public health

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Peoria County fares above national standards, when it comes to women getting prenatal care early in their pregnancy. But there is much work to be done in preventing preterm births and pregnancies among teens aged 15-19. 

Those are findings of the Peoria City-County Health Department’s report released this month.

At least sixteen of Illinois' 97 public health departments have laid off employees or cut back service hours, and more are expected unless the state comes through with funding.  

An association representing nearly 100 local health departments says the state budget impasse is "eroding" the ability to respond to public health emergencies. 

Illinois’ lack of budget is threatening rape crisis services, a program that helps women get screened for cervical cancer, and the public health network.  Senators meeting at the capitol today heard details of these and other woes. 

Governor Bruce Rauner's decision to cancel grants to some social services has upset advocates.  The move is being done to help close a budget gap. 

State concerned about health worker shortage

Mar 10, 2014

Public health officials are concerned there won't be enough health care providers to serve the increased patient load that is expected under the Affordable Care Act. A state panel has released nearly two dozen recommendations to alleviate what it sees as a workforce shortage in the state.