National Suicide Prevention Week
Did you know that, in the United States, more people die by suicide (50% more!) each year than by homicide?Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die. They just want to end the pain they are experiencing.
When suicidal intent or risk is detected early, lives can be saved.
September 8th through September 14th is National Suicide Prevention Week. Please join the Stickney Public Health District in supporting suicide prevention. Together we can reduce the number of lives shaken by a needless and tragic death.
Illinois Department of Public Health Watching for Possible Outbreaks of Circulating Virus
Cases Of An Uncommon Enterovirus Found In The Midwest
Several hospitals in Illinois and Missouri have recently reported clusters of severe respiratory illness in community members, especially children. Testing of some cases by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified an enterovirus, EV-D68. While there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses, which are very common viruses of respiratory illness, EV-D68 is less common.
“The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is closely monitoring the increase in respiratory illness found in some hospitals,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “While we are seeing some severe illnesses and take these very seriously, it’s important to know that the steps you can take to avoid becoming ill, and the treatment for this, are similar to those of most illnesses.”
Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. To help protect yourself and others from enterovirus infections:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Avoid close contact (touching and shaking hands) with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
- Stay home when sick
Symptoms of enterovirus illness can include fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and body aches. Because EV-D68 has not been reported commonly, the full spectrum of illness due to this type of enterovirus is not well known.
“If you, or your child, are experiencing cold like symptoms and are having difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider right away,” said Dr. Hasbrouck.
There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections and no specific anti-viral medications currently available for this purpose, which is why it is important to take steps to protect yourself.
Confused About Vaccinations?
Need guidance on vaccinations for your children? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed a guide for parents and caregivers on vaccines for children. Learn more about the benefits and risks associated with vaccines, the types of vaccines routinely administered for children, and the steps to take when your child is vaccinated. A Guide to Vaccinating Your Children
Affordable Care Act:
Coverage Opportunities After Open Enrollment
While the Marketplace Open Enrollment Period has ended, there are still opportunities for some Illinoisans to get health coverage or change their plan. Visit GetCoveredIllinois.gov to find out if:
• You qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) due to a "qualifying life event," like having a baby, getting married, losing employer coverage, or other reasons. You can apply any time during the year as long as it is within 60 days of the qualifying life event.
• You or a loved one qualifies for Medicaid, All Kids, or the Illinois Moms & Babies program. You can apply any time during the year. Remember, your children could qualify for coverage through All Kids even if you do not qualify for Medicaid.
• You qualify to purchase insurance from the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) if you own a small business or non-profit organization. You can apply any time but if you enroll by the 15th of the month your coverage can start as soon as the 1st of the following month.
For more information on your coverage options or to find FREE in-person assistance from a trained Navigator, visit GetCoveredIllinois.gov or call the Get Covered Illinois Help Desk toll-free at (866) 311-1119 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.
Stickney Public Health District is certified as a local health department by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Founded in 1946, the SPHD provides a variety of health prevention treatments and public health services to the residents of Stickney Township. We are committed to improving and protecting the health of our residents and encourage you to take advantage of our services.
These include programs that provide health services to both the youngest and the most senior of Stickney Township's population. In Home Nursing program seeks to maintain the independence of elderly citizens while the Women, Infants and Children program targets the nutritional needs of those in the early stages of life. The SPHD also takes a broader role in servicing the environmental and safety concerns of our community.
The administrators of Stickney Public Health District hope this site provides greater access to the services that we offer to the community.
Louis S. Viverito
Louis S. Viverito
In addition to his position with the SPHD, Louis S. Viverito is the former State Senator representing the 11th District and Stickney Township Supervisor; born in Chicago, he is a Korean War Veteran and, together with his wife Carolyn, has three children and five grandsons.
Dr. Christopher Grunow
Ettore "Hector" Cesario
Director of Nursing Services
Director of Behavioral Health
Acting Director of Environmental Health
Emergency Response Coordinator
Stickney Township Public Health District does not discriminate in admission to programs or treatment of employment in programs or activities in compliance with the Illinois Human Rights Act, the U.S. Civil Rights Act, and the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions. ©2007