About the Department
The Cook County Department of Public Health was established on December 10, 1945 and is the state certified public health agency for Cook County with the exception of Chicago, Evanston, Skokie, Oak Park and Stickney Township. CCDPH serves approximately 2.5 million residents in 124 municipalities and strives to meet the public health needs of our suburban Cook County jurisdiction (SCC) through effective and efficient disease prevention and health promotion programs.
Our network approach to protecting and promoting health brings residents, partners and resources together to address issues facing our communities. We work to prevent the spread of about 65 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 which helps our agency, partners and the public, plan for and address emerging health threats, and promote healthy living through awareness, education, programs and community development. Departmental units include:
Communicable Disease Prevention and Control
The Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Unit (CD) works to prevent and control the spread of communicable diseases within SCC. This responsibility is achieved through collaboration with those involved in the identification, diagnosis, treatment, and legal, ethical and social management of communicable diseases.
Community Epidemiology and Health Planning
The Community Epidemiology and Health Planning Unit (CEHP) Unit addresses health problems, disparities and trends by assembling, analyzing and disseminating data and information about the health of SCC. CEHP fosters coordination between CCDPH and other agencies in the region involved in community health planning efforts.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
The Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPRU) coordinates public health preparedness efforts in partnership with various disciplines and local, county, state, and federal agencies to effectively plan for, respond to, and recover from events impacting the health of SCC residents and the safety of our employees.
Environmental Health Services
The Environmental Health Services Unit (EHS) is the regulatory arm of CCDPH and is empowered to enforce Cook County and Illinois state laws relating to environmental health issues within SCC. Environmental health inspectors regularly inspect, monitor, regulate, educate and advise the public on environmental health concerns that adversely impact human health.
Integrated Health Support Services
The Integrated Health Support Services Unit (IHSS) provides public health services to individuals and families. These services include: clinics; breast and cervical cancer referral, follow-up and case management; vision and hearing screening; public health nursing; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program; and Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention and Control.
Policy Development and Communications
The Policy Development and Communication Unit (PDCU) researches and analyzes public health policies, advocates for the adoption of science-based public health laws, rules and regulations and provides accurate and timely communications to SCC.
The Prevention Services Unit (PSU) works in partnership with the community to build and sustain healthy environments. This unit is comprised of three departments – Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Lead Poisoning Prevention, Violence Prevention – all involved in promoting and supporting healthy, active lifestyles in SCC communities, homes, schools, and workplaces. PSU is focused on preventing illness, injuries and deaths associated with such topics as chronic diseases, lead poisoning and violence.
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