Programs
Communicable Disease Surveillance -  The purpose of the communicable disease control
program is to protect the citizens of Marion County from contracting and transmitting infectious
disease.  MCHD receives reports of communicable diseases from physicians, laboratories, health
care practitioners, schools and daycare personnel as the disease occurs.  

Dental Sealant - Since 2001, we have received a grant from Illinois Department of Public
Health to offer dental sealants to school children who are low-income, or on the free and reduced
lunch program.  We contract with Miles of Smiles, who have dentists and hygienists that come
into the schools and perform dental exams and place sealants on molars.  This is an excellent
program that promotes prevention of dental caries.

Environmental Health -  In order to protect the people within the county from contracting and
transmitting infectious diseases, the Division of Environmental Health performs a comprehensive
food protection program, private sewage program, private water well program, and tanning
program.

Family Case Management -  The Family Case Management Program (FCM) assists families
with pregnant women, an infant, or a young child to obtain the health care services and other
services they may need to have a healthy pregnancy and to promote the child’s healthy growth
and development.  The goals of Family Case Management are to: provide access to primary
care, identify and resolve access barriers, provide health education to all eligible clients, and to
reduce infant mortality and premature births.  Family Case Management includes high-risk infant
follow-up and HealthWorks of Illinois. High risk infant follow-up serves infants who have any of the
following:  a serious congenital infection, an endocrine, metabolic, or immune disorder, a blood
disorder, birth weight less than 1501 grams, a positive urine toxicology for any drugs, discharge
from a neonatal intensive care unit, or a congenital anomaly or other conditions.  The goals of
high-risk infant follow-up are to promote optimal growth and development, teach the family care
of the high-risk infant, prevent complications, decrease morbidity and mortality, decrease stress
and potential for abuse, and insure early identification and referral for further treatment and
evaluation.  HealthWorks of Illinois assures that DCFS wards from birth to age 21 who are in
foster care, receive comprehensive quality health care services, as mandated by the BH Consent
Decree.  In Marion County, public health nurses case manage DCFS wards placed in Marion
County, under the age of 6 and assure that DCFS caseworkers receive all documentation of
medical care and services received.

Genetics -  MCHD nurses receive periodic continuing education in the rapidly evolving field of
genetics.  All eligible clients are screened for genetic risk factors and referrals for follow-up
counseling are arranged as needed.

Immunizations -  Immunizations are administered through the immunization program to
citizens of Marion County in all age groups.  Some of the vaccines the health department offers
are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, flu, meningitis, MMR, pneumonia and tetanus.  Various clinics are
offered at other sites in Marion County throughout the year for flu and pneumonia.

International Travel Consulting -  International travel consultations provide educational
and informational materials for the traveler.  Example:  HIV, cholera, yellow fever, malaria
information; vaccination recommendations for Hepatitis A & B, Japanese Encephalitis, polio,
rabies, typhoid, tetanus; country information which includes general information, health
precautions, disease risk, official health data, current health concerns, crime, travel conditions,
and consular information.  You may call the Health Department at 618-548-3878 to inquire about
the travel information needed to process your travel.

Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) -  WIC is the special supplemental nutrition program for   
Women, Infants, and Children.  It is administered in Illinois by the Department of Human Services
(DHS) and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  WIC assists
parents to feed their children properly during critical periods of growth and development.  WIC
provides free health screenings to all participants,
nutrition education, counseling and support,
breastfeeding support, nutritious foods through the use of food vouchers, and referrals to other
health and social services.  In Illinois, approximately 40 percent of all babies are born on the WIC
program.  Recent studies have shown that WIC reduces fetal deaths, infant mortality, low birth
weights and iron-deficiency anemia in children and increases immunization rates.  To be eligible
for WIC, an applicant must be pregnant, in the postpartum period (six month after delivery)
and/or breastfeeding or an infant or child under age 5.  Also, a health professional must
determine that a health or nutritional risk exists.
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