All Our Kids (AOK) Early Childhood Network

All Our Kids (AOK) Early Childhood Network

Promoting Positive Growth for Children Ages 0 to 5 and their Families

The AOK Network is a community-based collaboration that is committed to developing a high-quality, well-coordinated, easily-accessible system of care that will promote positive growth and development for children 0-5 and their families.











































































































































































































































































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Vision and Hearing Program

Vision and Hearing Program

Screenings for Children as Well as Adults

Vision and hearing screenings are performed for school age children as well as adults.  The main goal of the vision and hearing program is early detection of vision and hearing problems in children.

 Program Services

  • The Vision and Hearing program has certified technicians that do vision and hearing screenings at schools as well as in preschool settings.
  • Once a month screenings are done in the office by appointment only.

 Vision screenings are not a substitute for a professional examination by an eye doctor. The Will County Health Department does not have an optometrist on staff.

 Fee for Services

  • There is no fee for screenings performed at the Will County Health Department.
  • There is a charge for screenings performed in the schools.

Contact Information:

Hope Cathelyn, Chief Technician
Phone:  815-727-8849 (for questions and information)
Phone:  815-727-8501 (for appointments)
Email:  hcathelyn@willcountyhealth.org

Healthy Child Care Illinois

Healthy Child Care Illinois

A Program that Promotes Safe and Healthy Children

Healthy Child Care Illinois (HCCI) is a program administered by the State of Illinois to promote safe and healthy childcare.  We work in collaboration with the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency as a resource to providers.  A Child Care Nurse Consultant provides training and education to child care providers, parents and children on a variety of topics.  These services are available to providers in Will, Kankakee, Kendall and Grundy counties.

Program Eligibility

Services are available for child care centers, licensed and licensed-exempt providers within the four county area (see above).  This includes staff, parents and children enrolled in the child care program.

Program Services

Training and education is offered on a variety of health and safety topics.  The nurse is also available for telephone consultations to answer any questions a provider may have.  Staff trainings and parent education can be scheduled by contacting the nurse consultant at (815) 741-1163 ext. 229.  A minimum of five registered participants is required for trainings.  Specialized educational sessions on oral health and hand washing can be provided for children.  Additional trainings can also be accessed by contacting the CCR&R and requesting their training schedule.  Additional services provided include Asthma Awareness Program, Child Passenger Safety Seat Education and Check Lanes, and outdoor safety checks.

Services are provided free of charge

Contact Information

Phone: 815-741-1163 ext. 229
Email: gkrantz@childcarehelp.org

Resource:

Child Care Resource and Referral Agency

Genetics Program

Genetics Program

Provides Education and Referral Services

The purpose of the genetics program is to provide education and referral services to the people of Will County. We refer clients to the Genetics clinic at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center. Clients are seen by appointment only. Through a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Genetics program also includes nursing follow-up and any required home visits for metabolic conditions or screening failures, genetic conditions, and failed hearing screenings/confirmed hearing loss.

Program Eligibility

Families are referred from both the Illinois Department of Public Health and from the WIC/Family Case Management Program.  They may be in need of follow-up for unsatisfactory newborn screenings, failed hearing screenings, SIDS, genetic conditions, or reproductive risk.  This is a voluntary program. There is no fee – only an assessment


Community Health Center Services

Community Health Center Services

Summary of Services

The Community Health Center offers a broad range of health services to the citizens of Will County. The Center has a 24 hour answering service and bilingual staff and physicians. Fees are based on a sliding scale according to income. Appointments are preferred; walk-ins are accepted based on availability.

 

As Your Medical Home we can help you manage your total health care, as well as your cultural and language needs.  Our highly trained and compassionate nurses and staff members work closely with our doctors, dentists and managers to provide a quality experience for patients needing services at the center.

 PATIENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Tell us about other health care professionals who care for you.  Keep us informed about your medical history, current medications, ER visits, recent test results to ensure safer care and better health outcomes. 

