Health Data Analysis and Reporting

Health Data Analysis and Reporting

Analyzing and Interpreting Health Related Data

The Epidemiology and Communicable Disease Program is continuously working with area medical providers to update them on ongoing disease trends as revealed by the data that the program is constantly collecting. The program also helps county health care providers by making available the most current information on the testing, treatment, and prevention of communicable disease. 

The analytic and statistical skills of program staff are also at the disposal of the county whenever the community needs to draw up a broad based survey of health status for planning purposes. Both the 2007 Community Health Needs Assessment and Plan and the 2010-2015 Will County Community Assessment and Strategic Plan benefited from the involvement of Epidemiology and Communicable Disease data staff. In the case of the Community Assessment and Strategic Plan, it was the health department epidemiologist who was given the task of consolidating all the health related data collected by the Community Health Status Assessment Committee and reporting the results to the Steering Committee of the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership Program (MAPP). MAPP is the process that the county adopted for developing a strategic plan for improving health care and health outcomes. At present, the program is actively engaged in supporting the work of all the MAPP action committees.  

Epidemiology News
Please Don't Feed The Animals

Please Don't Feed The Animals

Wild Animals Can Carry Dangerous Diseases

If you live in Will County, you have probably seen deer, coyotes, foxes, and other wildlife frolicking not far from your home. Local population growth has reduced animal living space and forced wildlife to seek shelter in, or very near residential communities.  Lee Schild D.V.M. believes animals and humans can still coexist peacefully, but he knows that humans need to make sure wild animals don't get too close.

SITUATION AWARENESS BRIEFING: Deadly MERS Virus Hits Uncomfortably Close To Home

International Travel Brings Dangerous Diseases to Our Doorstep

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a potentially fatal virus which has now sickened hundreds in 12 countries and carries a fatality rate of more than 30 percent. In 2012, health officials from the Arabian Peninsula reported the first cases of what is now called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a potentially fatal virus which has now sickened hundreds in 12 countries and carries a fatality rate of more than 30 percent.

Influenza Activity in Illinois is Now Confined to Local Outbreaks

Influenza Has Peaked According to the CDC

This article contains updates to the article posted February 20, 2013.

According to the CDC, the influenza outbreak that was so widespread during much of the winter has peaked and activity has decreased in most parts of the U.S. During the latest reporting period (the week ending March 3-9), there were no states reporting high influenza-like activity. According to the latest Overview of Influenza Surveillance in the United States, Illinois has gone from reporting high flu incidence to reporting only localized outbreaks. 

Health Department Recommending Flu Shots for the Unprotected

It's Not Too Late for a Flu Shot!

Most area students are returning to the classroom this week, and the Will County Health Department will be watching. Illinois is one of nearly 40 states currently experiencing widespread influenza activity and the Health Department will be monitoring school attendance to help gauge the severity of the local problem. If current trends continue, the 2012-2013 flu season could be memorable. 

Community-Associated  MRSA Information for the Public

Community-Associated MRSA Information for the Public

Frequently Asked Questions About MRSA

What is Staphylococcus aureus (staph)?

Staphylococcus aureus, often referred to simply as "staph," are bacteria commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. Approximately 25% to 30o/o of the population is colonized (when bacteria are present , but not causing an infection) in the nose with staph bacteria.