Learn more about the department
Learn more about the department
To optimize health and achieve health equity for all people and communities of Cook County through our leadership and collaborations, focusing on health promotion and prevention, while advocating for and assuring the natural environmental and social conditions necessary to advance physical, mental and social well-being.
The Cook County Department of Public Health envisions a healthy Cook County where all people and communities thrive in safe, health-promoting conditions.
Agency Planning Documents
Community Health Advisory Council (CHAC)
Learn more about our Community Health Advisory Council, upcoming and previous meetings, and membership.
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: 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.