 

  • Family Practice / General Medicine- Physical exams, diagnosis, and sick visits are provided to adults as well as children.
  • Text4Baby Program - Get support throughout your pregnancy & your baby's first year with FREE text messages on topics like prenatal care, baby health, parenting and more. Find out more at Text4Baby.
  • Pediatrics - Physical exams, including well baby exams, school exams, sick visits, immunizations, medical diagnosis, and treatment for all illnesses for children.  Download the School Physical information flyer below.
  • Family Planning - Medical exams, pregnancy tests, lab tests, counseling, women's health education, and family planning methods are provided to meet your individual needs. Download the Family Planning Brochure below.
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)- Counseling, testing, treatment, and follow-up care.
  • HIV / AIDS Testing- Available by appointment and walk-in.
  • Women's Services- Prenatal and gynecological care is provided. Prenatal care through delivery is available at any stage of pregnancy. We encourage you to seek care as early in the pregnancy as possible. Gynecological care provides a full range of services including breast exams and cancer screening.
  • Behavioral Health Services- Behavioral Case Management Services include assessment of individuals social service needs, linking them with community res
Health Department Offering Adult and Children's Flu Vaccines

Health Department Offering Adult and Children's Flu Vaccines

Shots Available in Joliet, Bolingbrook and University Park

The Will County Health Department Immunization Clinic is now offering walk-in seasonal flu vaccinations for adults and children at its 1106 Neal Avenue site in Joliet.  Walk-in shots are available each Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Vaccine is also available Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m., and Thursdays from 1-6 p.m.  Friday hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon; no shots are available on the fourth Friday monthly.

Mobile Dental Unit

Provides Dental Services to Schools and Shelters

Will County’s 40-foot mobile dental van features digital x-ray capabilities and two fully-equipped dental chairs. It will enable Will County Community Health Center dental professionals to offer services to clients at schools and community shelters who might not otherwise have access to preventive and restorative dental services.

Will County Health Department Encourages Cervical Cancer Screening

Schedule Your Pap Test

Women can prevent cervical cancer! Regular screening with Pap tests can detect cell changes before cancer develops.  Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. However, deaths have decreased largely due to the use of regular pap tests and pelvic exams.  Regular testing is crucial in identifying cervical cancer or pre-cancerous conditions. 

Newborn Screening

Newborn Screening

Identifying Infants with Certain Genetic Conditions

Newborn screening is a public health activity aimed at early identification of infants affected with certain genetic or metabolic conditions.  Through laboratory testing at birth, Illinois screens for several endocrine, hemoglobin and metabolic disorders. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce morbidity, premature death, mental retardation and other development disabilities. The list of conditions included in the screening has greatly expanded over the years, resulting in earlier detection and prevention of complications in many previously undetected disorders. A specimen will be collected at least 24-hours after birth. If an abnormality is detected with the screening (i.e. elevated or positive results, or an unsatisfactory specimen) and neither the Illinois Department of Public nor the physician are able to locate the family, then the Will County Health Department is notified.  Further attempts to reach the family will be made by a nurse, either via telephone or by an attempted home visit. The nurse can then inform the family of the importance of a repeat screening or the need for further diagnostic testing.  If there is a definitive diagnosis, the RN can provide referrals and educational material to the family. 

In addition, newborns are also screened at birth for hearing. There are many reasons why an infant might fail the first hearing screening at the hospital, but it is important that a follow-up test be performed in order to rule-out a definite hearing loss. Early recognition and treatment of confirmed hearing loss is essential to prevent future complications.

The Will County Health Department is notified by the Illinois Department of Public Health of infants who have failed their Newborn Hearing Screening and need to follow-up with repeat or further testing. A nurse will attempt to contact the family either by phone or home visit to make sure the family has all the information and referrals it needs.

Contact:

Rosemary Jones, RN, BSN
815-774-7322
rjones@willcountyhealth.org


SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

An Unexpected Condition that Causes Death in Infants

SIDS is a condition that can tragically takes the lives of babies anywhere from one week to one year of age. These deaths are sudden, unexpected, and happen without warning.
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