About The Department
The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) was established on December 10, 1945, and is one of the seven affiliates of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS). The other affiliates are the Ambulatory and Community Health Network of Cook County, Cermak Health Services of Cook County, The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital, Oak Forest Health Center and Provident Hospital.
CCDPH is the state certified public health agency for Cook County with the exception of Chicago, Evanston, Skokie, Oak Park and Stickney Township. These four municipalities and one township have separate, state certified, local public health departments. With more than 300 employees serving approximately 2.5 million residents in 129 municipalities, CCDPH staff strives to meet the public health needs of our through effective and efficient disease prevention and health promotion programs.
CCDPH takes a network approach to protecting and promoting health. Our staff brings people and resources together to address issues facing our communities. CCDPH provides clinical services around communicable diseases, and reproductive and oral health. We work to prevent the spread of more than 70 reportable communicable diseases and enforce Cook County and Illinois public health laws, rules and regulations.
Because of all the epidemiological information we gather and analyze, we are a major source of information about the priority health needs in each community in suburban Cook County. This helps our agency, partners and the public, plan for and address emerging health threats, and to promote healthy lifestyles through awareness, education, programs and community development.