Winnebago County Health Department recognizes Public Health Month
Online Staff Report
Public health is about helping people stay healthy. The Winnebago County Department of Public Health protects and improves community wellbeing by preventing disease and promoting factors fundamental to good health. This is accomplished through a range of services that reach almost 70,000 clients/patients with a special focus on setting a fair and adequate baseline of care for all.
“Everyday residents of Winnebago County benefit from services provided through the Department and collaborative efforts with many organizations. Public health is an investment in healthier residents and a stronger community. Protecting public health and safety has always been our community’s highest priority,” said Mike Bacon, Public Health Director.
This year’s Public Health Month theme focuses on preventing injuries and violence. In 2007 in Winnebago County, 1580 persons were hospitalized for injuries. Of those 1580 hospitalizations, 174 died as a result of their injuries.
Of the 174 deaths 124 of those were unintentional deaths (excludes homicide, suicide, etc.). Two-thirds of the deaths from accidents are to those younger than 65 years of age and represent the leading cause of years-of-potential-life-lost in Winnebago County.
Nationally in 2007, more than 180,000 people died from injuries. Every year 50 million people are injured severely enough to require medical treatment. Injuries affect everyone regardless of age, sex, race or economic status; and they impact the mental, physical and financial wellbeing of individuals and their families. Injuries are also a significant economic burden costing society over $406 billion in medical cost and productivity lost.
Safety is no accident. Unfortunately many individuals accept injuries as fate or as part of life. However, local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control Prevention through the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center) are working to transform the notion that injuries are accidental and unavoidable occurrences.
Take a moment to learn more about ways to prevent some of the leading causes of injury including motor vehicle injuries, child maltreatment and falls in older adults by visiting the CDC’s Injury, Violence & Safety webpage at: http://www.cdc.gov/injuryviolencesafety/.
In honor of Public Health Month, The Winnebago County Department of Public Health will be hosting or co-hosting or jointly sponsoring a number of special activities during the month in celebration of past successes and to focus on today’s leading contributors to wellness. Join us as we work together to make our community safer and injury free.
Events in April the Winnebago County Health Department is involved with:
- getmoving Healthy Kids Day During Public Health Month
YMCA of Rock River Valley, getmoving Collaborative, and The Winnebago County Health Department
YMCA Northeast Branch – 8451 Orth Road, Loves Park, Illinois 61111
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 9 am - 12:00 Noon
More information @ http://www.getmovingnow.net/events/.
- “Primp for Prom” Prom Dress Event – Ellis Heights Weed and Seed & Providence Baptist Church
Providence Baptist Church, 2209 Clifton Avenue, Rockford, Illinois 61102
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
More information @ www.wchd.org.
- Rock Valley College’s Earth Day Celebration
Rock Valley College, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford, Illinois 61114
WCHD Booth: Mercury Thermometer Exchange (limited quantity)
Saturday, April 16, 2011 – 12:00 Noon – 3:00 pm
- Winnebago County Health Ribbon Cutting & Open House 555 North Court Street Health Facility
Winnebago County Board Chairman’s Office and The Winnebago County Health Department
555 North Court Street, Rockford, Illinois 61103
Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
For more information on the programs, services, and classes that the Winnebago County Health Department provides, go to the website at www.wchd.org; or call the Department at 815-720-4000.
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