College of Medicine at Peoria to Kick-Off Illinois Rural Health Association’s 26th Annual Conference

The Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) will host its 26th Annual Educational Conference August 13th -14th at the Embassy Suites River Front Conference Center in East Peoria.  The theme of this year’s conference is Embracing Change in Rural Health Care”. For more information, please view the PDF document . Annual IRHA Conference Brochure 2015

We Choose Health Best Practice Guide

We Choose Health was an Illinois Department of Public Health initiative created to encourage and support the implementation of community health programs that addressed: Healthy Eating and Active Living; Smoke-Free Living; Healthy and Safe Built Environments. We Choose Health awarded 21 grantees covering 60 counties and impacting almost 3 million people in Illinois. Below you will find the Best Practice Guide outlining the impactful programs that were implemented across the state. For more information visit

Community and Faith Meeting on Caring for Older Adults


Are you caring for an older friend or relative?

Interested in no cost services to help you care for your loved one?

Residents, faith and community leaders of Berwyn, Cicero

and Melrose Park are invited to the


Community and Faith Meeting on Caring for Older Adults

Friday, August 30, 10 – 11:30am

Cicero Community Center, Room CC101

2250 S. 49th Ave., Cicero


Please RSVP to Mike Reno at or (708)383-0258

    The Area Agency on Aging of suburban Cook County since 1974

Caring Together, Living Better  is funded by the Russell and Josephine Kott Memorial Charitable Trust

Register now for the MCH Scholarship & Practice Retreat!

Leadership, Legacy, & Community:
A Retreat to Advance MCH Scholarship & Practice

July 14-16, 2013
Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook, IL

During the 2012 MCH Leadership Retreat, we concluded the program with a discussion about the core act of leadership which involves changing the conversations we choose to engage with as leaders. Having the courage to change tired, worn-out, difficult, negative, and non-productive conversations is essential to leading with inspiration and innovation and it is essential to improved MCH and public health. This is where we start our 2-day leadership development training this year. We begin with a session on enhancing professionalism including learning techniques for engaging with disruptive behaviors from our colleagues so that these individuals do not continue to send our teams/organizations into a quick downward spiral resulting in collective low productivity and stagnation. We will also practice methods to support exemplary leadership when we see it. This work is not for the faint of heart and it is necessary for individuals committed to shifting cultures and improving public health.

We will delve deeper into the practical implementation of conflict management and negotiation strategies. These concepts often times live in a didactic environment. In this training, we will take theory and engage in experiential exercises to fine-tune our conflict management and negotiation skills. Participants will leave the training with a new confidence in their ability to handle difficult situations. We will explore in great detail the concept of ‘leading from the middle’ which is relevant to everyone who finds him/herself in the middle of an organizational structure. We will discuss power and influence and practice techniques/skills to influence others no matter what our position. We will conclude this training with an experience of the power of collective wisdom and a discussion of how to share the importance of inspiring collective wisdom in our individual work environments. Now more than ever, there is an urgent need and desire to tap into collective wisdom to make change happen, to shift cultures, and to improve MCH in ways that we haven’t been able to until this point in history.

If you see yourself as an MCH change agent or wish to learn practical skills for how to be a positive force for MCH change, this program is designed just for you!

Who Should Attend:

Intergenerational, interdisciplinary academic/practice professionals and students who are interested in the health and well-being of women, children, and families. This includes:

  • MCH Title V & CYSHCN directors
  • Program directors, managers, and staff
  • Program staff & Community Health Workers Researchers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Policy and family advocates
  • Health educators and administrators
  • Faculty/staff/students


  • Academic/Practice Professionals    $325
  • Students   $200

Click on the following link to register

Visit the MCH website for more information:

Free training session 05/17 – Quality Improvement in Public Health

Quality Improvement in Public Health

Friday, May 17, 2013
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Holiday Inn Convention Center
222 Potomac Blvd.
Mount Vernon, IL 62864

The Quality Improvement Training is for any organization who wants to learn formal tools, methods and processes for improving a process or performance in a particular area such as: 

  • Need to increase duration of breastfeeding among your WIC clients?
  • Want to increase attendance at coalition meetings?
  • Want to improve your childhood immunization rates?
  • Interested in reducing your no-show rate for client appointments?
  • Want to improve customer service by reducing wait times?
  • Need to improve efficiency of your food safety inspections, or increase compliance?
  • Interested in increasing traffic on your website and social media sites?
  • Can your response time for well and septic inspections be shortened?
  • Can you work with physicians and hospitals to improve the timeliness of communicable disease reporting?

Just as hospitals and clinicians use QI to improve processes and outcomes, you can too. In this era of “doing more with less”, by using QI for public health programs you can address problems like these to increase your efficiency and get better outcomes to boot.  This QI training is for your staff in maternal and child health, health promotion, environmental health, communicable disease, home  health, and more.