HIV Prevention Program Services

Summary of Services, Educational Programs and Useful Links

The Will County Health Department HIV Program services include:

  • HIV counseling and testing services
    • On-site at the Will County Health Department
    • Weekly or monthly at many community locations in Will County 
    • Testing available with rapid results
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


Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Community Intervention Program to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning

The Will County Health Department has a comprehensive community intervention program available to prevent childhood lead poisoning.

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) was established for the prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of lead poisoning, including the elimination of sources of poisoning through research and educational, epidemiologic, and clinical activities. CLPPP provides a range of both primary and secondary prevention services to the children of Will County, their families and others with an interest in the prevention of lead poisoning. This service is provided free of charge.

Lead poisoning is the presence of too much lead in the body.  It is the most common preventable pediatric health problem in the United States today.  It is caused by exposure to lead that is either eaten or inhaled, in the form of dust.  The body carries lead in the blood to soft tissues and bones, where it can be stored for many years.  Lead harms several organs including the nervous system and kidneys.  Lead is especially harmful to the bodies of children younger than 6 years.

Take precautions to avoid exposure to lead dust when remodeling or renovating, call: 1-800-424-LEAD or 1-800-547-0466 for the hearing impaired only.

Program Eligibility 

Children 6 years of age and younger. 

Program Services

This program includes an inspection of the homes of children found to have high levels of lead in their blood.  We examine and test dust, paint chips, water and other possible sources of lead poisoning.

  • Community screenings are available upon request at health fairs and other community events
  • Educational presentations to schools and community groups

To schedule a lead screening contact the Will County Health Department Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program or your child's doctor. 

Contact Information

Phone:  815-727-8501 or  815-727-8830
Email: ldudczyk@willcountyhealth.org 

Useful Websites:

IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health)

CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

CPSC (Toys on recall)

Reporting Elevated Blood Lead Levels

How to Report an Elevated Blood Level

A child’s elevated blood lead level (EBL) can be reported in Will County by one of the following ways:

  • Ask for member of the childhood lead program by calling 815-727-8830
  • Fax to a confidential fax line to 815-774-4474
Bioterrorism Preparedness

Bioterrorism Preparedness

Coordinating the Countywide Response to a Biological Attack

Bioterrorism is a form of terrorism using biologic agents that are harmful to humans. This form of terrorism involves the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. Biological agents can be spread through the air, through water, or in food. Terrorists may prefer to use biological agents because they can be extremely difficult to detect and do not cause illness for several hours to several days.

The Emergency Preparedness and Response division of the Will County Health Department plays the leading role in coordinating the countywide response to a real or potential biological attack. To this end, our organization works with local first responders, hospitals, schools, and government agencies to establish protocols for investigation of and response to any suspicious communicable disease outbreak or potential biological attack. In the event of an actual biological attack, the Health Department will coordinate a countywide response with the above agencies, provide updated information to the general public, and facilitate medical management of exposed persons. Planning by government agencies however, no matter how competent, is no substitute for enhanced citizen awareness of the dangers of bioterrorism. The links and information on this page are designed to help every citizen become aware of the signs that a bioterror attack is imminent or occurring.

Useful Links:

Illinois Emergency Management Agency

US Department of Homeland Security

Other useful information is available for download below.

Public Education

West Nile Virus Awareness Among the General Public and Health and Veterinarians

Since outbreaks of West Nile virus occur each summer in the United States, increased public awareness could become one of the keys to mitigating the effects of a disease that is always spread in much the same way and generally presents the same set of symptoms. 

Response to the Threat of WNV

Informing the Public and Testing in Response to an Outbreak

In the event of a dead bird actually testing positive for WNV or the identification of suspected or confirmed human cases, the department will immediately notify the public of the situation and provide advice on how they may best protect themselves. 

Surveillance of WNV Outbreaks

Increased Monitoring Efforts in Conjunction with Local Government and Health Care Providers

Local government units, health and veterinary care providers and a variety of other agencies play a critical role in protecting public health from mosquito-borne diseases by forming part of the dense environmental surveillance network that acts to first identify possible outbreaks of WNV.

Food Recalls Safeguard Public Health

Potentially Harmful Food Products can be removed from the Market by the Food Recall Process

Once a food product is marketed to a wide range of consumers in different markets, unexpected problems can occur. Some common problems include contamination at the processing stage that may leave an organism in the product that could make consumers ill, mislabeling of a product or the discovery of a potential allergen in the product.
Guidance for Prevention of Norovirus Outbreaks in Daycare Facilities and Schools

Guidance for Prevention of Norovirus Outbreaks in Daycare Facilities and Schools

Communicable Disease Prevention

Norovirus, formerly called norwalk-like virus, is a virus that causes acute gastroenteritis in humans. The most common symptoms of norovirus are diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Norovirus is very contagious, and is spread through contaminated food or water, by contact with an infected person, or by contamination in the environment.
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