Tobacco Control Advocacy Information

Educational Resources and Websites

These resources and websites are recommended if you want to learn more about the dangers of smoking and the tobacco use.

The Big Benefits of Quitting

It's Not Too Late to Quit!

20 Minutes after quitting
Your blood pressure and pulse rate drop.

2 Hours after quitting
Nicotine begins to leave your system. Some people may feel withdrawal pangs. This is a good sign. Your body is cleaning itself out. Don't give up. Within two days all the nicotine byproducts will be gone.

Coalition Toward A Tobacco-Free Will County

Works to Provide a Tobacco-Free Future for all Will County Citizens

The mission of the Coalition Toward a Tobacco-Free Will County is to educate the public about the impact of tobacco use and advocate for policies that reduce and prevent tobacco use in order to improve the quality of life for all.

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.
HIV Prevention Program

HIV Prevention Program

Provides HIV Education and Prevention Services to High Risk Individuals

The Will County Health Department HIV program ensure that individuals at high risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV or other STD’s in Will County are provided with quality HIV prevention and care services. Anyone 12 years of age or older is eligible to participate.

The HIV program works to prevent the spread of HIV by providing anonymous or confidential HIV counseling and testing FREE of charge in many Will County locations.  

For HIV information or for more information regarding HIV services available, please call (815) 727-8830.

Related Links:

Agape Missions
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
HIV Care Connect

If you don't qualify for Will County Health Department HIV Testing, click on link and enter zip code to identify other agencies that provide testing in your area National HIV and STD Testing Resources

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

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. 

Comprehensive STD Clinic Services at these Locations

Service Location Information

Comprehensive STD clinic services are available off-site (testing, treatment, examinations, referrals). Services are available for a limited fee at these two clinic locations:

The Will County Community Health Center
1106 Neal Ave., Joliet, IL 60433
Open by appointment
Monday & Wednesday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday & Thursday 7:30am - 8:00pm
Friday 7:30am - 12:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 1:00pm
Call (815) 727-8670 to schedule an appointment.

Aunt Martha's St Francis Health Center

310 N. Ottawa St., Joliet, IL 60432
For appointments please call: 1-877-692-8686
Walk-ins are accepted, appointments are preferred.

All insurances welcome. Sliding fee scale available with documentation of income.

Aunt Martha's Joliet East Community Health Center

1200 Eagle Street Joliet, IL 60432

For appointments, please call: 1-708-747-7100

For more information about the Will County Health Department's STD program and services, or for general information and questions, please call (815) 727-8830.

Emergency Pharmaceutical Distribution

Emergency Pharmaceutical Distribution

Utilizing Points of Dispensing Locations in the Event of an Emergency

In the event of a public health emergency, the Health Department is the Will County agency responsible for distribution of pharmaceuticals (antibiotic medications) to the entirety of Will County and any other areas of responsibility by utilizing Points of Dispensing (POD) centers. Points of Dispensing are locations throughout the County which could be used to distribute medications in the event of a health emergency. The Emergency Preparedness and Response Division will undertake a leading role in that process. The staff of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Division has also played a key role in developing The Will County Pharmaceutical Distribution Plan. This plan serves as the protocol for the request, receipt, staging, public notification, and distribution of pharmaceuticals from both the Illinois Pharmaceutical Stockpile and the Strategic National Stockpile provided via the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention respectively. The WCHD reserves the right to enact only portions of this plan if a full-scale distribution is not required.

Since the full support of Will County municipalities and government agencies is paramount in order to effectively carry out the operation of this plan. The Health Department's Emergency Preparedness & Response staff has offered numerous presentations to these government entities in an effort to forge the necessary relationships which will facilitate a smooth operation in the event the plan is activated. Support has been overwhelming from these agencies..

Useful Links:

CDC Strategic National Stockpile

HHS Public Health Emergency; Medical Countermeasures


APORS (Adverse Pregnancy Reporting System)

APORS (Adverse Pregnancy Reporting System)

Follow-up Program for the High-Risk Mother and High-Risk Infant.

Home visits are provided to families of high-risk pregnant/postpartum women and high-risk infants in order to assess the woman, infant, and the family environment and to facilitate early intervention of identified problems.  High-risk infants are the primary portion of the APORS program. The purpose of the infant follow-up program is to minimize disability in high-risk infants by identifying, as early as possible, conditions requiring further evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment, and by ensuring an environment that will promote optimal growth and development.

Program Eligibility

High-risk pregnant/postpartum women and high risk infants are eligible for the APORS program. Clients are referred to the health department and will be offered follow-up services. The family may decline such services.  

 Program Services

Home visits to high-risk prenatal/postpartum women should be scheduled as often as the client’s condition warrants. The high-risk infant should receive a minimum of six visits that are offered on the following schedule: as soon as possible after newborn discharge, and at chronological ages 2, 4, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months and/or whenever their condition requires further health monitoring, teaching, counseling and/or referral for appropriate services.  Home visits are required, but occasionally, when an infant is receiving services at the health department, a follow-up visit may be conducted by the RN at that location. This service is provided free of charge. These services are not to replace doctor’s visits.

Contact Information

Sylvia Muniz  RN, BSN

Phone:  815-727-8505




Programs & Services