As your health department, we offer a variety of wellness and
environmental health services to all Winnebago County residents.
For your good health and that of our community, we provide numerous programs focused
on wellness promotion throughout each life stage, injury and violence prevention,
disease prevention, disaster preparedness and response and environmental safety.
The Winnebago County Health Department will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016 for the Presidents' Day holiday. The Department will re-open at 8:00 am on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. If you need to contact the Department or a WCHD employee with an urgent matter during this time, please call 815-720-4000.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services News Release "Officials Urge Rockford Families To Get Covered Before Deadline" (1/11/2016)
The Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD) continues to help area residents with health insurance enrollment who are eligible for Marketplace Insurance including Medicaid. The Health Department offers this assistance at their ACA Walk-in Insurance Enrollment Center located at 555 North Court Street, Suite 204, Rockford, Illinois 61103.
The Insurance Enrollment Center is open:
Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm,
Saturday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, until February 15, 2016.
If you need help, you can talk to someone at the enrollment center about coverage options. The navigators are available to meet face-to-face or can be reached by phone. Please call 815-720-4247 to schedule an appointment today.
The best way to protect yourself and those around you from the flu is by getting a flu shot. The Winnebago County Health Department will be out in the community this fall providing opportunities to be vaccinated. Please click on the link below for flu clinic details.
The Winnebago County Mental Health Advisory Committee has started analyzing the results of more than 2,000 surveys that offer feedback about behavioral health services in our community. To view the current news release please follow this link. You can connect with the committee via Facebook (visit facebook.com and search “Winnebago County Mental Health Advisory Committee”) and Twitter (twitter.com/WinnCo_MHAC).
The Health Department has confirmed cases of Shigella in the community. Please click on the links below for more information.
Stop Germs - Fact Sheet (12/14/15)
Give the Gift of Handwashing this Holiday Season - News Release (12/4/15)
Winnebago County Health Department continues to see numbers rise of confirmed Shigellosis cases in school aged population and reminds parents about the importance of handwashing during the holiday season - News Release (11/24/15)
Shigellosis Health Alert (11/20/15)
Shigellosis Health Alert (11/12/15)
Winnebago County Health Department Shigellosis Flyer (English and Spanish)
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (Handwashing Video) - "Put Your Hands Together"
West Nile Virus
Personal Health and Safety Precautions During a Flood
Food-Borne Illness Complaints
Neighborhood Environmental Code Enforcement
PHAB Application Submittal
On the road the PHAB accreditation in 2016. The journey has been two and a half years in the making to satisfy the standards and measures of 12 domains. The measures equate to the submission of over 500 supporting documents. On Wednesday, September 2, 2015, Winnebago County Public Health Administrator, Dr. Sandra Martell accomplishing another mile marker by submitting WCHD's application to the Public Health Accreditation Board. The Department is applying for voluntary accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), the independent organization that administers the national public health accreditation program. To achieve accreditation, the Health Department must undergo a rigorous,multi-faceted, peer review assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of public health quality standards. The next mile marker is for the application review which can take up to six months. Pictured: WCHD Public Health Administrator, Dr. Sandra Martell (left), WCHD Health Equity Coordiantor, Kyle Auman, and WCHD Quality and Data Coordinator, Kari Nimmo (right).
The Winnebago County Health Department is responsible for ensuring that all community residents including those with functional needs are prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster. It is our goal to assist you in the event of an evacuation emergency. The public service announcement may be viewed here. The Functional needs Support Services (FNSS) Committee of Winnebago County is collecting information to assist in identifying those residents in our community that will need assistance in evacuation efforts. Your information is critical in helping us to prepare. The information you provide is voluntary and will be kept confidential. For more information and to fill out a form, please go to the Functional Needs Support Service Plan & Voluntary Registration Form link.
To better serve our clients, the Winnebago County Health Department has consolidated clinical services in one location. The new clinic is located on the fourth floor at Winnebago County Health Department's 555 North Court Street facility. The appointment line for the clinic is 815-720-4370. For additional details about available services, please see the attached flyer (English) and (Spanish), and power point presentation.
Winnebago County Receives Gold Recognition by the Illinois Department of Public Health "Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation"
To contact the Winnebago County Health Department after hours, please call 815-720-4000.