 2209 Clifton Avenue, Rockford, Illinois  61102
     Saturday, April 16, 2011,  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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  • Rock Valley College’s Earth Day Celebration
    Rock Valley College, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford, Illinois 61114
    WCHD Booth: Mercury Thermometer Exchange (limited quantity)
    Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 12:00 Noon – 3:00 pm
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  • Winnebago County Health Ribbon Cutting & Open House 555 North Court Street Health Facility
    Winnebago County Board Chairman’s Office and The Winnebago County Health Department
    555 North Court Street, Rockford, Illinois  61103
     Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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For more information on the programs, services, and classes that the Winnebago County Health Department provides, go to the website at; or call the Department at 815-720-4000.