How To Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe

The American Academy of Pediatrics has an updated policy statement regarding SIDS. Read it here.

Stickney Public Health District Behavioral Health Staff celebrate the Walk for Mental Health, May 17, 2019

Stickney Public Health District Behavioral Health Staff celebrate the Walk for Mental Health, May 17, 2019

Louis S. Viverito

Stickney Township Public Health District President Louis S. Viverito joined Township staff to complete the 2019 one mile walk.

Township Day

Stickney Township Public Health District recognized May as Mental Health Awareness Month with an annual one mile Walk For Mental Health.

Multiple Measles Outbreaks Reported in the U.S.

More than 700 cases of the measles have been confirmed across more than 22 states so far this year; the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000.

Measles is a highly contagious disease and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Please be cautious and consider the following:

  • Be sure you and your family members, especially children, are up to date on Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
  • If you have signs and symptoms that include fever with rash, a cough, runny nose, and “pink eye” or conjuncivities, you want to rule out Measles. This is especially true if you have recently traveled internationally or to domestic venues frequented by international travelers.
  • Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 9 of 10 people around them will also become infected if they are not protected. The virus can cause serious health complications, such as pneumonia or encephalitis, and even death. Please separate (or self-quarantine) anyone infected that may be ill with measles.
  • If you wish to seek medical care for a suspect case of measles, do not just show up at an office, care center or emergency department. Call ahead so arrangements can be made to diagnose symptoms and avoid exposure to others.

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated on schedule with the MMR vaccine. People 6 months and older should be protected with the vaccine before leaving on international trips.

    More information is available from the CDC website.

    National Health and Nutrition Survey Eyes South Cook with a Focus on Seniors and Minorities

    The National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is conducting a major study of the health of persons living in the United States. South Cook County, Illinois has been randomly selected as one of the survey locations during the current National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

    The Stickney Township Public Health District has been notified that NCHS personnel will be conducting the survey in Southern Cook County starting April 28, 2019 through July 4, 2019. A sample of about 627 people from the area will be asked to participate. Data is collected through household interviews and standardized medical examinations in a survey mobile examination center.

    The sample for the survey is selected to represent the U.S. population of all ages. To produce reliable statistics, NHANES oversamples people 60 and over, African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics.

    Since the United States has experienced dramatic growth in the number of older people during this century, the aging population has major implications for health care needs, public policy, and research priorities. NCHS is working with public health agencies to increase the knowledge of the health status of older Americans. NHANES has a primary role in this endeavor.

    All participants visit the physician. Dietary interviews and body measurements are included for everyone. All but the very young have a blood sample taken and will see the dentist. Depending upon the age of the participant, the rest of the examination includes tests and procedures to assess the various aspects of health listed above. In general, the older the individual, the more extensive the examination.

    NHANES is designed to facilitate and encourage participation. Transportation is provided to and from the mobile centers if necessary. Participants each receive compensation and a report of their medical findings. All information collected in the survey is kept confidential. Privacy is protected by public laws. More information can be found on the cdc website here.

    Stickney Township Walks for Mental Health

    Stickney Township – The 2019 Stickney Township Walks for Mental Health event will be held May 17. Township staff will join area residents to underscore the connections between physical and mental health.

    More information about this and other Behavioral Health services offered by the Stickney Public Health District can be found here.

    Stroke and Heart Attack Screenings Offered

    The Little Company of Mary Health Education Center offers Wake Up Call Screenings one Saturday each month from 7:30 am-noon. This one hour comprehensive screening for stroke and heart attack could save your life! Includes CBC, chemistry panel, cholesterol panel, thyroid level, liver enzymes and more. Ultrasound of the abdominal aorta and carotid arteries, peripheral vascular screening, heart rhythm screening for atrial fibrillation. NEW this year!!! Screening for metabolic syndrome. Includes personalized visit with the wellness nurse educator. Fee $155 (value $4,000). By appointment only. Payment required at time of registration. First appointment at 7:30 am. To register and for more information call 708 423-5774.

    Stickney Public Health District is a Healthy Hotspot!

    Healthy HotSpot partners are working together to support or advance policy, systems and environmental improvements to make healthy living easier in places where people live, work, learn, worship, play or receive health care in suburban Cook County.

    Since 1946, the Stickney Public Health District has provided community-based public health services to the residents of Stickney Township. Our service area includes the City of Burbank, the Villages of Stickney and Forest View, unincorporated areas of Central Stickney and Nottingham Park, and parts of the Village of Bridgeview (east of Harlem Avenue). We are focused on making Stickney Township a healthy place to live and work.

    Aligned with our mission, the Stickney Public Health District has goals to promote physical activity and healthy eating; reduce obesity; and decrease the level of untreated high blood pressure in our community. We work together with many partners --- community-based organizations, schools, senior homes to name a few – to develop and implement programs and initiatives that make healthy living easier for our residents.Visit the Cook County Public Health website for more information concerning the Healthy Hotspot program.

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    Lab Services Available

    Stickney Public Health District in collaboration with Simple Labs will offer lab services every Friday starting at 8:30 a.m.
    Location: Stickney Public Health District South Site, 5635 state Road, Burbank, IL 60459
    Call 708-424-9200, ext. 2137 for more information.

    Free Community HIV and STI Testing

    3:30 – 7 P.M., Second and Fourth Thursday of Each Month,
    Stickney Public Health District,
    5635 State Road, Burbank, IL 60459
    More information here.
    Walk for Mental Health

    The Stickney Township Walk for Mental Health - 2019.

    Walk for Mental Health

    Stickney Township staff joined memebers of the community in the walk to underscore the connection between physical health and mental well being.